Penny Shawback  /  penny@shawbackdesign.com   “In the homes we create we see lives happily manifest and families happily grow.”   Penny Shawback has spent her whole life working in the design profession. From an early attunement to every single space she encountered through decades of developing a deep and intimate knowledge of the practice of interior design through studying architecture, art, and the relationship between how spaces look and how they energetically feel, she has developed a singular passion and enthusiasm for this work - one that she knows is deeply shared by her enthusiastic and committed Shawback Design team.   Penny believes that the best projects are those that fully integrate across architecture, landscape, and lifestyle. For over three decades, she has felt honored and inspired to work with an amazing and select group of clients, establishing life-long relationships and growing with each family. For Penny, her work has brought her boundless gratitude and joy, particularly from getting to work with talented architects, builders, artisans, and all the clients who have changed  her  life as a result of their work together. 

Penny Shawback / penny@shawbackdesign.com

“In the homes we create we see lives happily manifest and families happily grow.” 

Penny Shawback has spent her whole life working in the design profession. From an early attunement to every single space she encountered through decades of developing a deep and intimate knowledge of the practice of interior design through studying architecture, art, and the relationship between how spaces look and how they energetically feel, she has developed a singular passion and enthusiasm for this work - one that she knows is deeply shared by her enthusiastic and committed Shawback Design team. 

Penny believes that the best projects are those that fully integrate across architecture, landscape, and lifestyle. For over three decades, she has felt honored and inspired to work with an amazing and select group of clients, establishing life-long relationships and growing with each family. For Penny, her work has brought her boundless gratitude and joy, particularly from getting to work with talented architects, builders, artisans, and all the clients who have changed her life as a result of their work together. 

  Julie Savoia  /  julie@shawbackdesign.com   “I get to tell the story of peoples’ lives.”  Julie Savoia’s background is in journalism, a skill set that she uses every day for her work with Shawback Design. Julie’s the behind-the-scenes magician, the person who takes a narrative approach and turns it into fabrics, furniture, rugs. Through direct mentoring by Penny coupled with on-the-job experience, Julie has learned how to translate the spirit of a family into space, a desire into design. She loves working directly with Shawback’s vendors, finding new artists, and using her history as a clothing designer to feel deeply into the creative process.    

Julie Savoia / julie@shawbackdesign.com

“I get to tell the story of peoples’ lives.”

Julie Savoia’s background is in journalism, a skill set that she uses every day for her work with Shawback Design. Julie’s the behind-the-scenes magician, the person who takes a narrative approach and turns it into fabrics, furniture, rugs. Through direct mentoring by Penny coupled with on-the-job experience, Julie has learned how to translate the spirit of a family into space, a desire into design. She loves working directly with Shawback’s vendors, finding new artists, and using her history as a clothing designer to feel deeply into the creative process. 

 

  Damon Savoia  /  damon@shawbackdesign.com   “I can close my eyes and visualize a project and can see how every element is going to come together.”   Damon is a deal-maker, producer, and essential operating officer. His fifteen years of experience with architecturally significant construction projects, real estate transactions, development skills, and interior design work come together in his role: part design visionary, part creative project-finder, and part land whisperer. He is as comfortable bringing complex teams together for large scale urban commercial projects as he is finding multi-acre legacy properties, producing boutique hospitality resort venues, and developing conservation tracts in Napa Valley, CA or Sun Valley, Idaho. Damon is as skilled a communicator with the most precise of clients as he is with contractors and sub-contractors and all teams on a project.  He is dedicated to seeing a particular detail or texture through from imagination to completed installation.

Damon Savoia / damon@shawbackdesign.com

“I can close my eyes and visualize a project and can see how every element is going to come together.” 

Damon is a deal-maker, producer, and essential operating officer. His fifteen years of experience with architecturally significant construction projects, real estate transactions, development skills, and interior design work come together in his role: part design visionary, part creative project-finder, and part land whisperer. He is as comfortable bringing complex teams together for large scale urban commercial projects as he is finding multi-acre legacy properties, producing boutique hospitality resort venues, and developing conservation tracts in Napa Valley, CA or Sun Valley, Idaho. Damon is as skilled a communicator with the most precise of clients as he is with contractors and sub-contractors and all teams on a project.  He is dedicated to seeing a particular detail or texture through from imagination to completed installation.

  Mishleen Abuizam  /  mishleen@shawbackdesign.com   “I’m always solving problems.”  Mishleen is Shawback’s computer whiz, doing everything from constructing intricate three-dimensional models for use by permitting departments and contractors to checking custom-made furniture specifications and making sure that triple-section lounger will fit. She holds degrees in digital design and graphics technology, and worked for an engineering firm for twelve years before joining Shawback last year. Mishleen’s earliest exposure to architecture and design was watching her architect and interior designer uncle construct three-dimensional models; he’d produce designs and she would watch him. Decades later, life brought her from Jordan to the Napa Valley, where she loves the puzzle-like problem-solving elements of her work. 

Mishleen Abuizam / mishleen@shawbackdesign.com

“I’m always solving problems.”

Mishleen is Shawback’s computer whiz, doing everything from constructing intricate three-dimensional models for use by permitting departments and contractors to checking custom-made furniture specifications and making sure that triple-section lounger will fit. She holds degrees in digital design and graphics technology, and worked for an engineering firm for twelve years before joining Shawback last year. Mishleen’s earliest exposure to architecture and design was watching her architect and interior designer uncle construct three-dimensional models; he’d produce designs and she would watch him. Decades later, life brought her from Jordan to the Napa Valley, where she loves the puzzle-like problem-solving elements of her work. 

  Sarah Allen  /  sarah@shawbackdesign.com   “We have the trust of all of our clients; their lives, their spaces - what we do is so personal.”  Sarah loves travel. A member of the Shawback team, she has brought her unique and global worldview to play in all kinds of design projects. She’s the firm’s eternal optimist, and sees her role as providing an extra layer of listening, interpretation, and response to the complex interplay that is the client-designer relationship. One of her skills is working closely with fabricators, getting an element exactly how it should be - curving the line here, selecting the fabric there. She loves design for its ability to produce subconscious nostalgia, the way in which the feeling of a type of wood or specific way of sitting can evoke the warmest of memories.    

Sarah Allen / sarah@shawbackdesign.com

“We have the trust of all of our clients; their lives, their spaces - what we do is so personal.”

Sarah loves travel. A member of the Shawback team, she has brought her unique and global worldview to play in all kinds of design projects. She’s the firm’s eternal optimist, and sees her role as providing an extra layer of listening, interpretation, and response to the complex interplay that is the client-designer relationship. One of her skills is working closely with fabricators, getting an element exactly how it should be - curving the line here, selecting the fabric there. She loves design for its ability to produce subconscious nostalgia, the way in which the feeling of a type of wood or specific way of sitting can evoke the warmest of memories.