Pam Secord, Manager/Interior Designer: Pam began her career as a volunteer project manager for a hospice in Mission Hill. There she met other volunteers including the principals of a design and custom upholstery firm in Newton where she worked for eight years.
Pam has been with Su Casa as Manager and Interior designer for 16 years. She is happiest when working on construction sites and collaborating with architects, contractors and clients. She helps projects move from design initiation to completion, always keeping client wishes top of mind. Pam graduated from Mt. Ida College with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.
Madey Lyons Poss, Design Associate: Madey’s career path has taken her from fine furniture and antiques to selling European tabletop in Manhattan and custom rugs in Boston.
Madey has been with Su Casa for seven years and loves the creativity and logistics of seeing a project through to completion. Madey holds a BA in Art History from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Alicia Ventura, Associate Interior Designer: Alicia began her career with an architectural design firm where her knowledge and passion for residential design first developed. Her work as an assistant designer received recognition in both local and international publications. Alicia went on to work internationally as part of a team designing the wing of a children's hospital in Kenya.
For two years, Alicia has enjoyed being part of the Su Casa design team. She loves the entire creative process and working with clients to ensure things move smoothly from concept to finished form. Alicia received a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Endicott College.
Jean Burke, Bookkeeper: Jean takes great pride in her attention to project details, making sure nothing is overlooked for either Su Casa Designs or its clients. She has worked as a bookkeeper in many different fields, but especially loves the design environment as she comes from a family of seamstresses and enjoys the hobby immensely.
Though I had a finance background, my heart was always in the decorative arts. I founded Mariposa, a needlepoint store on Newbury Street, then needed a new creative outlet after selling the business to my employees to stay home with three children. And in 1979 Su Casa Designs was born.
I think of my home as a retreat from the chaos of the world and try to remember that as I listen to my clients. I try to incorporate their lives – how they live, their likes, dislikes – as I create homes that are not only functional but comfortable and attractive. Functionality should be the backbone for any home; if the home works well, so will everyone in it.
Today with everyone having access to the internet and being far more savvy, sophisticated and value conscious, attention to budgets is a must. We also know designing a home is not only an aesthetic but an emotional investment, so encouraging clients to be active participants has been a good trend. Social and environmental awareness are also playing big roles in design decisions, which means we can guide clients in making more ethically responsible choices for their homes.
Interior design is an ever evolving art, and after 30 years, I am still here and loving the process of creating homes for families at every stage of their lives.
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Vicki is a graduate of both Lasell College and Hunter College and has studied at the New York School of Interior Design and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.