MEET THE GROUP

Diane Mantovani

Principal & Owner | Savvy Design Group

Savvy is an award winning residential and commercial design firm founded by Diane Mantovani Fogerty in 2009. Diane has established herself and her firm as leaders in the St Louis design community. Her extreme passion for design, creative eye, strong work ethic and ability to build excellent relationships are the foundations of her success. Diane is dedicated to simplifying the design process!

Diane’s experience ranges from new construction design/build, to commercial space planning and design, to both residential and commercial remodels. With a background in finance and a passion for beautiful interiors, Diane is a true professional whose projects are always client focused. She has built a diversified, creative and hard working team. Together they share a collaborative approach to projects focusing on each client’s needs and wants. One of Diane’s proudest moments occurred with the opening of the Savvy Design Group’s new home and customized design library in June 2019.

Diane is a resident of the Central West End and has embraced urban living! She constantly looks for inspiration, especially on her many travels! She loves coffee dates, walks through her neighborhood, her pups, architecture, live music, and art galleries. But, the true loves of her life are her family and friends! She’s always up for a cocktail, dinner date or any excuse to
celebrate!

Kathleen Matthews

Interior Designer | Savvy Design Group

With a degree in Interior Design from William Woods University, Kathleen has spent her 30 year career creating beautiful and functional interiors for a wide range of clients.  She has worked with many of St Louis’ top industry professionals. She became a member of the Savvy design team in 2014 and her contributions to the team are endless.

Kathleen in an expert on both residential and commercial design.  Kathleen has experience on design from one-room projects to whole house remodels to new construction design/build.  She also creates sophisticated and functional spaces for commercial clients. Kathleen’s favorite part of a project is getting to know her new client, learning of their likes and dislikes! This is the first step to customizing her design plan.  She enjoys all aspects of design, but her favorite room to create is the dining room. She likes that clients are willing to step out of their box the most in this space!

In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband of thirty years, Claude.  They have raised their two ‘almost grown’ daughters in Kirkwood/Des Peres and enjoy hanging with the many friends they have made.  She is involved in community philanthropic endeavors and always loves to stop for a glass of wine on her way home from the office!

Brett Clark

Interior Designer | Savvy Design Group

Raised in St. Louis, but educated in Chicago, Brett Clark holds a B.F.A. in Interior Architecture from Columbia College Chicago. After spending several years working in different facets of the Chicago Design Industry, he returned to St. Louis and accepted a position with Savvy in 2017.

Brett specializes in both residential and commercial design. He is an award-winning part of the SAVVY team and has been the lead designer on historic renovations, hospitality design, and high-end residential remodels. Skilled in CAD and SketchUp Brett is able to show his clients design details in 2D and 3D! His favorite room to design is a kitchen as it combines functionality with so many design details.

Brett confidently works alongside architects, builders, contractors and craftsman to help facilitate a client’s vision! He believes that it is a designer’s responsibility to create spaces that are a true reflection of a client’s personality and lifestyle. While his designs span the spectrum of style, you will always find sophistication and timelessness in his work.

In his free time, Brett likes spending time with his family, works out regularly and can be found around town at art fairs and museums.  He is always planning his next big adventure through travel!

Rachel Ess

Project Manager | Savvy Design Group

Rachel is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a minor in construction management. She is particularly interested in environmental design and is currently working towards her LEED certification.  She accepted a position with SAVVY as part of the design team in the fall of 2017.

Rachel has a deep understanding and appreciation for all stages of the design process and likes to be involved from start to finish:  from idea conception to the creation of technical drawings, to the furniture and finish selections, final presentations and installation. She is skilled in using AutoCAD, Revit, and Sketch Up and enlists these tools to assist clients in their visualization.   Her favorite part of the design process is seeing the client’s reaction on install day when their dreams and big ideas have finally become a reality.

As a recent transplant to the Central West End, Rachel has tackled designing her first place.  Her personal eclectic style is a mix of mid-century and Spanish modern. She loves juxtaposing antique furniture finds with the clean lined and modern pieces.  When she isn’t working with the team, you can find her hiking, reading, traveling, wandering in the plant aisle, or digging through antique markets.

 

Ellen Lancia

Project Manager | Savvy Design Group

Ellen joined the SAVVY team in 2017 with a wealth of knowledge and experience. As a life-long fan of creative endeavors she made a smooth transition from her career in the fashion industry to world of interior design. Her knowledge of currents trends, organizational skills, ability to communicate and strong desire for perfection have made her an invaluable member of the team.

Ellen works closely with the SAVVY designers to be sure no details are missed. She takes pride in meticulously planning projects and executing them on a timely and orderly basis. She finds her inspiration in the clients and not only becomes a partner in the process, but also a fast friend. Ellen’s favorite part of the design process is seeing the face of her clients as they see the final installation. Seeing their joy makes her whole week, if not month!

When she isn’t working, Ellen’s  favorites are family, friends and travel.  She loves to spend time with her husband Anthony and two teen-age children,  Gabe and Lauren. She can be found meeting friends for drinks or dinner around town whenever possible.  And, frequent trips to Charleston South Carolina are also on the top of her list!

MEET THE GROUP

Diane Mantovani

Principal & Owner | Savvy Design Group

Savvy is an award winning residential and commercial design firm founded by Diane Mantovani Fogerty in 2009. Diane has established herself and her firm as leaders in the St Louis design community. Her extreme passion for design, creative eye, strong work ethic and ability to build excellent relationships are the foundations of her success. Diane is dedicated to simplifying the design process!

Diane’s experience ranges from new construction design/build, to commercial space planning and design, to both residential and commercial remodels. With a background in finance and a passion for beautiful interiors, Diane is a true professional whose projects are always client focused. She has built a diversified, creative and hard working team. Together they share a collaborative approach to projects focusing on each client’s needs and wants. One of Diane’s proudest moments occurred with the opening of the Savvy Design Group’s new home and customized design library in June 2019.

Diane is a resident of the Central West End and has embraced urban living! She constantly looks for inspiration, especially on her many travels! She loves coffee dates, walks through her neighborhood, her pups, architecture, live music, and art galleries. But, the true loves of her life are her family and friends! She’s always up for a cocktail, dinner date or any excuse to
celebrate!

Kathleen Matthews

Interior Designer| Savvy Design Group

With a degree in Interior Design from William Woods University, Kathleen has spent her 30 year career creating beautiful and functional interiors for a wide range of clients.  She has worked with many of St Louis’ top industry professionals. She became a member of the Savvy design team in 2014 and her contributions to the team are endless.

Kathleen in an expert on both residential and commercial design.  Kathleen has experience on design from one-room projects to whole house remodels to new construction design/build.  She also creates sophisticated and functional spaces for commercial clients. Kathleen’s favorite part of a project is getting to know her new client, learning of their likes and dislikes! This is the first step to customizing her design plan.  She enjoys all aspects of design, but her favorite room to create is the dining room. She likes that clients are willing to step out of their box the most in this space!

In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband of thirty years, Claude.  They have raised their two ‘almost grown’ daughters in Kirkwood/Des Peres and enjoy hanging with the many friends they have made.  She is involved in community philanthropic endeavors and always loves to stop for a glass of wine on her way home from the office!

Brett Clark

Interior Designer| Savvy Design Group

Raised in St. Louis, but educated in Chicago, Brett Clark holds a B.F.A. in Interior Architecture from Columbia College Chicago. After spending several years working in different facets of the Chicago Design Industry, he returned to St. Louis and accepted a position with Savvy in 2017.

Brett specializes in both residential and commercial design. He is an award-winning part of the SAVVY team and has been the lead designer on historic renovations, hospitality design, and high-end residential remodels. Skilled in CAD and SketchUp Brett is able to show his clients design details in 2D and 3D! His favorite room to design is a kitchen as it combines functionality with so many design details.

Brett confidently works alongside architects, builders, contractors and craftsman to help facilitate a client’s vision! He believes that it is a designer’s responsibility to create spaces that are a true reflection of a client’s personality and lifestyle. While his designs span the spectrum of style, you will always find sophistication and timelessness in his work.

In his free time, Brett likes spending time with his family, works out regularly and can be found around town at art fairs and museums.  He is always planning his next big adventure through travel!

Rachel Ess

Project Manager| Savvy Design Group


Rachel is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a minor in construction management. She is particularly interested in environmental design and is currently working towards her LEED certification.  She accepted a position with SAVVY as part of the design team in the fall of 2017.

Rachel has a deep understanding and appreciation for all stages of the design process and likes to be involved from start to finish:  from idea conception to the creation of technical drawings, to the furniture and finish selections, final presentations and installation. She is skilled in using AutoCAD, Revit, and Sketch Up and enlists these tools to assist clients in their visualization.   Her favorite part of the design process is seeing the client’s reaction on install day when their dreams and big ideas have finally become a reality.

As a recent transplant to the Central West End, Rachel has tackled designing her first place.  Her personal eclectic style is a mix of mid-century and Spanish modern. She loves juxtaposing antique furniture finds with the clean lined and modern pieces.  When she isn’t working with the team, you can find her hiking, reading, traveling, wandering in the plant aisle, or digging through antique markets.

Ellen Lancia

Project Manager| Savvy Design Group

Ellen joined the SAVVY team in 2017 with a wealth of knowledge and experience. As a life-long fan of creative endeavors she made a smooth transition from her career in the fashion industry to world of interior design. Her knowledge of currents trends, organizational skills, ability to communicate and strong desire for perfection have made her an invaluable member of the team.

Ellen works closely with the SAVVY designers to be sure no details are missed. She takes pride in meticulously planning projects and executing them on a timely and orderly basis. She finds her inspiration in the clients and not only becomes a partner in the process, but also a fast friend. Ellen’s favorite part of the design process is seeing the face of her clients as they see the final installation. Seeing their joy makes her whole week, if not month!

When she isn’t working, Ellen’s  favorites are family, friends and travel.  She loves to spend time with her husband Anthony and two teen-age children,  Gabe and Lauren. She can be found meeting friends for drinks or dinner around town whenever possible.  And, frequent trips to Charleston South Carolina are also on the top of her list!

SAVVY DESIGN GROUP
Award-winning, Full-service,
Residential & Commercial Interior Design Firm

Contact Us:
9810 Clayton Road
Saint Louis, MO 63124
Call Us: 314-432-7289

314-432-7289
info@savvyladue.com

9810 Clayton Road
Saint Louis, MO 63124
Call Us: 314-432-7289