Meet Amy Stanley

Style by Design was born from my love of the design of spaces and how the spaces i’ve encountered have affected me–and my belief that they can affect anyone who steps inside.

I believe that my passion for design began earlier than most. As a child I often asked friends for tours of their houses…I know, I know-pretty strange for a little kid. I also regularly drew houses and floor plans for my ‘dream house’ (which I have yet to build). Yet, somehow I was convinced I wanted to be a physical therapist and I wanted to go to JMU. THEN I found out that you had to do extra school for PT (ha) and I simultaneously got accepted into Virginia Tech’s school of Architecture + Design…which was no small feat for a nobody high school kid without a portfolio or art background. Needless to say, I became a Hokie.

In college, I had 3 distinctly different internships in varying areas of the design field.  One was with a residential design firm, one a commercial design firm, and one a yacht design firm.  After graduation in 2008, I decided to pursue my education with the Westlawn Institute of Marine Design and continue my career as a yacht designer with Donald L. Blount and Associates. The company was exactly what I needed to get started with my career and I had an amazing 4 year run with them.

However, over the years it became apparent that I wasn’t a desk job kind of girl and I really missed commercial interior design…so I started my own company offering interior design consultation services.  Over the past 7 years, Style by Design’s client base and portfolio has quickly evolved as word of the company has spread.  I have had the opportunity to work in almost every area of design, which has helped to keep my creative mind thriving with new ideas.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds as we continue to grow and evolve to better serve our clients!!