Meet the Team


Susan Wintersteen feels most at home designing, building, and giving because bringing beauty to life goes beyond textiles and tile.

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In 2002, she founded Savvy Interiors, an interior design firm with its own general contractor license. Where sophisticated whimsy mingles with steel-toed boots, her company caters to discerning clients across the SoCal region with award-winning service and innovative design.

With each project, Susan endeavors to give dimension to her client’s creative vision by producing unrivaled results that exceed expectations. She finds joy in the small things, like demolishing worn, dated, or distasteful rooms into piles of rubble that rise from the ashes into gorgeous kitchens, bathrooms, and beyond.

And speaking of joy, Susan founded Savvy Giving by Design in twenty-fourteen after offering to make over a local teen’s room who’d been diagnosed with cancer. The experience was so undeniably moving that she made it official and so this beautiful nonprofit was born. She believes that bringing joy into the lives of those who are facing hardship is one of the greatest gifts you can give.

Susan is a straight-shooting, fun-loving, and award-winning creative, who’s all about making life an adventure. She lives in San Diego with her husband where they’ve raised their 5 daughters and she’s busy expanding Savvy Giving by Design nationally. You can find her portfolio in its online home at www.savvyinteriors.com.


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As Savvy Interiors continued to grow, John joined Susan several years ago after a career in the software industry. John now uses his managerial and business background to help Susan manage Savvy’s business activities.


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Haley grew up in Carmel CA and moved to San Diego in 2001. She has two older brothers and a younger sister who live in the Monterey Bay area. She lives in San Marcos with her husband… Haley enjoys hiking, cooking, visiting family up (or traveling) north and snowboarding. Professionally, I have background in model home design as well as account management.


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Vanessa is proud to be a native of San Diego. Her passion for design started at a very young age. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in interior design. She has gained experience in the furniture and fabric industry as well as previously with Savvy Interiors as a design intern. Her main goal is to make the design process fun and easy. Vanessa enjoys making each space reflect her client’s personal style and needs.


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Jillian was born and raised in southern California, then moved to Chicago for about 7 years where she met her sweet husband, and dragged him all the way back to CA! She has a passion for interior design, a love for anything antique and a knack for refinishing vintage furniture. When she's not working you can find her doing yoga, rearranging my furniture for cardio or pretending to be a foodie on the weekends. 


Phoebe Hawson Savvy Interiors

Phoebe Hewson spent most of her life in Upstate New York and now resides in sunny San Diego. She graduated from the Design Institute of San Diego with a degree in Interior Design, and has a passion for developing 3D renderings to help clients visualize their dream homes. On the weekends, she enjoys hiking, trying out the newest Vegan restaurants, and feeding alpacas at the farm. 


Savannah Duren Savvy Interiors

Savannah grew up in Carlsbad, CA and recently graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Interior Design. She loves spending time with family and friends, and when she is not at work you can most likely find her by the beach or outside enjoying the San Diego weather!