Variety is the spice of design for Tavia. While earning a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with a business minor from the CIDA-accredited Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts, Tavia’s interest in kitchen and bath design was sparked in her residential studio class. That led to an internship with a Boston-based kitchen and bath firm, where she was immediately intrigued by the diversity of each project.
Growing up on Maine’s Moosehead Lake—where island-dotted waters are surrounded by vast forests—Tavia has a special appreciation for rustic-meets-functional design. She approaches every job with four basic principles in mind: function, creativity, style and detail. In her words: “It’s so exciting for me to see a project that started as pen to paper really come to life.” We couldn’t agree more.
When she’s not creating beautiful kitchens and baths, Tavia enjoys exploring new food and wines with friends and running. In fact, she recently celebrated a milestone birthday by checking off two “bucket list” items in one day: completing her first half-marathon and fulfilling her childhood dream of going to Disneyworld. What’s next for Tavia? 19.5 miles in the “Glass Slipper Challenge” open to modern-day princess warriors who wear running shoes instead.
If you hosted your own design show, what would you call it?
“Barnhouse Homes. When I lived in Maine, I had a design blog called Barnhouse Living. I love rustic elements paired with functional design in all types of homes. And I especially love cupolas!” – Tavia