Michelle Deschaaf

Interior Designer, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C
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About Me:
My interest in interior design started with mechanical drafting and art.  I took every drafting course that was available in high school, as well as art classes.  Wanting to do more with design, I decided I would follow in my sister’s footsteps and attend Kendal College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   My first job out of school was at a Sherwin-Williams Paint store, where I learned a lot about paint, but that was not the path I wanted to follow.  Working for various Steelcase dealerships over the next 10 years, I learned everything there is to know about commercial furniture.  I was able to work on projects from very large corporate offices with 1,000 plus workstations to corporate presidents’ offices.   Still wanting more out of my career, I made the switch to working in architectural firms.  Now having spent more than 20 years in architectural interior design, I have worked on projects from interior slides to historic chapel renovations.   This part of my career has been the most rewarding, helping clients realize their dreams while creating functional and affordable spaces.


By day I am the professional interior designer, but after 5:00 and on weekends you will find me with my husband and son on our 40-acre farm in Benton Harbor, Michigan.    We have a working farm complete with chickens, cows, and wooly pigs!  We also raise various vegetable crops and grow wine grapes.    I also keep my co-workers laughing at all the craziness in my life.


 enriching lives through purposeful and innovative design