The Team 

We are an Interior Design Firm based in New York City and Sarasota, Florida. Our team effectively liaises with multiple architects, contractors, artisans, vendors, and trades to deliver exceptional and curated spaces for our clients near and far. 

 
 
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Ellen Hanson

Principal

Ellen Hanson's comfortable, uncluttered, and beautiful interiors are always a unique visualization of her clients' own tastes and lifestyles. Vibrant use of color and fresh ways of combining hues and textures are hallmarks of Ellen's spaces, and green, sustainable principles are a foundation of her approach.

 

Ellen's education in Art History at Cornell University, with coursework in such diverse areas as organic gardening and biology, in no way prepared her for designing interiors. She found her way to interior design through a circuitous route, from embroidery workshops with Erica Wilson at her Nantucket studio to an internship at Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop. Ellen’s curiosity and open mind push her design practice to continually evolve, as do her travels throughout the world in search of inspiration and unique furnishings, accessories, and fabrics.

 

Ellen opened her eponymous interiors firm on Madison Avenue in 1991, and has since overseen projects ranging from hospitality to high-end residential. Ellen is a passionate advocate of craftsmanship, and is constantly seeking inspiration and honing her vision through an ongoing study of the arts.

 

Ellen and her husband, Richard Perlman, now call Sarasota, Florida a second home. Ellen serves as a trustee on the Board of the Foundation for National Public Radio, and on the Board of WUSF Public Radio in Tampa, Florida. 


Lisa Hargus

Senior Designer and Project Manager

Growing up in Houston during a major building boom, Lisa often snuck onto construction sites, then spent hours afterward doodling new homes for herself—usually on a salsa-smeared napkin. With a real estate developer mother and an architect father, she learned to read a scale ruler at a precocious age. After getting a BA in psychology, Lisa took the obvious next step of starting a theater company in New York City while overseeing the graphics  department of a management consulting firm. Not long into her New York adventure, and with characteristic optimism, Lisa leapt at a total career change after she and Ellen struck up a conversation at a party (an entertaining and unlikely tale), and Ellen offered her an internship.

 

Since joining Ellen Hanson Designs full time in 2004, Lisa has focused not only on her own growth as an interior designer, but also on finding new tools to further the practice. She now serves as the senior designer and project manager and takes great joy in helping emerging designers forge their own paths both through entry positions at EHD and chance meetings at cocktail parties. A proud partner in Ellen's dedication to sustainable luxury, Lisa earned LEED accredited professional status in 2009. When not embracing creative problem solving and challenging timelines, and gathering beautiful resources for clients, Lisa enjoys singing in her husband’s country band and practicing new big words.

 

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Casey Stephenson

Director, Pansy Bayou Design Studio

A Philadelphia native, Casey chose to head South to the land of tropical breezes to acquire a Bachelor’s in Fine Art from Ringling College of Art in Sarasota where she studied illustration. A love of figure drawing and impressionist art lead her to many museums to be inspired by the great line-makers of the ages. Casey shook up her fine arts background and began styling fashion shoots for TV, print and advertising and this path lead her back to the Northeast where she worked for Lucky Magazine in NYC.

Once again warm weather beckoned, and Casey returned to the lush palms of Sarasota. After establishing herself locally as a creative stylist shooting interiors and architecture, the opportunity to join the Pansy Bayou team was irresistible.  

Casey currently works with residential clients in all locales, as well as making sure every detail of social media and the retail experience at the Sarasota studio feel exclusively ‘Gulf Coast Modern’.  Wave chasing, sketching, and Gulf Coast flora are a few of her outside passions. 

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