With Principal Designer and owner Lena G. Samuelson at the helm, D2D Studio has become a premier Denver-based interior design boutique, lauded by both cutting-edge clients and caring corporations for the grace with which they transform shelters into shrines of style and serenity. Lena was born in snow-crusted Fairbanks, Alaska, but grew tall in sun-kissed San Diego. After coming of age in the Golden State, she moved east and attained her BA in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado. While in college, she studied abroad at the American Intercontinental University in London, and allowed her research to take her through Spain, Belgium, France, and a slew of other European countries, time that honed her edge for aesthetics. With the vibrant hues of Northern Spain and the winding labyrinths of London still echoing in her memory, Lena passed the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam in October, 2008, after five months of studying and two days of testing. Then she slept.
Before D2D Studio, Lena interned at Design Works and cut her teeth on projects at Burk Design Group. She designed and project-managed for residential, retail, hospitality, and automotive industry clients. She also designed extensive residential millwork, including wine rooms, entertainment centers, cabinets, and closets, adding unique details to homes and living spaces by utilizing a wealth of classic and exotic woods.
Lena believes that space planning is the most critical element of design, and she puts faith in the conviction that form should follow function. She’s enlivened by contemporary works of art, furniture design, and sculpture, and she finds herself incorporating bursts of bliss into her designs by way of wall coverings, pillows, and art pieces. Both personally and professionally, she operates from the perspective that the visually pleasing and the seamlessly practical are simultaneously attainable. In her slivers of free time, Lena plays with and cooks for her two young sons. She lives in Denver, where she assuages her ocean-front homesickness by eating copious amounts of sushi.
Interior Designer Cole Roberts joined the team late in 2020. Cole graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture. His education was a well-rounded combination of Interior Design, Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape design. He grew up in the Arizona sun, nurtured by parents in the construction and real estate flipping and staging industries. Cole brings discerning taste, passion for Interior Design and memories of his experiences studying abroad in Italy, as well as other world travel.
Cole is a true connoisseur and lover of music, having been to countless concerts (he has actually lost count) and music festivals around the country. He also finds solace in creating edible masterpieces in his kitchen.
Interior Design Assistant Claire Haydel joined D2D Studio in May 2022. She holds a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Claire grew up in rural Louisiana where she was influenced by the hues and spatial dimensions of nature. She enjoys incorporating historical inspiration along with her knowledge of interior architecture and spatial planning to help create beautiful designs that suit the taste and unique needs of each client. In her spare time, Claire enjoys archery, exploring Denver, and taking in the beautiful landscapes throughout Colorado.