About

 

PHILOSOPHY

For over 30 years, Kathleen Burke has created stunning interiors that embrace modern luxury, sophistication, and elegance. Kathleen and her professional design team listen carefully to their clients and help them define and express their tastes and vision. With a keen attention to detail, well-honed focus, and personal understanding of how today's busy lifestyles impact practical living, the Kathleen Burke Design team creates spaces that are as functional as they are striking. A beautiful home where friends and family effortlessly and comfortably gather for decades is the hallmark of a Kathleen Burke Design. 


PRINCIPAL & FOUNDER

KATHLEEN BURKE

Gifted with a natural eye for design, Kathleen began developing and refining her style and aesthetic early in life. Her innate love and appreciation for architecture and design was fostered and elevated by her extensive travels throughout Europe during college. Following her graduation from the University of Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design, Kathleen and her husband resided in Boulder, Colorado. In 1985, Kathleen founded her first interior design firm, Master Plan Designs. A few years later, Kathleen and her young family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and in 1988, Kathleen founded Kathleen Burke Design. 

Kathleen's dedication and ability to consistently deliver extraordinary interiors has made Kathleen Burke Design one of the most sought after luxury interior design firms in the Bay Area. A long time member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Kathleen received an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Design Excellence Awards for her residential design. Kathleen Burke Design has also received consistent recognition for outstanding service and excellence in design, and has received The Best of Houzz Awards in 2012, 2014, and 2015. 

"Your home should be your haven. Each residence is unique and calls for its own aesthetic that is not only visually pleasing but also exudes warmth and comfort. One of the most intimate human gestures is to invite others into your home. If someone feels welcome by the simple action of you opening your front door, then we've successfully designed not just a house but a home."

Kathleen Burke


meet our team

JAKLYN LEE GROOM | designer

A Bay area native, Jaklyn's love and admiration for architecture and design developed from an early age. From sketching floor plans to visiting open houses, architecture, design, and style have been and remain great passions of Jaklyn's life. A distinguished graduate of the Art Institute of San Diego, Jaklyn earned highest honors upon completing her degree. Following her education, Jaklyn returned to the Bay Area to work with the principal of a San Francisco interior design firm. This position provided Jaklyn with a strong design foundation and experience working with architects and general contractors on projects of varying scope and style. While in the city, Jaklyn also immersed herself in the San Francisco Design Center sourcing fabrics and furniture, and building lasting relationships with showrooms. Jaklyn takes great pride in her work and is continually striving to provide clients with creative and thoughtful designs that reflect their lifestyle aesthetically and functionally. 

 

 
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MICHELLE RODES | designer

The joy of creativity is the catalyst for Michelle and her work. From teaching at the Academy of Art University to working with Kathleen Burke Design clients, Michelle believes the process of interior design should be engaging and innovative. As an intern at Interform, Designers of Commercial Interiors, she focused on tenant improvements and model homes. Michelle continued to work on model home projects and residential design for McBride Design, Inc. She later became a Project Manager and Senior Designer at The Wiseman Group.  Michelle's education includes BFA and MFA Degrees in Illustration from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She also holds a Certificate from The California School of Professional Fabric Design as well as a Certificate in Interior Design and Interior Architecture from UC Berkeley. 

 
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RANEL CORTEZ | CAD draftsman

Born and educated in Manila, Ranel refined his skills as a CAD draftsman working on projects throughout Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. From his career's inception, Ranel has been focused on high-end residential design. With a gifted eye for space and placement, Ranel's work brings to life our designers’ creative visions. From complex exterior elevations to intricate spatial layouts and kitchen designs, Ranel truly loves the art of his work. 

 

 

 

 

 

LACIE HANSON | design assistant

Growing up in Oregon, it was a trip to San Francisco that sparked Lacie's curiosity and interest in architecture and design. While visiting the apartment of a family friend, she became captivated by the warmth of the space and its historic architectural elements. Following this trip, Lacie knew she wanted to work in some facet of the design industry and enrolled in the Interior Designer's Institute in Newport Beach where she earned an Associate's Degree in Interior Design. When she is not working on various design projects, Lacie enjoys dancing and spending time outdoors. 

 

JULIE HENDRICKSON | business manager

With her trademark professionalism, cheerful personality, and polished demeanor, Julie has seamlessly managed the logistics of Kathleen Burke Design since 1999. A true jack of all trades, she ensures everything runs smoothly from expediting orders to greeting clients. With a diverse professional background that includes finance, accounting, and operations management as well as runway and commercial modeling, Julie's unique skill set provides Kathleen Burke Design and our diverse clientele with unparalleled support.