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.
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 Hamlett is our Senior Project Manager and master of details. A creator all of her life, Sarah is an artist herself and focuses her talent and vision into every part of her work. With a background in scenic painting, Sarah brings together beautiful, inspired spaces for each and every client. She attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and went on to gain further experience in Residential Design. She has worked in a high-end furniture showroom and an architecture and engineering firm. Sarah specializes in client relationships and is the mastermind that keeps our projects flowing and moving, translating our client’s requests into action. In her free time, she loves to create in her own home, and she’s always got something gorgeous in the works. Her oldest son was a Carolina football player, and during football season you’ll often catch her at Kenan cheering on the Tarheels with her family. When it is time to relax, you will find her on the back porch with her rescue dogs.
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 assists 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.
Kimberly Bojovic is our Cash Flow Queen. As our business continues to grow, she is assisting in the maintenance and management of the company’s finances. Kimberly joined our team after taking some time off to raise her two young children. She graduated from California State University Northridge, where she played collegiate golf. Before diving into the world of spreadsheets, she was a golf professional in Las Vegas, Nevada. In her free time, Kimberly loves looking at numbers, especially her husband’s checkbook, running the trails in her neighborhood, and playing golf with her family.
Sarah Persia is our communications and marketing professional. She works on CFD written publications including promotional writing, client communications, and our business blog. A life-long learner, she holds a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and joined the CFD team after a decade of experience in the business, research, and direct care sides of the healthcare industry. She’s a North Carolina native, and she and her husband are avid backpackers who love to explore every part of the state from the mountains to the beach. When she’s not typing a million miles a minute, you can find her running, writing, going to yoga, or having a Motown dance party in the kitchen with her 2 feisty young daughters.
Alina Kosmala is our Junior Designer. She loves working on all areas of design with an open mindset and fresh perspective. She recently completed the Interior Architecture Bachelor of Fine Arts program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is excited to bring her creative energy and drive to the design world. Alina has been associated with the arts her entire life ranging from graphic design to studio arts. She is also passionate about music and has played the violin since age 4 including performances in Charlotte’s Dale F. Halton Theater and Winston-Salem’s Steven’s Center. In her free time, Alina likes to get outside to explore the mountains and travel all across the US to find new and exciting cities. When at home, she enjoys spending time with Tango the cat and Treble the hamster while drinking an amazing cup of coffee.
- Porch of the Week: Screened Retreat Provides Year-Round Enjoyment – Houzz Magazine
- “Designer Spotlight – Catherine French” – Triangle Home Design and Decor
- “Home Makeover” – Chapel Hill Magazine
- “Collaborative Beauty” – Winston-Salem Monthly Magazine
- “Explore this eclectic artist retreat in Winston-Salem” – 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