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STEVE CLIFTON

ASID, Principal Interior Designer

“Why save fine china only for the holidays?  Nice things should be enjoyed every day… and I do.”

I’m Steve Clifton. It all started for me at a very young age drawing Crayola houses. You know, the square block houses with the green roof, stick people looking outside and a bright yellow sun in the top right corner. Yep, that was me and my first art of Interior Design. I watched as my Mom so proudly taped them to the refrigerator, making me believe I was the next Frank Lloyd Wright. A few years later, at age 8, my Dad bought me my first drafting board from the Sears Catalogue. I began drawing serious house plans, giving them names and pricing each one of them individually. My favorite is still, “Ranch on a Slope” – $29,750.00. Yes, those were the days. I don’t think my parents really knew what would come from the great beginning they gave me.

Now here I am today, after establishing Scene One Interiors in 1982, becoming a leading award-winning design firm in the Houston area, with an excellent staff of designers, and a luxury showroom in The Houston Design Center.

I’ve seen trends come and go since the 80’s, but quality workmanship in the projects is the constant. I believe every home is the client’s personal show place and it should reflect just that — their personality. From day one, the experience should be fun with everyone involved in the project and the process revolves around your needs and desires.

So, let’s have fun doing what we at Scene One do best…designing your dreams.

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KENNETH KELLY

ASID, Interior Designer

“Eclectic is not a dirty word. It’s an art form.”

I’m Kenneth Kelly, and I’ve been proud to call Scene One Interiors my home-swank-home since 1995. I have a BS in Interior Design from Lambuth University and a resume loaded with retail furniture and showroom design experience. But I’m also an artist. I love working in oil, acrylic, pen and ink.

Little wonder that my personal style tends toward the eclectic. I enjoy mixing antiques with modern to achieve a unique balance. The challenge is to utilize the elements and principles of design to make everything work together organically for that “effortlessly beautiful” aesthetic people that makes folks marvel.

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KAREN BLACK

Interior Designer, Allied Member ASID

“Who says a woman’s place is in the home? I do – if we’re talking about a residential construction site.”

I’m Karen Black, and I’m that rare equal parts right-brain/left-brain person. I’m a total geek when it comes to computers and math (and I have the MBA to prove it), but I’m just as passionate and fluent in design. Needless to say, my floor plans are immaculately to scale (and gorgeous to the eye).

I watched my parents build their own home, and they impressed upon me how good design can impact the quality of life for those who inhabit a space. For me, design is the happy marriage between the technical and the creative.

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MADISON ANNE MILLER

Interior Designer, Allied Member ASID

“Every day is a day of service. And great design serves everybody.”

I’m Madison Miller and it’s been an awesome four years since graduating from Texas A&M and finding a home as an Interior Designer at Scene One Interiors. I’m an athlete, an academic and an artist, but my true calling is service.

I grew up in the business, in a family with a long history of building high end residences in the Houston area. As a young child I was not carrying a rattle — I was carrying a hammer. I learned early on, how to push my way thru to get things done – making client’s dreams become their reality. Design truly is a collaborative experience that begins with listening, builds momentum with each fresh inspiration and concludes with a satisfied client in a gorgeous home.

If we have to have a fair amount of fun in the process? Well so be it.

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IMELDA ESCATELL

Interior Designer, Allied Member ASID

“Environmental design is my safe word.”

I’m Imelda Escatell, a proud graduate of the Art Institute of Houston, proud mom of 3 and proud to be the Showroom Manager and an Interior Designer at Scene One Interiors. I’m also a dancer, and if there’s one place that will put you in a celebratory mood, it’s our showroom.

These extraordinary pieces come in, and I can immediately see their potential with our new construction contracts. Space planning is second nature for me, maybe because dance is about space and movement and flow. Another passion is environmental and sustainable living. I believe every design challenge demands the best possible solution.

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MELANIE BALLARD

Interior Designer, Allied Member ASID

“All design should look great, but the best design should also feel great.”

I’m Melanie Ballard, after years in real estate and now interior design, I’ve been inside a lot of homes. I see what works. It’s a holistic approach to the space. Not just design for the room or the house, but careful consideration to create an environment for the people living there, their space, their atmosphere, their home.

That was my focus while studying at the Art Institute of Houston and continues to be my focus here at this amazing design studio: to create environments that impact the end user in touch, sense and feel. Being part of the Scene One Interiors team gives me all these wonderful tools to do that.

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AMBER BANKHEAD

Interior Designer, Allied Member ASID

You can never go wrong with the right fabric.”

I’m Amber Bankhead and I grew up in my family’s upholstery business and worked at Saks Fifth Avenue for 12 years. I learned a lot about fabric (and patience) and even more about what makes clients happy: they want a solution that is uniquely them. So when I completed my degree in Interior Design, I came directly to Scene One Interiors, because of the firm’s ridiculously high level of client satisfaction.

As a Design Assistant, I love being in the thick of the action with this incredible creative team. Especially at the beginning of a project when it’s nothing but possibilities. And the final install? It’s just bliss.

And if we have to have a lot of fun in the process? Well that can’t be all bad.

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GONZALO ORTIZ

MBA, Marketing Director

“A picture says a thousand words… so you need video.”

I’m Gonzalo Ortiz, Marketing Director and Internet Sales for Scene One Interiors. My entire professional life has been dedicated to the marketing and audiovisual industry. From a young age, I loved the magical world of television and after my degree in business administration and management, I obtained two Masters Degrees that took me to directing positions on television stations in Spain and the United States.

However, my true passion has always been architecture and design, so in my down time I spent hours analyzing the real estate market, seeing designs in print and analyzing new design concepts. I had the opportunity to link my professional experience with my passion for interior design when I joined the Scene One Interiors team. Now there is no separation between my work and what my life’s passion is all about.

Just like in TV, I have watched the designers at Scene One Interiors turn magical dreams into reality.

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HAROLD MYRICK

Office Manager

“Someone has got to keep these designers in line.”

I’m Harold Myrick and I have been doing just that. I have been proud to hang my hat with Scene One Interiors for – well let’s just say – many years. It is so much fun to be on the accounting side of the business and always witness the incredible projects these innovative designers come up with time and time again. It’s like celebrating Christmas 12 months a year as they create one new shiny package after another. Each of the designers on the team at Scene One Interiors are bright and shining stars. I am just happy I get to be part of their stardom.