“From ideation to completion, each project takes on a life of its own — making it into a space that you’ll love to call home.”

About

Philosophy

At MGD, we create curated bespoke homes, designed for intentional and everyday living. As Founder and Principal Designer, Mindy Gayer draws inspiration from both world travels and local California living to design tailored spaces that are equal parts beautiful and livable. The magic behind every project lies in each thoughtful detail and in ensuring that each home truly reflects the best of our clients’ lifestyle and aesthetic.

Our small Southern California-based team works to bring your dream home to life, and we’re always taking on new clients who have both new builds and full-scale remodels on the horizon. From extensive project management to space planning and product sourcing, our design team is with you every step of the way.

The Team
  • Mindy Gayer / Principal Designer
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    As Founder and Principal Designer of MGD, Mindy has worked tirelessly to create a brand that encompasses the best of laidback California living. As an Orange County interior designer, she specializes in designing tailored spaces that are truly unique to clients and their families, with an emphasis on livability and functionality. When Mindy isn’t immersed in her designs, she lives the California lifestyle her brand represents — finding joy in all things both locally and afar. She currently resides on Balboa Island and finds happiness in her daily iced tea runs, attending all of the cute farmers markets, and finding just about any reason to hop on a plane and explore a new place.

  • Leah Vitrano / Senior Designer
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    Leah brings a little East Coast flavor to the MGD team. After graduating from High Point University with an interior design focus, she made her way west to let the natural textures and influences of the California coast lend inspiration to her designs. Now, as an Orange County interior designer, her role at MGD spans both large and small residential projects. When she’s not working, she loves to travel with the fam, catch some rays by the pool (while sipping an iced vanilla oat milk latte, of course), and lose herself in a good book.

  • Lauren Mallon / Senior Designer
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    After graduating from Cal State University Long Beach with a BFA in Interior Architecture, Lauren has spent the last 9 years designing custom homes in Southern California. As senior designer, she brings her vast experience to MGD where she manages projects from full-scale remodels to new builds. With a love for symmetry, visual balance, and historical and geographical accuracy, Lauren infuses her eye for detail into every project. When she’s not at work, you can find Lauren chasing around her two kiddos with a cold brew in hand.

  • Maria Villalobos / Designer
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    Maria was raised in Lima, Peru, but moved to California to pursue her passion for interior design. After graduating from FIDM in Los Angeles, she headed south to Orange County and built design experience working with well-known architects and developers in the industry. Her design inspiration comes from her travels and passion for architecture, and she loves creating spaces for clients that are both beautiful and functional. In her free time, Maria likes to go out on walks with her cute pup and bake delicious goodies at home.

  • Jacqueline Strejc / Design Assistant
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    Originally from Chicago, Jacqueline’s love for interior design is inspired by photography, art, and travel. She keeps the office running smoothly by assisting with design needs, orders, and organization. You’ll also often see her at our project installs, lending an artistic eye to every vignette. In her free time, she loves to bake healthy goodies, try new restaurants, and hike around Southern California.

  • Julia Marino / Procurement Coordinator
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    Julia brings a wealth of organizational, operational, and project management skills to MGD. She has an eye for the details, and she carries an aura of calm and care to the office every day — making her an invaluable part of the team. When she’s not busy at MGD, she’s adventuring around sunny southern california and always looking for an excuse to plan her next trip to the charming town of Charleston.