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.

Thomas - Lead interior Designer

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Thomas Keene | Lead Interior Designer

Thomas was raised in what is currently one of the fastest growing cities in Florida known as Sarasota (The city of the Arts). It was there that he earned his bachelor’s degree in interior design at one of the most prestigious schools in America – Ringling College of Art & Design. He has since worked with interior, hospitality and architectural design firms expanding his knowledge of design styles and basic construction understanding.

It was in 2010 when Thomas decided to relocate to Long Beach and enjoy the elements of nature. His love for the beach, camping, cycling and other outdoor adventures is where he draws his inspiration. As head designer, he is currently becoming one of the most sought-after designers in the area. Thomas is known for mixing design styles, clean lines and pops of color. He has vast knowledge and experience with home remodels; including kitchens, bathrooms, patio / outdoor additions, furniture placement and design.

Thomas always says “My job as a designer is to raise the expectation of design by creating unique and tailored elements reflecting the style of each owner’s project.”

Christian Rosales - Interior Designer

Christian Rosales – Interior Designer

Christian Rosales is a Los Angeles native and full-time designer. He began his Interior Design career in 2012 after he graduated from California State University, Long Beach. He has worked with a variety of local designers who have helped to expand his knowledge in both residential and commercial design. Christian focuses on elevating spaces by making them as unique as possible, while still tailoring to the client’s needs. He successfully utilizes the client’s space and enhances it by adding a touch of luxury.

In his spare time, Christian enjoys the outdoors, watching documentaries, going to museums, attending local events, and brushing up on the latest trends in the world of design. One of his favorite architectural homes is the John Sowden House (by Lloyd Wright) located in Los Feliz. Christian is always eager to learn and that is what makes him the ideal designer for any project.

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Jill | Architectural & 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.

David Oliveira – Social Media Marketing Coordinator

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David Oliveira – Social Media Marketing Coordinator

David is our photographer and social media/marketing coordinator. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biological Oceanography from Richard Stockton University and a bachelor’s degree in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, David decided to leave NYC and drive west to pursue his dream of California living. It was his sense of adventure that landed him in the Long Beach area. He carries this same approach to work every day, making sure our clients and followers see spaces through our eyes!

You will typically find David admiring/participating in the City’s numerous murals, festivals and beachside living, always with a camera within arm’s reach.