Principal & Owner | Savvy Surrounding Style
Diane’s interest, or “obsession,” in interior design began years ago when she and her husband, Tim, conceptualized and built their vacation home on Alpine Lake in the Innsbrook resort community. Her love for interesting and unique spaces and her desire to make the experience of transforming design visions into realities led to the formation of Savvy Surrounding Style.
With a background in finance and a passion for beautiful interiors, Diane has created a premier interior design firm and showroom. Savvy's interior designers take a unique approach to the process of design: upscale, relaxed, solution-driven, and always budget-conscious.
As a local business owner, Diane is an active member of the St. Louis community and is involved in many philanthropic endeavors. She feels her staff is unsurpassed in this market and is always excited to work with new clients, many of whom have become dear friends. Savvy Surrounding Style is Diane’s ‘dream come true.’
In her free time, Diane loves long walks with her pups, traveling with Tim, listening to music, meeting friends for dinner, cheering on the Cardinals, and hosting game nights for her ever-growing brood. An avid reader of every design magazine she can get her hands on, Diane also tries to fit in a good novel when she can.
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Savvy Surrounding Style
Director of Operations & Accounting
An indispensable member of the Savvy team since the firm’s inception, Becky holds a degree in business with a concentration in accounting from the University of Phoenix and brings 18 years of accounting and business management experience to the Savvy table. She is that rare combination of finance expert and effective ‘people’ person.
Becky is the queen of saying “financials are fun!” and finds interesting new spreadsheets “exciting.” Needless to say, in Savvy’s sea of creative energy, Becky is the perfect person to oversee all of the firm’s daily operations and finances. Becky has a ninety-minute commute each way and always arrives with a smile on her face! That’s dedication.
An Illinois native, Becky is an outdoor girl at heart and spends many happy weekends camping, boating, waterskiing, and swimming with her husband, Mike, their three children and large extended family. Becky also loves to relax with a Starbucks skinny vanilla latte whenever possible.
With a degree in Interior Design from William Woods University, Kathleen has spent her 25+ year career creating beautiful and functional interiors for a wide range of clients. She has worked with many of St. Louis’ top industry professionals on a wide variety of projects. In 2014, Kathleen joined Savvy and is the perfect addition to our team of talented interior designers.
Kathleen’s sunny personality and sweet demeanor paired with her desire to listen to her clients result in a rewarding collaborative experience. Her interior design expertise and her passion for making design dreams come true, makes her the perfect match for anyone wanting to begin a design project.
As one of Savvy's interior designers, Kathleen’s experience runs the gamut from one-room redesigns to whole house remodels to new construction design. Kathleen also enjoys creating sophisticated and functional working spaces for commercial interior design clients.
In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with friends, volunteering in various community events and spending time with her husband, Claude, and their two beautiful daughters.
An experienced residential and commercial interior designer, Melissa Karl says it is her passion and privilege to create beautiful and functional spaces for her clients.
Melissa joins Savvy with more than seven years’ experience in the design industry. Self-employed as owner and principal designer of Room Remedies, Melissa had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects, from designing single spaces to whole house renovations. Her commercial experience includes numerous corporate and medical offices throughout the St. Louis area.
Melissa’s engaging personality and design expertise make the design process a breeze. Her clients often become good friends and return to her for multiple projects and updates.
Spending time with her husband, Drew, and their two beautiful daughters is what Melissa enjoys most. She also loves shopping, trying new restaurants, exercising, and walking the family’s adorable dachshund, Bella.
Visual Merchandiser and Buyer
Lisa was smitten with fashion and interior design from a very young age. Raised in New York City, one of Lisa’s favorite pastimes as a child was gazing at the beautifully styled store windows in Manhattan. “They were magical,” she says.
Often called upon to help friends and family “put things together” in their homes, Lisa’s passion for design has led her to various positions in retail merchandising and eventually to Savvy.
Her exceptional eye for making a retail environment enticing and inspirational, is what makes her the perfect fit for the Savvy team. Her extensive knowledge of product lines ensures that Savvy will always have a showroom full of fabulous furniture, accessories, art and gifts; always displayed in a beautiful way.
Besides design, Lisa’s other passion is yoga. She is a certified yogi and enjoys instructing others in this ancient practice.
A navy wife, Lisa, and her husband, Mike, spent four years in Honolulu, Hawaii before returning to St. Louis in the summer of 2015. They enjoy spending time together hosting parties, relaxing with friends and catching up with their three beautiful adult children.