Elena Calabrese Design & Decor has a chic luxurious take on modernism. We create interiors designed to nurture, inspire, and reflect a unique Californian point of view. We layer texture with modern lines and marry earthy elements with luxury finishes to build dynamic, comfortable residences that are loved and lived in.
Servicing San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond, our mission is simple—create elevated interiors that honestly reflect a client’s distinct style. As a full-service interior design firm, we assist clients with a wide range of challenges, including the selection of finishes, design implementation, color consulting, space planning, and custom furniture pieces tailor-made for your space.
Principal + Creative Director
Elena Calabrese was exposed to design at a young age through her fashion designer mother and father who worked as a contractor. She went on to earn a BFA from California College of the Arts and studied Interior Design at The University of California Berkeley. After studying metal arts and sculpture, Elena started her endeavors in the fashion industry, working for DKNY in New York City and designing accessories for large companies in the Bay Area.
Elena made the progressive switch to interior design in 2007 when she founded Elena Calabrese Design & Decor. No matter what space she is asked to design, each space designed by her feels Californian, luxurious, and unique.
Elena loves live music, snowboarding, being outdoors and travel. She shares her home with her husband, son and 3 Maine coon cats on the hillside in Mill Valley.
Associate Designer + Project Manager
In addition to an early childhood education degree from San Francisco State University, Nicole has an Interior Design degree from Canada College. Her years as a teacher built a great background and experience for client and vendor relationships.
Nicole loves to sketch by hand, develop design schemes, organize and keep projects moving along. She lives in the NOPA neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband.
Designer + GRAPHICS + ARCHITECTURAL RENDERINGS
Michelle brings a deep understanding of architecture and interior design to the team. Working on both residential and commercial projects, she can effectively visualize and communicate design ideas through architectural renderings. Following her undergraduate degree from University of San Francisco, she continued her studies and gained a certificate in Interior Design & Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michelle loves music, writing, graphics and just having a good time with friends. She has made her home in San Rafael with her young son, husband and cat, Mr. Socks.
Elena Calabrese Design & Decor is located at the Industrial Center Building in Sausalito’s historic Marinship District (coined the "Tribeca of Sausalito"). We work with architects, builders, and artisans as a robust team to create beautiful and effortless spaces. Inspired by fellow creatives in this historic building, our bohemian spirit thrives with serene views of sailboats passing along the water.