Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Our talented team of designers, interior architects and purchasing agents work from our three studios to program, design, document and purchase all aspects of interiors for our clients.

Melissa Banko

Founder & Principal

The best advice I’ve received is: don’t follow the masses because sometimes the ‘m’ is silent. I strive to do things differently, not for the sake of being different, but to be innovative.

Steph Hyatt

Business Development

If I could master one skill, it would be flair bartending. Imagine me slinging mixed drinks like a female version of Tom Cruise in the 1988 movie Cocktail

Brittany Panachida

Business Development

If I had a warning label, it would definitely say: Warning! Personality May Be Larger Than It Appears

Betsy Distler

Studio Director

If I had a superpower, it would be to give our staff the tricks, tools and knowledge to make them in to designer superheroes! 

Anne Bauer

Interior Designer

The best era for fashion is the 1940s and 1950s. I would love to see pillbox hats and tailored cape-suits come back in to fashion.

Sofia Bonilla

Interior Designer

My favorite karaoke song is Livin’ La Vida Loca. It’s one of the best songs ever and it’s my go-to for karaoke nights.

Lauren Brewer

Interior Designer

My best costume ever was when I dressed as Pebbles from The Flintstones in college. I DIY’d the whole thing, including the bone that went in my hair.

Pam Craddock

Interior Designer

If I could take only three items to a deserted island, I would take a tent, a fishing net and a volleyball.

Regan Elliott

Interior Designer

If everything in my house had to be one color, I’d choose white. I love the idea of a neutral aesthetic with lots of different white tones and textures.

Kayla Ingalls

Interior Designer

If I were reincarnated as a famous landmark, I’d be Walt Disney World. It’s the happiest place on earth!

Surabhi Maheshwari

Interior Designer

My dream car is bright red Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible Sport with butterfly doors. I want to feel the wind in my hair while I’m driving such a chic car.

Jamie Malys

Interior Designer

If I joined the circus, I would definitely be with the clowns. I love to make people laugh and I can paint my face really well!

Blake Pettite

Interior Designer

If I could live in a movie, I’d choose The Great Gatsby – the 2013 version with Leonardo Dicaprio. I’d call people “Old Sport” and attend Jay Gatsby’s extravagant parties!

Alex Phillips

Interior Designer

My favorite trip was my visit to Victoria Falls in Zambia. We went to Livingston Island where I sat in the Angel’s Pool overlooking the 355′-0“ waterfall drop to the bottom.

Jan Reynolds

Interior Designer

I once zip-lined in the Dry Forest in Costa Rica. I was scared to death until I realized that the only other way down was walking past a coral snake!

Courtney Wilson

Interior Designer

If I had an extra hour every day, I would nap. Sleeping is my favorite pastime. 

Jessica Ybarra

Interior Designer

If I could live anywhere in the world, I’d choose a little house along the river in Avignon in the South of France. I’d spend my days riding my bike and enjoying the scenery.

Caroline Fritze

Intern Designer

If I could bring any fictional character to life, it would be Dwight Schrute. He would be a constant source of entertainment, and I bet his beets are actually pretty good. 

Travis Snyder

Procurement Director

If I could eat only one meal for the rest of my life, it would be fried chicken tacos from Taqueria Del Sol. They’re delicious, local, contain the four food groups and I love any food that you can pair with a margarita!

Ellie Bertram

Procurement Agent

Who would play you in a movie about your life? There’s already been a movie made about my life and it’s called Bridget Jones’s Diary. They got a few things wrong so the remake will be played by Kristen Wiig.

Ashley Ferguson

Procurement & Designer

The three things I could never do without are chapstick, a calculator and Chick-fil-a!

Jesse Lexow

Procurement Agent

Q: When are you the happiest?

Laura Ann Wagerman

Procurement Agent

Favorite cheese? My favorites are smoked gouda and white stilton cheese with cranberries. Both pair well with a bold cab and an outdoor fire!

Lisa Anton

Procurement Admin

I’d rather be at the lake.

Claire Blackman

Office Manager

If I could be an animal, I’d be a dog. They’re loyal, playful and man’s best friend. 

Carly Otts

Accounting Manager

If I could time travel, I’d go back to the 1960s and live the hippie life.

Blu Banko

Human Resources

Favorite Design Tip? Chewing on a rug gives it a natural patina for no extra cost!

Banko Midwest

Full-service interior design and FF&E procurement in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Amy Bursey

Studio Director & Partner

If I could have dinner with any one person, it would be RBG. I’ve always wanted her to be my mentor. She fights for the underserved and I am obsessed with her tenacity!

Emily Boyden

Interior Designer

If I could breed any two animals together to create a new animal, I would choose a flamingo and an elephant. What could be cooler than a pink, feathered elephant?

Jennifer Carlin

Account Manager

Favorite odd food pairings? Fried chicken, waffles and a glass of champagne!

Kate Coolong

Interior Designer

What am I most grateful for? Coffee. No, my family, of course. And coffee.

Maripat Giefer

Interior Designer

I’m happiest on a beach with my family. There’s nothing better than being completely present with my favorite people in the entire world!

Sarah Harstad

Interior Designer

Something you would never guess about me? I’ve been riding motorcycles my whole life.

Michele Hazelton

Account Manager

If I could time travel, I would visit New York City in the 1940s! Fashion, hairstyles and dancing — need I say more?

Ellen Keenan

Interior Designer

What celebrity chef would I choose to make me dinner? Ina Garten. Bring on the butter!

Trisha Ludwig

Interior Designer

My most unusual talent is unintentionally memorizing fabrics – whether it’s upholstery or drapery in our design library, or quilting-weight cottons in my home sewing studio.

Jill Quam

Interior Designer

If I had an extra hour every day, I would teleport to Glacier National Park to go hiking and see the beautiful bright blue water.

Jennifer Humphrey

Procurement Agent

If I could have unlimited sushi or unlimited tacos for life, I would choose sushi! Yes, please! It’s healthy and it’s gluten free. 

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