Bio

Williams earned her BA in Interior Design at the Design Institute of San Diego and started her career at Steve Chase Associates under the mentorship of the legendary designer. Her first project was the corporate office of Jonny Mathis and afterward, the many residences of Philanthropist, the late Joan Kroc, but one of her most memorable was the design of a (German entrepreneur’s) “Cave” room. In 1989, Williams moved south and founded her own firm near the seaside in Solana Beach.

She is inspired by the intricate and inconsistent patterns of nature and the hand shaped mosaics found in Spanish architecture, in particular the Revival work of Lillian Rice and the crazy organic vernacular of Gaudi and Kendrick Kellogg. The modern architecture she was surrounded by growing up in Palm Springs CA influences her atypical approach to commercial projects which have included: executive offices & conference rooms, yachts, planes & helicopters, a commercial airline lounge & hangars.

Williams has designed residences & vacation homes across the United States but works mainly in San Diego: Coronado, Point Loma, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Oceanside and the Inland Empire: Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells & La Quinta

 
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"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence. Remember that our sons and our grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty."

- Daniel Hudson Burnham

Philosophy

I was born in San Francisco and grew up in Palm Springs in a mid-century, ranch- style house on the hill and my dad and I used to ride our bikes around checking out job sites after work hours. If you ever saw American Gigolo, that house was being built then, and I also saw the Lautner house go in, and remember when Arthur Elrod was starting.

Our family were architects and that’s all we knew and loved. My great, great grandpa was Daniel Hudson Burham. He architected the master development plans for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C., including Union Station and designed the Flatiron Building in New York City. His son Daniel, my great grandpa and his brother Hubert, were the architects who built the Carbon & Carbide building.

My grandmother and great grandpa were always talking about architecture. She bought and renovated houses — leaving notes on people’s door asking them if they wanted to sell — and then flipped them. I always knew I would be a designer and I lived with her while I studied interior design.

History and legacy are important to me. I’m interested in the big picture of your home — the bones, grounds and structure — and will help you curate your collection of antiques and art over time. Like my great, great grandfather, I believe that space must be ordered and the beauty will come from that organization, it just makes sense. Like him, I also love working on projects with wild scope, that seem impossible to do. With the right plan, there is nothing that can’t be done. 

 
 

How I Work

We focus on made-to-order remodels of homes and the re-design of Executive suites inside interesting commercial properties. We set the background of your life with an ordered, practical and beautiful plan for your space and then design the details of your walls, windows, floors, ceilings and whatever is attached to them.

We provide the well-orchestrated execution of your vision with our team of expert craftsmen, gleaned over years of professional relationships and will be onsite, handling every detail, as your home is built. Our firm can also work well with your architect to help you choose materials, hardware, finishes, fixtures and all of the other specifications for your home.

We will often recommend the custom fabrication of your sofa, built-ins and case goods because they will anchor your room in a way that nothing else can. Not only will each piece be specified to your home’s unique layout, but the pieces will also have the added value of being built to suit your taste, and to last.