Jeffrey A. Douglas

Principal

ARIDO, IDC, ASID, BAAID

 

Sole owner of Douglas Design Studio, Jeffrey is an award-winning interior designer with a unique combination of creative and design leadership skills and a track record of achieving extraordinary results for his clients.

Jeffrey’s work is informed by his passion for art, extensive travels and genuine delight in the perfect detailing. Notably, he has a special talent for combining antique pieces with modern furnishings in innovative ways, producing inviting rooms that are rich with history, yet fresh and contemporary.

Between graduating from Ryerson University in 1989 and founding his own company in 1995, Jeffrey honed his ability to develop both innovative concepts and exacting working drawings. His design sensibility was further informed by extensive travel and passion for fine art.

Jeff’s creativity and exceptional attention to detail have been recognized with several Awards of Excellence from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario. His work has been featured in publications such as Interior Design Magazine, Design New York, Style at Home, and Canadian House and Home.

 

Gordana Di Monte

Creative Director

Dip FMD, CDECA


Gordana Di Monte opened her own residential decorating firm, which she operated for 11 years before joining Douglas Design Studio in 2008. With a passion for art, music, architecture and fashion, she looks at every project as an opportunity for innovation.

Gordana offers hands-on decorating leadership with exceptional customer service. Clients often comment on her remarkable ability to mix styles, textures and finishes. Blessed with a discerning eye, she is able to distinguish even the slightest hues across a range of paints and textiles. Her keen aesthetic sense paired with problem solving creativity has led to her success in the industry.

 

 

 

Christina Ballarino

Director of Finance and Operations

 

Christina is instrumental in the short and long term strategic development of the company, creating the organizational blueprint that enables the company to anchor and expand Jeffrey’s creative vision.

With over 15 years of management experience, and working with Jeffrey for over 10 years, Christina is responsible for the overall management of the Finance, Human Resource, Marketing and Administration departments.  She is the key contact for clients with questions about fees and billings. 

Douglas Design Studio looks to Christina for her advice, calm rationale, and business expertise.

 

Joanne Swisterski
Senior Designer

A graduate of the Interior Design program at Sheridan, Joanne has worked on many high-end projects in commercial, retail and residential design. With a certificate in Sustainable Design and Construction, her technical nature paired with her long-time love and passion for painting and art, has paved the way for other designers to follow in her footsteps. 

Laura Contreras
Intermediate Designer

A skilled planner with a Master’s degree in Architecture, Laura is one of the most diverse designers at Douglas Design Studio. Having lived in Spain, France and The Netherlands, she excels in incorporating European styles with North American standards and is fluent in Spanish, French and English. She is passionate about rock-climbing, travelling and the science behind design.

 
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Priyanka Sundaralingam
Administrative Assistant

In her role as Administrative Assistant Priyanka is able to draw on her year of experience working in office Administration.  Her love of people and sunny disposition help create a warm and welcoming environment for clients and staff alike.

Mandy Smajda
Purchasing Coordinator

With her attention to detail and commitment to client satisfaction, Mandy brings over 10 years of purchasing and coordinating experience with Douglas Design Studio. As the main contact for quotes and orders, she is an asset in handling complex logistics. A foodie with a love for road trips and snowboarding, she can always be counted on for her infectious laugh and great sense of humour.