Each of our featured Interior Designers will create a room vignette dedicated to a popular TV News Journalist! Meet the designers and find out what inspires these lifestyle influencers.
Julia Alzate is a TV Personality and lifestyle expert. She has eight years of weekly appearances on the live TV Show, Despierta America and on Radio Caracol, with participation in segments about lifestyle, interior design, decoration, personal style, DIY, green living, family budget, and more. A cheerful and spontaneous fashion and interior designer, Julia perfected her passion by graduating from Miami International University of Art & Design and complementing it with a Bachelor’s in Communications from St. Thomas University. Julia is known by her audience for providing amazing tips on recycling and transforming everyday household items to obtain a unique and personalized design. In Custom Segment Campaigns, Julia has recurrently worked with many brands such as Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Gain, Space Coast, Tide, Moen, Walgreens, Barefoot & Smithfield, Big Lots, Dove and more recently Windex and HSN among others.
Roberta Marcelino is the founder and head interior designer of Studio Nova Interiors. Born in the Brazilian Amazon, Roberta moved to Florida in 1996 to study interior design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She embraced her entrepreneurial spirit by founding Studio Nova Interiors. Her mission is to assist in creating comfortable, functional, sustainable, and timeless spaces. She works in collaboration with builders and architects to execute her vison of the project. Roberta strives to design unique interiors that will have a positive impact on her client’s lives. Studio Nova Interiors is well recognized by clients in the state of Florida, Georgia and South America. Roberta takes her projects very personally, orchestrating her team for the best results. In her free time, Roberta likes to explore many cities, cultural, food, and art scenes, looking for experiences and inspiration for her next projects.
Michael Zavala began his career in the contract furniture industry in 2013 after graduating from Berkeley College with a Bachelors’ Degree in Fine Arts. Throughout his career, Michael has worked in a variety of sectors including healthcare, government, corporate, hospitality, educational, and residential. He has been involved in all aspects of the design and construction process, from programming to construction administration. Michael’s projects provide product application, space planning, programming, specifying furniture, drawings, renderings, creating installation and electrical plans, and standards development. He has worked for three Herman Miller dealers where he gained a vast amount of experience while working on a diverse array of projects. He has a deep knowledge-base to draw upon to find the proper balance of style, functionality and his clients' lifestyle needs. Michael believes that in order to be a great designer, one must truly listen and understand the needs of the clients. Out of his desire to provide his clients with a one-on-one direct design experience, he works closely with his clients to discover an individualized creative design solution that meets both their functional needs and their desire for an inspiring and comfortable atmosphere in their living-space or work-space. Michael recently started documenting his life on VH1 in a reality TV Show called Cartel Crew. He talks about his personal life and career. Michael also talks about Zavala Concepts and works on some projects in the show. You can really get to know him in depth with his design solutions and strategies. He’s currently the youngest known Creative in Miami.
New-ish to the Miami interior design scene, Ann Ueno, owner of Ann Ueno Interior Design and Co-Owner of Miami Living Co, comes from Chicago with an extensive background in hotels, digital merchandising and design. A former executive at Starwood Hotels, Celebrity Cruises and BCV Social, Ann brings leadership, business acumen, creativity and a healthy level of risk-taking to her design projects.
Thanks to her grandmother and her mother, who both had a humble passion and execution for interiors, Ann fell in love with the environment of spaces at a young age. “I would spend hours paging through my mom’s Better Homes and Garden magazine dreaming up what my home would look like one day.” Her design aesthetic? Bold, classic and personal. She combines her urban background, global travel and Midwest farm town roots to bring her coastal clientele in South Florida a customized, heartfelt design with every project. Ann is deeply passionate about creating spaces that fuel emotions and make a lasting, memorable impact for every person that gets to experience her designed environments.
A step-mom, a mom, a wife, an entrepreneur, avid reader, runner, church designer and executive for the non-profit, The Mom Economy, Ann is as well-rounded as they come. She credits her Midwest genes for that and believes in blurring the lines of work and personal to help foster the most successful, profitable and fulfilled life.