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My Work

I have always had a love of art and design.

I believe intuitive, collaborative interior design can transform your life. My skills as an interior designer lie in figuring out how you need your space to function in a way that makes sense in your life. I excel in creating interior home design for you to live in the way you want to live. Think of me as your personal design coach.

While still working in IT at my corporate software product and project management position, I started taking courses in design.  I left high tech and completed my Master of Arts Degree in Interior Design in 2006 in Boston, at the New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk University.

I am based in Pelham, Massachusetts, and consult throughout New England and New York and started KDZ Designs, LLC in 2009.  Pelham is located in the Pioneer Valley, next to Amherst. I love living in Western Massachusetts!

My Memberships

I’m a member of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), New England Chapter.  In 2012, I became a New England-IFDA board member, focused on membership. In 2013, I became the president-elect of the New England Chapter, and then president in 2014 – 2016.  I am currently the immediate past president, focusing on sponsorship.

The IFDA is a dynamic organization that connects designers and design-related businesses through education and networking – we have terrific events that bring our members and prospective members together most months in the greater Boston area.  Take A Seat is a program of events that we hosted for the third year, in 2017, having raised over $30,000 for the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, in 2015 and 2016.  This year, in 2017, we raised over $22,000 for three charities:  Friends of the Children-Boston, The Lyceum Fellowship and the Women’s Institute.

What is Take A Seat?

Interior designers, artists, builders, vendors and other members of the design community up-cycle chairs that are auctioned for charities.  This year, in 2017, our events for Take A Seat started on March 21, with the announcement of the series of events, followed by a traveling exhibit in May, where all the chairs were displayed at three different showrooms, in the greater Boston area. The silent auction, which started in May, culminated in a live auction (and the completion of the silent auction) took place at our gala on  June 1, at the Royale nightclub, in downtown Boston.

The Chapter web-site has lots of information…including a link to our latest quarterly digital magazines and all kinds of interesting chapter information!

I am also a member of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce; find my profile on their web-site…  678




… and a member of the Women’s Business Owners Alliance of Western Massachusetts; here’s my profile on their web-site.  I coordinated the raffle for the Woman of the Year Dinner, for two years, from 2014 to 2015, and have taken on sponsorship for the organization, as of the summer of 2017.








In the Summer of 2104, I was nominated for the “Top 25 Women of Western Massachusetts to Watch” list….by Western Mass Women Magazine.


My Other Interests – Outside of Interior Design

Dogs are a big passion of mine;  over the last 30 years, my husband, Bill, and I have adopted a total of 9 retired racing greyhounds.

We currently have one, Cosmo, who came to us in June of 2014 and turned 8 this July.  We support the greyhound adoption group in Salisbury, MA:  Greyhound Adoption Service.  I  ran the raffle and silent auction for 8 years at our Annual Reunion in May (the major fundraiser of the year, for many years).


Adopting a greyhound is a greyt idea!!












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