Meryl Stern

Meryl Stern

Santa Barbara, CA, US



I am Meryl Stern (not Meryl Streep, although we do share all but one letter in our names).  I create exceptional environments that meet my clients’ design challenges and standards of excellence. I am an accomplished, awarded interior designer, a highly motivated, organized, independent, dedicated leader. For the past 19 years, I have been the principal leader of my namesake firm, Meryl Stern Interiors, Inc.  I am exceptionally passionate about space planning and believe architects and designers should be required to work together because the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.  I am inspired and dedicated to raising the bar on the quality of the spaces we inhabit and the lifestyles we lead.

What makes me different from most is that I am fueled by left brain/right brain thinking about the possibilities and passion for design. My education and work background includes both the business and artistic sides of the spectrum. I’ve earned two degrees, one in Accounting, and one in Interior Design.  I’ve worked eight years in a corporate environment, nineteen years as a small business owner.  My work is mostly residential, although I have won accolades from Zagat’s Top Décor List for a restaurant I designed and built, as well as ASID Design of Excellence Awards for a bustling NYC pediatrics office.  I am analytical and numbers focused while at the same time completely creative and uninhibited.  I am driven to solve problems.  There is nothing I can’t solve, because I know where to look to find the answers that I may not have.  I’m a forward-thinking leader.  I don’t sweat it, I just do it.  That’s what I’m doing now, frankly.

I will add value to your company, both intrinsic and monetary.  I am a strong networker and have a loyal following of repeat clients. I establish client and business goals and strategize on how to manage and exceed expectations.  I see the big picture through all of the important details, always.  Every job I do I take personally, and every person I meet and conversation or experience I have is an opportunity to learn and grow.  Sometimes it’s personal, sometimes it’s business.  But I know for sure that I can and will pay it forward.



Meryl Stern Interiors, Inc., Grand View-on-Hudson, NY, US, Principal

Founder and leader of namesake full service interior design firm specializing in Luxury Lifestyle Interior Design and Project Management. Based on an “exceed expectations” philosophy, the firm has consistently succeeded and retained annuity-based clients whose satisfaction is evidenced by long -term relationships, multiple projects and referrals.

Responsibilities include:
Client development, Programming, Budget development, Schematic Design, Design development,, Space Planning, CAD drawings, Construction Documentation, Specifications, Materials and FF&E Selection and Purchasing, Project Management, General Contracting, Contract negotiating, Vendor Relations, Installation, and Follow-up, Integrally positioning web-based and print Advertising and Promotion, Employee management and training, Proficient at Studio IT, AutoCAD.

Sep 1994 - current

The Warner Group Architects, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA, US, Senior Interior Designer

Senior Interior Designer with 20+ years experience in high-end residential and luxury commercial projects. Worked creatively and collaboratively with Firm's architects while designing, budgeting, specifying, purchasing, and expediting interiors' projects. Provided exceptional organizational, verbal and written communication skills, and managed all details of multiple projects in fast-paced environment. Delivered first class customer experience and was awarded with entire home project by extremely happy client. Proficient in Studio Webware and AutoCAD.

Jan 2015 - Jun 2015

David Anthony Easton, LLC, New York, NY, Internship

Learned hands on how to see through the eyes of one of the most prominent, respected interior designers in this country. Shopped fabrics, furniture, lighting, floor/wall coverings. Reported directly to Senior Manager of design team.

Jan 1994 - Aug 1994


New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), New York, NY, US, Interior Design

AAS Degree earned, in addition to Bachelor of Accountancy from GWU.

Sep 1994 - May 1998

The George Washington University, Washington, DC, US, Bachelors, Accounting

Sep 1982 - May 1986


ASID Design of Excellence Award, SILVER, Residential Several Spaces, 2nd Place

NJ ASID, Silver Award for Residential Several Spaces


ASID Design of Excellence Award, Universal Design Recognition, Westside Pediatrics, NYC, NY, 1st Place

NJ ASID, Award for Universal Design Recognition


ASID Design of Excellence Award, GOLD, Healthcare, Westside Pediatrics – NYC, NY, 1st Place

NJ ASID Chapter, Gold Award for Healthcare.
NYC Pediatrics Office


ASID Design of Excellence Award, GOLD, Residential Single Space, 1st Place

NJ ASID Chapter, Gold Award for Residential Single Space under 5000 SF


Zagat's Top Decor, New Jersey Edition, Other

Harvest Bistro & Bar, Closter, NJ consistently awarded Top Decor ranking on Zagat's New Jersey Edition Lists.


Areas of Specialization 


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