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Design-Build-Source Specialists

Introducing Our Team: Facilitators Of Your Vision

Since its establishment in 1997, Douglah Designs has emerged as a leading force in the Bay Area’s design and remodeling sector. With a dedicated team of over 25 professionals, featuring an in-house construction crew, skilled interior designers, and an impressive luxury products showroom, the company has earned a reputation for executing successful projects and ensuring a consistently high level of client satisfaction.

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LEILA DOUGLAH

Founder & Principal Designer

Leila Douglah is the visionary behind Douglah Designs. With a dynamic background that spans three continents before calling Lafayette, California home in 1990, Leila has crafted a remarkable journey marked by passion, expertise, and a deep commitment to her craft.

In 1997, she founded Douglah Designs in the heart of Lafayette, setting the stage for a remarkable career in the design and remodeling industry. As the driving force behind her company, Leila wears many hats, primarily serving as the principal designer. Her hands-on approach allows her to forge strong connections with clients while tirelessly fostering the growth and success of her business.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Leila’s true strength lies in her dedication to relationships – with clients, staff, and the broader community. Her CARE Culture is the foundation upon which Douglah Designs thrives.

Leila holds prestigious qualifications as a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer and a Certified Interior Designer, coupled with a General Contractor’s license and a formal education in Architecture. These credentials, combined with her unwavering commitment to excellence, make her a true luminary in the industry.

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But Leila’s impact doesn’t stop at the doorstep of her business. She’s equally passionate about giving back to her community. Her service as the President of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and her recognition as Lafayette’s Businessperson of the Year in 2015 reflect her deep-rooted commitment to making a positive difference.

Leila’s professional pursuits extend into her personal life, where she finds solace in dedicated meditation, regularly participating in annual retreats in Costa Rica. Complimenting her passion for mindfulness, she embraces a love for global exploration alongside her husband, Stuart Morris. At heart, Leila’s greatest joy is derived from tranquil moments spent snuggled on the couch with her cherished puppy and two feline companions.

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MEET OUR DEDICATED TEAM

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JESSICA FLEMMING

Designer & Furnishing Specialist

Jessica Flemming joined our team in 2019 and quickly became an invaluable asset. With over 25 years of experience in the construction, remodeling, and furnishings industries, Jessica’s expertise shines through in her role as a designer for both design-source and design-build projects and has brought innovation and creativity to the team. Moreover, Jessica wears the hat of Furnishings Specialist, demonstrating her multifaceted skills in the design field.

Beyond her thriving career, Jessica finds solace and fulfillment in her loving family, comprising her husband, six children, and four grandchildren. Her dedication to both work and family life is truly remarkable. She is a gym enthusiast and a weightlifting aficionado, emphasizing the importance of physical well-being. On weekends, she partakes in spiritual reflection at church services and unwinding with a glass of wine while binge-watching Netflix.

EMMA STANDING

Assistant Designer

Emma Standing is a talented professional in the field of design, holding a BFA in interior design from the Academy of Art University. Her journey in the industry began in 2017, and she’s been an important member of the Douglah Designs team since November 2021. As an assistant designer, Emma plays a crucial role in supporting the design team’s efforts. Her day-to-day tasks encompass a wide range of responsibilities, including assisting with estimates, creating mood boards, documenting palettes, organizing jobsite and client closure binders, participating in client meetings, welcoming and assisting customers, ordering samples, sourcing materials for projects, and occasionally contributing her expertise in AutoCAD.

Beyond her professional commitments, Emma’s diverse interests include reading, outdoor activities like hiking and swimming, traveling, Shakespeare, and quality time with friends and family.

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RACHEL STEELY

Project Designer

Rachel Steely is a designer with a strong educational background, holding a BA in interior design with a concentration in architecture. Rachel’s journey in the industry began when she joined us during her last semester of college as a paid intern, and she has since amassed seven years of valuable experience, working closely alongside Leila.

Rachel currently juggles showroom meetings and jobsite visits, often starting her mornings with product knowledge sessions with representatives. Rachel collaborates with clients on plans and material selections, meets with estimators, project managers, and trades to finalize project scopes, and works on budget proposals, contracts, and drafting interior plans and elevations. Rachel is an avid nature enthusiast who loves hiking and spending time at Lake Tahoe. A former junior Olympic swimmer, she loves being around water. She’s also a dog lover and reader.

ADAM OHASHI

Project Designer

Adam Ohashi is a project designer with an impressive educational foundation and a wealth of experience in the industry. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon, where he honed his skills and passion for design. Adam’s journey in the field began in 2011 as a drafter, and in 2015, he joined Douglah Designs. In pursuit of further expertise, he left us in 2017 to pursue his master’s degree. Now, Adam has come full circle, returning to our team in 2023 equipped with a unique blend of academic knowledge and practical experience.

Beyond his professional achievements, Adam leads an active lifestyle, dedicating his time to activities such as running, biking, and exercising. His culinary skills shine as he enjoys experimenting with recipes in the kitchen. Additionally, Adam finds solace in gardening, cultivating a green oasis that mirrors his knack for bringing design to life.

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LILLIAN HILL

Drafting & Project Support

An accomplished professional in the field of design, Lillian Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design with a focus on interior architecture. With over six and a half years of experience in the industry, Lillian has dedicated the last six of those years to Douglah Designs.

In her role at Douglah, Lillian plays a pivotal part in the back-end operations of the design process. She excels in drafting, offering invaluable support for estimating, and proficiently handles contract writing and other essential behind-the-scenes tasks. Beyond her professional commitments, Lillian has a passion for exploring new places, listening to music, and values quality time spent with friends and family.

JULIE LLOYD

Designer & Retail Sales

Julie Lloyd brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the world of kitchen and bathroom design. With a foundation in fine art & crafts and a BA Hons in 3D design, Julie has honed her skills over thirty years, primarily focusing on British traditional brands. In recent years, she has transitioned her focus to retail sales and project administration, contributing her comprehensive knowledge to Douglah Designs. A typical day for Julie involves guiding clients through the intricacies of design, utilizing the showroom’s resources, and managing every aspect of projects, from sourcing materials to budget balancing and overseeing the ordering process to delivery.

Julie is an avid enthusiast of knowledge, with a passion for subjects ranging from science to art. She enjoys early morning and late evening trail jogs with her dogs, swimming, and spending quality time with her two high school-aged children.

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LES SELPH

Project Manager

Les Selph has worked in the construction industry for 30+ years and brings an incredible wealth of experience and expertise to his role as project manager at Douglah Designs. An admitted micromanager, Les has a unique ability to problem solve from decades of learning on job sites and then putting that knowledge to work. Les joined Douglah Designs in 2016 and has been helping people to transform their houses into their dream homes ever since. He prides himself on his attention to detail and sense of humor, both of which make him an asset to Douglah Designs and a beloved employee.

When Les isn’t at work, he enjoys seeing his two grown boys and spending time with his girlfriend and their two cats. When he’s not at work or at home, there’s a good chance you’ll find Les out on the road on one of his motorcycles.

ROBERT SULZBERGER

Construction Estimator & Coordinator

Rob Sulzberger’s extensive experience in the industry and educational background have made him an integral part of our design-build team. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree and has continued to learn on jobsites ever since. With an impressive career spanning 27 years, Rob has honed his skills and expertise, becoming a licensed contractor in 2009. He has contributed the last decade of his career to Douglah Designs. His activities involve meticulously analyzing existing homes and proposed plans, providing comprehensive estimates, and conducting detailed takeoffs for remodeling projects. He ensures accurate and well-structured estimates are produced.

Rob has a passion for travel and counts himself fortunate to have a wonderful family, including his beautiful wife and amazing son.

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PATRICK NEIL

Warehouse Manager & Project Admin

Patrick Neil possesses a wealth of skills and knowledge, with over 40 years of hands-on experience in various trades, making him an asset in the field of construction and design. His multifaceted expertise includes plumbing, electrical work, framing, finish carpentry, HVAC, low voltage security and automation systems, drywall, lath and plaster, insulation, roofing, siding, and doors and windows.

Pat oversees our day-to-day warehouse operations, assists in scheduling manpower, handles admin duties related to scheduling and updates, and ensures the efficient delivery of materials to job sites and retail clients. Outside of his demanding work schedule, Pat enjoys golf, family game nights, and relaxing with a glass of wine alongside his wife. Pat’s decades of experience and dedication to his craft exemplify his unwavering commitment to excellence in the construction and design industry.

RENEE CUTRELL

People and Operations Manager

Renee Cutrell has been an integral part of the Douglah Designs team since 2017. With over 17 years of human resources experience, as well as various roles in leadership and people operations, she brings substantial knowledge to the organization. She brings a unique blend of academic and practical know-how to her role.

Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management with an emphasis on Organizational Behavior and Leadership Strategy for Business, and a Certificate in Human Resources from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Additional highlights include her credential as a Global Career Development Facilitator, and her professional affiliations include Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), National Career Development Association and International Association of Coaching. Beyond work, Renee enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending quality time with her husband and bulldog, Winston.

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BODHI

Smiles Supervisor

Bodhi graduated from the puppy academy of silliness in 2021 with a certificate of being a goofball. He has been making frequent appearances at the office ever since and always brings smiles to everyone he encounters. In his free time Bodhi likes to get his tummy rubbed, he loves looking out the window barking at anyone walking by, and most especially chasing his two kittie mates. He likes taking walks and receiving the praise of people who marvel at his friendly disposition. His family is suspicious that Bodhi would be just fine going off with another family, as long as they would give him treats and let him run around the neighborhood without a leash.

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