Design Studio Team

Sara Morgan

Design Studio Manager

Sara has always enjoyed painting and drawing, and interior design gives her a wonderful way to put those skills to work. She loves helping each homebuyer create a unique space that reflects their personal taste and lifestyle.

  • Joined The Team: 2010
  • Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend: Sara’s personal favorite is Modern with a mix of whimsy, and she loves how the color gray can provide the perfect backdrop to a bold pop of color or a subtle mix of warm and cool tones.
  • Fun Fact: Sara loves movies and music – especially live music – and don’t be surprised if you find her commanding the karaoke stage during a lip sync-off with a group of friends.

Danielle Miller Holmes

Assistant Design Studio Manager

Danielle loves helping people transform their dreams into reality at the Design Gallery! Every day is an adventure she says, but the best days of all are when homebuyers invite her to see their new homes after they move in.

  • Joined The Team: 2012
  • Education: Studied marketing at San Jose State and Design at west Valley College
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend: Danielle favors a traditional style. She believes in good bones – floors, cabinets, furniture – and while she occasionally springs for a trendy accent piece, she won’t invest in it. She’d rather buy the most expensive item she can afford, and then keep it forever!
  • Fun Fact: Family is Danielle’s first priority! She’s mother and stepmother to four beautiful children, and the family loves to entertain, shop, travel, ride bikes, play games, swim, and have tons of fun together.

Trina Dreher

Senior Design Studio Consultant

Trina’s love for design developed early; her father was a Land Surveyor, and she grew up playing at his drafting table. Now, she enjoys the mechanics of the process, and says that helping her homebuyers figure out their design conundrums is as satisfying as solving a giant puzzle.

  • Joined The Team: 2012
  • Education: New York School of Interior Design
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend: Trina’s design style is eclectic; she picks what she loves and enjoys — things that have history or meaning.
  • Fun Fact: When Trina worked for IKEA in the late 1990’s, she designed a kitchen for Jam Master Jay from RUN DMC. (oh, and there was also that time Michael Keaton gave her Lifesavers!)

Dana Kartchner

Design Studio Consultant

Dana’s love of home design began as a hobby helping friends and family with designing their dream home or remodeling for resale. Her favorite HGTV designers are Candice Olson and Joanna Gaines, although she really loves to mix styles to personalize each space.

When she’s not busy helping homebuyers achieve their dream design, you might catch Dana out riding her Harley Davidson with her husband, rocking out to live music or enjoying a good movie.

  • Joined The Team: 2015
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, University of Phoenix
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend: Urban rustic trend of blending natural materials with modern elements
  • Fun Fact: As a child, Dana was once mistaken for actress Tatum O’Neal while visiting Hollywood, CA

Mindi Blackburn

Design Studio Consultant

Mindi’s motto, “it’s the little things,” is a driving force in how she lives her life. She chooses to spend her time with others and strives to leave a lasting positive impact on those around her. She believes that the smallest act can mean the most. In her free time, you’ll find her spending every moment possible with her family and enjoying some delicious chocolate.

  • Joined The Team: 2015
  • Education: Studied Design at Idaho State University
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend: Mindi tends to lean towards eclectic design trends. She prefers to mix and match different styles, rather than just stick with traditional or modern. She loves figuring out how to combine different designs into one cohesive look.
  • Fun Fact: Mindi is a DIY girl. If she can buy it, she can make it. She loves the challenge of making her own decor, costumes, staging parties and decorating cakes. She says she finds the end results usually rewarding and uses Pinterest as her Google.

Patti Phipps

Design Studio Consultant

Patti is part analytical and part creative. As a Certified Project Manager, she started out in the tech industry. She chose to go back to school for interior design, which is really her true passion. She loves helping people create their dream home and strives to help new home buyers with their selections, making it fun and stress free! During her free time, you can find her searching for local antique or furniture consignment stores as she has a passion for furniture.

  • Joined The Team: 2019
  • Education: Studied Interior Design at West Valley College in Saratoga, CA
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend: Modern Farmhouse, with a mixture of wood, wrought iron, antiques and painted furniture. Patti adds pops of color to create an inviting space.
  • Fun Fact: Trained and shown champion Bouvier’s.

Katja Strand

Design Studio Consultant

Nothing makes Katja more happy than the look on a homebuyers face when they walk into their new home completely in love with it. She loves the unique style each individual has and getting to help transform their styles into a beautiful home. In her spare time you can find her skiing up at Bogus Basin in the winter or hiking in the summer.

  • Joined The Team: 2019
  • Education: Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Oregon State University
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend: Katja’s favorite design style is transitional, where contemporary styles meet traditional. She loves keeping a neutral color pallet to allow for bold patterns or textures.
  • Fun Fact: Katja is a professional when it comes to cooking in the AirFryer – her famous dish is Chicken Parmesan.

Bonnie Ybarra

Design Studio Consultant

Bonnie lives in East Boise where she grew up. She lives with her husband and 2 young, wild, crazy, super fun sons. Bonnie loves being able to ride bikes on the greenbelt, or walk downtown with her family. She has known from an early age that she wanted to be a designer and has been reading floorplans, drawing houses and their furnishings since she was about 7 or 8 years old. It’s something Bonnie loves coming to work to do. She enjoys helping buyers design their homes, giving her a huge sense of satisfaction!

  • Joined The Team: 2013
  • Education: Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Washington State University. 
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend: Scandinavian. The more simple, clean, decluttered, minimal, the better!
  • Fun Fact: She’s a major homebody and loves spending time with my family. Other hobbies include eating out to try new restaurants, traveling, reading personal development books, spending time in nature, and practicing daily meditation. 

Katie Wilde

Assistant Design Studio Consultant

Katie has always loved studying floorplans and drawing them for hours upon hours!.. because there really is no place like home. It’s a pleasure to help people create their own personal habitat that hugs and supports them through their life adventures. During her free time you’ll find Katie in her own home, which was built in 1903, so she’s most likely planning or working on some remodeling project!

  • Joined the Team: 2019
  • Education: Originally studied art at Boise State but later received a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho.
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend: Most all of them!!! Katie’s home is full of live plants, antiques and amazing second hand finds, but mid-century modern, bohemian, Scandinavian, farmhouse and anything involving natural light, houseplants, and an easy connection to the landscape is fabulous!
  • Fun Fact: Katie was born and raised in Idaho and has lived in three different regions of this beautiful state. 

Linae Mishler

Design Studio Assistant

My love for Design started as a child when going with my father to work, looking at blueprints and studying floorplans then seeing the end product. The saying I go by is “There Is No Place Like Home”. Your home is where you create so many memories with your family and my favorite is “movie and cuddle time”. Our 3 kids keep us busy. When I have some alone time I love shopping or working on a new project around the house whether its interior or landscaping.

  • Joined the team in 2019
  • Education:  General Education with piano and art classes on the side.
  • Favorite Design Style or Trend:  My go to is Modern Farmhouse. I have a passion for textures, different woods, and iron but simplicity. There is something about black and white that is timeless and will never go out of style, then when you add pops of color and textures it becomes AMAZING. Its livable, practical but also unique when adding your own flair, creating a space you never want to leave.
  • Fun Fact:  Patrick Swayze’s mother, Patsy Swayze taught me how to dance when I was little. Besides dance, music, and design you will find my family and I spending every moment on our boat in the warmer months.