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Heather Moe and Dan Forster opened Design Moe in Escondido 7 years ago. Having built a family home in the nearby agricultural town of Fallbrook, they discovered that the area was full of parks, hiking trails, and interesting people. But it was lacking in upscale design services: most architectural studios and product showrooms were located at least 30 miles to the south, closer to San Diego's city center.
So when they decided to open a residential design studio, they chose the North County city of Escondido.
Besides being central to North County, Escondido has a charming historic district along Grand Avenue, an old-fashioned downstown made up of streetside cafes, historic businesses, and mature trees. Heather & Dan found an available 2000 SF storefront that had formerly been a hospital (Escondido's first) and then a cafe ("Squeaky's Rendezvous"). After a complete renovation, they opened Design Moe Kitchen & Bath in September 2009.
After their dog, Stella, made it clear that she preferred to join them daily at the studio, she was officially hired as "Design Dog" in 2013. Since then she has used her social contacts and the occasional blog to create a media presence for the company.
In 2014 they adopted the tag line, "We love what we do!" after realizing that they did really love their work, from that first moment of meeting and interviewing a new client, to the satisfaction of seeing a homeowner glow with pleasure in their new space. The national design site "Houzz" has awarded Design Moe "Best of Houzz" every year for the last 5 years, and Design Moe projects have been featured in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine and Kitchen & Bath Design News.
Recent projects include whole-house renovations in traditional and contemporary styles, as well as kitchen remodels in traditional, transitional, and modern styles, and a master bathroom in a "Zen Retreat" style. In addition to these design & build projects, they recently finished providing contemporary cabinets from Bellmont Cabinetry in a multi-storey condominium project in La Jolla, and they are just finishing up installation of traditional beaded-inset cabinetry in a new estate home in Bonsall.
Current staff includes both founding partners as well as accomplished designer Diana Tellez, a Colombia native with experience in both residential and commercial design.