Known for interiors that are at once elegant, exotic and urbane, Burnham Design is one of the west coast's most influential interior design practices delivering high-design concepts polished with the grit of the unpredictable and curated with touches of street style and design's cutting edge.
Joining personal taste, rigorous editing and architectural acumen, Betsy Burnham creates spaces for clients that are welcoming and visually delightful. Done, not overdone. The Burnham Design aesthetic is clever and considered, never precious, in tune with their client's sensibilities and focused on comfort and ease.
Widely recognized by the fashion and design press, Burnham Design's work has appeared in magazines and on television and been featured on design sites around the world. From their Los Angeles studio, they design for select clients who appreciate a style that is a little bit country club and a little bit rock-and-roll.
Betsy Burnham marries the classic with the unexpected in fresh, witty compositions marry her clear aesthetic to her client's personal taste. Building on a traditional east coast pedigree and a savvy eye for color, Betsy brings an adventurous sense of style to bear on sophisticated, timeless and livable interiors.
Betsy and her work have been featured across the media, including appearances on the Today Show and coverage in The New York Times, House Beautiful, Los Angeles Times and InStyle among others.
A native of Connecticut and cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Betsy began her career in the New York fashion industry. Relocated to Los Angeles, she launched her eponymous design firm in 1996. Betsy lives in Hancock Park with her husband Mark Stern, daughter Carson, son Will and three dogs, Lola, Nina Garcia and Felix.
Saranne Thomas, a native Northern Californian arrived in LA by way of Orange County, is Senior Designer / Project Manager at Burnham Design. She may or may not be a typical California girl…but she does spend 75% of her free time at the beach. Saranne earned her BA in Interior Architecture from the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach. She has a decidedly Bohemian point of view and a natural flair for adding color and texture to any room. Saranne oversees all projects at Burnham Design - juggling client relations, vendors, and installs with her signature blend of positivity and creativity.
Elizabeth Vitiello hails from New Orleans and originally trained in fashion design, earning her BFA with honors from Otis College of Art & Design. After several years as a clothing and jewelry designer in LA + NYC, she has happily found her niche at Burnham Design.
Elizabeth credits her Southern grandparents for inspiring her trad-meets-mid-century aesthetic from a young age. Through her pursuit of art, Elizabeth has honed a sophisticated taste level and a creative approach to visual presentation. As a Design Associate, she brings a keen eye for detail and a passion for hunting down the perfect piece.
Blake Collazo, a boy from Upstate New York, is Betsy’s Personal Assistant and the Office Manager at Burnham Design. Blake arrived in LA from NYC where he worked in advertising sales for The Weather Channel and The Midas Exchange within GroupM…and no, he was not a meteorologist.
He has brought his next-level organizational skills and zest for life to LA pursuing his dreams in a less concrete jungle. Blake loves hiking, fashion, Zumba, and being an active volunteer with the Los Angeles LGBT center.
Originally from the East Coast, Kara Templeton moved to Los Angeles for love and stayed for the avocados. As a BD design assistant she brings an enthusiasm for traditional architecture, chinoiserie, and mixed prints. She also believes life is too short to live with bad art.
When she's not at Burnham Design, she's scouring flea markets for Chinese porcelain, browsing shelter blogs, and running her online shop, Ecru.
Kara graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Philosophy and Fine Art. She currently lives in Pasadena with her husband, Giampiero and their terrier pup, Enzo.
Independently and with Burnham Design, Dave has consulted on residential remodeling and construction jobs for almost twenty years. With a background in architecture and project management, he supervises all construction elements for all Burnham Design projects and oversees the design and fabrication of custom furniture, cabinetry and built-ins.