Meet Our Team

Doug Stratton, Principal DesignerDouglas Stratton Principal Designer

When it comes to thoughtful, intentional, and beautiful design, Doug has an unparalleled knack for creating a vision on paper and bringing it to life. In addition to his talent for visualizing the potential of a space, Doug’s drive, tireless work ethic, commitment to excellence, and ability to premeditate and overcome challenges sets him apart in the interior design world.

Originally from Los Angeles, Doug spent over a decade in the film industry creating specialized lighting and sets for commercials, music videos, film, and television. This experience in the film industry served to hone his natural talent for design and gave him an intimate understanding of how exceptional lighting is a necessity for a beautiful environment.

After relocating to beautiful Asheville with his wife and daughter, Doug started Stratton Design Group. Now, with more than 15 years of experience and an extensive portfolio, SDG specializes in interior environments for luxury homes and hospitality projects. Doug’s vast understanding of mood, ambiance, character, lighting, and functional, creative design has proven to be a perfect match for the building design and hospitality industries.

“To design a space that fits our client’s needs & functionality while also adding architectural interest makes interior design flow easily and seamlessly. To see a design concept come to life and witness people enjoying themselves in the finished space we designed is incredibly satisfying.”
—Douglas Stratton

Miranda CatoMiranda Cato Junior Designer, Project Manager & Social Media Coordinator

Miranda grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina just a little over two hours from Asheville. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s in Interior Architecture and a minor in Sustainability Studies. She grew up visiting the NC mountains and always aspired to move to the mountains one day. Miranda moved to Asheville in 2021 and has enjoyed every minute of it and feels especially lucky to have found such a great team within Stratton Design Group.

Miranda’s parents have worked in Real estate her entire life. Growing up she would go on site visits with her dad and watched as he remodeled his houses, transforming them for their new owners to enjoy. This is where she began her love of design, often trying to re-design her room after being put to bed by her mom. She worked as a Set Designer for a photography firm for several years before moving to Asheville. Miranda also has experience in social media and some commercial design from previous internships, which aids her in the rolls she plays at Stratton Design Group.

At Stratton Design Group she is Project Manager, Junior Designer, and Social Media Coordinator. Miranda enjoys each roll she takes on at SDG and thrives in taking on new responsibilities. Outside of the office Miranda can be found spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors with her dog Sadie, or traveling. Just as much as she enjoys being busy at work, she enjoys staying busy in her personal life.

Anna KeslerAnna Kessler Junior Designer & Product Procurement

Originally from Pennsylvania, Anna graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture. In her earlier years, Anna was always fascinated with design. She continuously came up with new ideas in and around her parent’s home to better improve their lifestyle and to create more stylish spaces for them. Being the only person in her family interested in the design field, she had to forge her own path and follow her dreams of becoming an interior designer.

She began her career selling high-end furniture where she gained experience working with clients and the beginning stages of designing beautiful, functional spaces for residential families. From the furniture industry, Anna changed pace and began working at an architecture firm where she worked alongside architects on commercial projects. This experience gave her an extensive amount of knowledge in the construction side of design and allowed her to further educate herself.

Wanting to push herself further, Anna relocated to Asheville where she became a Junior Interior Designer at Stratton Design Group. She enjoys collaborating with her team members on residential and commercial projects and getting the opportunity to connect and build relationships with her clients. When Anna is not in the office, she loves exploring the charming city of Asheville or finding new hiking trails in the Appalachian Mountains.

Kendall LaBruyereKendall LaBruyere Junior Designer

Kendall is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University with an interior design degree and a business minor. She decided to put roots down in beautiful Western North Carolina after falling in love with the mountains in college. She started her career in commercial interior design, helping Mission Hospital during its renovations and expansions. She wanted to dive into the world of residential design and found her work home with the team at Stratton Design Group. As a junior designer at SDG she loves being an integral part of bringing a space to life.

Kendall was surrounded by design from a young age, as her mother is a graphic designer and her father was an architect on the coast of North Carolina. She shadowed her father on jobsites and was introduced to the interior designer on his team. Through these visits, she got to see first-hand the role an interior designer played in bringing a project to fruition. From that point on, she knew she wanted to build her career in design. Kendall enjoys collaborating with her fellow design team, building relationships with her clients, as well as bringing her work ethic and attention to detail to her projects.

Out of the office Kendall can be found with her husband and two kids, enjoying life in the beautiful mountain city of Asheville. She loves creating an inviting atmosphere in her own home, and loves filling it with plants and cozy textiles.

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