Fine Designed Interiors
Laura Mergens Sullivan
ASID Award Winning Designer.
Laura has been providing Interior Design service and space planning solutions to southern California clients for over 23 years, with total industry experience exceeding 35 years. She is formally educated, and is a Certified Interior Designer, a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer, and has successfully achieved the prestigious NCIDQ Certification. Memberships include National Kitchen & Bath Association, American Society of Interior Designers, and California Council for Interior Design Certification. Additional accolades include an ASID 2015 Gold Award for excellence in Interior Design for Master-Bath Design.
She is a southern girl born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. She attended American Intercontinental University in Atlanta where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design.
Laura’s career has developed and expanded in the Kitchen and Bath Industry. She has worked with several cabinet manufactures from startup to high end companies. She has held various positions including; Interior Designer, Senior Kitchen Designer, Project Design Manager and Manufactures Representative. Her corporate positions include; Design Director, Kitchen Bath Design Director, Showroom Operations Manager, and Vice President of Operations. Laura has given back to the industry in the form of apprenticeships and a mentoring program for students from the Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) located in Walnut, California. She has also taught at Mt. SAC College and Saddleback College in the Interior Design Program with the curriculum of the approved NKBA standards for the Kitchen and Bath Studio Design Classes.
A PERSONAL NOTE
I have fond memories growing up with my southern family in Georgia. The kitchen was a welcoming gathering place for me and my three siblings, mom, dad, and anyone else who wanted to pull up a chair and enjoy a glass of sweet tea, some good eats, and great fellowship. Often these gatherings led to extended conversations, various types of events, and entertainment in other areas of the home.
Then and now, the kitchen is an ever expanding major part of the home that encompasses and influences all areas of our lives. I enjoy cooking, eating, conversation, entertaining, collecting kitchen gadgets, exploration, architecture, art, walking….and of course Golf.
MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
“Designing Kitchens and other spaces is an expression of the client’s heart and soul; enriching their personal environment, promoting wellness, harmony, peace and creating memories in a place called home.”
“It’s important in formulating kitchen design concepts to understand the aesthetics, functionality and practical working environment in the kitchen. Being a designer and having a passion for the art of cooking enables you to understand the functioning, versatility, form and the usage of the space requirements.”
"PEACE LOVE INTERIOR DESIGN"
It is a tremendous blessing and privilege to be a part of enriching a client’s home and promoting wealth of life and memories for years to come. Thank you.
THE BENEFITS OF HIRING A CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNER
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFIED CREDIBILITY
"Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) is the globally recognized hallmark of a highly qualified Interior Designer." It is the highest premier certifying organization for the Interior Design Professional.
NCIDQ Certification assures Interior Designers are competent with Industry standards not only for aesthetics but also for public health, safety and welfare.
"The strenuous requirements of the NCIDQ Examination give clients and employers added confidence in the caliber of work from NCIDQ Certified designers. The exam covers seven areas that capture the core competencies of interior design: building systems, codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practice and project coordination. The exam’s contents are regularly updated to ensure they reflect the most current knowledge required to design safe, functional and innovative interior spaces."
"Professional interior designers who possess the NCIDQ Certification have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core competencies, supported by verified work experience and a college degree. They have proven their expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety and welfare. They are passionate about their profession and dedicated to its recognition and integrity."
The National Kitchen & Bath Association; NKBA is the world’s leading trade organization for the kitchen and bath industry dedicated to all sectors of residential kitchen and bath design and remodeling. "NKBA strives to inform, empower and connect its members and the industry through professional development, certification and education programs; exclusive market research, and events to showcase the latest products, technology and innovation in the space."
The Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer® (CMKBD) is a program that recognizes noteworthy experience and achievements in the kitchen and bath industry and is the highest certification for the Kitchen & Bath Designer within the NKBA organization. Candidates for CMKBD must possess their CKBD certification or CKD and CBD certification, and have additional years of experience beyond CKBD certification. Additional requirements for candidates must submit proof of meeting requirements to demonstrate contributions in four areas of concentration: Functional requirements, Engaging
with the Industry, Promoting Professionalism, and Cultivating New Talent.
Certification is issued by the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC). It is the only legally recognized and protected title for Interior Designers in the State of California.
Choosing a Certified Interior Designer assures you that your are working with a competent Design Professional who is qualified to design, who may prepare and submit non-structural, non-seismic construction documents, specifications, finishes & furnishings and has demonstrated by means of education, experience, and examination the competency to protect, enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public.