Trish Karlin of The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Named as First “Hot Mama” Honoree

San Clemente, CA -- Redefining the term "Hot MAMA", http://www.o-mama.com/ founders, Michelle Tingler and Debbie Devine, are proud to announce that they have been named one of Orange County’s Hot 25 by OC Metro, a list which highlights 25 of 2010’s “movers and shakers” from Orange County. In light of their recent recognition, O-MAMA.com has chosen this moment to launch a new feature on the site, extending the honor of “Hot MAMA” to everyday moms doing amazing things to positively impact their family, community and/or country.

O-MAMA.com is the online resource that uses parenting, instead of party lines, as the framework to discuss news and events from a mom’s perspective. This new “friendly forum” has garnered the attention of the media nationwide including Oprah Radio Network and Redbook and is the reason for OC Metro honoring the founders with the “Hot 25” award. O-MAMA makes the connection between the news of the day and the lessons we are teaching our kids at home and offers moms a way to engage and promote friendly, constructive debates across the aisle on everything from politics to stepmom/divorced mom relationships.

With the launch of the new “Hot MAMA” feature, O-MAMA is officially redefining the term “hot mama” to celebrate the ambition, skill and power of moms who are out there putting their talents to good use to make our country, and world, a better place.

Meet the First Hot MAMA: Trish Devine Karlin - Vice President, Global Business Planning, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
The mission of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is to eliminate HIV in children worldwide. As Vice President, Global Business Planning, Trish Karlin has helped establish one of the world’s largest programs for the prevention of HIV transmission from mother to baby. EGPAF is now working in more than 5000 health care sites to deliver critical HIV prevention and treatment services for families, and reaches more than 2 million pregnant women each year. A 16-year veteran of the Foundation, Trish is responsible for program operations, resource management, and sustainability planning. Before joining the Foundation, Karlin worked for the California State Controller’s Office and served as Executive Director of the John M. Lloyd Foundation, where she is currently a board member. As the mother of two great boys Miles (9) and Dean (5), who contributes to the fight against mother/baby HIV transmission, Trish exemplifies the kind of woman worthy of being named a Hot Mama, reminding us that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" and there is nothing more important to MAMAS than the health and well-being of our babies. http://www.pedaids.org/

O-MAMA.com will be selecting a “Hot MAMA” honoree on a monthly basis to be featured on the site starting in November. Whether you are a working mom, a stay-at-home-mom, a single mom or a grandma, O-MAMA wants to hear what all the incredible moms out there are doing to make a difference every day in the lives of their families, neighbors and communities. To nominate a Hot MAMA you know, email their name, address, contact information and details about why this MAMA is HOT! Nominations are currently being accepted via email to contact@o-mama.com. Honorees will be selected by the O-MAMA executive team. Submissions can also include a picture, video and/or resume.

O-MAMA.com—short for Opinionated MAMA—is a new resource for news and events from a mom’s perspective founded on the belief that moms can be a constructive voice in the national dialogue by applying common sense principles honed in motherhood to get to the heart of the issues that matter most to our kids and our country.

Michelle Tingler, a democrat and mother of three and Debbie Devine, a Republican and mother of two created O-MAMA.com to be a civilized forum that connects moms to the political and social issues of our time. Putting parenting lessons in the context of the bigger issues of the day not only makes the site relevant and meaningful on a broad scale, but positions America's moms as a critical voice missing from our country's most important conversations.

Moms from Maine to California have identified O-MAMA as a destination where they can effectively and constructively use their collective skills honed in motherhood to find common ground on the tough issues and create real change in their homes and communities, and for our country . Since its launch in November 2009, traffic to the site has increased over 500% and O-MAMA’s mamas, Michelle and Debbie, have been featured in REDBOOK magazine, Oprah Radio’s Dr. Laura Berman Show, The Orange County Register, The Chicago Tribune, Coast Magazine, OC Family.com, Raising Arizona Kids, and several other blogs and websites making the connection between the messages in the news of the day and the lessons we are teaching our kids at home.

“Kitchen Table Talk” videos on the site cover a range of topics from guns to gay marriage, health care to terrorism--with a little humor and a lot of common sense. "Interest groups" for moms of every kind, plus chat rooms on all the "hot button" issues of the day encourage America's moms to give a fresh alternative to the often tiresome talking heads across the cable networks. It’s all there on O-MAMA.com, empowering moms and ensuring that CHANGE BEGINS AT HOME.

Registration is free and every opinion counts!

From the kitchen table to Capital Hill to the cable newsrooms and the blogosphere, America’s moms are becoming a important voice in the political discourse of our country.

See our O-MAMAs in action, click here to view their latest video: http://www.o-mama.com/videos

Coming 11/1: blogtalkradio.com/omama


Some of our favorite OC Designers and friends from the 2009 ASID Design Tour including Natalie Umbert, Rick Campos, Jolene Ballard, Amanda Malson, Steve Jones and many, many more have teamed up with some of their fab LA counterparts to bring you the FIRST OC Designer Tag Sale.

With NOTHING OVER $200, you will be able to find some fantastic pieces for unbelievable prices. And, the mini-consult you can get from the participating designers is your Gift With Purchase!

Check out the write up from Lisa Boone @ the LA TIMES -- http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2009/10/the-deal-designer-tag-sale-saturday-in-costa-mesa-.html

GREAT DEALS FROM GREAT DESIGNERS, who could ask for more!! Shop early and pass the word!!

ASID Design Tour Featured Artist - Steve Jensen


Steve Jensen has been wonderful in lending his Murano glass pieces for the 2009 ASID/OC Design Tourtour. An absolutely wonderful art deco chandelier is hanging in the dining room along with 2 large glass urns made just for the tour that are on the fireplace mantle in David Rance's space in 1301. He also has loaned lamps and candlesticks that are just stunning.
Check out more of Steve's original works at www.stevejensencollection.com.

Rick Thompson of Keir Interior Design Featured In The Orange County Register

EXAMINER.COM Shares Design Tips from the ASID/OCC Designers of Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Space!

Home and Living examiner Andrea Campbell of Examiner.com was so excited about all the fantastic tips offered up by the team of designers from the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour, she had to run them ALL!! Thanks so much Andrea for your support of the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour and in turn, the OCPAC educational programs. For anyone looking to bring a fresh feel a tired space - these tips will be your inspiration!!

To get more ideas, inspiration and expert advice visit the 2009 ASID Design Tour - April 21-May 17 at Astoria in Irvine, CA - www.asidocc.org/news_events/design_tour

Orange County Register Features The ASID 2009 Design Tour

Thanks Cindy McNatt from the Orange County Register for including the ASID 2009 Design Tour in her wrap up about the area's latest home and garden tours.
The Design Tour is just around the corner and tickets are now on sale!
ABOUT THE 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour

The 2009 Design Tour – Urban Living @ Astoria will be the first of its kind for the ASID Orange County Chapter featuring contemporary design in an urban, high-rise setting. Open Sunday, April 21 to May 17 (Tuesday- Sunday from 10AM – 5PM, Fridays - 10AM-8PM, closed Mondays), the showcase will benefit the Orange County Performing Arts Center and will be highlighted by a Designer Living speaker series, “Meet the Designers” Friday Date Nights as well as other industry events. Incorporating cutting edge design - from green living to a full spectrum of this year’s hottest colors and furnishings, this year’s Design Tour features 37 of Orange County’s hottest designers.

2009 Design Tour Tickets, which are $30 per person, can be purchased online at www.asidocc.org, through the Orange County Performing Arts Center box office (714-556-2787) or at Whole Food at The District in Tustin. Tickets are also available at the door for $35.

The luxuriously appointed towers known as Astoria is located within Central Park West at 30 Rockefeller, Irvine, CA 92612

Deirdre Eagles Interior Design Brings Glamour to Space 25 At The ASID 2009 Design Tour

We got a chance to check in with Deirdre Eagles of Deirdre Eagles Interior Design about her space at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria.
Here is what she had to say about Space 25 - Bathroom:

Hollywood Regency meets Classic Contemporary in an elegant bathroom that’s both modern and glamorous. Beautiful Blue Chelsea Art Glass tile on the shower walls imitate the fluid qualities of water. A deep blue hand- blown glass sink sits atop a sleek wood vanity with a frosted glass front, mounted on a wall of translucent white glass. Glittery crystal sconces and a mirrored table complete this elegant space.
WHAT WILL MAKE PEOPLE SAY "OOH" WHEN THEY WALK IN YOUR SPACE? Contrasting colors of vibrant blue with bright white glass tiles open up a small space, while mica infused organic plaster forming a glittery circle motif on the walls and sparkling crystal sconces up the ante on glam.
More about Deidre Eagles Interior Design
Deirdre Eagles Interior Design is a full-service Interior Design firm specializing in Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels and Custom Homes throughout Southern California. Deirdre Eagles has a degree in Interior Design from Interior Designers Institute as well as an MBA from Loyola Marymount. Her work has been published in the Orange County Register, Orange County Home Magazine, Kitchen & Bath Business, and Kitchen & Bath Design News.
(714) 803-4784

David Kelley and Space Thirty One Host Reception at Joanne Artman Gallery Showcasing Art By Loius Longi and James Verbicky

Please join us for a
Private Champagne Reception
JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach
Thursday, March 26th from 5-7 pm
Please RSVP by March 24th: 949.510.5481 or david@dkidesigns.com
JoAnne Artman Gallery, (formerly SpaceOnSpurgeon) Presents in the Main Gallery:
Reboant: Featuring the New Sculptural Works of Louis Longi!
Additional New Works by James Verbicky will be showcased
along with LA Artist Colleen Flynn-Lawson in Arena 3!

Meet James Verbicky in person and get a sneak peak of his artwork
that will be displayed in Space Thirtyone at the 2009 ASID Design Tour.

Tickets for the Design Tour will be for sale at the Reception.

Exhibition continues through April 1, 2009

JoAnne Artman GalleryNew Location!326 N. Coast Highway , Laguna Beach, 92651
JoAnne ArtmanTelephone: 949-510-548

Sue Sanders of K Design Gives A Sneak Peak At Her 2009 Design Tour Space

The bathroom is one place that NEEDS to be updated. I love getting inspiration from designers who can really showcase the big impact you can have in a small room. Take a look at this "before" photo of the 2009 Design Tour space by Sue Sanders of K Design.

She says, "Calm green accents, shimmering slate, and a rare piece of granite from Madagascar come together to create a soft glamorous space with a feminine touch. I can't wait to see the sparkling crystal finials on the faucets and accessories along with the elegant sconces!"

More about K Design
Sue Sanders is the creative force behind K Design. She holds a Professional Level Certificate from the highly regarded UCLA Interior design program. She was honored to be selected as a designer for the upcoming 2009 ASID Urban Living Tour. She also has worked with Furnishing Hope in designing a home for Habitat for Humanity. Her design philosophy is "Interior design for your lifestyle" because a space should function well, be beautiful and enhance your lifestyle. www.kdesigninteriors.com

Think Design! Combines Sustainable with Eclectic At The ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria

Audrey Duncan and Tony Baldocchi of Think Design! say the secret to people saying "ooh" when they see their design is that they, "are not afraid to try something different. We put the attitude in our design not in the designer."

Some of the Hot Design Trends that you will be seeing in their space at this year's ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria are:
Eclectic styling: Mixing of different periods and styles: Contemporary and Art Deco
Sustainable: Use of Eco friendly products. e.g. Flooring, fabrics, pillows
Decorative pillows. Pops of color and unique high fashion detailing to add drama.
Art: Love your art! Pick things that set the mood you are looking to create.
Style Shock – Take something typical and create your own style: e.g. Take picture frames and make a door. Then insert music albums into the frames. Tadah... You have changed something typical into something unique.

I love these Recycled Coyote fur pillows! Audrey says, "Our fur is 100% reclaimed from clean vintage coats. All our fur has been professionally cleaned and inserts are new. The methods for reinforcing the fur have been done by using an environmentally safe, water-based hide glue and muslin. This pioneered construction is what will insure the longevity of this project."

More about Think Design!
Audrey Duncan and Tony Baldocchi are the design duo behind Think Design! Specializing in fine home and commercial design with styles ranging from modern to traditional to eclectic, they are a full-service interior design firm, offering space planning, construction documents in CAD, and the selection of high quality architectural details, finishes, furniture, and accessories. At Think Design! they believe in providing clients with the tools needed to implement their concept. Our intent is to take our clients vision to a higher level and surpass their expectations. http://www.interiorsbythinkdesign.com/

Interior Creations by Lana Featured at The 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living At Astoria

With the outdoor lifestyle so important here in California, I am thrilled that the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria will be featuring several outdoor spaces where designers like Lana Hamden of Interior Creations by Lana will be able to showcase their talents on creating an outdoor space that you could really live in and be inspired by. We can't wait to see it in person!

More about Interior Creations by Lana
Lana Hamdan, of Interior Creations by Lana is an ASID Allied Member. This is the third consecutive year that Lana brings her aesthetic to the Design Tour, but her first opportunity to bring the calm and comfort of indoor spaces to the outdoors. Lana has traveled extensively, and draws on her travel experiences and a myriad of other design philosophies in accomplishing her clients’ design objectives. Lana speaks fluent Arabic and was born in Amman, Jordan, she currently lives in and works out of San Juan Capistrano. http://www.interiorcreationsbylana.com/

Megan Crane of Megan Crane Designs Showcases Sophistication At The 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria

"As one enters this penthouse they are immediately drawn in by drama and sophistication. Simple design in exquisite finishes," says Megan Crane of Megan Crane Designs of her space at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria. She continues, "This contemporary home focuses on a color palette of high contrasting warm and cool toned neutrals to create a harmonious balance. Bursts of varying shades of bold tangerine and an overall heavy metallic dusting all culminate in a sense of luxury."
More About Megan Crane Designs Inc.
Megan Crane Designs Inc. is a multi-award winning interior design firm led by Principal Designer Megan Crane offering unique and innovative designs to residential and hospitality clientele. Megan’s career began with The Walt Disney Company where she spent over 15 years in a creative capacity for the worldwide Theme Parks and Cruise Lines. Her experience and extensive international travels have allowed her to integrate many different cultural and architectural details into her work, lending a distinct perspective to her designs. Megan received her Associate of Arts degree from the Interior Designers Institute, a private FIDER accredited design school in Newport Beach, California. Megan’s designs have been featured in Coast Magazine, Orange County Home Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, Home and Outdoor Magazine and the Orange County Register. http://www.megancranedesign.com/

Beverly Stadler of Design Focus Brings Hollywood Glamour To The 2009 Design Tour-Urban Living at Astoria

Beverly Stadler of Design Focus says her space, the Penthouse Suite, in the 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria, "is the epitome of contemporary luxury urban lifestyle, with a nod to Hollywood Glamour."

She continues, "The glitz of crystal chandeliers and pendants against warm woods and reflective mirrors provides a fabulous backdrop for the city view by day and the sparkling night lights. Almost every piece of furniture in the space has been custom designed specifically for the design tour by the designers, creating a totally unique and one of a kind space. Dark rich woods and wood veneers, gilded accents, stone and mirror all combine with rich textural upholstery to create unique pieces that will be found here alone. Adding to the richness of the space are specialty wall treatments by local artisans, an anniversary edition platinum Richard MacDonald sculpture and beautiful Baccarat and Lalique crystal accessory pieces."

More about Beverly Stadler of Design Focus
Design Focus is an award-winning, Orange County- based custom residential and commercial design firm comprised of an intimate team of design professionals, with Beverly Stadler, ASID, CID, at the helm. Beverly holds an AA in Interior Design from the California Institute of Applied Design, and has been working in the Southern California design community for 26 years. She has been honored by national design organizations and affiliations and is consistently recognized by her regional design community with numerous awards and publications, most recently this past fall when she won two platinum awards of excellence in living room and dining room design in the Orange County/ ASID Annual Design Awards. Known for her ability to create timeless designs of any type, Beverly prides herself in her unique talent to create individual and distinctive designs for each client, both residential and commercial. Her goal is to create designs that reflect and enhance her client’s lifestyles and passions no matter what the current trends may be. http://www.designfocus.net/

We always love to see the "before" photos of the spaces. Here are some "before" photos of Beverly's space:

Urban Living at Astoria - ASID 2009 Design Tour Highlighted By One2BOND

I am so excited to learn about One2BOND and their amazing talents. Jolene Ballard, Amanda Malson and David A. Romero are about to celebrate their one year anniversary of when they pooled their talents and formed the company. Thank God they did. Check out these amazing inspiration boards for their space at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria.

More about One2BOND – One 2 BOND, founded in Spring of 2008, is known for creating interiors that have a sophisticated use of scale, proportion and color as well as mixing both antique flea market finds and contemporary furnishings, accessories and art. All of this allows them to achieve a fresh eclectic point of view within their interiors. With the clients individuality always in mind, One 2 BOND translates their own personal style into rooms that inspire and invigorate. The One 2 BOND designers include: Jolene Ballard, Amanda Malson and David A. Romero. http://www.one2bond.com/

Urban Living at Astoria - 2009 Design Tour To Feature Eve Lowey of Chameleon Design and Chameleon Studio

I live near the ever-fabulous 17th Street in Costa Mesa/Newport Beach, where you can find everything you need. Most of the time, I find things that I want - like at Studio Chameleon. (Lucky Lauren - she just bought some accessories from them!) They have so many fabulous things to make your home great.

Eve Lowey is the creative gal behind the store, who also offers interior design through Chameleon OC. Lucky for us, she is also one of the participating designers at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria. Here are her story boards for her space so you can get a sneak peak.

www.chameleonoc.com/ www.studiochameleon.com

More about Eve Lowey
Interior designer Eve Lowey began her career exceptionally early. While many an accolade has graced Eve and her firm, Chameleon Design, her seminal award came in high school, from a large furniture store in Houston for her first room design, proudly submitted by her high school art teacher.

Now, with over 27 years of interior design experience - and over sixty design awards later -Eve is CEO and President of Chameleon Design, a design firm in Orange County since 1992. She is also owner of Studio Chameleon, the newest retail furniture and art gallery offering in Newport Beach, in the trendy Westcliff Shopping Center.

Eve's style maintains it's fresh quality blending modern classic pieces with eclectic and whimsical themes by studying both artists whose work inspires her, as well as contemplating global design and fashion trends outside the world of interiors. Eve sees art and design as a conversation between contemporary culture, millennia of classic design, and the perennial elements of the natural world. She also draws upon mid-century modern influences.

Eve's gift lies in not only helping a client to define their desired aesthetic, but also resides in her seamless execution of the project's completion - no matter the scale of the job. Whether it's a high-end project with a substantial budget, a tight time restraint or a limited budget, Eve enjoys it all. She finds that the real creativity emerges from problem solving.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Interior Design from the University of North Texas. She worked in Dallas and San Francisco before choosing to settle in Orange County 21 years ago. Eve has had the national council of interior design qualification credential as of 1991.

When she's not overseeing all aspects of Chameleon Design and providing leadership to her talented staff or managing the day-to-day operations of Studio Chameleon, you will find her practicing her own philosophy -- making sure to enjoy the home environment she creates with her husband Eric and their three children. She has a deep commitment to fundraising for local schools as well as autism charities and programs.

Today's Featured Designer from the 2009 Design Tour at Astoria- Tamara Shermer

After speaking with Tamara Shermer of OC Interiors, one of the designers on the ASID 2009 Design Tour, you can tell that her heart and soul are in every project. She says, " “I Want to inspire a second glance, and draw the spectator into a world they’d want to linger in.’

Enjoy a sneak peak at her space!

More About Tamara Shermer
Tamara Shermer, allied member ASID, is based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and owner of Orange County Interiors. Her OC Interiors motto is; “Designing Lifestyles”. Her design experience ranges from high-end luxury properties, commercial offices, to designing for a multi-family and senior living affordable housing builder. Tamara’s projects can be seen throughout California and soon to include Hawaii. Her work has been published in a national housing journal. Through her education, which began in 1983, she is dedicated to cutting edge design with focuses like “Aging in Place”, and “Green Design”. Tamara is a U.S. Green Building council member. Tamara Shermer received her BA in Film Studies from the University of California at Irvine, and holds Associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design. She is also fluent in Spanish.

To reach Tamara at OC Interiors call 949.510.0533.

Kimberly Franzen of Franzen Interiors Shares Her Vision For ASID's 2009 Design Tour

Talk about gorgeous! Check out Kimberly Franzen's story boards for her space at the ASID 2009 Design Tour. We call Kimberly, owner of Franzen Interiors, the "Dancing Designer" because her background includes dance and with these story boards you can see the movement already.

Just so you can see how fabulous this space is going to be - here are some "before' shots. We are dieing to see the "after" now that we have seen Kimberly's inspirations.

More about Franzen Interiors - Interior designer Kimberly Franzen is a current member of ASID, IIDA, IDCC, National Trust for Historic Preservation and NDCA (National Dance Council of America). She also holds a B.A. in Interior Design, a certificate in Zen Design and has a working knowledge of Feng Shui As an Orange County design-industry professional, Kimberly provides full residential interior design services that include everything from space planning and color consulting to home staging for resale, Zen design, outdoor spaces, and custom design pieces. http://www.franzeninteriors.com/

David Kelley Interiors and Laguna Waterworks Partner To Create Space 31 At The ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria

David Kelley of David Kelley Interiors and Laguna Waterworks have partnered to create Space Thirty One at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria.

They are every publicist's dream! They have created their own website about their Design Tour Space - www.spacethirtyone.com. It will feature photos, product information and the entire design concept. Also, they have a Facebook group at "Space Thirty One".

Also below is their storyboard to give us a hint at what to expect.

According to David Kelley, "If you notice the mural color is the flash blue that depends on how the light hits it, goes from cream to blue to purple metallic."
Space Thirty One is going to be AMAZING!
More about David Kelley Interiors and Laguna Waterworks, Inc.
David E. Kelley, allied member ASID, is owner of David Kelley Interiors and Creative Framing Services, Inc. The two companies have partnered to create “space 31” on the Design Tour. David’s 20-year career in the interior design and custom art framing fields enables him to utilize his creative talents and artistic flair to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. David Kelley Interiors head offices is located in San Clemente and their second office is in Palm Springs where he specializes in vacation homes. http://www.davidkelleyinteriors.com/

For over a decade Laguna Waterworks, Inc. has been the premier provider of beautiful interior water features and Bio-Fireplaces nationwide. Jo-Ri Way and Tom Ray owners of Laguna Waterworks have enjoyed years of experience in design, art, construction and retail allowing them to pull from their individual styles and resources to create extraordinary designs. http://www.lagunawaterworks.com/

Natalie Umbert of Atelier Interior Design Gives Us A Sneak Peak At Her ASID 2009 Design Tour Space

The lovely and talented Natalie Umbert had coffee with us the other morning to check in and give us the scoop on her space for the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria.

Here is a sneak peak at the story boards for her space. If you can't wait to see it at the 2009 Design Tour, you can find her at her Corona del Mar store - Atelier, a place she uses as a think tank and a laboratory to channel her creative energy.

We love her fearless use of color and her fresh take on design. Everything she does makes you want to move in!

More about Natalie Umbert and Atelier
Driven by her varied life, travel, and professional experiences, Natalie Umbert is known for her ability to arrive at something unique yet accessible through her thoughtful combination of influences, periods, color and texture. Umbert was raised in South Florida and attended Tufts University in Boston. After creative and wide-ranging professions in both the music and fashion industries and armed with nothing more than a few sketches and a lot of enthusiasm, Natalie decided to pursue her true passion and gained acceptance to the Parsons School of Design in New York. Following graduation, Natalie trained at the New York firm of Mariette Himes Gomez, gaining invaluable experience in the field of luxury design. Natalie subsequently worked for firms in Miami and Los Angeles, and opened her own firm, atelier natalie umbert, just after earning an MBA from the Merage School of business at the University of California, Irvine. http://www.atelierinteriordesign.com/