Regan Baker - Principal
is always designing, looking for great art or perusing antique stores. She also loves coffee + pie.
Regan Baker leads Regan Baker Design with 17 years of experience in Interior Architecture and Design. Her firm belief that design should be comfortable, modern yet personal, is a motto she strives to achieve in every project. Having spent the first 7 years of her career working for great firms such as Gettys and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, she began understanding her unique style and skill set was applicable on a broader and more personal scale.
As a fashion forward and design savvy mother, she understands that personal style and life-style function are equally important features of a home, and an extension of who you are as an individual or family. She believes that natural elements, such as wood and jute, help bring warmth to any room, while subtle color and pattern are ways to bring in a client's personality or family brand.
When not designing, you can find Regan at the park or beach with her family and friends. After becoming a mother of twins over eight years ago, her life has taken on a new priority: to inspire and teach them that you can do what you love and to go after a passion in life. She laughs often, becomes friends with all her clients, and has a goal in life to be a nice person.
(Photo by Modern Kids Co.)
ALI STEIN - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS / project manager
is keeping you on budget and on task.
Ali joins the team as a business strategist and project manager to complement the design team's creativity. She understands that the interior design process is as much about organization and a client's delightful experience as it is about design. She brings 10+ years of working in technology at Facebook and Google to Regan Baker Design. Inspired by the work of RBD on her own home in San Francisco, and by the friendship she developed with Regan she grew excited about the idea of applying her extensive customer service, team building, program management and marketing experience to an entirely different industry. At RBD she feels reconnected to her days of working at her Grandpa's hardware store growing up. In her spare time you can find Ali hanging out with her husband and 2 year old son.
AMY MCKENZIE - SENIOR DESIGNER
is the definition of right-brained and left-brained.
For Amy there is nothing better than seeing an idea in her head become a reality. With over 10+ years of experience in the industry she joins RBD from New York based Fox-Nahem Associates and DC's Marlies Venute Interiors. When forced to choose between her favorite items to source (lighting, tile, furniture and more) she says she can't decide because she loves them all! You know that Amy is brave as she decided to travel to China during Y2K, but for now she is staying close to home to explore the Bay Area.
eric hardrath - SENIOR designer
is a millwork expert and a bike-racing enthusiast.
Eric joins RBD with over 12 years of experience in Interior Architecture. He started his career at a young age working for his family's residential carpentry and remodeling business in Milwaukee. He also gained experience in Hospitality and Retail design at Celek Interiors. With a love for vintage, technology and antiques Eric describes his style as a combination of modern with a nod to historical reference and craft. On the weekends you can find Eric cooking up a feast of secret food recipes including but not limited to butter biscuts! This of course comes after a long bike ride with family or friends.
Melissa kiesel - designer
is space planning and balancing creativity with thoughtful design.
Melissa joins RBD from DMARCstudio where she worked on a wide variety of residential, educational and restaurant projects in her role as architectural designer. Prior to that she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Born and raised in Burgthann Germany she has traveled extensively and considers travel a vital part of growth as a designer. She derives her inspiration from nature and architecture, and appreciates a fine piece of furniture, after spending years at Studio Becker. On the weekends you can find Melissa climbing or exploring nature throughout the Bay Area.
lexy perkins - designer
loves throw pillows. And the "aha" moments when a design is perfect and meant to be.
After graduating Cum Laude with a BA in Design from Cal State - Long Beach, Lexy started her career as an Office Assistant at Bassman Blaine. From there she served as a Designer at Urban Chalet working on boutique medical and tech offices. With an itch to focus on residential design, Lexy brings her attention to detail and efficient work style to RBD. She's always loved the notion that designers are the balance of artists and engineers. Artists develop work that is driven by aesthetic and emotion, while engineers develop final products that are driven purely by function; and as a designer she finds a way to marry the two to create spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and purposeful in their function. On the weekends you may find Lexy in search of a cute coffee shop or making and framing her own artwork!
CHRISTINA FLORES - DESIGNER
loves mixing the old with the new.
Christina brings her architectural design experience to RBD, where she loves to find solutions for an efficient space plan and explore the infinite possibilities of tile in a space. Christina was destined to be a designer, because she grew up watching her father, a contractor, build her childhood homes in both California and in the Azores Islands of Portugal. From an early age, she understood the hard work and value of creating a home that is personal and special. When designing a space, Christina enjoys mixing and matching different styles and genres. She is currently preserving a historic, storybook chalet style house in Oakland, which she is happy to call home.
Maddy Kealy, Designer
Maddy received her BS in Interior Architecture with a focus on Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When she wasn’t busy seeking out the best cheese curds, she interned with design firms in New York and Los Angeles before joining Regan Baker Design. She grew up in a family of artists, musicians and other creative types, so she was naturally encouraged to express herself in the arts. She loves traveling and finds inspiration in visiting new cities, art museums, flea markets, and in nature. She credits her childhood love of playing The Sims and going to estate sales with her mom for sparking her interest in interiors.
ANN O'REILLY - ACCOUNTS MANAGER
is making sure it all adds up.
Ann joined the RBD team as Regan's first hire in 2012. She takes care of the day to day accounting needs of the firm and keeps the team in line by collecting a receipt for every purchase made... ever! In her spare time Ann loves to volunteer. Originally from Ireland, one of her main causes is working with the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center in San Francisco. She has also completed the Best Buddies Challenge three times, which supports the movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A fun fact is that in 2015 she was able to witness her younger sister win the silver medal for Ireland at the Special Olympics!
(Photos by Jeremy Cortez Photography)
Crystal Nelson, Project Manager
Crystal is a leader and organized taskmaster who has worked as a designer and project manager for retail, residential and hospitality design projects with over 13 years of experience in interior design, architecture and lighting design. She received her BA in Art Studio and History of Art & Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Architecture degree from NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego. Crystal was drawn to the arts at a young age and would always beg her parents for a project - whether it be drawing, painting, knitting or building! When she’s not creatively solving problems, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter exploring the outdoors on foot, electric family bike or Jeep!
Estefania Perez, Designer
Originally from Spain, Estefania moved to San Francisco two years ago to pursue the American Dream. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, she began working as an interior and furniture designer in Madrid, eventually leading an interior design department. Simultaneously, she worked toward earning Master’s degrees in both 3D Design and Industrial Design. Creative and inventive from a young age, she is a natural problem-solver, and takes pride in understanding every detail of a project so it comes together perfectly. Outside of the office, she loves traveling to new places, spending time with loved ones and enjoying the Alameda “island life” with her husband.
Katherine Bragg, Senior Designer
Katherine received her BFA in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design and MFA in Furniture Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She worked in New York as an interior designer at Roman and Williams and Groves and Co. She has also designed and developed products for Urban Outfitters Housewares division and Pottery Barn Kids. Most recently she worked for herself at her own design firm in San Francisco. When she’s not on the hunt for new inspiration, you can find her painting and developing cards for her greeting card company.
Marta Pavone, Designer
Marta’s experience in hospitality design helps to communicate how design can be the visual hallmark of an asset. Her strength lies in crafting stories that communicate the client’s vision through all phases of a project. The ability to collaborate with vendors and artists on one-of-a kind pieces, all while being cost-conscious, has further deepened a love of storytelling through the use of color, textiles and materiality. A love of travel has introduced her to patterns, texture and color from around the globe. Bringing back treasures from these trips to enjoy and share with others is among her favorite pastimes.
Olivia Inman, Brand Design Manager
With a background in photography, prop styling and graphic design, Olivia helps keep everything at RBD looking its best — from the Instagram feed to client materials. After studying Art History at UCLA, she spent time working as a graphic designer in the publishing industry before moving to San Francisco to work as a photo stylist and photographer in 2012. On the weekends, you can find her toting her camera on bay area day trips, scouring estate sales for vintage finds and forever trying to finish a roll of film.