Making the Design Process Playful & Gratifying

Every day I meet people who tell me they want to change something about their home/work space. I am immediately excited for them...then I sense their fear of diving in. My job as a design consultant & project manager is to do just that; dive into your project & seamlessly transform your space.


Elegant & Modern


Country Cosy


Playful & Adventurous


Be Inspired by Our Work


Initial Client Consultation

Known as the the programming phase, I start with identifying the client's needs & objectives. Together we'll discuss the specific function(s) of the space, who will be using the space, & furniture & equipment requirements.

Schematic Design

In this phase, space planning & furniture layouts are developed. Rough sketches & elevations are created, preliminary furniture & finish ideas are developed then presented to the client for review & revision.

Design Development

After final approval of the schematic design, we develop floor plans, lighting plans, elevations & other related items in detail. Colors & finishes are refined, while furniture & equipment are selected. Cost estimates are prepared & along with the resulting design are presented to the client for review, revision & final approval.

Construction Documents

Specific details of work to be completed are documented, such as cabinetry specification, finishes including flooring & paint, lighting fixture selection, plumbing location & fixture selection, & electrical layouts. Then, bids are obtained & contractors selected.

Project Coordination

Onsite management during building & installation is a key part of my job, to ensure items are received in good condition, installed correctly, & that documentation is on schedule.


Michelle Slade

From New Zealand & inspired by the Kiwi can-do attitude together with contemporary design style reflective of architecture in my native home, I currently live & work in the San Francisco Bay Area. I also maintain a home in Baja, Mexico where I enjoy spending beach time & working on design projects. Other than design & architecture, I love sailing, kiteboarding, trail running, mountain biking & travel. 


Inspired Living Spaces

I've enjoyed working with clients to help them realize their vision to enhance their living / work spaces since 2006. A graduate of the Berkeley University Interior Design & Interior Architecture Program, I've worked on design & project consulting of new builds & remodels in destinations around the country & overseas. I know just how daunting it can be to take on construction projects, no matter the size, from the smallest of bathrooms to a new build. 

At SladebyDesign, I like to make sure that the design process is rewarding & fun. I do my best to provide insight & value along the way, & to deliver the job on budget & on time, working with an experienced crew of contractors & subs. Significantly, I offer fresh & inspirational ways of looking at your project, while incorporating elements of your liking into concepts I present.