Amanda Teal Design is a high-end interior design firm specializing in residential and boutique hospitality design. She creates warm, welcoming environments that reflect the best version of their clients' tastes. With a focus on custom details, a mindful balance of tone and texture, and an expertly curated selection of furnishings, their interiors are elegantly understated. They take pride in designing spaces that reflect their clients’ lifestyles, while complementing the architecture of the home.
They believe that success in design is the result of open communication with clients, ongoing collaboration with craftsmen, and finding inspiration in the smallest details. They welcome collaboration with clients, architects, and contractors on a variety of projects ranging from ground-up remodels to new-build construction.
Prior to establishing Amanda Teal Design in 2010, Amanda worked under San Francisco designer Rebecca Bradley and assisted on high profile projects across the country. Amanda’s designs strike the perfect balance of sophistication and livability. Her interiors have a barefooted elegance that are quintessentially California.
Alison founded Salt & Roe to help current and aspiring restaurateurs gracefully and confidently open and relaunch restaurants across the country. She began her career in an operations-focused leadership position with Daniel Boulud's Dinex Group in New York City before returning to her native San Francisco, where she started her company in 2014. Her work focuses on improving operational efficiency and creating consistent guest experiences through focused service training.
Alison authored her first book, "How to Open a Restaurant," earlier last year in partnership with OpenTable, and has helped lead 19 restaurant openings to date, including the launch of Crate&Barrel's forthcoming in-store hospitality initiative. Alison serves on the board of La Cocina and is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.
graphic design + branding
Laine Carlsness is the broad behind Broadsheet Design – a graphic design firm specializing in identity and print.
Laine cut her teeth designing in-house for brands including Williams-Sonoma and West Elm before founding Broadsheet Design in 2012. Since then she has worked with clients ranging from Silicon Valley startups to a cold-pressed juicery, from executive and holistic health coaches to furniture makers and interior designers. She loves what she does – getting to know each client and their industry in order to create bespoke, from-the-ground-up creative solutions that are as unique as the clients who inspire them.
Laine draws very few boxes around what a graphic designer should and shouldn't do, and has been known to photograph, illustrate, write copy, paint, and hand-letter to get the job done. Opinionated and bracingly honest, Laine guides her clients toward the best possible outcome at every step in the creative process.
Seth Brookshire grew up in the idyllic countryside of New England until he followed in his architect father’s footsteps and attended the noted University of Cincinnati, where he received his degree in Architecture. Seth has travelled the country working in Boston, Santa Barbara, Miami, Washington D.C., before finally settling in San Francisco in 1998.
His approach to design is thoughtfully modern while always respecting the original bones of a building. His works have included residential and commercial remodels as well as spec work. He currently lives amongst the fog in beautiful San Francisco with his wife and baby girl.
Mel Barlow is an internationally recognized photographer based bi-coastally in San Francisco and NYC. For the past 15 years, she has been commissioned to shoot all over the world on assignments, documenting people, high profile events, and stories.
Mel is drawn to environmental and lifestyle portraiture, and still life photography incorporating common threads of texture, airy spaces, and clean lines. Conscious of even the subtlest shifts in environments, attitudes, and light, her photographic sensibility creates raw, personal images that evoke a range of emotions.
Mel's natural attention to detail, along with the ebb and flow of her process, leads to the effortless capturing of a subject's true essence. Her ability to intuitively anticipate and read a person's sentiment is apparent while she's shooting and is reflected beautifully in her photos.
drone + video specialist
Julie Hill is passionate about telling a story through the magic of filmmaking.
With her background in fine arts, as well as a love of music, she enables any potential guest or client to experience a venue space.
Julie has been filming luxury destination weddings and events for
18 years. The progression into venue films happened naturally. With the important of visual content and especially video content for SEO and social media, she has created a niche that educates while entertains.
Julie love to work with clients to create films that are on brand and that utilize the latest technology like "floating camera" (gimbal) and aerial coverage with drones.
writing + editing
Jen worked her way up to the position of copy editor for Williams-Sonoma's Catalog for Cooks, but left to pursue her dreams of being a published fiction writer. After leaving Williams-Sonoma, she worked in film and event production throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles for several years while writing her short stories. During this time she also worked for several small businesses as their product and content copy writer and editor.
After moving to Todos Santos, México, Jen has continued to write, as well as work in hospitality and event production and management. She has a passion for event production, and for writing and editing. She loves to watch clients' visions become a reality, and to help make their product copy and content concise, enticing, and of course, grammatically correct.
writing + editing
Jen went straight into the communications and marketing world after graduating with a degree in journalism from Arizona State University in 2003. She spent 10 years as a full-time writer for several nonprofits in the Phoenix area, including Arizona State University Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.
After life brought her and her family to Seattle in 2012, she started her freelance writing business in 2014. She’s written for clients big and small, from the West Coast to the East Coast. Jen’s passion is telling stories and helping her clients to tell their own stories.