Blending Interior Design with Interior Architecture and the principles of Feng Shui, Lynda creates unique, sustainable, quality environments. With an eye for dramatic simplicity, she sees good design as a creative composition of space that embodies less as more, detail rather than decoration, quality rather than quantity, authenticity rather than imitation, and timelessness rather than trendiness.
While being ecologically and environmentally conscious, using natural and sustainable elements, rare finds and often blending indoors with outdoors - the spaces created are harmonious, inviting, and tranquil. Providing a personal and comprehensive service, Lynda finds inspiration in transforming spaces from conception through completion, creating life enhancing spaces and places. As we shape our environments, our environments shape us.
Interior Design & Interior Architecture, Custom Furnishings, Fabrics, Finishes, Art, Artifacts, Accessories, Environmental Design, Design Consultation, Sustainable Design, Color Consultation, Space Planning, Interior Re Design, Project Management, Staging & Makeovers, Historical Restoration, Feng Shui Consultation, Renovations & Remodels, Real Estate Market Ready, Downsizing & Organizing, Construction Coordination. Residential, Resorts, Commercial, Corporate
With a BA in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Lynda has extensive experience in design and related fields. She began her career in the original SF Design Center at the Ice House, then worked with major San Francisco firms as a Designer, Space Planner, Project Manager, and in Corporate Real Estate and Curatorial. She started her own business Catlin Design in 1990. Projects are suited to clients tastes, lifestyles, and budgets.
Custom verdigris iron bar stools with animal motif stand against the shoji screen and wood counter/ cabinet and are anchored under rustic beams.
This seaside enclave with hexagonal architecture and lofted ceilings with prominent beams creates an exotic tree house like feeling. Centered in this tropical room is a custom table with a Ron Mann sculpted base of burled wood and Budji limestone top, with rosewood chairs. Complete with Tibetan Buddhist cabinet, Japanese grass shades, seagrass rug, and verdigris sculpture.
This interior stairwell with structural giant pole support features a custom fountain of a 3,000 year old African mortar stone. A Tom Torrens Tibetan Bell hangs in the background.
Post and beam construction for a pole house. A verdigris bronze sea life sculpture sits atop the stairwell pole. An African Vigango sculpture stands on foreground post.
This secluded beach house with dramatic architectural elements and ocean view create an indoor/outdoor tranquil, hint of tropics environment. Custom Budji furnishings for sofas and chairs are of giant bamboo with linen fabrics. Picturesque windows face a yumu wood cabinet and frame a molave wood pedestal with bronze Hawaiian sea life sculptures.
Arbol Vista, the character of this terrace with Spanish Colonial architecture takes shape as the mood of a Mexican villa. Authentic Equipales leather chairs with a primitive grinding stone & mortar and antique rain drums sit on Mexican pavers, welcoming the misty morning.
This Tropical outdoor room provides a nice retreat with furnishings and artifacts from Mexico, South America, Africa and Bali. The forged iron chair with bark cloth fabric is flanked by an antique Balinese rain drum and primitive mortar stone fountain. The seagrass rug, lush flora and color palette, complete the ambiance.
This tropical, exotic outdoor retreat compliments the architectural character of the Villa. Rustic furnishings with primitive and antique artifacts are from Mexico, South America, Africa, Hawaii & Bali. Natural elements include bark cloth fabric, weathered wood, primitive stone, iron, verdigris bronze, seagrass, & lush flora, creating a Las Hadas Resort flavor.
Night time in the tropics. The lush flora woven around the natural textures and finishes create this exotic, tranquil outdoor retreat. The forged iron chair with barkcloth fabric is flanked by a primitive mortar stone fountain and an antique rain drum. The space is sheltered under a stucco colonnade and set on a slate and sea grass floor.
Fine furnishings, finishes, and elements combine to create a tasteful, refined interior, with statement sofas and chairs in textured chenille, black lacquer cocktail table, and antique Japanese chests. The pewter ceiling inset and copper fountain contrast with the natural finishes, a Brazilian sisal rug, and the subdued paint palette. Complete with authentic artifacts and art.
Fine furnishings, finishes, and elements combine to create a tasteful, tranquil interior. Furnishings of textured chenille, black lacquer coffee table and antique chests sit upon a Brazilian sisal rug. The pewter fireplace surround, ceiling inset, and copper fountain compliment the natural finishes. An authentic antique Japanese screen of Cranes finishes the room.
Authentic 18th Century Samurai Swords on a Tokugawa stand, sit upon an antique Shanxi Province Chest. Black lacquer tables combine nicely with the comfortable seating. Furnishings of fine chenille fabrics sitting on the Brazilian sisal rug provide a contrast of textures in this subdued yet dramatic room.
Dining room featuring the custom hand painted Chinoiserie wall mural in metallic hues of silver, champagne, pewter, copper, bronze, and gold, with inlaid pewter panels - enveloping the room and the Canton cherry wood dining table.
Mythical 1880 Turtle Dragons on an antique Tansu buffet stand guard in this elegant space with a rich cherry wood Canton dining table and chairs. Hand painted pewter finishes on the wall panels compliment the custom designed, hand painted Chinoiserie/Japanesque wall mural in hues of pewter, silver, champagne, copper, bronze and gold.
Elegant dining under a colonnade and ceiling inset of pewter, the rich Canton cherry wood dining table and chairs in pewter fabric, with antique Tansu buffet, rest on a sisal rug upon a polished wood floor. Pewter wall panels and the custom hand painted Chinoiserie wall mural in metallic hues of silver, champagne, pewter, copper, bronze, and gold, envelop this room.
Tasteful dining at the Aria table seated with Ying chairs, set under a hand forged glass & iron fixture. A black lacquer buffet with parchment leather insets stands against the back wall, complimented by the black glass top chest near the entry. The prominent column defines the space.
Creating a Nostalgic Regency ambiance, the luxurious Park Place ivory leather sofas and leather chairs sit upon a stunning silk Lapchi Belle Leaves rug. The rosewood buffet with parchment doors in background houses the collectors turntable and album collection. A porthole window, trey ceiling, and soft three color palette complete this room.
Stunning Orlando Diaz Aria table in rich walnut finish (McGuire) perfectly paired with Hughes-Chevalier chairs in Marigold hides. (Sloan Miyasato). A Picasso- esque art and a custom hand blown glass fixture complete this space for a dining pleasure.
A Vincent Van Gogh palette with a Lapchi Belle Leaves Silk rug reflected under a glass table, and Kelly Hoppen French Bergere chairs create a corner for repose.
A room to gather in with color and texture: Comfortable, casual sofas and chairs in chenille, and leather and iron stools, combine with ebony and rosewood cocktail, console, and end tables for lounging on the warm Sedona wool rug. The nostalgic door to Yesterday hung on the wall as art, houses authentic Beatle album covers.
Hinged under the cathedral ceiling is a framed door to Yesterday, housing old Beatle album covers. Comfortable, casual, oversized seating with Calvin Chenille fabrics and Picasso print pillows, rest on a Sedona wool rug and are centered around a large ebony and rosewood table.
A juxtaposition of objects and of the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The custom bronze and glass table and large scale valise armoire, are balanced by iron lamps, a leather and pewter chair, and suede sofas. The room is canopied by the wood truss beam ceiling and grounded with the charcoal llama wool rug.
A bold statement with a custom designed bronze and glass table and silver leaf-black-eggshell valise armoire, with a leather & pewter chair, Nubuck sofas, charcoal llama wool rug, verdigris lamp, objects d'arte of silver, bronze, iron, wood & clay, are canopied by the dramatic wood truss beam ceiling.
Under wood beam ceilings rest woven palm leaf furnishings from the Seychelles Islands with Peruvian motif fabrics, an antique Balinese rain drum, Tibetan and Japanese cabinets, and wood and copper table, set on a Grecian wool sisal rug and accented with artifacts from South America and Greece.
Woven palm leaf chairs from the Seychelles Islands, with Peruvian motif fabric, are flanked by a Tianjin Buddhist cabinet, a Japanese rice cabinet, and a handcrafted wood and copper table to create a cozy reading nook. Artifacts are Pre-Columbian and Mexican.
Balance, harmony, placement, and the five Feng Shui elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood create this space. Centered around the slate fireplace in the Fame area are two original Marc Miyasato seating poufs and a Balinese rain drum table. Artifacts include a Tibetan singing bowl, palm trunk container, and ornate Steel Drum cutout of palms with birds.
A rustic tree house retreat with a collection of interesting finds includes an antique wagon wheel, earthenware pot and Native American oars. The British West Indies chair and National Geographic chair with little milk stool, and wood bench provide a place of rest.
A sheltered tree house outdoor space with an antique water pump, a handcrafted Mexican wood and iron chest, British West Indies and National Geographic leather chairs, and antique artifacts, creates a place of repose under the supporting acacia and loquot trees. An Olde English Sheepdog lounges comfortably in this outdoor room.
This rustic tree house retreat with a redwood arbor built around the loquat and acacia trees creates an inviting corner for repose in the British West Indies leather and woven chair. A Mexican wooden sideboard cabinet with forged iron hardware and an antique wooden wagon wheel and molave wood bench envelope this outdoor room. A collection of wooden oars hang on the tree.
A top of the City sun room with handcrafted Budji bamboo chairs and bronze verdigris rain drum table. Simple and serene.
Garden room with Budji bamboo chairs, antique Balinese rain drum tables, and potted palms sit against green walls contrasted by white plantation shutters to create a simple yet inviting little space.
Splashes of vibrant colors and patterns combine with tone on tone furnishings and chairs of woven papyrus with suede fabric. The stunning art work above the tailored linen sofa, perfectly completes the room to create a bold yet inviting space.
Simplicity in shades of taupe and charcoal, set on custom area rugs that repeat the inlaid pattern on hardwood floors to dramatically define seating areas.
A corner seating niche with a vertical and horizontal statement. Bamboo table inspired by the commissioned art work of bamboo stalks.
View through a Baby Grand, this seating area is defined by the large scale authentic hand painted bamboo screen. Furnishings and fabrics repeat the bamboo motif.
Black lacquer dining chairs and table with inlaid wood are flanked by the large custom bamboo etagere showcasing objects of art and artifacts, and paired with the bamboo console table. An antique black wine vessel with yucca poles stands at the corner entrance to the space as defined by the inlaid wood pattern on the floor.
Shades of charcoal and taupe, in a defined use of space on an inlaid wood floor pattern replicated with a wool area rug create this seating area. Custom designed bamboo table compliments commissioned art work of giant bamboo. Sofa and chairs covered with hand painted chenille leaf pattern black on taupe with two solid black chairs flanking the highlighted wall of art.
The custom designed Etagere of Bamboo motif, displays the collectors artifacts and anchors the backdrop to this room, complimenting the dining table of inlaid bamboo on black wood.
Granite, wood, iron, and slate create this vibrant dining/bar alcove with custom cabinetry defining the spaces. In the dining nook, a burled wood top and iron base table sits under a custom glass fixture, which compliments the motif of the colorful, patterned, hand woven Tibetan rug.
A sunny breakfast nook centered with a rosewood and iron dining table and chairs, are set upon a colorful Tibetan hand woven area rug complimented by the handblown glass fixture overhead. A leather bar stool peaks out in the foreground.
An Ahwahnee Hotel ambiance features a large stone fireplace surrounded by comfortable, heavy textured large scale seating. Custom bronze and glass cocktail and console tables contrast well with the antique wooden Tansu chest. The cozy seating area is defined by the colorful Tibetan hand woven rug.
Comfortable heavy textured large scale seating surrounds the custom glass and bronze cocktail table in the cozy, colorful seating area.
Unusual, rustic yet refined, old and new, art and ambiance, bamboo and bromeliads, and Tibetan textiles. A mixture of flavors and character blended together in a space with a calming presence, yet alive with energy.
This studio spa entrance sets a dramatic mood with the deep three color palette and custom designed mural of a moonlit seascape verandah hand painted in the backdrop. Woven seagrass chairs lounge on the slate entry, iron wall lanterns, and splashes of tropical foliage, are set under the cantilevered wood truss ceilings
One is drawn into this custom designed mural as if standing on the verandah of a tropical retreat under the full moon. The use of a dramatic four color palette, iron lanterns, palms, and Havana chairs, complete this seating area.
Reflections of water and wood, lake and loons, and subdued colors for a quiet space. Casual seating with a Basque console and Tuscan olive jar with bamboo poles anchor this corner.
Tone on tone - Cushy Comfort chair and sofa in grey Calvin linen on a grey cotton rug - with a wood ceiling and a window wall view of a Palm garden.
A Relaxing alcove area with an antique piano from the SF Opera House.