At Dwellings, we're a creative, conscientious, resourceful, organized, and collaborative team with a passion for designing casually elegant,
forward thinking, yet practical spaces, with inspiring layouts and bespoke materials.
We generously share our knowledge and resources with clients and collaborators to provide an exceptional client experience, and to deliver finished homes that inspire delight.
What makes this mission worthwhile is the positive feedback and gratitude we receive from our happy clients and industry colleagues.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Shawn is known for having a unique combination of out-of-the-box creativity and a refined business sense. Her natural talents were further developed with degrees in both Business and Interior Design, and have been fine-tuned by over 30 years of industry experience.
EDUCATION-THE BUSINESS SIDE
Shawn earned a BS in Business/Entrepreneurship from USC in 1986, and has worked in the professional fields of Asset Management Accounting and Real Estate sales.
EDUCATION-THE CREATIVE SIDE
Shawn earned an AA degree in Interior Design in 1990 and added technical expertise to her natural creative talent.
Shawn's career in design began shortly after earning her second degree, and since then she has become knowledgeable in every aspect of home construction from drawing plans to selecting materials, and managing dozens of large scale construction projects. Now with over 30 years of experience, Shawn has a wealth of ideas to draw from which contributes to her expert ability to translate a client's vision into a completed home they appreciate even more than the one they had in mind.
WHAT I DO BEST
With any opportunities and restraints of a property in mind, Shawn has the natural ability to quickly identify an ideal scope of work and creative direction for a project. If I have to pick one thing I'm best at it would be that I can stand in a space (or on a lot) with an owner's end goal in mind, and have a clear big picture vision of what the project should look and feel like long before it's even on paper. I usually have a direction in mind before we leave, and I know just the right team I'd want to have help make it happen. I'm lucky that clients who've worked with me in the past just let me 'do my thing' and trust that they'll love whatever we come up with for them.
Shawn is a creative problem solver and has a knack for making good ideas even better. Not only does she come up with novel ideas, but she almost always knows how to make them happen. These details, which might seem like a challenge at first, often end up being an owner’s favorite feature.
FEEL GOOD SPACES
I put much thought into the best use of space and how people and light will flow through it. While each project has a unique aesthetic, our goal is to create spaces that not only look good, but that function well, and make people feel good when they're in them-although they may not know why.
BACKGROUND & INSPIRATION
Shawn grew up on the island of Oahu, in a beachfront family home that one might consider small in relation to the property. It was intentionally built that way to provide a view of the Pacific Ocean from every room. The layout provided open areas for guests and large gatherings, and the timeless finishes withstood 50 years of sandy feet and wet bathing suits. A rich family history with unpretentious down to earth values, and an emphasis on function and practicality have influenced the direction of projects throughout Shawn’s design career. Most of the homes Shawn designs today include elegant yet casual, light-filled, open spaces that were inspired by this island lifestyle. The use of natural materials and textures, serene hues reminiscent of the Pacific Ocean, and the relaxed, tranquil feelings they evoke, translate to the casually inviting, comfortably livable style that defines Dwellings Design Group.
35 years ago, when I purchased and renovated my first home, I loved the process and it seemed to come easily for me. When friends and neighbors who wanted to build or remodel asked if I could help them, I was happy to share what I'd learned. Here I am years later helping friends of friends of friends...and I still love the process and seeing the delight on my "clients" faces when they tell me how much they love the home we helped create for them with all of it's uniquely custom features.
At Dwellings, we focus exclusively on home construction which allows us to have the time and attention to develop in-depth resources and expert strategies related to our specific niche. We regularly attend trade shows that are specific to the building industry, and spend a considerable amount of time researching the latest offerings and techniques.
A STEWARD OF OUR CLIENTS RESOURCES
Our goal is to provide clients with their ideal home while maximizing their resources. Even with the most generous of budgets, we protect our client's best interest in ways that won't compromise the end result. We don't believe, however, that the least expensive options are necessarily the best, and we might suggest a more expensive material or solution if we believe it will be worth it.
For over 30 years, our steady stream of projects has come entirely from word of mouth referrals from Builders, Architects, and repeat clients. We are grateful for their introductions, and we look forward to delighting new clients so they too will want to tell their friends about us or bring us along on their next projects.
We take pride in implementing each construction project with impeccable integrity, transparency, and accountability, and consider each intricate detail of a home as if it were our own.