About Inventive Design

Inventive Design offers an array of unique and valuable sustainable interior design services and product lines to Northeastern Indiana, Northwestern Ohio, Southern Michigan area, and abroad.

Principal

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Natalie Mendez, Principal of Inventive Design, is a pioneer in our local community, offering both design services and educational seminars & lectures to the public and the A & D community.

Natalie has over 15 years of professional experience as an Interior Designer. She has worked on multiple projects for both residential and commercial applications, including multi-million dollar corporate and government projects, such as XM Satellite Radio, the Egyptian Embassy, Homeland Security, Air Force One, The White House, and the Pentagon’s Phoenix Project for reconstruction after 9/11. In her portfolio she has worked on many aspects of design from hospitality, corporate, healthcare, residential, international, and sustainable design.

Natalie has traveled to over 30 countries and US territories. She has partaken in two study abroad programs in Central America and in Europe and taught abroad. She has studied ancient and contemporary art, architecture, culture, and design to help assist in project and teaching with a more global view.

Natalie is deeply passionate and supportive of her profession and has started a non-profit organization to “spread the word” and educate the general public what is “Interior Design”. The organization WIDM, “Why Interior Design Matters”, has been published in numerous magazines, blogs, and websites along with being supported globally by multiple professional organizations and interior design leaders.  She sincerely tries to give back to her profession and community by volunteering considerable amount of time and effort in hopes to inspire and bring about positive change for the profession.

Natalie is committed to education and to helping the next generation of Interior Designers reach the highest levels of professionalism. She has worked as the Program Chair for the School of Design of the Los Angeles Westwood campus, and has also taught graduate level at UCLA and undergraduate level Interior Design courses at several colleges and universities. She holds both a BA and a MA in Interior Design from Marymount University.

She is a LEED Accredited Professional and the company is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.  She has been selected as one of the reviewers for the Greenbuild 2012. She has NCIDQ certification and holds professional educator membership status with both ASID and IIDA and a registered Interior Designer in the State of Indiana. She is both the Student Affairs Chair and Social Networking Chair  for the ASID Indiana Chapter. She has been nominated as the ASID Indiana Chapter President-Elect 2013.  The ASID Indiana Chapter awarded her in 2012, “Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of the Interior Design Profession”. She is also an active member of the Interior Design Educators Council and was awarded the IDEC Graduate Scholar Award, IDEC Service Award, and holds the Social Networking Chair position for IDEC. She is also the A&D Editor for Spaces Quarterly publishing.

 

Our Staff

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Anna Luke, Interior Designer, has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is an Allied member of ASID.

 

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Maricel Dumont, is currently working towards a B.S. in Interior Design at IPFW. She is a documentary junkie that has a passion for the arts, design, and photography. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, being outside soaking up nature, taking road trips to explore new cities, and reading her current book series, Game of Thrones. She is a Student Member of ASID.

 

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