Tanya Collins, Owner/Designer
Tanya Collins is the designer and life force behind Creative Designs. With over 20 years experience in making homes beautiful, Tanya has seen styles come and go and understands the importance of a timeless approach to design. She first opened Creative Designs in Arizona in 1997, but by 2009 Tanya’s California-roots were calling to her and she returned home and established herself as one the South Bay’s premier interior designers. Since then she has designed spaces that are beyond her clients’ imagination in every aspect from comfort and function, to beauty, all while reflecting their personal style. In 2016, Tanya answered the growing demand to expand her services and opened the doors of Creative Designs retail shop in Torrance, California.
If you know Tanya, you’ve realized she’s a whole lot of passion in a tiny package, and Creative Designs’ new retail shop is just the same: a little shop filled with inspiring items, plus full design-services for anything from window treatments to custom home furnishings and decor. Customers can drop in, get inspired, purchase décor items, or set up design services to have Tanya bring her talent to them.
What makes Tanya unique in her approach to design is that instead of pushing one style, she works closely with her clients to understand their vision, even when they can’t quite articulate it. Whether the style is contemporary, French-country, “beachy,” rustic, or something else entirely, Tanya’s main focus is create a warm and inviting space. She designs by the motto that good design isn’t about the individual pieces, as much as the overall feeling a room gives you when you walk into it. This passion for creating a welcoming atmosphere has been the driving force behind Creative Designs.
From budgets large or small; one-room “updates” to large-scale projects that start with a blank canvas, Tanya helps guide her clients through color selection, materials selection, space planning, furniture layout, and all other aspects of design. The final step, where it all comes together, is when Tanya comes and “accessorizes” your space. Using new elements as well as your existing décor, Tanya stages everything so that you see it in a new light, giving it that finishing touch where your house becomes a home.
Jenny Repko, Associate Designer
Jenny has always had an affinity for design and decorating… putting her friends', family members' and own home, through many phases and trends. Working as on-air host on QVC for 10 years, it was only natural that her skills also went to decorating the sets as well as food styling. Lucky for Jenny, her mother was an accomplished artist who taught her about composition and color.
Tanya and Jenny met on a Sunday afternoon when they were both scoping out local open houses for design ideas. Of course they hit it off and when Tanya opened Creative Designs in February 2016, Jenny became the store manager, assistant and associate designer to Tanya. Jenny is always enthusiastic and available to help get the ball rolling for your interior design needs!