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Independent Designers

Joanne Sheridan

Marquette University BA

I have over 33 years of experience working at Klode Furniture, Betty Johnson’s, and Sturgeon Interiors, Ltd.

Working with a designer is a personal relationship and we must both share the vision you have for your home. My goal is to help you and educate you, partnering to create the beautiful home you desire.

Claudia Francis

BS Interior Design University of Wisconsin – Madison; NCDIQ Qualified

I have extensive experience in the interior design field starting in the contract furniture business, working with architects, teaching at the college level and as an independent designer. I recently just completed two very different but equally beautiful homes in Door County. I assisted the homeowners from the ground up to create the homes they envisioned and more. Let me help you create the space of your dreams.

Charlene Bareta



Education includes a four year degree from Layton School of Art and Design for Interior Design. Intern at Marshall Fields in Chicago while a student at the Art Institute.

Professional Membership:

American Society of Interior Design Professional, Registered Designer of Wisconsin, Interior Design Continue Education Council and passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications. In order to keep my professional standing and abreast of what is new, I continue to take Continuing Education Classes.

Outside Interest:

Outside interest for me is regular intense exercise, going to plays, concerts, reading and doing things with my family.


Designing several homes from ground up, plus additions to homes and remodeling projects. While working at Eggerts Furniture, I started their Interior Design Program. Lead teams in developing rooms for the Cancer House and Parade of Homes. In the past I have designed furnishings for Funeral Homes, Retirement Homes, Professional Offices as well as many residences.

Each client has different desires, style and ideas for their projects. Goal is to find the best solution for that client. My education, experience, and contacts have helped me to accomplish this in a professional manner.

It would be an honor to let me help you achieve your goal.

Kathy Steinmetz

I have a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. After working for years in medical / pharmaceutical sales, I made a career change thirteen years ago and decided to stay home with my three children. With a passion for interior design and having renovated many homes throughout the years, I went back to school and earned an Associate Degree in Interior Design from Milwaukee Area Technical College. I joined Sturgeon Interiors in 2011. It is so exciting to help my clients achieve a home they love, by mixing new elements with existing pieces to transform their living spaces into something fresh and new.

One of my favorite quotes is from William Morris: “Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Susan Weber

After many years working outside of the field of design, but having a love for Interior Design and Architecture, I returned to the classroom to pursue an Interior Design degree. While studying, I worked with others to design spaces for the Breast Cancer Showhouses in the Milwaukee area. I consider it a privilege to work in such beautiful homes with other design professionals.

Being a practical, organized person who appreciates beautiful things, I’d like to share my favorite quote by William Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” This quote perfectly describes my vision for a well designed home.

I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, travel, photography, reading and handiwork.

Stacey D. Hart

I have worked in the interior design industry since 1999. Over the years, I have obtained extensive knowledge of the business and exposure to the world of design. This experience helped me excel in the design program at MATC, where I received my Associates Degree in Interior Design. I like to take a sincere and personable approach with each client. Working together to assure the client’s vision is carried through.

“I deeply believe that a beautiful décor can have a beneficial influence on our lives.” – Albert Hadley

William Feldman


I graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design in 1982. Although my career began in the area of Industrial design, it quickly expanded into commercial interiors, exhibit design and graphics. I eventually turned my focus to architecture and am currently working as an architect in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Additionally, I’m an Adjunct Instructor at Mount Mary College and The Art Institute of Wisconsin teaching courses in interior design and drawing. I’ve also taught courses at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and Milwaukee Area Technical College. I’m both a registered architect and registered interior designer in the State of Wisconsin, and a professional member of the American Institute of Architects, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in building design and construction. I've also created and facilitate an IDCEC accredited CEU course in perspective sketching.

Kathryn Christenson

I’ve been associated with Sturgeon Interiors since 2005. Over the years, my projects have included kitchen redesigns and ‘facelifts’, teen hangout rooms, living rooms, family rooms and whole-house projects. I love getting to know my clients and working with them to create a home that suits their tastes and serves their needs.

My education includes a B.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington. After graduation, I worked for Dean Witter in Chicago, followed by Comerica Bank, Security Bank and Mutual Savings Bank prior to joining Sturgeon Interiors.

Susan Calenberg

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; Milwaukee Area Technical College – Interior Design Program

“We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” This Winston Churchill quotation reflects my goal in design. The environment created for your surroundings impacts how you feel and interact. My challenge is to interpret and define client’s needs and preferences, while assisting them in making the best choice for their situation. This often includes pieces that clients own and want to incorporate into a new location or need updating. With a strong emphasis on customer service and integrity, I build lasting relationships with clients. I bring twenty years of experience in design and home furnishings at Peabody Interiors, Paul Weise Furniture, and Sturgeon Interiors, Ltd.

Jennifer Wissing

I provide clerical support for the designers at Sturgeon Interiors. Working with a great team of talented professionals has been both a privilege and a pleasure. My background includes both office administration and interior design.

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