- BS - Interior Design, UC Davis
- MBA - Marketing, Cal State East Bay
- Owner, Everett Interiors, Livermore, CA – Established in 1992
Ms. Hornbeck has been teaching at Las Positas College since 2001, as well as currently teaching at Ohlone College, Fremont, CA. She recently taught Interior Design classes at Canada College, Redwood City and Chabot College, Hayward.
Ms. Hornbeck had always wanted to be an architect then found working with colors and furniture was a lot more interesting than designing houses and buildings. After UC Davis she worked at an interior design firm doing model homes and residential design. She then worked for a homebuilding company as a marketing coordinator, working with the sales offices doing graphics and public relations.
"I wanted to get more into homebuilding" she said "so I worked on my MBA at night. Marketing is so important to that business because you have to understand who your customers are and what appeals to them. When you design a home and the models you create a profile of who that buyer is and how they will live in that home. "Understanding how to market to different economic and cultural groups is essential to building a successful housing development.
Along with teaching at LPC, Ms. Hornbeck runs her own interior design business and has 3 children. Her advice to potential students is "to get experience right away. There is a lot of awareness about this industry thanks to HGTV and you need to show that you understand it's more than just putting samples on a board. The products in Interior Design are more complex than people realize. For example, if you are designing for a family with small children you will recommend very different finishes than for a single person with no pets. So, having experience with products and clients will help you build confidence in your design skills and your ability to communicate with the many people you will encounter."
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: U.C. Berkeley
Ms. Romano has guest lectured at Las Positas College since 2007 and has been teaching since 2019.
Ms. Romano has owned and operated a To The Trade Designer showroom since 1999, which exclusively servers Interior designers, Architects and General contractors in the Bay Area.
"My introduction into the Interior design field started as a very young child, running around design showrooms and carpet mills. I have a deep family history in the design business dating back to the 1940's. However, while studying Business and Economics in college and working for a Commercial Design Firm in San Francisco, I developed my own desire to enter this wonderful business. After attending and obtaining my degree from U.C. Berkeley, I managed multiple design centers for local residential builders and fell in love with this business which allowed me to utilize both my passion for operating a business/showroom and the creativity of interior design. After a number of years in the industry, I was fortunate enough to travel for work to numerous countries overseas to observe and learn different manufacturing techniques, benefits and limitations. This knowledge has greatly impacted me and many of the area rug designs I have created. I have been blessed to work on many exceptional design projects over the years, including creating many custom area rug designs for large department stores displays, specified through store planning interior design firms in New York. I have expanded and managed a large trade showroom, which is a premiere resource for hundreds of bay area interior designers and other trade professionals. I have my own flooring contractors license and appreciate that this business is constantly changing. The nature of the changes in the industry encourages an ongoing growth in knowledge, and requires designers to stay current with new trends and manufacturing methods. I am grateful that the design industry has seen such ongoing growth and requires a continual education. Every project is unique, and as clients themselves have become more educated buyers, I greatly enjoy being able to daily share my expertise and provide unique, exquisite and quality products to my client's on both commercial and residential design projects."
Over the past decade Ms. Romano has hosted numerous interns at her showroom, through various college interior design programs and greatly enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of the design industry with her clients and her students.