DesignSourceCT Team

Richard Ott                                                                                                        LLC 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 Zwiener                                                                                                LLC Member
Nancy, in partnership with Richard Ott, is the owner of DesignSourceCT. During the past twenty-four years, they have collaborated on six 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, plus her love of residential architecture and beautiful interior furnishings all were instrumental in the vision behind and creation of DesignSourceCT.                                                                                                 Prior to the opening 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-two years ago, Nancy has held leadership positions in the following not-for-profit organizations: Achievement First Hartford Academy Charter School, 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 and The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts. She was honored by the Metro Hartford Alliance with a “Rising Star Award” in 2004.                                                                                                                            Married for forty years to her college sweetheart, Nancy and husband, David, have four grown & married children and two grandchildren. They reside in West Hartford, with secondary homes in Chicago and Martha's Vineyard.

Adrian Barnes                                                                                                  Manager, Memo Department                                                                                                                                 | 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 and is currently a local preacher at her church.

Alice Brash                                                                                                          General Sales & Furniture Manager                                                                                                              | 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.

Becky Johnson
Sales Associate | ext. 217

Chelsea Griswold
Manager, Fabric, Trim & Wall Covering | ext. 204

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.
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!

Darlene Pelletier
Manager, Fabric, Trim & Drapery Hardware | ext. 205

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.

Edwin Rivera
Manager, Shipping & Receiving | ext. 208

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.

Ellin Smith
Sales Associate | ext. 209

Kathy Leduc-Silver
Manager, Accessories Wall Covering & Floor Inventory | ext. 201

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.

Linda Graydon
Business Manager | ext. 214

Linda Graydon is the Business Manager of DesignSourceCT. She was a member of the DSCT staff from 2005 until 2010 and then rejoined the business in early 2015 after a five year hiatus. She is responsible for helping to keep the business running as smoothly as possible on a day to day basis as well as planning many of the vendor events and workshops that are held at DSCT. Her earlier career experience was in institutional real estate investment management as a portfolio manager and marketing consultant with firms in Chicago, San Francisco and Boston.
Currently, she is an active tennis player, skier and golfer, and a member of the Board of the Garden Club of Hartford which complements her passion for flower arranging and gardening. She has been involved in a number of community organizations and fund raising activities throughout greater Hartford during the 32 years she has lived in the area, particularly at the Wadsworth Athenuem, Renbrook School and the Hill Stead Museum, where she first met Nancy Zwiener in 1997.
Linda is a 1971 graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now Boston College) with a B.A. in Political Science and has an MBA in Finance from Boston College Carroll School of Management. She lives in Farmington with her husband Jim, a Hartford Hospital physician, and has two grown children, Sam and Emma.

Nancy Perkins
Manager, Floorcovering, Fabric & Trim | ext. 202

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.

Sarah Estock
Sales Associate for Furniture & Floor Inventory | ext. 207