Team

Since it’s 2009 foundation in a bohemian studio off of Venice and Abbot Kinney, hospitality based Avenue Interior Design has positioned itself as a tiny powerhouse in an industry full of giants. Now based in Downtown Los Angeles, the team continues to design and collaborate on the industry’s most dynamic proprieties for the most prominent leaders in hospitality.

Under the direction of founders Andrea DeRosa and Ashley Manhan, the studio has become known for its refusal to be defined by any one style, instead opting to apply a fresh, distinctive and exclusive design to each project with consideration to brand, demographic and location. Avenue Interior Design values collaboration and pride’s itself on exceptional communication and respect for the creative process as well as the bottom line. The studio’s primary goal is to create impactful, engaging and influential brand identities that leave guests excited to return – all while maximizing profitability and exposure for our clients.

Avenue Interior Design specializes in new build and property renovations of almost any scale including hotel guestrooms, suites and public areas, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gaming venues, spas and retail outlets domestically and globally. In addition to a number of private individuals, we are proud to include SBE, Boyd Gaming, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, Marriott, CIM and MGM Resorts International as clientele.

ANDREA DeROSA, Principal & Co-Founder of Avenue Interior Design

In 2005, Andrea graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Interior Design. While at the UW, she spent time studying art and architecture in the South of France through an affiliated university and later returned to Europe for a semester abroad in the Netherlands. Andrea completed multiple internships before moving on to intern at one of Madison’s most prestigious residential interior design firms. Immediately upon graduation in 2005, Andrea moved to Los Angeles where she took a position with an interior design firm focusing on properties for hospitality giants including Hilton. Shortly thereafter, Andrea met Ashley at a boutique hospitality firm in Santa Monica were they became fast friends. Eventually Andrea joined the design team at a prominent interiors firm in Pasadena where she was heavily involved in the conceptual design process for a number of influential gaming developments for clients including Boyd Gaming and MGM Resorts International. In 2009, Andrea and Ashley joined forces to establish hospitality based interior design firm, Avenue Interior Design.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work?
With family and friends.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Spellcheck. I don’t have a memory without it and as a result, spelling has become my Achilles heel.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled and why?
St. Barts. It’s heaven.
What is your personal design philosophy?
Design should have a complexity that is intriguing mixed with a clarity that is easy to admire. Even if it isn’t representative of your personal style, you should still be able to appreciate good design. But most importantly, trust your instinct and have confidence in the rationale that drives your decisions. Self-confidence is timeless.

ASHLEY MANHAN, Principal & Co-Founder of Avenue Interior Design

Los Angeles native Ashley Manhan landed her first internship at 19 while receiving her Interior Design degree from UCLA. It was at this Santa Monica based boutique design firm where Ashley became immersed in the hospitality industry while working on properties for Fairmont Hotels and MGM Resorts International. Ashley went on to further her hospitality experience at a well-respected design firm with high profile clients including Kimpton Hotels and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, with whom she worked with on a St. Regis property in Central America. In 2007 Ashley joined hospitality pioneer SBE Entertainment. While at SBE, she collaborated with design icon Philippe Starck and celebrity photographer, Matthew Rolston to develop groundbreaking hotel brands like SLS and the Redbury. Ashley was also involved with the design of notable restaurants and bars including the Bazaar with celebrity chef, José Andrés, a Michael Mina restaurant in Hollywood, Katsuya LA Live and the Abbey in Los Angeles.

Favorite part of the design process?
The installation. Each box or crate opened is like my birthday! I love the adrenaline rush of the last minute touches and the satisfaction of standing back and looking at the final result.
First thing I thought about this morning?
What should I wear today? (Obviously).
Where would you like to retire?
On a ranch, preferably perched atop a beachside cliff, with acres of open space to ride my horses on all day.

JENNA ROCHON, Project Designer

Receiving her undergraduate degree in Advertising and Psychology, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jenna pursued a career in advertising and marketing upon graduation. While in this field, she focused on creative brand executions and campaign management for MTV. Her attention to detail and creative instinct made her successful in advertising and ultimately lead to her decision to return to school for Interior Design at the University of California, Los Angeles. Bringing her branding experience to interior design, Jenna is highly in-tune with the art of creating a unique experience and the corresponding psychology behind the design. During her time with Avenue, Jenna has been responsible for concept development thru installation for a variety of clients including Boyd Gaming, The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and SBE.

What inspires you?
People who take risks. In design or in life, those that step out of their comfort zone to lead the way fuels my creativity and drive.
What is your current cellphone wallpaper?
A nod to my sarcastic side with Bill Murray Stripes “You’re Awesome”.
What is your personal design philosophy?
Trust your gut. Design decisions can go back and forth and quite often your first instinct is the right direction. A daily practice I continue to fine tune

LAUREN McLAUGHLIN, Project Designer

A Los Angeles native, Lauren graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Art History.  Upon graduating, Lauren further built upon her education by enrolling at the University of California, Los Angeles to pursue her passion of Interior Design.  The relationship between Art History and Interior Design has undoubtedly shaped Lauren in her career as a designer.  Coupled with her frequent travels abroad, Lauren delivers a unique perspective to clients derived from worldly inspirations.  Her artful point of view has proven successful during her tenure with Avenue.  As a Project Designer, Lauren has been responsible for overseeing numerous high profile projects for clients including MGM Resorts Development, Gravitas Development Group and SBE.

What is your best piece of design advice?
Paint. It’s a cost effective and easy way to completely transform a space. And if you end up hating it, you can always repaint.
What super human power would you most like to have?
Time travel. To see life again as it was before iPhones and computers. Mind blown!
What is your personal motto?
Work hard and be kind.

DENISE PAN, Project Designer

Denise received her Bachelors degree in Global Studies from UCLA, followed by a Masters degree in Interior Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. Following a stint as a marketing research analyst after graduation, Denise transformed her interest in branding into a career in hospitality and commercial design, translating the intangible identity of brands into tangible defined spaces. Denise honed her insight into the world of hospitality design while working on the multifaceted Baha Mar Casino Hotel Project in the Bahamas with Dianna Wong Architecture and Interior Design. There she developed designs for the hotel’s public areas, guestrooms and executive offices. She also brought her hospitality experience to her work on multifamily developments such as the Runway Playa Vista, Los Angeles and the Kirby Collection, Houston. Since joining Avenue Interior Design, Denise has diversified her hospitality portfolio to include the Hotel Modera in Portland, The Ramble Hotel in Denver and the La Serena Villas in Palm Springs.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work?
I like to stay active so you’ll likely find me at a yoga studio, hiking at Griffith Park or snowboarding at Bear Mountain. I also really want to pick up surfing!
Where did you grow up and how did this influence your design aesthetic? As a California native, I spent most of my childhood all around southern California but I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend high school in Singapore. Due to the small size of the country and high population density, Singapore is forced to treat land like a precious commodity, turning to design to maximize the full potential of every square foot. There I was exposed to both a high level of luxury design and resourceful design solutions.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Eating delicious food with my family and friends.

THEODORA ESPARZA, Project Designer

Theodora began a career in advertising after receiving a BA in Economics and Finance from Bentley College. Focusing on creative media strategy for some of the nations largest advertisers, such as DirecTV and AT&T. However, her passion for travel and architecture led her to start taking classes at the New York School of Interior Design. After just one week of classes, she knew she needed to make the transition. Theodora quit her day job and enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University where she later received a Masters in Interior Design. During her time there, she interned and was mentored by award winning designer, Ghislaine Vinas.

Theodora would go on to work for award winning studios, such as J. Marx Atelier and Studio Collective, broadening her expertise in both commercial and hospitality. Including the public spaces and guestrooms of Hotel Figueroa and Kimpton’s Morrison House. Notable restaurants/nightlife projects include La Huella and Sugar in Miami.

What inspired you to get into the design industry?
The power of design. It can transform anything to make you feel as if you are in another part of the word, or another point in time. It can be calming or stimulating. Every room you walk into is an experience that someone has created. I want to create memorable moments.
Where would you like to retire?
Santa Barbara. Where the mountains meet the ocean. It is the perfect balance of life.
What is the first thing you do every morning?
Brew coffee!

CHRISTINE ROH, PROJECT DESIGNER

A native from Las Vegas, Christine received her B.S. degree in Interior Architecture and Design at UNLV. During her studies, she worked alongside Artsbridge America for primary and secondary education and supported the program’s purpose to integrate the arts into the school day to day by bridging projects to other subjects in the curriculum to encourage and nurture the future artists and designers. She went on to work for Cleo Design, an award winning Vegas based design firm ranked in Interior Design Magazine’s Top 75 Hospitality Giants to further her passion in hospitality design. She has had the chance to work with well-known clients including MGM Resorts International, Caesar’s Entertainment and Seminole Hard Rock for an assortment of project types ranging from restaurants to a 500+ key guestroom tower. Never missing an opportunity to travel, Christine enjoys exploring new cities and countries in search of adventure, culture, and of course designs to bring back home. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has joined the talented Avenue team and hopes to contribute her passion for details and love of working around others whom feel the same.

What super human power would you most like to have?
My superpower would be... whatever I conjure up in my mind I can just blink it into reality, for those tough times where you see a hint of an idea in your mind but just can't put it to paper. I understand this huge responsibility and I accept Miss Vat of Radioactive Chemicals if you're out there reading this.
What profession other than design would you like to attempt?
I would attempt to be a florist and craft wild arrangements of natural beauty all day- although allergy season would put a damper on life.
What is the first thing you do every morning?
Let my dog onto the bed and cuddle for about 10 minutes!

BRIANA ANTER, Junior Designer

Briana received her undergraduate degree in Art History from UCSB, followed by her Master’s degree in Sustainable and Historical Architecture from NYU. She then worked for interior designer Windsor Smith, where she gained experience in all aspects high-end residential design. Running around between job sites and meetings she noticed her need for a chic yet practical backpack, and could not find an affordable option. This led to her found her own backpack and accessory line, Harper Ave.  Briana spent 3 years successfully building the company, but in 2015 she finally conceded that her true passion still lay in the world of interior design and architecture, so she sold Harper Ave and enrolled in UCLA’S Interior Design program. Now happily at Avenue Interior Design, Briana draws on her multifarious background to inform her creative process and designs. Her love of travel and history coupled with her business and manufacturing experience lend her a distinct point of view in her projects.

What inspired you to get into the design industry?
When I was very little my mother let me pick out a dollhouse for us to decorate together, but first she gave me a lesson on all the different historical styles I could choose from. My 6 year old self obviously fell for the fancy Queen Anne style Victorian house. I am much less keen on that look today...
What is your current obsession?
Yuzu Kosho paste!! It’s a versatile Japanese condiment made of chilli and Yuzu citrus. I love mixing it with melted butter and pouring over steamed cauliflower. I actually love mixing anything with melted butter, so maybe melted butter is really my current obsession. And not just any melted butter, but melted Les Pres Sales Beurre, a Belgian butter made with special hand harvested salt from Camargue in France. It sounds frou frou but once you taste it nothing else will ever taste as butterful. You will also then agree that butterfull should be a word.

DAPHNIE PAN, Design Assistant

Daphnie received her B.A. in Communication studies from UCLA in 2013. She began her career in social media marketing working at a children’s lifestyle and toy brand. Her artistic knack for building and creating along with her sharp eye for design led to a natural transition within the company doing product development. During her time as a product developer she worked on several different product lines including a custom activity kit collection for Target. While new to the world of Interior Design, Daphnie has always had a deep appreciation for beautifully designed spaces and its transformative power. Daphnie hopes to bring her unique design background along with her creative curiosity to the Avenue design team.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work?
Probably at a music show! LA has the most incredible music scene and I try to take advantage of that as much as I can.
Currently what song is one heavy rotation?
Beautiful Escape by Tom Misch, it’s impossible to not groove while listening to it.
What is your current obsession?
Boxing! It’s an incredible work out and it feels great to just sweat it out sometimes.