Meet Our Interior Designers and the Interior Design Team at Satin and Slate Interiors in Long Beach, CA

Get to know out interior designers and the rest of the design team that makes up Satin & Slate. We strongly believe that a good working relationship begins with a proper introduction. At Satin & Slate, we pair you with an interior designer or a member of that staff that best suits your personality and style. You have the option to work with one contact though out your entire project. Please feel free to learn more about our interior designers by reading a little bit about them below. Please scroll down to learn more or click on a photo above to jump to their profile below.

Affiliations

american society of interior designers
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation recognizes schools for future Interior Designers
Jacqueline Padilla-Perez, lead interior designer at Satin & Slate, studied interior architecture at California State University of Sacremento.

Jacqueline | Executive Director & Lead Interior Designer

Having lived in almost every region of the United States, Jacqueline grew up surrounded by America’s most beautiful and iconic architecture, museums and cultural landscapes. From the the moment she could pick up a crayon, she never stopped drawing, creating and imagining. So naturally when it came time to choose a major in college, Jacqueline decided to study architecture and interior design. Jacqueline received a B.A. in Interior Architecture from the CIDA accredited program at California State University Sacramento, graduating with honors. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Historic Preservation at Boston Architectural College where she received the high honor of being presented with the Commends Distinction Award of Academic Excellence for her thesis “Embracing Architectural Inheritance” which includes a fully comprehensive guidebook for renovating and modernizing heritage properties while preserving historic integrity.

With over ten years of combined experience in residential and commercial design, Jacqueline has worked on projects ranging from single spaces, complete home renovations and large scale new construction, including a state of the art sports and entertainment arena. Her passion for design, impeccable eye for modern styling, knowledge of historic architecture, and dedication to client satisfaction enables her to create beautiful spaces that are as unique and special as the people who inhabit them. In her spare time, she advocates for the preservation of historic buildings and landmarks through volunteer work and sharing photos of historic places on social media which also satisfies her part time shutterbug hobby. During her down time, Jacqueline loves to hang with her family. When they’re not at home relaxing, you can catch them soaking up LA culture, enjoying cuisine at Grand Central Market or watching the latest box office hit.

What was your favorite TV show when growing up?

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, he is so inspiring!

If you could only choose one vacation destination where would you pick and why?

France! The most beautiful architecture I have ever seen in a photo is the Cathedral Saint Chappelle and the Palace of Versailles. If the photos are that wonderful, I can only imagine how amazing it would be to experience them in person.

What is your favorite cereal?

Lucky Charms

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Sylvia | Interior Designer & Product Specialist

Born and raised in South OC, Sylvia Lopez graduated from The Art Institute of California, in Orange County, with a BS in Interior Design. While working for a commercial contractor, she was able to collaborate and evolve in retail, hospitality, corporate and multi home dwellings designs. Adding to her diverse experience, she went on to work under many designers, each with their own unique style and challenges. Now she specializes in architectural detailing and design for Satin & Slate and continues to develop her skills and creativity by taking on historic projects, pushing limits creatively. Her goal is to continue progressing as a creator and manipulator of space, striving to create curiosity and thrill while proposing tasteful designs. You can find her enjoying the architecture of SoCal with her husband and dog Rocky.

Favorite design element?

The finishes! You can have good bones but properly used textures and patterns can really transform the space.

What’s your perfect night out?

Exploring landmarks or places hopefully accompanied by relaxing live music and artistic scene

Your ultimate design goal?

To design a space that conceptually transports the client to a whole new world – like an Alice & Wonderland homage.

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Jill | Hardscape & Landscape Designer

Growing up, Jill’s parents wanted a vacation house to bring together their large blended family of eight kids. So, every five years, they would design a house, have it built, then sell it at a profit. Fun was important: that first house on the Gulf Coast, had a pool table, a dock, and even a fireman’s pole to slide down from the loft. Jill’s first experience in design was going with her mother to choose fabrics for their home when she was just a little girl. During one project, she was able to convince her parents to let her design and draw their plunge pool. The neighborhood developer was so impressed by it, that he had Jill’s plunge pool design put into every one of his home designs from that day forward.

Jill is now an Architectural Designer with 17 years of experience working as a Principal, Project Designer, and Project Manager in Los Angeles area design-build firms, with a portfolio that encompasses architectural, interior, furniture, and landscape design. She has successfully designed and built projects at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape, urban design, and infrastructure. Her progressive work has received accolades including the AIA:LA Presidential Certificate and has been published in Los Angeles Magazine.

Jill earned her BA from Brown University, graduating with Cum Laude honors. She then received her master’s degree in architecture from SCI-Arc in 2003, as well as a Master’s Degree in Archaeology & Anthropology from Cambridge University. Additionally, she traveled Europe on a US-EU fellowship, and studied architecture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany for a semester.

Jill has advocated for adaptive material reuse as the Design Principal of a successful reclaimed wood start-up for 7 years. In addition to solely designing its bespoke and in-house furniture line, she has consulted with numerous hospitality and commercial clients, such as W Hotels, Google, and PayPal, as well as numerous architects and designers, on how to incorporate this environmentally friendly material into their building projects.

Her professional experience is cross disciplinary and grounded in real-world construction which includes working for architectural design-build firms, contractors, landscape design-build firms, and interior designers throughout her career.

How do you feel your designs can give back to the community? What do you work towards on your free time?

In addition to work with homeless charities, I’m working with local advocacy groups on finding ways for middle-class Angelinos to be able to afford their own homes. It seems crazy that stable middle-income earners such as teachers, nurses, and paralegals can seldom afford to own their own homes here. And part of the solution must be design, whether it’s accessory dwelling units, tiny house communities, prefabs, or shipping container houses. I want to be part of the solution.

What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?

Gardening! Weeding is my cardio.

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Alison | 3D Rendering Artist

Alison was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois among the sparkling skyline of the Windy City. She and her family moved to Orange County when she was 11-years-old which is where she discovered her love for interior design and enrolled at The Art Institute of California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and quickly entered the industry, creating awe inspiring artistic renderings that dazzled clients. Last year Alison was able to help design a 14,000 square foot home in the hills of Sunset Blvd for a local professional athlete. It was a special first project for her to work on straight out of college. Now she specializes in architectural renderings for Satin & Slate and building client relationships around Orange County.

Her favorite styles include rustic modern and implementing earthy tons with woods, stone and warm colors into a home. She has a knack for rendering and making the clients vision come to life. When she is not working, she is in Yosemite enjoying the hiking trails or on a road trip with her boyfriend and beagle, Roxy. But even during her down time she always finds the opportunity to open her sketchbook which allows her to refine her artistic craft.

What was the best concert you ever attended?

Linkin Park and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington

If you could choose one vacation destination where would you pick and why?

Switzerland, because I would love the scenery, hiking, and culture

Ashley | Operations Director

Ashley spent the better part of her college career with a focus on interior design. It wasn’t until after taking a business math class at Cal State Fullerton that she found her passion for numbers and accounting. After graduating college, she returned to her native Long Beach to join the Satin and Slate team with aspirations to, not only serve as the accountant, but also keep her creativity alive. When she’s not managing the accounts, she can still be found in the Studio creating and designing tailored spaces.

During her off-time, Ashley enjoys playing soccer, grabbing a quick bite to eat with friends and planning weddings.

What one memory do you most treasure?

My trip to Lebanon in 2015, exploring my mom’s roots was incredible!

What’s your favorite cereal?

Cocoa Puffs, pretty much since the day I was born.

Interior Design Intern

Deepa | Interior Design Intern

Born and raised in Los Angeles to Indian parents, she grew up to be fond of the arts, whether it be music, dance, or coloring. She had grown up watching shows like Extreme Makeover Home Edition, which made her feel inspired and happy to see a disadvantaged family come back to such a beautifully renovated home. It was since she was a senior in high school that she had planned to pursue a career in interior design. After finishing up her general education at a community college, Deepa transferred to San Diego State University to complete her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Being an interior design student at SDSU has given her opportunities to work on various class projects such as designing a public library, a contemporary Hindu temple, and even a housing project for low income communities in Tijuana, Mexico. With just one more semester left before graduating, interning for Satin and Slate is a great opportunity for her to gain valuable experience working under established interior designers.

When she isn’t busy with school or work, Deepa is either brunching with her friends or catching a show on Netflix with her cousins. She also loves to bake, which has been one of her favorite hobbies since childhood.

If you could only choose one vacation destination where would you pick and why?

Paris, since I’ve been young I have always wanted to go there, especially during the spring time when the flowers are blooming and when the weather would be nice and warm. I really want to see the Eiffel Tower and walk around the beautiful vintage streets and visit the cafes for fresh croissants and crepes.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in the last year?

To not worry about what other people think of you, to just be yourself and be confident in who you are.

What one memory do you most treasure?

This is actually a recent memory and one that I will never forget, it was the sheer happiness I experienced when watching my visually impaired cousin sister marry the love of her life, who is also visually impaired in India. Watching them fall for each other in such a short span of time without even knowing how one another looked, made me realize how pure love can be.

Interior Design Intern

Michelle | Interior Design Intern

For much of her life Michelle has been dedicated to the art of dance. Growing up as a member of a ballet company, she was surrounded by a world full of creativity through set designs and costumes. Michelle became inspired to pursue an education and career in a creative field which led her to Interior Design. She is currently working towards her major on interior design in Long Beach while building her skills in the field she’s so eager to one day be a part of. Her goal as a designer is to help others see the potential beauty that a space has to offer. Michelle is outgoing and a hard worker who loves seeing her personal touch in the projects she completes. Knowing that clients love the spaces that she has helped to create at Satin and Slate is what she finds most rewarding in her internship.

How do you feel your designs can give back to the community?

The way I’d like to give back to the community through design, is to help beautify spaces that people often overlook. I think design should have a subtle beauty that people not only see but feel. I hope to evoke feelings of comfort, being welcomed, and home with the spaces I design for others.

Who inspires you?

The people I’m closest to and everything around me. In the last year, I’ve experienced a pretty life changing event and my mom has played a huge role in showing me how to be a strong woman and my boyfriend has been a huge encouragement in me pursuing my dreams as a designer and making more meaningful strides to reach my dreams. I am beyond grateful to have the both of them in my life.

What do you work towards on your free time?

I like to work towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and fun activities like hiking or playing with dogs. I’m a major dog person and love being outdoors; nature nurtures.

Interior Design Intern

Tyler | Interior Design Intern

Born and raised in Orange County, Tyler graduated from Fountain Valley High School a little over 2 years ago, and is currently a student at Orange Coast Community College. Only a few years away from obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, Tyler is interning with Satin & Slate Interiors, gaining hands-on experience and hoping to expand her horizons in education and knowledge in the design world.
Tyler has always had a passion for design and remodeling, using every opportunity she could to help friends and family fill an empty space, decorate and rearrange, and even testing the waters with designing for an event planner! What inspires Tyler to become an Interior Designer is helping others find their happy place, filling the place they call home with their inner passions and memories, bringing those ideas to life with every touch. Tyler wants to help deliver the most comfortable, convenient, and satisfying home for each person she has the opportunity to work with. Her motto is “If they have to live in it, they better love it!”
With Tyler’s strong suit being her creativity, she is most excited for the finishing touches of the home, seeing the entire process come to life and adding the last perks, giving someone a new place they can call home and love! She is excited for her design journey at Satin & Slate, assisting projects with her creative input and seeing first hand what it really takes to design a home!

What do you work toward in your free time?

Staying off of my phone and enjoying the moment! Although people probably expect me to be obsessed with my cellular device, I actually try to put it away as often as I can and enjoy whatever I am doing in the moment- whether that be binge watching Netflix, or spending a day out with the people I love!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the past year?

Life is short, and waits for no one. Take opportunities and work hard, but have lots of fun while you’re at it!

Can you play any instruments?

Do vocal chords count? LOL. No, but I can sing! (You can’t ask me, I won’t do it).

Public Relations Intern

Raven | Social Media & Public Relations Intern

Raven is currently a Senior at California State University- Long Beach, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. Her love for writing and connecting with people is what swayed her to switch her major from biology and dedicate herself to four additional years of college to study Journalism. The growth of social media and Raven’s obsession with creating unique and innovative content is what directed her toward Public Relations. If someone asked her about what aspects she looks for in a dream job, it would be to always think creatively, build authentic relationships, while also staying true to herself.  Raven’s work at Satin & Slate is allowing her to explore so many avenues of reaching and engaging with a design-centric audience and has contributed to her belief that Public Relations is definitely the right path for her!

What has been your most fulfilling experience on your road towards your career?

The most fulfilling experience on the road to my career has definitely been working with the Seal Beach Animal Care Center to create a professional Media Kit for an annual event of theirs. It was a project in my Written Communication for Public Relations class this past semester.  We had to contact an organization of our choosing and create a media kit for an upcoming event. It was such an enriching experience and allowed me to truly utilize everything I have absorbed in my classes throughout my college career.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year?

So many. But one that stands out in particular is that when things do not seem as though they are going your way, it usually means something better is in fruition. It is so important to trust the timing of things.

Can you play any instruments or sports?

Cheerleading! It has been a huge part of my life since I was 14. I was even elected team captain for this upcoming school year!

Founder, Owner & Advisor to Interior Designers

Jereme James | Founder, Owner & Advisor

Jereme grew up in a historical 18th century home, where he mastered the difficult art of maintaining and upgrading houses, while keeping their personalities and classic styles intact.  Jereme takes pride in building and remodeling residential and commercial spaces that tailor to his clients’ needs.

With over 20-years of experience working alongside designers and architects, Jereme realized the value of a great designer. Satin and Slate was built on Jereme’s admiration for well-designed spaces and love for aesthetics. He’s now put together a group of admirable and distinguished designers to go forth and create beautiful, functional and timeless spaces.

During his time away from the remodeling world, Jereme enjoys spending time with his kids, fishing, traveling and attending dog shows with his award-winning pup.

What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?

Geek-out in the kitchen with new recipes

What’s your process in design?

Ask the S&S team