A Proven Interior Design Process

Collaboration is the key to our interior design process, both with our clients and with each other. As a boutique design company, we have no B Team – just an A team that’s entirely dedicated to your project.

We work synergistically, sharing ideas and offering creative suggestions. Cynthia and Mark provide guidance as needed throughout the different phases of the interior design process.

Perfect Planning

We like to think of you, your architect and Warner Design forming a three-legged stool. Each leg is equally important in supporting the project, and alignment is essential. To ensure the best results, good communication and collaboration are necessary through all the phases of interior design. Before we actually start drafting, we evaluate the following:

  • We take stock of your local and regional competition to see where your project fits in and carve out your niche.
  • We take into account local styles, culture, trends and occupant lifestyles. Is the community geared to retired artists or musicians? Does the location lend itself to a rural, rustic look or something more sleek and sophisticated?
  • We incorporate evidence-based design in keeping with the latest developments in senior living.
  • We think about amenities that will enhance wellness and provide residents with more choices and activities. Recent designs we have worked on have included bistros, coffee bars, wellness centers, spas, gyms, chapels, tech lounges, and intergenerational spaces.

Delving into the Details

We pay close attention to every aspect of your job through every aspect of the interior design process. Sustainability is an overarching concern. The durable interior finishes and senior-friendly furnishings we present for your consideration come from a tried and true 20-year database. We factor the flow of the space, the comfort of the inhabitants and the convenience of the staff into our design. To help you visualize the proposed design, we deliver extremely detailed and accurate specs including images of furnishings, window coverings and way finding signage packages. Our contractor-friendly construction documentation is detailed, complete and highly specific.

Relationships Built on Results

Our hands-on approach to every assignment builds trust and long-term client relationships. Having renovated or repositioned communities several times over, we have learned a lot from experience. Repeat business is a great opportunity to refine our work based on how our designs have held up aesthetically and operationally over a 7 to 10 year period.

CAPEX and Cost Control

We have a thorough understanding of the costs of interior finishes and furnishings, for both new construction and renovation projects. We are experts in managing CAPEX dollars to make sure you always get the most for your money. To reduce the possibility of contractor change orders down the road, we provide you with detailed, highly accurate contract documents and specs. As the guardians of your interior design budget, we have built fiscal responsibility into every aspect of our interior design process.

Some of Our Work


Warner Design Associates
1510 Fashion Island Blvd.
Suite 240
San Mateo, CA 94404
p. 650.274.0947
f. 650.477.2528

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