Team

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Norman Design creates custom interiors designed to capture each client’s essence while standing the test of time. Each finished design reflects its owner’s lifestyle and passions. Whether the end product is impeccably tailored or exquisitely worn-in, it is unmistakably home. We believe a home should wrap its arms around you and welcome you home from the chaotic world. Norman Design Group is a diverse design firm, small enough to give each of our clients personalized attention while big enough to manage design work on large scale homes. We work closely with our clients on every project, educating them about the design process so they can make intelligent choices for their home.

Elif Karacay NCIDQ, CIDC, ASID

Design Director

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An East Coast native, Elif started her design career developing luxury interiors in and around New York City. She carries a BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City. After relocating to Southern California in 2008, Elif joined the team at Norman Design Group, and has been an integral part in making the firm what it is today. As Design Director, Elif has a hand in every project that comes through the doors. Never shying away from a challenge, Elif loves to develop solutions for the most difficult spaces and pushing the design team to step out of their comfort zone and develop the best solutions for our clients.

When she’s not collaborating with the Design Teams on their latest projects, you can find her building sand castles at the beach with her son Jackson or chasing the next snowstorm in Mammoth with her husband Jake.

Meghan Biederman NCIDQ

Senior Designer

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Arriving as an intern during the summer of 2014, Meghan proved to have a team player attitude, quick learning skill and have a diligent demeanor.

Now graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, she has shown her communication skills, strong work ethic and compassion for creating beautiful interiors to be a great asset to the firm.

Meghan’s keen observation and diligence allows her to work seamlessly with architects, clients and vendors. Meghan creates exquisite CAD drawings so effortlessly with a meticulous attention to detail. Her kindness and charm makes her so enjoyable to work with.

Shea Menzel

Senior Designer

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Shea’s passion has always been Architecture and Design. She started her path into design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Architecture. There she was able to develop her skills by studying in Copenhagen for a year and doing volunteer work designing a community center in Rwanda, Africa.

She uses her background in architecture and love for design to provide a unique perspective for each project. She enjoys working on the small details that bring a project together and make it come to life.

Shea loved growing up in Oregon, but went south toward the sunshine the first chance she got. She loves spending time at the beach, going on hikes, doing D.I.Y projects, baking, and traveling.

Maria Rodriguez

Senior Designer

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With an extensive background designing and managing high-end interiors projects internationally, Maria has been fortunate enough to work with some exceptional clients from residential to hospitality in the East Coast and the Caribbean.

Her strengths rely in her Architectural background and Project Management skills focusing on Interior Design Projects. She stands behind innovation, attention to detail and creativity.

Maria has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, she also has Master’s certification in Applied Project Management.

Elsa Baker

Interior Designer

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Elsa is a recent graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design, earning her BFA in Interior Design from the top program in the country. While she is young and new to the industry, her hard-work, ambition, and willingness to take leaps of faith has led her to an exciting new life chapter.

Originally from Colorado, she first went to Georgia for school and then trekked to the West Coast for another adventure. She has always felt drawn to LA’s endless opportunities, diverse culture, and beautiful landscape. Though Elsa had to move without any connections in the area, she trusted that it would be worth the risk to go for what she wanted in life.

Elsa enjoys spending time with her friends lounging on the beach, trying new restaurants, and exploring LA. She also loves reading, rearranging her home, and playing with her rambunctious puppy, Louie.

Andrea Bisztran

Interior Designer

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Andrea is a creative, energetic person with a keen eye for detail. Her dynamic and thorough approach ensures that every project reflects the client’s needs and wants. She strives to create beautiful, yet comfortable interior spaces. She leans on her experience in multiple design areas, such as tile and stone and kitchen design to deliver a positive experience for each client.

Andrea has a broad perspective on life and design being born in Romania, then living in Hungary, India and settling in the United States.

She obtained her master’s in interior architecture from UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona Extended University and her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Cal State University Northridge.

When she is not designing, Andrea enjoys practicing CrossFit, taking care of her plants, and baking with her daughter. She loves spending time at the beach and traveling to new and exciting places to expand her perspective on design and culinary experiences.

Karina Gonzalez

Interior Designer

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Karina’s passion in life is interior design. She is a believer that a beautiful and functional space can change a person’s life. She brings value to the firm through her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and dedication to deliver the ultimate experience and design for every client.

Karina has extensive knowledge within multi-family housing and residential design. She is interested in developing all facets of design. She has a BFA in Interior Design from California State University Long Beach.

A southern California native, Karina enjoys Krav Maga, kick boxing, golfing, dirt biking, and camping. She enjoys refurbishing recreational vehicles in her spare time although, her favorite past time is spoiling her pup, Dusty!

Sonia Castro

Purchasing, Expediting, & Photoshoot Management

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Starting out as part time in 2011, Sonia has proved to be a very valuable team member. Thrown into something new and unknown daily, Sonia never waivers from her challenges. Today, she manages all purchase orders, tracks, and plans all installations and is a strategic thinker. She manages hundreds of moving parts daily to ensure our products are on time and helps the design team stay organized.

Sonia handles a wide range of administrative capabilities and is very creative with new ideas of how to improve different aspects of our design studio. Sonia’s cheerful demeanor and can-do attitude make her a very important team member. Her quick thinking allows her to manage organizational and marketing matters at Norman Design Group with ease and grace.

Sonia enjoys spending time with family, friends, and spoiling her cat, Winston. In her spare time, she likes to go to concerts with her husband, check out new restaurants and breweries, attending sporting events, and watching ghost hunting shows!

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