Mikaela graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design from Boston’s Wentworth Institute of Technology. Drawn to the melding of technical and creative principles demanded by the field, she completed internships with both residential and institutional architecture firms during her schooling, including a role in the facilities department of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
As a loyal New Englander born and raised in coastal New Hampshire, Mikaela knew she wanted to keep her eye for palettes and materials in the region that inspired it. She joined Kaplan Thompson as an Interior Designer in June of 2021, eager to view her craft through a lens of sustainability. “I love that design has the power to make people’s lives better,” she says. “I believe as designers we are obligated to create spaces that benefit the users’ wellbeing in an appreciable and responsible way.”
Her aesthetic tastes are as diverse as her choice of footwear (buckled mules one day, patchwork high-tops the next!), but she most enjoys spaces that incorporate playfulness. In her words, “whether it is fun colors or textures, or unexpected shapes and forms, I love when there is a level of whimsy!” Her interests also include biophilic design and finding creative ways to welcome nature indoors.
In between mood boards and finish selections, Mikaela finds time to dabble in a full spectrum of creative pursuits, including but not limited to drawing, painting, knitting, embroidery, woodworking, and macramé. She also raises two needy but charming cats – George and Amos – with her partner. Dubbed a “tree-hugger” as a young child, she extends her love to all living things, from the birds in her backyard to the trees they perch in. If you stop by our office, please plan to bring your dog so Mikaela can squeeze it.