When I started designing for clients — just me, myself & I — I did it for the pure joy it brought me. I LOVED making homes beautiful. & as a highly organized, Type A personality, I loved developing a process for it all.
Although I never started Styleberry with the intention of building a team, my company grew organically from there. Each time we had the workload and revenue to support extra help, I would hire. The demand for our services kept growing, and with each key hire, the client experience became smoother & smoother… increasing demand again!
The rest, as they say, is history.
We now have a design team of 3 within our studio every day, and 12 (yes, twelve!) more people who virtually support Styleberry and our clients on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. That’s a total team of 15! Mind blown.
What these numbers don’t tell you…
Of course, looking at any small snapshot of a business never tells the whole story. Growth has been natural, but on a personal level, it was SO hard to accept that design would no longer be the thing that receives the most of my attention. With a team this size, my time is now best spent setting the company vision, managing the financials, overseeing creative direction, & nurturing the team.
If you’re also an entrepreneur or in a management role, then you know what I’m talking about: Leadership.
Being a leader takes constant effort, both in improving myself and in giving each team member the room or support they need to shine. & when you meet our team of talented women (and one amazing guy), I think you’ll see why this trade-off — design for leadership — has been a true labor of love.
So, come say hello! & yes…just in case you’re new here, I’ll introduce myself again too!
Shawna, Founder & Creative Director
Role: CEO, Chief Decision Maker, Creative Lead, and Number Cruncher
Favorite Part of the Week: Collaborative team design meetings, when the creativity runs wild!
Happy Hour Staple: I wish I could say I love wine or fancy cocktails, but the truth is…I don’t, and I am usually driving. Thus, nothin’ beats my evening Waterloo sparkling water. Grape is holding strong as my fave, but the short run of Blackberry Lemonade was a close second!
Fave TV Show: Schitt’s Creek (aka the happiest feel-good show on TV!) Recently we binged The Bear, and it was excellent!
Currently Reading: The Paper Palace (Reece’s Book Club is my favorite way to find new reads!)
Very Important People: My busy husband, Tommy, & very active big kids, Caroline & Everett. We also have fur-babies…Zoie our elderly kitty is 18 & Poppy our Boxer puppy is…my best worst decision ever.
When Not In the Studio: You’re most likely to find me driving my kids (from swim practice to lacrosse practices) and listening to my fave podcast (currently Pivot) along the way!
Kennedi, Senior Designer
Role: Design Concepts, Drawings, & Alllll the Details
Favorite Part of the Week: Work from home afternoons for deep drawing and focus time
Happy Hour Staple: Spicy margarita, extra tajin on the rim.
Fave TV Show: Honestly…big reality TV fan. It’s a guilty pleasure!
Currently Reading: In the summer, I am most likely reading something cute & light hearted, but I also love a good memoir or historical fiction.
Very Important People: My two high school besties that I text every day, lots of local friends, and of course my husband (gross!).
When Not in the Studio: I am most likely to be found doing a DIY house project, cooking to jazz music, or hanging out with friends.
Colleen, Junior Designer
Role: Designs, Drawings & Styled Spaces
Favorite Part of the Week: Dreaming up the overall vision for clients’ homes in our collaborative team meetings!
Happy Hour Staple: Blanche Devereaux (only at Barbaro!)
Fave TV Show: The Chosen
Currently Reading: Gentle and Lowly
Very Important People: My twin sister Christy, and my two best friends Brooke and Leah.
When Not in the Studio: I am most likely to be found painting, journaling, or searching San Antonio for the perfect Americano.
Liz, Project Manager
Role: Client Project Management & Internal Systems
Favorite Part of the Week: I love our bi-monthly calls when we plan out services and how to make the process even better for our clients and team!
Happy Hour Staple: Margarita
Fave TV Show: The Office
Currently Reading: A River Enchanted
Very Important People: Hubs, dog, and son
When Not At Work: You can find me in the water or trying to build furniture.
Styleberry’s Extended Team of Experts
Ready to see just how many people are making Styleberry the special place that it is?
- Taylor, our Design Assistant who works on our Online Studio and admin tasks
- Kristy, our CFO and financial guru
- Drew, who manages the books, sends invoices, and whose emails delight our clients (ha!)
- Cassandra, our Showroom liaison in San Antonio
- Madeline, our amazing photographer, responsible for nearly every image you see of our work
- Jaquilyn, who is our word fairy godmother and helps everything we write sound better than I can!
- Ariel, who designs and updates our website & documents
- Karissa, our social media boss
- Allie, who works behind the scenes to make our blog pretty
- Caroline, our publicist who knows everyyyyyone in the design world!
- Brittany, the talented photographer responsible for all imagery related to Sourced
P.S. If you’re an entrepreneur, this is proof that you should never compare your business to someone else’s — it’s SO hard to see how many people are involved, or to fully know the journey it took to get someone to that place of success. So, trust that you’re doing more than enough & that your journey is the right one for you.
Okay, that’s it for now, but I hope this little BTS sneak-peek has been fun and inspiring. & if you’re a hopeful future client of ours, we can’t wait to meet you! Until then…
Shawna & Team Styleberry
Styleberry Creative Interiors specializes in fresh, relaxed design crafted in a meaningful way. With a team, process, and done-for-you Design Kits you can trust, we’ll help you create soul-soothing spaces that inspire you to unwind, connect, and finally… exhale. Our studio is based in downtown San Antonio, Texas and serves clients in the Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, and greater San Antonio Metropolitan areas, as well as Nationwide.