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Meet Our Team
Lisa Carlquist, President, Master Storage Designer
Lisa has more than twenty years experience in the custom closet and storage industry. Her journey began as a designer with a national franchise, The Closet Factory, and then on to a locally owned company for more than 12 years prior to forming Artisan Custom Closets in 2011. Lisa vowed to make Artisan the best custom closet company in the Atlanta market! She has taken it to new levels by hiring the most experienced space planners, designers, engineers and installers in the Atlanta area.
Lisa is a Master Storage Designer through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals; has created spaces for some of the most visible clients in Atlanta; and designed many show homes including the Atlanta Magazine Dream Home and the Roswell Women's Show House. Her experience includes designing spaces for speculative homes and custom homes with some of Atlanta’s premier homebuilders and remodelers.
Lisa is an avid Tennessee football fan and her daughter, Stephanie, graduated from the University of Georgia. Stephanie works for Quest Events in Manhattan, NY. Lisa lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, with her husband, Jeremy, and their dog, Daisy.
Alley Sandy, Sales/Design Manager
Alley is originally from the Fayetteville, Georgia area and now resides in Kennesaw with her family. In her personal life, Alley is an “organizational freak!” She loves to find the best use of space both for function and design. Alley says that when she helps clients organize and customize their space she feels a real sense of accomplishment.
With a background in design and 16 years as a business owner, Alley has been organizing and enhancing space functionality for 20 years. As the Sales & Design Manager (also a Registered Storage Designer through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals) for Artisan Custom Closets, Alley’s specialty is to provide clients with an outlet for turning their ideas, needs and desires for cluttered or unproductive closets, pantries, offices and garages into a beautiful new reality. Her favorite part of the process is sitting down with her clients to help them turn their dreams into a design and final installation that exceeds their expectations, every time.
Lesley Baldwin, Senior Design Consultant, Registered Storage Designer
Cathy Davis, Senior Design Consultant
Vicky Remole, Senior Design Consultant, Registered Storage Designer
Bob Kammerer, Senior Design Consultant, Registered Storage Designer
Madeleine Polan, Senior Design Consultant
Maggie Horie, Senior Design Consultant, Registered Storage Designer
Maggie was born and raised on a cattle farm in Winder, GA. She now lives in the Duluth area with her husband and two daughters.
Her passion for helping other people originated from her days as a personal shopper at Nordstrom. There, she learned to work closely with clients to capture their style and personal taste. She successfully grew a client base that trusted her with filling their wardrobe.
That passion grew further when she started working in the closet industry several years ago. She uses her experience with suiting peoples needs to listen and capture exactly what her customers are looking for in a closet. She prides herself on making "not only a pretty closet but a functional one, also." Maggie says she loves "helping people in general, regardless of the size of the project." Maggie is a Registered Storage Designer through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals.
In her spare time, Maggie loves to work on DIY projects at home and is a self proclaimed "DIY-er". She enjoys working on home improvement projects and is very crafty around the house. She's also 'mildly' addicted to Pinterest and loves finding inspiration anywhere she can.
Heather Fritz, Senior Design Consultant
Heather has always had a passion for creativity and design. After earning her degree in interior design, she worked in furniture sales and bathroom remodeling.
She joined Artisan Custom Closets 6 years ago and has extensive experience in both engineering and design. She loves pushing the envelope with closet transformations using her creativity to optimize space and functionality. Heather said she "loves small spaces! It's an awesome challenge to create amazing designs in spaces where you wouldn't expect to make a difference".
When asked about her favorite part of working in this business, she says, "I strive to give my customers a space that is functional and beautiful. It's a great feeling when you do something for someone that enhances their life and makes them so happy!"
Brandi Doctoroff, Senior Design Consultant, Registered Storage Designer
Brandi is originally from Norcross, Georgia but has recently built a new home in Woodstock. She enjoys keeping everything in order, from not only her closet (which is organized by color—and sleeve length!) but even down to the labels on everything in her pantry!
While her parents would probably tell you that she wasn’t the most organized kid, her college roommates would say differently. Not only does she love to organize, she loves to do anything DIY and is often heard saying “Joanna Gaines (from Fixer Upper) is my spirit animal!”
Brandi enjoys working closely with her clients to ensure that they receive a solution for all their needs. “The unit has to be extremely functional while also being beautiful. You start your day out in your closet, so it needs to look great!”
Nicola Anderson, Senior Design Consultant
Nicola’s passion for remodeling and design started after purchasing a ‘fixer upper’ in Marietta, Georgia, several years ago. After being engaged in every minor decision from construction, trim, colors and organization, a desire to help others with similar projects developed into a career with the Artisan Custom Closets Design Team.
She lives in Marietta with her two children and enjoys being involved in every aspect of their busy lives, capturing every moment along the way through her love for photography. She enjoys landscape and sports photography the most but occasionally combines her hobby with work by photographing completed closet projects.
Meeting new people with a wide range of different needs and from extremely diverse backgrounds is her favorite aspect of working at Artisan Custom Closets. “Just seeing how different everyone’s decorating styles and organizational behaviors are makes every day exciting and interesting! Knowing that I can help anyone regardless of their priorities, whether they need functionality of whether they just want a ‘pretty’ space is very gratifying!”.
Dee Ann Cowan, Senior Design Consultant
Dee Ann is a true Atlanta native! Originally from the Jonesboro area, she currently calls Brookhaven home with her husband and their great pyrenees, Captain Jack.
She truly enjoys the role as Project Manager, working closely with clients to ensure the final design meets all their needs and exceeds expectations. She has a passion for helping clients see the plans on paper transform into something that is both spectacular and extremely functional. “I pride myself on being your personal consultant from beginning to end. I can’t wait to see the look on your face once the project is complete. I know you’re going to love it for a very long time!”
When not designing gorgeous closets & pantries, Dee Ann can be found running the streets of Atlanta training for half marathons or hiking with her husband and Captain Jack in Stone Mountain Park.
Andrea Lively, Senior Design Consultant
Andrea is one of the few Atlanta natives, born and raised in Marietta, GA. Her background in IT and love for “putting the pieces of a puzzle” together, sparked her interest in space planning for the closet design industry.
Andrea loves meeting new people and building relationships. Growing up, her mother always told her she should be a reporter, as she loved to talk to everyone and learn about their lives. She understands that every project, every budget, and every client is different, which creates new excitement every day. Andrea explains, “I love creating a design that is functional and uniquely reflects my client’s desires.”
When not designing, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, two step-sons and her chocolate labradoodle, Murphy.
Beverly Jones, Senior Design Consultant
Beverly resides in Hampton, Georgia, thirty minutes south of Atlanta, but was raised in Fayetteville, Georgia. With a degree in Interior Design and twenty-six years experience, she's ready to dust the dirt of an existing closet or garage, or design a pantry fit for a Master Chef!
Often using the term "form follows function," it's a simple concept that requires all spaces to utilize function and meaning. Beverly would like each client to reap the rewards of a new, but expertly designed, space to enjoy at the end of each day. Just as if she were designing her own home, she plans each wall with your items in mind.
In her spare time, you may find Beverly with her family and friends. You may also catch her painting a storefront window, wall mural or decorating a wedding cake!
Jay Choice, Senior Design Consultant
Jerrinika Choice, affectionately known as Jay, is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and currently resides in Sandy Springs, GA with her two adorable children, Braylon and Bella. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and over four years of experience in design and event planning. In her spare time, she is a fashion and print model/actress.
Jay says, “I love educating my customers through the entire process while bringing their aesthetic vision to life!” She loves seeing her customers get excited about the transformation of their space. With her creativity and background in design, Jay is sure to create a master piece for you. If you’re looking for a functional space or to add value to your home, Jay is your designer.
Brittney Bass, Senior Design Consultant
Brittney has been a part of the Artisan family for 2 years. She loves creating an organized and efficient dream closet space for each and every customer. After all, you start each morning in your closet, so you should love it! Install day is her absolute favorite. Brittney says, “You finally get to see it all come together and the finished product is even more magnificent than you imagined!” In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, watching HGTV and spending time with her husband, daughter and Jack Russel.
Danielle Carruth, Senior Design Consultant
Danielle started off teaching elementary school and raising her two children, who are now teenagers. After years of organizing her own classroom, personal home, and closets for friends and family, she decided to use her organizational skills and creativity to make a career. She says, “Artisan Custom Closets is my job soulmate! I absolutely love helping people feel great in their living spaces! Customer relationships and their happiness are my top priorities!”
She is extremely patient, easy to work with, and enjoys listening to her clients’ needs to help them maximize their spaces in the most functional way with a look that is aesthetically pleasing.
Danielle has lived in Woodstock, Georgia, for over a decade and loves how beautifully her town has transformed over the years. If she’s not designing closets for clients or spending precious time at home with her family and sweet dog, Charlotte, she is enjoying Downtown Woodstock and all it has to offer!
Hillary Skowron, Senior Design Consultant
Hillary, originally from Florida, has lived in Forsyth County for 3 years and has found the job of her dreams at Artisan Custom Closets. Being a mother, and previously an elementary music teacher, she understands that a person is only as successful as they are organized. She says having a customized space that is created just for you, will totally improve your everyday quality of life. Whether it’s a closet, pantry, or garage, there is magic that can happen in any space!
As amazing as space planning is, the best part of her day is by far her clients. Meeting so many different and amazing people, and having the privilege of helping them through each step of this exiting process, is so rewarding for her.
If Hillary is not working, she’s spending time with her husband and their three kids, most likely doing projects around the house, CrossFitting, or any outdoor adventure.
Our skilled team of machine operators keep our shop running like a well-oiled machine. Yes, we produce all of our parts locally in our Marietta, Georgia, facility. We use a screen-to-machine manufacturing process which means that each closet is truly custom built only after you approve your designs. Come by and take a tour of our manufacturing facility; you'll be glad you did.
Our team of installers are the best in the closet and cabinet industry! But don't take our word for it, read our reviews! Each installer undergoes a background check to ensure your family's safety and continuous training keeps them on top of their game. New construction . . . no worries! Our closet installers take every measure to make certain that your flooring and walls are protected. They are highly trained in working in new construction homes, homes under rennovation, or organization in your existing home.