14 Jul Meet the Team!
Principal and Founder of Aneka Interiors
A Colorado native, Aneka knew from an early age that she was interested in architecture and design. After studying architecture and drafting in high school, she went on to graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and started Aneka Interiors in 1999. Since then, Aneka’s passion for people and the joy she finds creating engaging and beautiful interiors for people to thrive shines through in every project she creates. Aneka is an adventurer at heart. In 2001 she took a 2-year hiatus from design to sail the Caribbean on a sailboat named Sea Dreams. Since then, she has experienced many more places and cultures that continue to inspire her designs and excite her spirit. At home in Denver, you can find Aneka with her ultimate adventure buddy and husband, Brian, and their fur baby, Paisley.
Favorite inspirational quote? “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”
Last three pictures on your camera roll? Sunset off our balcony, Hiking with my husband and fur baby in Telluride, Mountain wildflowers and stream.
What advice would you give your 22 year-old self? Set goals. Don’t be afraid to fail & never give up on your dreams.
Fashion item worth splurging on? A beautiful designer handbag.
I wish I knew how to… Speak a foreign language
Favorite Trip you’ve taken? Croatia
Your ideal Friday night in… Order take out from Izakaya Den, enjoy it with my husband over good conversation and sake, watch Billions and go to bed early.
Senior Interior Designer and Studio Manager
With a lifelong interest in aesthetics and design, Mackenna started her design education at Savannah College of Art and Design, and ultimately graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. Mackenna’s design knowledge and style evolves with each new project, but she particularly delights in fixture and furniture specifications.
Mackenna’s primary design motivation is to create pieces of beauty that can be shared. She believes in pursuing inspiration found in the ordinary moments of everyday life, such as a glass of crisp white wine or a soulful Sunday spent reading and writing. In her free time Mackenna shares some of her favorite moments and inspiration on her blog, Chasing Whimsy.
Describe your style in three words: Feminine, Edgy, Boho
Favorite Hobby? I love taking a little time to turn on music or a podcast and just focus on what’s in front of me.
A movie I could watch over and over is…. About Time- I saw this movie in theaters when it first came out, and I probably watch it about every other month! If you love Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy’s cheeky British humor then this is a must see.
Coffee Order? Sugar-free Vanilla Latte with Soy Milk.
Favorite Trip you’ve taken? Sienna, Italy with five of my girlfriends. I don’t think anything beats pizza, wine and best friends.
You can only have one dessert for the rest of your life- what is it? Warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream on top. I’m hungry just thinking about it!
Last Book you Read? The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, I loved her novel The Nightingale, and while this was a very different story, I think she’s a great writer!
As a graduate of Colorado State University, Kelly worked to achieve a degree in Interior Design along with Minors in Business as well as Global and Environmental Sustainability. While pushing to incorporate Sustainability in all aspects of the design process, Kelly excels in computer rendering, space planning, and conceptualizing design solutions.
Kelly seeks to find the highest potential in every design and build. She believes the occurrence of inspiration can highly push the changes needed to take a space from satisfying to honorable. Design inspiration can come through both the small and large aspects of life. Her concept development can be driven from natural elements, everyday experiences, or even a life changing impact.
Coffee Order? Americano w/ extra Espresso shot and Stevia 😊
You can only have one dessert for the rest of your life- what is it? Strawberry Shortcake!!!
Your favorite workout? While weightlifting is the main go to…But I am always up for a pick-up game of volleyball.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Stop the comparisons. There is no one on this planet like you, so you cannot fairly compare yourself to someone else. The only person you should compare yourself to is you.
Last Book you Read? You Are a Badass; How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life By – Jen Sincero
A Song you can’t stop listening to? Shallow; Covered by Danielle Bradbery & Parker McCollum
What’s your favorite part about where you live? There is so much to do year around during every season; indoors or outdoors!
Junior Interior Designer
Born and raised in Colorado, Brooke wanted to experience life on the east coast and started her higher education at University of New Hampshire, focused on Human Development and Family Studies. She went on to transfer to CSU and ultimately graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. After her university experience, Brooke discovered her true passion lies in Interior Design, and earned her master’s certificate from Heritage School of Interior Design in Denver. As a newcomer to the interior design scene, Brooke has loved learning something new every day, and gaining practical knowledge and experience.
As a world class rock climber, Brooke spends her free time focused on extreme mountaineering in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Just kidding… she’s outdoorsy in that she likes long walks on the beach with a margarita in hand. As a self-proclaimed “city girl” Brooke loves exploring the many eclectic neighborhoods and rooftop patios that Denver has to offer, but has been known to be persuaded to go white-water rafting and zip-lining through the woods as long as she can spend more time with friends and family.
Favorite author/book? Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, so many lessons in there!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it just takes away today’s peace.
You can only have one dessert for the rest of your life- what is it? Fresh chocolate chip cookies. I make them an unhealthy amount.
A movie I could watch over and over is…. Forest Gump. Always.
Coffee Order? Iced caramel macchiato with coconut milk 😊
Your favorite workout? Eating pizza…kidding… I do love a good ab circuit!
Favorite Trip you’ve taken? The Bahamas! I can’t get enough of the beach.