OUR TEAM

NANCY BURFIEND Nancy Burfiend received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Washington, before establishing NB Design Group in 1988. She is NCIDQ-certified, and is a member of ASID and IIDA. In 2015, Nancy was named as the IIDA INawards Professional Honoree for her significant contributions to the profession of interior design. Nancy's broad range of experience includes high-end residential, commercial, and public sector projects. Her residential projects range in scale from 500 to 17,000 square feet, and span from Seattle to New York City. She has received numerous design awards. Among the most recent is first place at the IIDA INawards 2014 for Design IN Home, and first place at the Northwest Design Awards 2015 for Whole House Design. She has been published in Interiors, Metropolitan Home, LUXE Pacific Northwest, Seattle Homes and Lifestyle, and the international publication Renovation Style and Decor.

NANCY BURFIEND
Principal

Nancy Burfiend received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Washington, before establishing NB Design Group in 1988. She is NCIDQ-certified, and is a member of ASID and IIDA. In 2015, Nancy was named as the IIDA INawards Professional Honoree for her significant contributions to the profession of interior design.

Nancy's broad range of experience includes high-end residential, commercial, and public sector projects. She has received numerous design awards. Among the most recent is first place at the Northwest Design Awards 2015 for Whole House Design and first place at the IIDA INawards 2014 for Design IN Home.  She has been published in Interiors, Metropolitan Home, LUXE Pacific Northwest, Seattle Homes and Lifestyle, Kitchen Trends and the international publication Renovation Style and Decor.

 
JAMES FUNG Partner  l  Designer James Fung received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington and completed his post-bachelor program in Interior Design at the New York School of Interior Design in Manhattan. Prior to joining NB Design Group in 2013, James was a part of a boutique design firm in New York City specializing in high-end residential and small-scale retail design for several high profile clients. Previous projects that James has completed range from penthouse city apartments to large country compounds, and have been featured in Architectural Digest, Luxe, and The New York Times.  James's interdisciplinary approach to design has also allowed him to collaborate with notable Seattle designers and craftsmen on custom furniture and fabric collections. Influenced by all aspects of the built environment, James draws inspiration from his architectural background and bi-coastal design experience.

JAMES FUNG
Partner  l  Designer

James Fung received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington and completed his post-bachelor program in Interior Design at the New York School of Interior Design in Manhattan. Prior to joining NB Design Group in 2013, James was a part of a boutique design firm in New York City specializing in high-end residential and small-scale retail design for several high profile clients. Previous projects that James has completed range from penthouse city apartments to large country compounds, and have been featured in Architectural Digest, Luxe, and The New York Times. 

James's interdisciplinary approach to design has also allowed him to collaborate with notable Seattle designers and craftsmen on custom furniture and fabric collections. Influenced by all aspects of the built environment, James draws inspiration from his architectural background and bi-coastal design experience.

 
ELIZABETH MARCOUX Accounting Manager Elizabeth Marcoux joined NB Design Group in 2013, and is primarily responsible for business functions. Working in the design industry is a second career after a previous career as a portfolio manager in the investment management industry. Her appreciation of design was reflected earlier in life as an Art History major at Smith College, and she is thrilled to be able to be around beauty while working on the financial side of the business.

ELIZABETH MARCOUX
Accounting Manager

Elizabeth Marcoux joined NB Design Group in 2013, and is primarily responsible for business functions. Working in the design industry is a second career after a previous career as a portfolio manager in the investment management industry. Her appreciation of design was reflected earlier in life as an Art History major at Smith College, and she is thrilled to be able to be around beauty while working on the financial side of the business.

WHITNEY MAEHARA Partner   l  Designer Whitney Maehara received her Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College while working as a designer for prominent high-end residential interior design firms. The interplay of an architectural education matched with practical experience in interior design provided Whitney with a well-rounded background and an understanding of how crucial it is for the two disciplines to work alongside one another to create the best outcome.  Whitney's professional background includes new construction and renovation projects as well as custom furniture, fabric and lighting. She has contributed to designs featured in magazines such as Elle Decor, Veranda, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and New England Home. After eight years in Boston, Whitney is delighted to return to her native Seattle and be a part of NB Design Group.

WHITNEY MAEHARA
Partner   l  Designer

Whitney Maehara received her Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College while working as a designer for prominent high-end residential interior design firms. The interplay of an architectural education matched with practical experience in interior design provided Whitney with a well-rounded background and an understanding of how crucial it is for the two disciplines to work alongside one another to create the best outcome. 

Whitney's professional background includes new construction and renovation projects as well as custom furniture, fabric and lighting. She has contributed to designs featured in magazines such as Elle Decor, Veranda, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and New England Home. After eight years in Boston, Whitney is delighted to return to her native Seattle and be a part of NB Design Group.

 
MARY SHOOK Purchasing Manager Mary Shook, a Colorado native that grew up in Arizona, moved to Seattle ten years ago and found a home among the evergreens.  She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor or Fine Arts in Photography and a Bachelor of Arts in Design.  Though she spends her days at NB Design Group, managing the purchasing, art and design remain a steady part of her life through her personal endeavors.

MARY SHOOK
Purchasing Manager

Mary Shook, a Colorado native that grew up in Arizona, moved to Seattle ten years ago and found a home among the evergreens.  She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor or Fine Arts in Photography and a Bachelor of Arts in Design.  Though she spends her days at NB Design Group, managing the purchasing, art and design remain a steady part of her life through her personal endeavors.

COLLEEN HART Project Designer Colleen Hart attended CIDA-accredited Bellevue College and received her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design before joining NB Design Group in 2013. She was NCIDQ certified in 2015. Her professional background includes a detailed knowledge of designer tile and stone, as well as custom furniture and soft goods.  Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Colleen enjoys collaborating with the many local resources that Seattle boasts. She often volunteers her design skills with the Tacoma/Pierce County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

COLLEEN HART
Project Designer

Colleen Hart attended CIDA-accredited Bellevue College and received her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design before joining NB Design Group in 2013. She was NCIDQ certified in 2015. Her professional background includes a detailed knowledge of designer tile and stone, as well as custom furniture and soft goods. 

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Colleen enjoys collaborating with the many local resources that Seattle boasts. She often volunteers her design skills with the Tacoma/Pierce County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

TIFFANY TAYLOR Design Assistant Tiffany Taylor joined NB Design Group in 2015.  She is a Puget Sound native who draws inspiration from the outdoors, her background in art and international travels.  She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design from Bellevue College and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington.

TIFFANY TAYLOR
Design Assistant

Tiffany Taylor joined NB Design Group in 2015.  She is a Puget Sound native who draws inspiration from the outdoors, her background in art and international travels.  She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design from Bellevue College and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington.