interior design team
James Jeffery Interiors is lead by Spirit Diener. Spirit has over fifteen years of Interior Design experience working on projects ranging from Residential remodels to complete Commercial and Hospitality interiors. Spirit enjoys exploring the relationships between objects, people, and spaces. She is an architecturally trained Interior Designer with an eye for detail. Spirit's designs are often influenced by her love of the outdoors. Spirit's experience living in a variety of beautiful cities like Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Vail and Lake Tahoe greatly shaped her view of architecture/design and their relationship to culture, nature, and community. She studied Art and Interior Architecture at California College of the Arts, The Academy of Art San Francisco and later received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design from California State University Sacramento.
Outside of work you can find Spirit enjoying life with her two rambunctious young daughters and her husband. They often explore the nearby Redwood forests or the plethora of local beaches, garden, cook, or hunt for those unique item that set a home apart. Spirit is consummate lover of art and design; often she can be found sketching new ideas or exploring local art classes.
Laura started her interior design journey through curating beautiful spaces for events. She loves to find the pieces and elements for a room that bring it soul, whether it be an antique piece of furniture or custom artwork by a local Santa Cruz artist. As a native to the area, Laura believes in keeping Santa Cruz architecture and design in line with the character of the area while capturing the intent of a client’s vision for their home. She strongly believes in the home as a retreat and place of joy for people to rejuvenate and escape from the day-to-day. With each design, Laura aims to capture and deliver everything the coastal lifestyle has to offer.
Outside the interior design studio, Laura enjoys mountain escapes to fly fish with her husband and sit by the river doing watercolors. On summer days, you can find Laura by the beach spending time with good friends, a bike ride, and a beautiful glass of wine.