Lead Design Partners

Megan Wunderlich, ASID
Megan Wunderlich Designs

Megan Wunderlich is the founder and principal designer of DesignDot. Her business evolved from her belief that great design should be attainable at every budget. The foundation of Megan’s design philosophy is that of collaboration. Her creative and insightful approach is best implemented when inspired by the clients’ own design aesthetic. 

Several years into a corporate career, Megan switched gears to follow her passion. She began her studies at the New York School of Interior Design, which led to eight years of industry experience working as an on-site photo stylist at residential and commercial locations throughout Fairfield County. Megan also honed her skills by working as a residential design assistant for established top designers. Overseeing design for a local house tour and spending several years at a high-end home furnishing boutique set Megan on the path to develop DesignDot.

Megan seeks to provide the highest quality design through an accessible and efficient customer-oriented sensibility. Megan’s mindful approach to fully understanding the client’s unique design perspective, direction and scope of the project is the foundation for her success as a designer.

Jolley Frank, Allied ASID
Jolley Frank Interiors

Jolley has a great appreciation for quality, detailed and comfortable living spaces. Originating from the Midwest. Jolley has lived on both the West and East coasts and has traveled extensively. This, pared with her training and experience in interior, fashion and landscape design, has developed in to an extensive, eclectic library of ideas. Listening to and interacting with her clients to determine their needs, desires and budget are her highest priorities. Jolley strives to identify a personal and individualized aesthetic for each project. This client-driven approach ensures that the enjoyment, pride and ownership of the project continue long after its completion.

Debbie Jackson | Debbie Jackson Interiors

Debbie’s passion for design led her to a BA in Fashion Merchandising from Radford University. She went on to study Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. After a decade of designing clothing for the Gap Inc. and other large retailers in NYC, Debbie made the inevitable switch to interiors. As a mother of two small children, Debbie understands the challenges keeping spaces kid-friendly, without compromising good design. She strives to create spaces that are clean, fresh, and modern, and which reflect the client’s personality.

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Claudine Maidique | Claudine Maidique Gallery

Claudine Maidique has a diverse yet harmonious connection to enhance a client’s home with textures and color. This allows for a unique collaboration opportunity with clients providing long-term relationships that go beyond the walls of a home. Claudine’s approach as an interior designer offers an interdisciplinary connection to art, architecture, furniture and even fashion. The Claudine Maidique Noir home collection is centered around an exclusive line of luxe pillows. Claudine also represents singular contemporary artists working across a breadth of artistic practice and media. She provides art consulting for interested collectors as a specialized service for residential and commercial spaces. 

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Alexis Presley, Allied ASID
Alexis Blake Interiors

Alexis attended the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), and apprenticed under the award-winning designer Lynn K. Jacobson. The experience gave Alexis a full understanding of the business side of design but more important, that designers need to live and breathe creativity in their own day-to-day lives in order to be successful.

For Alexis, the best part of being an interior designer is working with clients to find their own creative voice and to help translate that vision into their home. Alexis collaborates with clients to create spaces that gives them comfort and inspiration. Her priority is getting to know her clients and to helping them clarify their needs to create a lifestyle that is balanced, functional and beautiful and feels like home.


JR Design Partners

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Lauren Collins | Lauren Collins Interiors

Lauren believes in creating authentic spaces that reflect the personality and priorities of the client. She specializes in mixing traditional design with a modern edge, giving a casual elegance and exciting tension that is timeless and fresh. Highlighting art, layering prints and textures while giving a spark of the unexpected is a hallmark of her aesthetic. As a mother of three, she knows the goal is always to ground the space around the client’s comfort and practical use.

Lauren’s career has spanned many aspects of the arts -- as a professional photographer, graphic designer, arts educator, arts curriculum designer and now as interior designer and art consultant. A native Texan, Lauren has also lived in Los Angeles and in NYC before settling in Connecticut. She has a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program and a B.J. in photojournalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Arts in arts education from Harvard University.

 

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Suzette Lerner-Schepps | Style by Suzette

After a long career in high profile fashion houses such as Nine West Group and Liz Claiborne, Suzette followed her creative intuition towards a career in interior design. Suzette explored her appreciation for interior design and visual decoration while working at The Antique and Artisan Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Suzette’s approach to design stems from her background in fashion; she enjoys a specific knowledge and flair for styling. Her extensive experience in both fashion and interior decorating allows for a distinctive look while specializing in staging and accessorizing to achieve a high-end, personalized feel. Suzette prides herself on wowing clients through uniquely created executions. 

Kelsey Montelli

Kelsey, after earning a degree from Villanova University, began her design career working for the renowned firm Marc-Michaels Interior Design in Winter Park, Florida. Kelsey began her graduate studies at the New England School of Art & Design in downtown Boston. During her years in Boston, Kelsey also worked as a Junior Designer for award-winning designer Jeanne Finnerty. Since relocating to Connecticut, Kelsey is continuing her design education at Fairfield University. With a true love for people and places, Kelsey enjoys working closely with her clients to design perfect spaces unique to each of them. She takes a minimalist approach to her design, relying upon clean and crisp neutral palettes to brighten up any space.


Stylists

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Samantha King

Samantha's love for staging and styling came out of her years at Sotheby’s, her unique eye and her addiction to décor. With a background in real estate, Samantha parlayed her experience in to a business and began helping clients prep, de-clutter and restyle their homes before listing them for sale. Samantha's styling integrates years of traveling in Portugal and Morocco, living in Colorado and returning to Connecticut. She blends a chic and eclectic twist to traditional, rustic and contemporary design. Samantha utilizes personal pieces of the homeowner and helps showcase overlooked treasures. She also stages empty properties to allow prospective buyers a better opportunity to relate to the space. Samantha understands the importance of maintaining the comfort of the owners while still staging the home in a manner best designed to enhance the experience for potential buyers. 

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Niki Morton

Niki earned a masters degree at Ithaca College in Speech and Language Pathology, and spent her early professional years in that field. After staying home to focus on raising her four children, Niki jumped at an opportunity to work with DesignDot to enjoy a more creative path. Niki loves the process of helping clients capture a conceptual idea and translating it in to their homes. She believes that home is where the heart is and strives to bring joy, balance and comfort to each client’s space. Niki considers her area of expertise to be in revitalizing kitchens and bathrooms and helping to select just the right combination of fixtures and finishes to reflect the homeowner’s unique vision.


Field ASsistants

Renee Burger-McMichael

Renee’s love of design was born from the belief that a home is one of the most important things in life. She and her husband began fixing up houses and selling them twenty years ago while Renee was still working as a social worker. Renee later became a licensed realtor, was certified in staging and pursued a design education at Fairfield University. Renee was excited by the creative challenges staging brings and immersed herself in it. Clients were so impressed by her design savvy; they began requesting her services to help establish them in their new homes. DesignDot offers Renee an opportunity to share her enthusiasm with clients and to further her own creative knowledge and experience.

Sheila Molloy (and Studio Librarian)

Sheila had always known that she wanted a career as a buyer.  After graduating from Providence College, she took a position in management at Ann Taylor before being accepted in to the May Co. Executive Buying Program. Sheila worked as a buyer for Lord & Taylor and then for the Darien Sport Shop once she moved to Connecticut. While taking time off to raise her children, Sheila juggled various volunteer positions and then tackled managing her own yearlong home renovation. Working closely with the architect and the builder inspired her, and Sheila found herself engaged and energized by the creative process. DesignDot allows her the opportunity to work in a creative environment with talented designers and stylists.

Andrea Pilat

As a former television executive, Andrea’s innate love of interiors blossomed during her more than fifteen years producing/directing design and home renovation shows for such channels as HGTV, DIY, E! Entertainment, A & E, and Bravo. Once she transitioned full time to interior design, she put her styling and project management experience to work as a high-end home stager within the luxury real estate markets in Manhattan, Westchester County, and the Hamptons. She further honed her skills as a Design Assistant with a boutique residential firm based in Westport, CT. Believing that a successful space is the result of honest collaboration between client and designer, Andrea strives to create one-of-a-kind spaces that reflect the lives and personalities of the people who inhabit them. 

Andrea received her Professional Interior Design Certification in Interior Design from Fairfield University, and is an Allied Member of ASID.


Office Team

Madeline Masasrof | Office Manager

Madeline joined DesignDot in August of 2017. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Madeline launched a long career in advertising and media planning. After taking a break to raise her family, she refocused her professional aspirations on a more creative path. Acknowledging a lifelong passion for art, fashion and décor, Madeline returned to the workforce by spending five years assisting an established interior design consultant in both a creative and business oriented capacity. Today Madeline, with her love of interacting with people and helping facilitate projects coming to fruition, has become an integral part of the DesignDot team.

Tasia Matacchieri | Accounting & Bookkeeping