Richard OttLLC Member
Richard Ott was born in St. Louis, MO and studied interior design in college. His professional career started in residential design, then commercial retail and eventually the interior design department for an architectural firm in St. Louis. He began his own design company and relocated his business to Hartford in the mid 90s. Richard's residential designs run the gamut from traditional to contemporary, all reflecting creative attention to detail. Richard is a member of the Hartford Preservation Alliance and Rebuilding Together Hartford.
Nancy Burr ZwienerLLC Member
Nancy, in partnership with Richard Ott, is the owner of DesignSourceCT. During the past twenty-two years, they have collaborated on five residential design projects. Nancy’s education (A.B., Economics & Public Policy – Duke University and M.B.A., Finance & Marketing, Univ. of Pittsburgh) followed by eight years of management experience at Mellon Bank and Ford Motor Company. Her love of residential architecture and beautiful interior furnishings all were instrumental in the vision behind and creation of DesignSourceCT. Prior to the opening of the showroom, Nancy and her family lived in many different parts of the country and experienced many different residential styles and decorating challenges. While raising a family, she remained active as a community volunteer. Since moving to CT twenty years ago, Nancy has held leadership positions in the following not-for-profit organizations: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Connecticut Forum, Garden Club of Hartford, Hill-Stead Museum, Junior League of Hartford, Renbrook School, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Achievement First Hartford Academy Charter School and The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts. She was honored with a “Rising Star Award” in 2004 by the Metro Hartford Alliance. Married for thirty-eight years, Nancy and her husband, David, have four grown children and one grandson, Tucker. They reside in West Hartford, Martha's Vineyard, New York City and Chicago.
Adrian Barnes Manager, Memo Department
AdrianB@DesignSourceCT.com | ext. 206
Adrian joined DesignSourceCT in August, 2006 after spending 12 years at The Fabric Place in Cromwell, Ct. She has acquired a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of fabric design, composition, and origin and has valuable resources and industry contacts to assist clients with various issues regarding fabric. She has a background in the educational field.
Alice Brash General Sales & Furniture Manager
Alice@DesignSourceCT.com | ext. 203
Alice has nearly 35 years of experience in various facets of the interior design industry. She has been an independent Sales Rep for both accessory and furniture companies, was the showroom manager for Patricia Nichole Ltd., managed the office for a local high-end design studio and, for seventeen years, was the Buyer for wallpaper, window treatments, fabrics and shop-at-home goods for Inside Outlet stores, a division of Grossmans, Inc.
Alice holds a B.S. Degree in Interior Design from State University College at Buffalo, NY. Married for 30 years, Alice and her husband, Crawford, are the parents of two daughters and reside in West Hartford.
Carolina Escalante General Sales Associate
CarolinaE@DesignSourceCT.com | ext 207
Carolina earned her degree in interior design from the University of New Haven in 2011 and joined DesignSourceCT at the front Furniture & Accessories Sales Desk in March 2014. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Carolina was raised with a passion for art and design, fueled by her creative & artistic parents who hail from Guatemala. Carolina now resides in Simsbury, CT.
While in college, Carolina was employed by Crate & Barrel and developed both visual merchandising and retail skills. After graduation, she worked for three years as a project coordinator for a luxury home builder in the Farmington Valley. There she gained proficiency in client relationship building, problem solving, construction detail documentation, and project scheduling. Carolina is highly organized, exhibits keen attention to detail and approaches every challenge as an opportunity to learn. Her energetic personality and ready smile make her a wonderful support to Alice and Kathy at the front of the showroom.
Chelsea Griswold Sales Associate, Fabrics, Trim and Wall Covering
ChelseaG@DesignSourceCT.com | ext 209
Chelsea is a 2013 graduate of Keene State College with a B.S. in Architecture and joined DesignSourceCT in November 2013 to increase her knowledge of Interior Design.
Chelsea’s desk is in the rear of the showroom near the Wallcovering Gallery. She is responsible for vendor products from Cowtan & Tout, F. Schumacher, Osborne & Little and Thibaut. Chelsea also is a ‘pinch hitter’ in the Kravet area, the Memo Room, and helping with special projects.
Prior to joining DesignSourceCT, Chelsea worked at a Rocky Hill floral shop for 8 years where she was able to channel her creativity!
Chelsea enjoys spending leisure time with her family, gardening, and indulging her guilty pleasure, HGTV. Chelsea often travels to New Hampshire on the weekends to visit with her boyfriend.
Always courteous & helpful, Chelsea is available to assist designers in finding the perfect fabrics and trims for their projects. Look for her in the showroom, the lovely lass with the curly red hair!
Kathy has nearly thirty years of retail experience, both in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Always energetic and with a ready smile, Kathy’s focus and strength is in customer service and encouraging teamwork. Her desk is located near the Accessory, Memo and Receiving rooms, but Kathy is frequently on her feet covering lots of ground in the showroom!
Prior to joining DesignSourceCT in July 2005, Kathy served for more than seven years as the General Manager of Pottery Barn, Westfarms Mall, where she was ranked among the top five performing managers in the country. She previously served in a similar capacity at Victoria’s Secret. While living in Rhode Island and raising two daughters, Kathy was the co-owner of Leeway True Value Hardware/Lawn & Garden Center. Although appearing to be far too young, Kathy enjoys frequent visits with her grandchildren.
A native of Illinois, Nancy graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Interior Design. She began her career in interior design in the Decorating Studio at the G. Fox & Co department store in Hartford. She then joined Nina Interiors LTD as a managing partner.
Prior to joining DesignSourceCT in July 2005, she was the sales and design coordinator at the TPC golf course community, River Highlands, in Cromwell CT. Nancy and her husband, Tom, a housing developer, have two sons, Nathan and Calen, and they reside in Hebron. Nancy is the ‘go to’ expert for luxury fabrics and custom floorcoverings.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Darlene was first introduced to the design world while working part-time during high school at an upscale furniture showroom in Saratoga, New York. She and her family moved to Western Massachusetts in 1981. Throughout her working career as co-owner of The Wit’s End Gift Shop in Westfield, MA and as the Executive Assistant to the President of a service organization to her present position at DesignSourceCT, Darlene has always provided a high level customer service along with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. In her spare time, Darlene likes to spend time with her four grown children and her eight grandchildren.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Springfield, MA, Ed is the proverbial "glue" that keeps the showroom operations functioning smoothly. Ed has had experience in a number of different fields over the years, has a number of skills, and is an extremely hard worker. Ed is unfailingly cheerful and polite and enjoys inspecting the beautiful merchandise that arrives daily. Ed's 'can do' spirit is an inspiration to his fellow staff members and our clients alike.