Our Interior Design Philosophy
Catherine French Design is a full-service interior design company located in the heart of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We have active projects all across the East Coast, ranging from luxury new construction homes to relaxing condos by the sea.
We’re Team CFD, and we’re a team of passionate, enthusiastic designers and technicians that strive to bring your vision to life. To us, interior design is much more than creating beautiful spaces – it’s about how you live and what makes you feel good when you walk in the door. Our portfolio is a mixture of residential new construction, additions and renovations, as well as commercial offices and institutional spaces.
Our goal is to take you through a seamless process from inspiration to installation. Projects can be stressful and confusing at times. Our design process is broken into phases to help you understand what is going on every step of the way. We pride ourselves on taking the time to understand your needs, desires, and design goals to provide a one of a kind experience with a one of a kind result.
Meet the Team
Cat is our Director of Dream Fulfillment, bringing the “The French Effect”, to every space. She is known for the vivacity and enthusiasm she puts into every single project. Cat is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. Her clients include executive-level professionals, Physicians, Authors, and Professors, and is known as a trusted, reliable designer that will get the job done on time and within budget.
She launched Catherine French Design, LLC, to be your creative partner throughout the entire process and to solve any design challenges you may face. She leads a diversely talented team of professionals that work with your inspirations and guide you until the very last detail is placed. Cat loves color, pattern, texture, and form, and has a passion for historic preservation. She loves old, funky spaces and a good renovation. Cat believes that every space can be beautiful and comfortable!
Cat is the only North Carolina Designer to be routinely showcased as a Featured Designer on The Design Network. Also, Cat writes as an Expert Contributor for Briar Chapel Neighbors and regularly has articles featured within the magazine. Cat is a member of the American Society of Interior Design, and also serves as President of the Board for Childcare Matters, a non-profit daycare located in Chapel Hill, NC. Cat taught the Environmental Design Studio at UNCG and has made presentations on interior design and historic preservation at several State and National conventions. For additional details check out her CV.
Cat loves to cook and is an avid Blue Apron aficionado. On weekends, Cat is often exploring local parks and museums with her husband, young children, and the family dog.
Sarah has over 20 years of experience in the arts and design fields. She has a diverse design and business background, as a Design Consultant in high-end furniture, and once owned a Fitness Franchise. Sarah is our Executive Coordinator. She loves to put herself into a space and emphasizes the space planning and color elements of design, honed by over 13 years as a Scenic Artist. Sarah attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and is a Certified Residential Planner. Sarah also brings her graphic design and marketing expertise to Catherine French Design. Sarah and Cat both belong to the Central Carolina Women in Business group, and are active in the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. Sarah in her spare time can be found in Kenan Stadium watching Carolina football, where her oldest son played football and now interns with the Strength and Conditioning staff, riding roller coasters with her middle school son, or painting.
Ryan Gardner is our Client Satisfaction Specialist. She coordinates with our clients with weekly project updates, on-site visits, and vendor appointments. She has a Degree from NC State in Horticulture and she is our in-house plant and outdoor space specialist. Her previous employer was a Fortune 500 Home Decor and Custom Art provider. Ryan is very active with the Ronald McDonald House in Durham and Wake. She is a member of the resource and development committee which assist in coming up with creative ways to support the House. She is a National Park enthusiast and has already checked off 16 National Parks. When she’s not planning epic road trips she can be found hanging out with her husband, two-year old daughter, and their giant dog.
Jamie Cohlmeyer is our Director of Everything Tech. He describes himself as the one who brings the spreadsheets to the art conversation, but he does so much more! He has over 18 years of professional experience in project management and business intelligence. He has worked on a wide range of public and private sector projects throughout the architectural, engineering, environmental, and construction fields. Jamie’s business philosophy centers on stakeholder relations and a commitment to providing quality service in a timely fashion. And perhaps most importantly, Jamie is our tech guru, in charge of CAD drawings and other technical needs in the office. His focus on giving back to the community is demonstrated by his volunteer leadership roles including Den Leader and Committee Chairperson of Cub Scout Pack 825 in Chapel Hill, NC. He graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe. He is often mountain biking in Carolina North Forest on the weekends.
- “Collaborative Beauty” – Winston-Salem Monthly Magazine
- Allen Tate Blog Interview
- “A Well-Designed Business” Podcast
- “5 Tips to Make Homes Camera Ready” – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
- Cat’s radio interview on “Morning News & Koozies with Southern Village” with Ron Stutts of WCHL 97.9
- “Profit is a Choice” Podcast Interview