SHELLEY CAHAN, PRINCIPAL DESIGNER
Intuitive, playful, timeless and eclectic, principal Shelley Cahan, of Shelley & Company Interior Design, executes projects that are as varied as her clientele. Not one to apply a singular design vision to any of her projects, Shelley draws direction and inspiration from her clients and how they function in their environment. Her integrated approach to design makes Shelley one of the most sought after designers in the Bay Area. With 15 plus years of design experience, and a pedigree that includes working with Robb Report recognized firm, Tucker & Marks, Shelley understands that the success of a design project lies in the precise comprehension and execution of the details. Whether it is choosing a trim for a custom sofa, managing the quality craftsmanship of a custom designed furniture piece, or understanding the nuances of the client's expectations on the project, Shelley's approach to the development of design has a distinctive quality of ease and expertise that has garnered her long list of loyal clients.
As former Creative Director and President of the Marin-based design firm A.S. Kaleidoscope Design, Inc., Shelley's depth of knowledge and expertise in the process of design extends beyond the aesthetics of a space. Her experience in managing a team of contractors, craftsmen and artisans sets her apart from the competition. When she's not working on the mechanics of a project, Shelley draws on inspiration from contemporary designers such as Ralph Lauren and the late Michael Taylor for their impeccable sense of style and acumen for creating well-edited spaces.
Shelley believes the interiors she created should be authentic reflections of the client and their highest self. "A room should be whatever you imagine it to be: a retreat, a place to recharge, a place to entertain, create or inspire. How we use a space and what we perceive it to be, is as varied and complex as the person dwelling there. For me, the most exciting aspect of design is drawing on all the elements that the client deems important, and then translating them into a visual and tactile experience that delights and inspires. I consistently look for the harmony points in a client's lifestyle that are unique and unexpected, that are individual to them, and then build a room that celebrates how they live." The end result is an environment that the client can connect with and evolves and grows as they do. Shelley believes "interiors should feel acquired and cultivated over the lifetime of the individual" and continues to create interiors that are a perfect pairing for the modern lifestyle; blending clean lines, classic furnishings, textures and patterns that are a harmonious intersection of the past and present.
SARAH WILSON, DESIGNER/SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
With an in-depth background in commercial and residential construction planning, Purchaser and Senior Project Manager Sarah Wilson brings Shelley & Company a keen eye for detail and strong interpersonal skills. Born and raised in Marin County, Sarah has a deep understanding of the San Francisco Bay Area and its unique, and complex aesthetic and clientele. Having always had a passion for all things interior design, she spends the majority of her free time perusing design blogs and shelter magazines, soaking up inspiration on every page.
As Senior Project Manager for Shelley & Company, Sarah ensures that every client receives the attention and materials they require, and that no detail goes untouched. Maintaining strong relationships with hundreds of vendors, she emphasizes efficiency and timeliness, promising a seamless and stress-free experience.
Her daily mantra, Sarah believes, “it’s important to create spaces that reflect each individual perfectly—a place for them to recharge.” Detail oriented, expressive, and attentive, Sarah provides a personalized and enjoyable experience for every client.
LISA BERNARDI/PROJECT MANAGER
Lisa brings over 20 years of experience in the design & fashion worlds to Shelley & Company. With one eye always on the latest trends, she finds creativity and beauty an important part of living a full life.
After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she pursued her career in the fashion world in Los Angeles, repping and launching fashion lines for top New York brands. After relocating back to San Francisco, she partnered with a Design Build construction company, where she was the Operations Manager. In addition, to feed her passion for design and to use her knowledge of the industry, Lisa remodeled and sold houses throughout Marin County.
As Project Manager at Shelley & Company, she acts as a liaison, maintaining relationships with vendors and clients.
Born and raised in Ross, CA, Nora Narbutas is no stranger to Marin County, the quaint and ultra-charming town we call home. And with a family deeply entrenched in the passion of art collection, it’s no surprise Nora would take her own path of design excellence.
A recent design graduate with a fresh eye, she has extensive experience with AutoCAD, Photoshop, Revit, InDesign, Sketchup, and Chief Architect.
With a strong background in customer service and project excellence, our clients see her as an eager young woman, capable of handling high levels of responsibility, working ethically and independently, and knowing exactly how to get the job done!
Fun fact – Nora enjoys spending time riding her Harley Davidson on the weekends.