Our ApproachTranslating ideas and dreams skillfully into the language of Design is neither simple nor linear. It calls for experience and creativity, elegant solution to complicated problems. We’ve honed a process that organizes the innumerable details and decisions each project entails. Yet remain keenly aware of when to guide you to be flexible and agile, or give you the confidence to stay the course with strong concepts. We’re here to steward you through that experience; and we believe that the collaborative process should be as fun and rewarding as the outcome.
Marie MahaffeyFounder: Interior Designer
Marie is the principal designer and creative director of the firm with over 30 years of experience in the design business. She is a licensed Designer and was educated at Cal Poly Fullerton and University of California, Riverside. She is also a Licensed Contractor with the State of Calif. She started out only doing Medical Facilities, as that was her background. However, after a few projects, the CEO and Doctors ask for her to come to their homes. She found she loved the personal and relational and more creative touch that residential provides. Here is a surprise! She loves Cars –won at drag racing in her youth, finished in the LA Marathon and hiked the Great Wall of China. She has quite a few things in her bucket list – too long to list!
Ralph MahaffeyFounder: Director of Sales and Marketing
Ralph keeps us on track. His background is in counseling which helps in this business of Design. He graduated from California State University, Northridge. He brings a professional process management style to Provence’s small practice model from his commercial background, yet he is distinctly passionate about residential design for its personal nature. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, loves sports which brings back the days of baseball and surfing. His bucket list includes visiting all the baseball stadiums in the US. He is close!
Janet TorreyAssociate Designer
Janet is an artist! Her paintings hang in several areas of our clients’ projects. She has been with the firm for over 20yrs. Her sense of color, texture, and structure compliments Marie on so many levels. One in particular – Marie does not draw! She says God did not give her that talent but she recognized it in Janet immediately. She has created Design Display Boards for both commercial and residential projects. She loves to do crafts of all sorts, read, and does puzzles.
Maria MirandaOffice Manager
Maria (we call her Miranda) too many Marias in the office! Miranda is a full time student and still manages to bring youth, innovation, and new ideas to the firm. We believe she possess the properties of an “old soul”. She handles all the needs of the office and manages the rest of the team which on some days can be challenging. She loves to read, go to the movies and most important-Loves “the Boys” – Jake and Dylan-that is!
Jake was hired for the position of Assistant to the Office Manager, but after a short time with us, it became clear that he wasn’t really cut out for it (he wasn’t intimidating enough during interviews). Instead he was far too interested in cuddles and treats. His responsibilities include wagging his tail, securing office happiness and the announcing of all things that move. He is also in charge of break times.
Other than being litter mates with Jake (and the most oversized cuddly bear that you’ve ever wanted), Dylan is also Head of our Security Department. But don’t let his appearance frighten you! He is a passionate sun bather and a cat, bird and squirrel enthusiast. Dylan makes sure that the team focuses on the important things in life—like playing catch and napping, an essential role for the relief of stress (and trust us, he is GREAT at what he does!)