Lynda Catlin, ASID, CID, BA

School: University of California at Berkeley
Company: Catlin Design
Lafayette, CA 94549-6043
Phone: (925) 937-0133

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Designer Profile

Blending Interior Design with Interior Architecture and the principles of Feng Shui, Lynda creates unique, sustainable, quality environments. With an eye for dramatic simplicity, she sees good design as a creative composition of space that embodies less as more, detail rather than decoration, quality rather than quantity, authenticity rather than imitation, and timelessness rather than trendiness.

While being ecologically and environmentally conscious, using natural and sustainable elements, rare finds and often blending indoors with outdoors - the spaces created are harmonious, inviting, and tranquil. Providing a personal and comprehensive service, Lynda finds inspiration in transforming spaces from conception through completion, creating life enhancing spaces and places. As we shape our environments, our environments shape us.
Copyright 2015

Interior Design & Interior Architecture
Custom Furnishings,Fabrics,Finishes
Art, Artifacts & Accessories
Construction Coordination
Colors & Murals
Sustainable Design
Project Management
Staging & Makeovers
Historical Restoration
Renovations & Remodels
Real Estate Market Ready
Organizing & Downsizing
Interior Re Design/ Renewal
Space Clearing & Space Planning
Feng Shui Consultation & Ceremony
Residential, Resorts, Commercial, Corporate

With a BA in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Lynda has extensive experience in design and related fields. She began her career in the original SF Design Center at the Ice House, then worked with major San Francisco firms as a designer, space planner, project manager, and in corporate real estate and curatorial. She started her own business Catlin Design in 1990, specializing in custom interior design and above services for the enhancement of one's environment and thus one's life. Projects are suited to clients tastes, lifestyles, and budgets.

Complimentary Initial Client Consultation
Hourly Design and Consulting Fees
Percentage of Project Cost or Flat Fee for large scale projects
Discount on Purchases for Furnishings and Products

Awards & Publications

Lynda is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), a California Certified Interior Designer (CID), a Certified Feng Shui Consultant, a member of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and the Cal Alumni Association. She is listed in Who's Who in Interior Design, International Edition, with various projects published, including the book Designed in Northern California, and has been the recipient of ASID Design Excellence Awards. Her complete project portfolio and references are available on request.

This seaside enclave with hexagonal architectural layout and lofted ceilings with prominent beams creates an exotic tree house like feeling. Centered in this tropical room is a custom table with sculpted base of burled wood and Budji limestone top, with rosewood chairs. A Tibetan Buddhist cabinet, a molave wood bench, and verdigris bronze sea turtle sculpture complete this room. Complementing the room are Japanese grass shades and a seagrass rug.
This tropical outdoor retreat compliments the architectural character of the Villa. Rustic furnishings  with primitive and antique artifacts are from Mexico, South America, Africa, Hawaii and Bali. Natural textures, materials, and finishes include bark cloth fabric, weathered wood, primitive stone, iron, verdigris bronze, and seagrass. The lush flora woven around these elements creates this exotic yet tranquil environment of a Las Hadas Resort flavor
This secluded beach house with dramatic architectural elements and ocean view create an indoor/outdoor tranquil, hint of tropics environment.  Custom Budji furnishings for sofas and chairs are of  giant bamboo with linen fabrics. Set against the  floor to ceiling windows, a yu -mu  wood cabinet  and a molave wood pedestal. Sea life sculptures shown under the glass table and on pedestal were commissioned by a Hawaiian artist.
Tropical outdoor room provides a nice retreat with furnishings and artifacts from Mexico, South America, Africa and Bali. The forged iron chair with bark cloth fabric is flanked by an antique rain drum and primitive mortar stone fountain. The seagrass rug, lush flora and color palette, complete the ambiance.
Authentic 18th Century Samurai Swords on a Tokugawa stand, sit upon an antique Shanxi Province Chest. Black lacquer tables combine nicely with the comfortable seating. Furnishings of fine chenille fabrics sitting on the Brazilian sisal rug provide a contrast of textures in this subdued yet dramatic room.
Mythical 1880 Turtle Dragons on an antique buffet stand guard in this elegant space with a rich cherry wood Canton dining table and chairs. Hand painted  pewter finishes on the wall panels compliment the custom designed, hand painted Chinoiserie/Japanesque wall mural in hues of pewter, silver, champagne, copper, bronze and gold.
A juxtaposition of objects and of the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The custom bronze and glass table and large scale valise armoire, are balanced by iron lamps, a leather and pewter chair, and suede sofas. The room is canopied by the wood truss beam ceiling and grounded with the charcoal llama wool rug.
Unusual, rustic yet refined, old and new, art and ambiance, bamboo and bromeliads, and Tibetan textiles. A mixture of flavors and character blended together in a space with a calming presence, yet alive with energy.
Custom verdigris iron bar stools with animal motif stand against the shoji screen and wood counter/ cabinet   and are anchored under rustic beams.
 Under wood beam ceilings  rest woven palm leaf furnishings from the Seychelles Islands with Peruvian motif fabrics, an antique Balinese rain drum, Tibetan and Japanese cabinets,  and wood and copper table,  set on  a Grecian wool sisal rug and  accented with artifacts from South America and Greece.
Fine furnishings, finishes, and elements combine to create a tasteful, tranquil, refined interior. Statement sofas and chairs in textured chenille combine with a black lacquer cocktail table and antique Japanese chests. The architectural metallic pewter ceiling inset and copper cascade fountain contrast nicely with the natural finishes, the Brazilian sisal rug, and the subdued paint palette. A collectors authentic artifacts and art complete the room.
Splashes of  vibrant colors and patterns combine with tone on tone furnishings and chairs of woven papyrus with suede  fabric. The stunning art work above the tailored linen sofa, perfectly completes the room to create a bold yet inviting space.
Elegant dining under a colonnade and ceiling inset of pewter, the rich Canton cherry wood dining table and chairs in pewter fabric, with an antique tansu buffet, rest on a sisal rug upon a polished wood floor. The pewter wall panels and the custom hand painted botanical Chinoiserie/ Japanesque wall mural in metallic hues of silver, champagne, pewter, copper, bronze, and gold, envelop this room for a dining pleasure.
Creating a Nostalgic Hollywood ambiance, the luxurious Park Place nubuk sofas and French Bergere leather chairs sit upon a stunning silk Lapchi Belle Leaves rug. The rosewood buffet with parchment lambskin doors in the background houses the collectors turntable and album collection. A porthole window, trey ceiling, and soft three color palette effectively complete this room.
Tasteful dining at the Aria table seated with Ying chairs, set under a hand forged glass & iron fixture. A black lacquer buffet with parchment leather insets stands against the back wall, complimented by the black glass top chest near the entry. The prominent column defines the space.
Hinged under the cathedral ceiling is  a framed door to Yesterday, housing old Beatle album covers. Comfortable, casual, oversized seating with Calvin Chenille fabrics and Picasso print pillows, rest on a Sedona wool rug and are centered around a large ebony and rosewood table.
A Vincent Van Gogh  palette with a Lapchi Belle Leaves Silk rug reflected under a glass table, and French Bergere chairs for repose create a bit of old Hollywood.
Woven palm leaf chairs from the Seychelles Islands, with Peruvian motif fabric, are flanked by a Tianjin Buddhist cabinet, a Japanese rice cabinet, and a handcrafted wood and copper table to create a cozy reading nook. Artifacts are Pre-Columbian and Mexican.
Night time in the tropics. The lush flora woven around the natural textures and finishes create this exotic, tranquil outdoor retreat. The forged iron chair with barkcloth fabric of ginger plant motif is flanked by a primitive mortar stone fountain and an antique rain drum.The space is sheltered under a stucco colonnade and set on a slate and sea grass floor.
A sheltered tree house outdoor space with an antique water pump, a handcrafted Mexican  wood and iron chest, British West Indies and National Geographic leather chairs, and antique artifacts, creates a place of repose  under the supporting acacia and loquot trees. An Olde English Sheepdog lounges comfortably in this outdoor room.
One is drawn into this custom designed mural as if standing on the verandah of a tropical retreat under the full moon. The use of a dramatic four color palette, iron lanterns, palms, and Havana chairs, complete this seating area.
This rustic tree house retreat with a redwood arbor built around the loquat  and acacia trees creates an inviting corner  for repose in the British  West Indies leather and woven chair. A Mexican wooden sideboard  cabinet with forged iron hardware and an antique wooden wagon wheel and molave wood bench envelope this outdoor room. A collection of wooden oars hang on the tree ready for an adventure below.
Fine furnishings, finishes, and elements combine to create a tasteful, tranquil interior. Furnishings of textured chenille with black lacquer coffee table and antique chests sit upon a Brazilian sisal rug. The metallic elements of the hand painted pewter ceiling inset, fireplace surround, and the custom copper cascade fountain compliment the natural finishes. An authentic antique Japanese screen of Cranes beautifully finishes the room.
A bold statement  with a custom designed bronze and glass table and silver leaf-black-eggshell valise armoire, with a leather & pewter chair, Nubuck sofas, charcoal llama wool rug, verdigris lamp, objects d'arte of silver, bronze, iron, wood & clay, are canopied by the dramatic wood truss beam ceiling.
A room to gather in with color and texture: Comfortable, casual sofas and chairs in chenille, and leather and iron stools, combine with ebony and rosewood cocktail, console, and end tables for lounging on the warm Sedona wool rug. The nostalgic door to Yesterday hung on the wall as art, houses authentic Beatle album covers.
A top of the City sun room with handcrafted Budji bamboo chairs and bronze verdigris rain drum table. Simple and serene.
An Ahwahnee Hotel ambiance features a large stone fireplace surrounded by comfortable, heavy textured large scale seating.  Custom bronze and glass cocktail and console tables contrast well with the antique wooden Tansu chest. The cozy seating area is defined by the colorful Tibetan hand woven rug.
Granite, wood, iron, and slate create this vibrant dining/bar alcove with custom cabinetry defining the spaces. In the dining nook, a burled wood top and iron base table sits under a custom glass fixture, which compliments the motif of the colorful, patterned, hand woven Tibetan rug.
Stunning Orlando Diaz Aria table in rich walnut finish (McGuire) perfectly paired with Hughes-Chevalier chairs in Marigold hides. (Sloan Miyasato). A Picasso- esque art and a custom hand blown glass fixture complete this space for a dining pleasure.
Reflections of water and wood, lake and loons, and subdued colors for a quiet space. Casual seating with a Basque console and Tuscan olive jar with bamboo poles anchor this corner.
Vignette of Villa Del Ensuneo, a  semicircular outdoor room under colonnades, capturing the essence of the villa for an exotic  evening retreat. Lush tropical flora with bromeliads, giant birds of paradise, ginger plants, palms  and vines,  surround the hand forged iron chair with bark cloth fabric of a ginger plant motif. Flanked by the Balinese rain drum and primitive African mortar stones, the chair invites one for a Tequila...
A rustic tree house retreat with a collection of interesting finds includes an  antique wagon wheel, earthenware pot and Native American oars.  The British West Indies chair and National Geographic chair with little milk stool,  and wood bench provide a place of rest.
Arbol Vista, the character of this terrace with Spanish Colonial architecture  takes shape as the mood of a Mexican villa.  Authentic Equipales leather chairs with a primitive grinding stone & mortar and antique rain drums sit on Mexican pavers, welcoming the misty morning.
The custom designed Etagere of Bamboo motif, displays the collectors artifacts and anchors the backdrop to this room, complimenting the dining table of inlaid bamboo on black wood.
Simplicity in shades of taupe and charcoal, set on custom area rugs that repeat the inlaid pattern on hardwood floors to dramatically define seating areas.
View through a Baby Grand, this seating area is defined by the large scale authentic hand painted bamboo screen. Furnishings and fabrics repeat the bamboo motif.
Garden room with Budji bamboo chairs, antique Balinese rain drum tables, and potted palms sit  against  green walls  contrasted by white plantation shutters to create a simple yet inviting little space.
A sunny breakfast nook centered with a rosewood and iron dining table and chairs, are set upon a colorful Tibetan hand woven area rug complimented by the handblown glass fixture overhead. A leather Budji bar stool peaks out in the foreground.
This entrance to a studio spa sets a mood with the dramatic deep three color palette, and the custom designed mural of a moonlit seascape verandah  hand painted in the backdrop. Woven seagrass chairs lounge on the slate entry. Further inviting one into the space are the iron wall lanterns and mirrors, with splashes of tropical foliage,  set under the cantilevered and wood truss ceiling beams.
Another view, paired down showcasing the custom designed hand painted botanical Chinoiserie / Japanesque wall mural in metallic hues of pewter, silver, champagne, copper, bronze, and gold, and the pewter wall inset panels.  The rich Canton dining table is paired with classic cherry wood chairs in pewter fabric. An authentic antique artifact overlooks this dining room.
Wood, iron, glass, earthenware, linen, and wool elements combine in this corner music space. The lit alcove displays an antique Grecian pot as a backdrop to the antique piano, soft seating, and hand forged iron tables.
 A simple gray and white palette, with a backdrop of green date palms create this space for  lounging in the soft over scaled chair and sofa in gray linen. Earthen ware pots and artifacts and wood beamed ceilings and a gray wool rug add texture and warmth to the room.
Shades of charcoal and taupe, in a defined use of space on an inlaid wood floor pattern replicated with a wool area rug create this seating area. Custom designed bamboo table compliments commissioned art work of giant bamboo. Sofa  and chairs covered with hand painted chenille leaf pattern black on taupe with two solid black chairs  flanking the highlighted wall of art. Black baby Grand piano in rear.
 A corner seating niche with a vertical and horizontal statement.  Bamboo table inspired by the commissioned art work of bamboo stalks.
 Black lacquer dining chairs and table with inlaid wood are flanked by the large custom bamboo etagere showcasing objects of art and  artifacts, and paired with the bamboo console table. An antique black wine vessel with yucca poles stands at the corner entrance to the space as defined by the inlaid wood pattern on the floor.
This interior stairwell with structural giant pole support features a custom fountain of a 3,000 year old African mortar stone. A Tom Torrens Tibetan Bell  hangs in the background.
Balance, harmony, placement, and the five Feng Shui elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood create this space.  Centered around the slate fireplace in the Fame area  are two original Marc Miyasato seating poufs and a Balinese  rain drum table. Artifacts include a Tibetan singing bowl, palm trunk container, and ornate Steel Drum cutout of palms with birds.
Post and beam construction for a pole house. A verdigris bronze sea life sculpture sits atop the stairwell pole. An African Vigango sculpture stands  on foreground post.