Peggy ContiCreative, Friendly, Inspirational
Having always been drawn to the spaces where we live our lives, Peggy majored as a Fine Arts student in college and has spent most of her career as a professional designer including several metropolitan areas such as Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Washington DC. Peggy's creative abilities spill into many aspects of her life and serve her especially well as a professional working alongside clients with her warm and friendly personality. In the design process, Peggy's approach is to listen carefully to her client, set goals, and offer possibilities based on her experience and knowledge. By inspiring her clients, Peggy helps them create an unexpected and exciting new design for their room. She has two grown sons and resides in Berks County with her husband.
Michele MasleyComfortable, Intuitive, Architectural
As a student, she attended Central Catholic High School in the former Luden Mansion on Hill Road where she was enamored by beautifully carved ceilings, marble stairways, and rich mouldings. These architectural surroundings left her inspired to pursue the field of Interior Design and she headed to Boston, MA where she completed Interior Design coursework at the Chamberlayne Junior College. Her passion to travel and see more architectural beauty throughout the world led her to tour seven countries in Europe and she has lived in some of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the United States including San Francisco, Atlanta, and Palm Beach, Florida. It is here that she worked at the Breakers Hotel which is one of the most architecturally stunning hotels in the U.S. Michele’s eye for color and fabrics has been keenly developed through her experiences in the fashion industry with Ralph Lauren/Polo as well as her successful career in home furnishings. She has been a part of our design team, originally with Griffith and Bixler, since 1996. Michele brings her passion for design to every project and she would love to tell you about another passion of hers…her miniature poodle.
Richard PatriziEvolved, Grounded, Original
Rich is an interior designer enthusiast and, it seems, he always has been. Much to his parents chagrin, he tells the story that his career began at the age of 5 when he picked up a pair of kindergarten scissors and attempted to shorten the living room draperies. He had thought it would look better trim-length. His parents, who were interior designers, disagreed.
Rich grew up in the design trade. His parents' studio, drapery workroom, and office were next door to their home; the showroom was a couple of blocks away. As a youngster, he literally saw hundreds of rooms go from drawing board to presentation board. When he was older, summer jobs in the family business served as an apprenticeship. His mother's parents were artists and educators, and his paternal grandfather an antique dealer. Growing up in that environment proved to be an education in and of itself.
Art courses at Dickinson and a post-graduate course at Harvard sharpened his design skills. Then his internship began in earnest and he will tell you he is still learning today. During the past 35 years, he has done everything from select wall coverings for a powder room to design a 14,000 sq ft home for which he provided the floor plans, elevations, architectural details, and home office and kitchen designs as well as the interior design.
One of the fascinating things about being a designer is that one is constantly reinventing oneself. A reverence for things past and a devotion to his community led him to donate his services to the Pottstown Historical Society to help them develop their headquarters in Pottstown's Historic District. He ultimately served two terms as president and published the society newsletter for six years.