Gail Stempel Dunnett – Founder + CEO
Studio D’s founder, Gail Stempel Dunnett has over fifteen years experience in the home furnishings and design industry. Gail has been sourcing, developing, and merchandising products for leaders in the industry for too many years to admit. With a business degree from Wharton and a Management Consulting background from Bain & Co. under her belt she moved to Australia for five years, then returned to meld her love of business with her passion for interiors as VP of Merchandising for Exposures Homes in Connecticut and later for Pottery Barn in San Francisco. She then left to follow her entrepreneurial dreams and founded studio D in 2003, where execution and visual appeal are paramount, providing unparalleled home staging, design and retail home furnishings to the Bay Area. In 2010, Studio D acquired New York Home Staging Company, and has been staging high end properties including Anderson Cooper’s and Kati Perry’s lofts, appearing on HGTV’s Selling NY & BRAVO’s curb appeal, and being featured in the Wall Street Journal’s house of the week. Gail and her buyers travel local and abroad for inspirational ideas to infuse the company with fresh exciting looks while adding value for Developers, Retailers, Homeowners, and Commercial design clients on both coasts. East Coaster originally, Gail has lived in NY, Boston, CT, & Australia. Now settled in the Bay area, she is an avid runner, skier, & tennis junky with interests in photography, art + architecture.
Jane Saidenberg – Design Director – Studio D NYC
Jane comes to Studio D with a passion for design and a track record of striking work. Originally inspired by the mid-century pieces that her mother collected, Jane has had a lifelong love affair with interiors. After her successful stint as an Agent at William Morris Agency, she pursued her visual passions and has built over 12 years of design experience. In 2002, Jane founded Jane Marvel, design and manufacture of branded home accessory and handbag lines. She also completed several soup-to-nuts home renovations, including one where she General Contracted the entire project. Her interior design work transforming a NY Penthouse duplex as well as a Hampton’s home has been featured in Architectural Digest and Apartment Therapy among others; Jane Marvel accessories have been in countless magazines from Oprah Winfrey’s O! to Gotham to HC&G.
Florence Attinger – Designer/Stager, San Francisco | Marin
Florence came to the US to finalize her art degree after receiving a Master’s Degree in Communication and Advertising in France. She followed her studies with work as a retail consultant and home furnishing product developer for a large chain retailer. Since opening her first interior design company in 2002, she has produced a number of residential projects for clients in Mill Valley, San Francisco and vacation homes in France and the East Coast. For Florence, good design is found in the graceful composition of antique + modern elements and wonderful color + texture, with a dash of daring. She followed her passion of architecture, antiques and art, which ultimately lead her to extensive work in home staging.Her work has been has been featured in the 2005 San Francisco’s Junior League Homes Tour and California Home and Design magazine. Florence is an amateur abstract acrylic and encaustic artist, a member of the Marin Charitable Association, a non-profit organization which plays a crucial role in enriching the lives of children at risk in our community and a sustainer of San Francisco Bay Area Discovery Museum.
Janci Deetz – Stager/Designer East Bay
Janci’s passion for design has been with her since a young age, along side a desire to travel and learn about the world. A Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology, afforded her the opportunity to study people and places all over the globe. She was inspired by basic structures to elaborately designed architecture throughout Europe. She later completed her Bachelors in Interior Architecture and Design, with an emphasis in sustainability. Her design style is classic and modern with rustic elements that give a nod to the natural world around us. Janci has lived and worked in the Bay Area for over a decade and though she traveled to incredible places, this one rivals them all. Always excited to return, that is the same feeling we should all have when we return to our home – inspired and embraced.Prior to working with Studio D, Janci spent several years restoring and renovating homes and commercial properties. Among other projects, she recently designed Locavore, a restaurant in San Francisco that sources local food with all local and sustainable fixtures.
Jessie Galloway – Home Staging Associate, San Francisco
Jessie is a graduate student for Interior Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Originally hales from Illinois, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. Jessie is gaining a wealth of experience and pursuing her passion by working closely with the talented design staff staging homes and working with social media at studio D. Her style tends to lean toward vintage modern, but her finishing touches on any design work are inspiring. Jessie is affectionately known as, “The girl with the hair.
Stacy Simmons – Buyer
Stacy has always enjoyed interacting with her environment and enhancing it through design. Born in Wisconsin from Architecture DNA, she later studied at Harrington College of Design in Chicago where she earned her degree in Interior Design. There she became educated in space planning, color application, materials and sourcing. Her artistic abilities led her to pursue many creative avenues including painting, illustration and graphic design work. Her career history involves Client Styling at Dot & Bo, where she assisted consumers and businesses in finding key pieces for their space while working with a large selection of furniture. At studio D Stacy began as a Staging Associate, contributing her keen eye for color and balance to create an impactful space. Her love for finding new and fabulous furniture pieces led Stacy to focus her attention on buying for studio D.
Born and raised in the bay area, Kimberly Dellamonica’s design career was inspired by extensive travel. Her interior designs are of a natural eco-friendly character that bring organic luxury and natural elements from the outdoors inside. For her staging and set design career, she incorporates a multitude of ideas and in-depth experience that she acquired by working with many a client. Kimberly was recently featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in Oprah Magazine. She was awarded “Best Design in America” by Nate Berkus.
Holly Bryce – Sr. Design Associate – studio D NYC
Growing up in North Carolina, Holly’s passion for spatial design was apparent at an early age. When she was seven, she discovered the wonder of floor plans and used graphing paper to draw her own. While attending Georgetown University, Holly studied art and set design, and was chosen as the designer for two on-campus productions. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a double minor in Theater and Studio Art, Holly spent six months as an assistant to an interior designer in Washington, DC. She was then hired by National Geographic Television’s Story Development team, where she helped pitch ideas for new programming. For three years, Holly worked in TV and production in a variety of creative capacities—from assistant producing and casting a yoga show, to hosting a children’s ESL series. In 2012, Holly joined Cooking Channel’s digital team as an Associate Editor where she helped brainstorm and create new content for the site, including photo galleries, blogs, and newsletters. She is thrilled to be a part of the Studio D creative team, where she’s able to (finally!) marry her love of design, production and writing.
Yecenia Marin – Staging Assistant – Studio D NYC
Yecenia Marin born and raised in Colombia, moved to New York City in pursuit of her passion for fashion + design. Upon graduating from Katherine Gibbs NY with a Bachelor in Fashion Design and Merchandising, Yecenia had the opportunity to pursue a career as a designer. Although the experience was invaluable, she sought a new direction to fulfill her creative edge. As a child, Yecenia had always enjoyed home decorating and used interior design magazines as inspiration. She gravitates towards a modern and industrial style. As a Staging Assistant, Yecenia thoroughly enjoys learning and experimenting with new styles.
Wayne Wolfe – Crew Manager
Native San Franciscan, Wayne was featured tailback at Sacred Heart Cathedral then at San Francisco State. After running the ball downfield, he later ran Security for a number of companies in the Bay area. More recently, Wayne headed up the Shipping Department for Zocalo Inc. for over 13 years. There he grew with this home furnishings company of 7 to that of 150 employees and sales of $48mm. Studio D was lucky enough to recruit Wayne in 2012 as Crew Manager. When not managing the crew at studio D, Wayne is busy with his impressive other half, keeping fit, and providing in house nutritional advice to the team.