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Best of Designhounds - The DesignHounds Influencer Network presents its Top Finds from KBIS 2022


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Amala Raj Swenson
For Principal Designer, Amala Raj Swenson (she/her), interior design is a family tradition. She grew up in the industry, crediting her parents’ 30+ years of experience as suppliers of unique natural and recycled stone materials for helping her recognize the power of design. Amala pursued her passion at the New York School of Interior Design, where she went on to cultivate her skills. Amala went on to be the principal designer and founder of her own Interior Design business. Her noteworthy designs have been featured in Home and Gardens and earned her San Diego Kitchen of the Year in 2019 and San Diego Children's Room of the Year in 2020. Amala currently uses her experience to share accessible design tips as the on-air interior design expertfor The List TV. Amala has also been featured in publications such as Forbes, Realtor.com, MyDomaine, SDVoyager and more.
Jennifer Hutton
Designs and Selections Manager @Grau Building Company
Jennifer Hutton is a creative designer who has built on her formal education with years of hands-on experience in the industry. An environmental design degree from the University at Buffalo and an interior design degree from Villa Maria college bolster her already substantial knowledge on design, trends, materials, and finishes.While working in Buffalo, NY as a kitchen and bath designer at Artisan Kitchens and Baths since 2013, Jennifer has showcased her work in numerous magazines, blogs, television shows and in 2020 was presented with one of the NKBA’s coveted Thirty under 30 awards. She also found herself teaching a course in kitchen and bath design at Villa Maria College in their accredited interior design program, sharing her expertise with the next generation of designers.
Jessica Duce
Jessica Duce is the owner of JDuce Design LLC and Vacation Rental Designers. Jessica is based in the Houston, Texas area. Jessica has been designing for residential clients for over 12 years. Her award winning residential design style is considered “affordable luxury.” Their clients are local and nationwide. Jessica and her team have also created a niche design for AirBnB and VRBO properties. Their sister firm, Vacation Rental Designers, works with vacation rental owners across the country to create beautiful and performance based properties for profit and longevity. Jessica has been a Design Hounds Influencer Finalist, Speaker at High Point Market, guest on several industry podcasts, and a Ethos Collective approved Luxury Designer. Jessica is also a Brand Ambassador for Revolution Performance.
Leanne Wood
President @Flying Camel
Leanne Wood is the president of Flying Camel Advertising, Design + PR, a full-service communications firm operating in the Greater Toronto Area. For over 23 years, Leanne has guided the agency through significant growth, industry specialization, and rapid technological change. In addition to being a PR and Social Media specialist, she has managed hundreds of integrated marketing campaigns, locally and across North America. Her agency currently guides the social spaces for KBIS, NKBA, GlobalShop, CEDIA Expo, as well as being the Agency of Record for LIXIL brands in Canada (American Standard, DXV, and GROHE), Cosentino Canada and Hamilton Beach Canada.
Shea Pumarejo
Owner @Younique Designs
Shea Pumarejo is the owner and principal designer of Younique Designs in San Antonio, Texas. Shea began her Interior Design career in the furnishings and soft goods industry but later fell in love with construction and seeing a home completely transform during the renovation process. Younique Designs is a full service Interior Design Firm, thought heir specialty is Kitchen and Bath design for residential remodels.Shea has won 10 national design competitions including 7 wins from the NKBA and is proud to have recently earned her CMKBD.
Tristan Gary
@Tristan Gary Designs
Tristan Gary is a renowned interior designer with a wealth of experience from staging to custom design, to Design Build work. Tristan’s passion and perseverance has been proven throughout her career and in all aspects of her life. Hailing from Houston, Texas, Tristan brings her warm personality and Southern hospitality to interactions with her clients. Unsurprisingly, these people become lifetime clients and friends. She's committed to culture, home, family, community, and especially, her clients. After traveling the world, Tristan received her B.A. from Seattle Pacific University in Interior Design, and quickly jumped into founding her own design firm. She has brought her wealth of travel and life experiences to her creative endeavors for more than a dozen years in helping clients bring their dreams to life in the Northwest and beyond.