La Petite Maison
Meet the 2023 Dollhouse Designers
Amanda Medsger, the Principal of MEDSGER, brings over a decade of experience designing both residential and hospitality interiors. Her success is a testament to her diverse background in styling for both interiors and cookbooks. Amanda's interior styling work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, Dwell, Monocle Magazine, and more. Her cookbook styling of some of the South’s most beautiful and James Beard award-winning cookbooks transitioned seamlessly into restaurant design and has led her to restaurant projects ranging from Vestal restaurant in Lafayette to a variety of Underbelly Hospitality restaurant projects in Houston. MEDSGER's work is defined by an elegant blend of modernism, natural materials, and an appreciation for the beauty in imperfection and age. Each space is treated as a story unique to its inhabitants, where every object acts as a character in the narrative. Her work feels layered over time, poetically weaving together the modern, familiar, and authentic, transcending any specific design movement or trend. Instead, her intention is to create a distinct sense of place that breathes a life and story of its own. The result is reminiscent of the ancient Greek word "Nostos," which describes the feeling of coming home after a long, epic journey. This unique sense of place and home is palpable in all of MEDSGER's projects.
Owner and lead designer Aryn Guillory leads Oyster Creek Studios with a serious love for interior design. After graduating from Baylor University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in General Family and Consumer Science, Aryn worked for nearly 13 years as a health and safety professional for a large electric power and gas pipeline company. In 2015, Aryn and her husband purchased a lot on Oyster Creek that immediately captured their hearts. Soon after they made this purchase, they started the design process of building their first custom home from the ground up. During this process, Aryn truly discovered a passion for interior design. She started documenting her own building process on social media and before long, friends and friends of friends, and neighbors began to ask her for design help. Fast forward to 2016, OCS was born out of Aryn’s guest bedroom in which she poured her heart and soul into every design project she could get her hands on. Since then, Aryn has grown her design team and in 2020, she launched a bespoke furniture line, Oyster Creek Collection. Customers from around the United States, are purchasing furniture from her collection every single week. Shortly after her collection launch, Aryn moved her team and studio into the heart of West University where she has a tiny but cozy studio space. Aryn currently resides in Missouri City, Texas on Oyster Creek with her husband and two young boys. She truly believes the home should be a place where memories can be made and life well lived.
Bailey McCarthy started her career as an interior designer and blogger. In 2012, she realized, through her design work, that there was a lack of heirloom quality bedding for her generation. She created Biscuit as a brand that would fill this space by producing luxury bedding, with fun designer prints, that were easy to shop. Her mission is to keep the process rooted in the traditions of hospitality and American manufacturing. Her interior design work, along with her personal homes, has been featured in major publications such as House Beautiful and Architectural Digest. In 2019 she joined her husband, Pete, and their business partners as Creative Director of their hospitality group, Goodnight Hospitality. Their successful concepts include Rosie Cannonball, Montrose Cheese & Wine, March, and soon to open Marigold Club. While she no longer takes on interior design clients, Bailey continues to create magical spaces for herself, Pete, their 2 children, and their gaggle of poodles.
Creative. Instrumental. A Jewel. These are just a few of the words clients use to describe working with Emily and her team. A fourth generation Houstonian, Emily founded Emily June Designs in 2016 upon a decade of experience providing interior design solutions to Houston’s most discerning homeowners. A wild card in the Houston design scene, Emily is admired for her extraordinary ability to blend texture, pattern, and color in the most unexpected ways. Her imaginative approach and adventuresome spirit make Emily a treasured guide to every client she serves, and her belief that color plays a powerful role in our everyday experience is evident in the radiant homes she creates for each. When Emily isn’t lost in her latest design concept, you will find her exploring Houston parks and venues with her husband and young son or hanging out at their family ranch. Emily is an active member of the Junior League of Houston and the Kappa Alpha Theta Houston Alumnae chapter. She loves serving the local Houston community and is always on the hunt for new ways to share her passion for design.
Hattie Sparks Collins
Hattie Sparks Collins is a Houston native raised in the city, the mountains of Aspen Colorado, and later the Texas Hill Country. She received a a BA in Art History from TCU, and a Master’s Degree in Art History from Tulane University in 2010. It was during her graduate studies that she discovered a love for the decorative arts and architectural history. Hattie is based in New Orleans, and founded Hattie Sparks Interiors in 2019 after many years of owning her eponymous brick-and-mortar shops, Hattie Sparks. Her stores focused on cultivating the best products from up-and-coming Southern designers and artists, and paved the way in New Orleans for the hyper-local movement that later grew beyond just a niche market. HSI creates warm, layered, and inviting residential spaces for a nationwide clientele. In all of her work, from retail to consulting to interior decorating, she's passionate about creating spaces that nurture connection and authenticity. She believes that ours are lived-in lives, made all the more beautiful by that fact. She helps her clients' spaces reflect the authenticity of their lives with interiors that alight. Hattie lives in Uptown New Orleans with her wife and their three young daughters, and her active, lively family inspires much of the direction her designs take. Her work as been featured by Architectural Digest, Apartment Therapy, Business of Home, Elle Decor, Flower Magazine, Forbes Home, Good Housekeeping, Rue Magazine, Southern Living, The Wall Street Journal, and Veranda.
Illa Gaunt and Natalie Steen
Sisters-in-law Illa Gaunt and Natalie Steen are combining their creative energies to create a dollhouse for Petite Maison Gala. Illa Gaunt is an art advisor based in Houston. She has over fifteen years of experience in the art world in both galleries and major auction houses. In 2014, she was awarded a Master of Art History from the University of Houston and previously received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s Education in London as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Vanderbilt. In addition to advising in cities like New York, Los Angeles and London, Gaunt’s work spans across Texas. She is best known for juxtaposing traditional interiors with contemporary art and creating notable and thoughtful art collections for clients all over the world. Her work has been featured in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and House and Garden UK, to name a few. Natalie Steen is a creative consultant and the creator of The Nat Note, a fashion newsletter delivering curated shopping suggestions for women, children and the home in Natalie’s signature collages - the “Notes”. What began as a creative outlet for Natalie when she began practicing law in 2016 is now a coveted newsletter with loyal subscribers - and her fresh, bold style acts as a filter for the finds she shares each week.
Katie Davis is a Houston-based interior designer focused on all aspects of residential design. She takes a practical approach to her work, emphasizing the idea that a home should be truly lived in above all else. Her portfolio is filled with stylish spaces that nod to a new-traditional aesthetic, while maintaining a sense of modernity and an eye for today’s trends. Katie’s appreciation for design started from a young age, when her family undertook a major remodel of the home. She observed her mom and an interior designer work together to develop, coordinate, and implement a shared vision for her family’s home—an imaginative and collaborative process that still resonates with her today. And so began her love affair with beautiful spaces, and quality furniture, fabrics, and materials. Life, however, took Katie in a different direction. Upon graduating from the University of Texas, she went on to attend law school. During her years as a practicing attorney, design remained a favorite hobby, until she fully embraced her second life, and her first love, launching Katie Davis Design in 2018. She currently resides in Houston, with her husband and two young kids. Her own growing family serves as the foundation for her designs, creating beautiful, vibrant living spaces that are comfortable, timeless, and can transition easily to the next phase of a client’s life. Katie Davis Design has been published in numerous publications including Southern Living, House Beautiful, Luxe Interiors + Design, Domino, This Old House, Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, Houston Chronicle, Real Simple, and Homes & Gardens.
Paloma Contreras is an acclaimed interior designer based in Houston, Texas. Paloma’s design sensibility is a modern take on traditional style– gravitating towards classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamour and an infusion of color. Paloma has honed her distinct eye for style over more than a decade in the design industry. She has developed a reputation for designing beautiful interiors in her signature modern-meets-traditional aesthetic resulting in spaces that feel polished, refined, and effortless. Paloma's interiors are at once timeless, yet fresh-- balancing attention to detail and the intersection of form and function to enhance a well-lived life. Paloma has repeatedly been named to the prestigious ELLE Decor “A-List” of the top interior designers in the world. She has also been recognized as a “Next Wave” interior designer by House Beautiful and has been named to LUXE Magazine’s “Gold List”. In 2017, Paloma was named #4 on the Forbes list of the Top Social Media Influencers in the Home category and has one of the Top 10 Instagram accounts to follow for interior design according to ELLE Decor. Paloma and her work have been featured in numerous publications and websites including ELLE Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Vogue, Domino, Luxe, Traditional Home, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Paloma recently debuted a lighting collection with Visual Comfort & Co. She is a sought-after speaker on the topic of design and frequently participates in keynote and panel discussions. Paloma’s first book, Dream Design Live was published by Abrams in September 2018. Her second book, The New Classic Home is slated for an October 2023 release. Her curated retail shop, Paloma & Co opened in Houston's River Oaks neighborhood in January 2019 and has expanded to include a robust online platform. Paloma is currently working on projects in Houston and beyond with clients in Palm Beach, Key Largo, Atlanta, and New York.