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Elevate Your Space

About Us

TEW Design Studio is a diverse, full-service interior design firm that helps clients to form distinctive, yet livable spaces featuring exceptional materials and intricate details. Founded by Rima Nasser on the principle that design should be fun, exciting and daring, we create uplifting spaces that are visually inspiring and easy to live and work in.

RIMA NASSER

Owner & Principal Designer

Rima founded TEW on the principle that diversity drives creativity and innovation. She leads our team with a unique cultural insight from her experiences both domestically and abroad. As a Palestinian, Rima’s family immigrated to the U.S. when she was 15 with her family and settled in Richmond. She grew up enjoying architecture from around the world. From an early age, simple, earthy design caught her eye, as did the use of nature and Arabesque influences with bold colors and patterns. Rima’s approach to design is artful and purposeful.

Rima earned her undergraduate degree in Arts & Culture from George Mason University and graduated with a master’s in Interior Design from the Florence Design Academy in Italy. She lives in Raleigh with her husband Andy and two boys, Ziad and Rami, and dog Carl. Outside of design, you can find Rima working in her garden, painting, hiking, or playground hopping with her family.


FRANCES ACEVEDO

Interior Designer & Project Manager

Frances grew up in Puerto Rico where she found inspiration through nature, dancing and her culture’s vibrant colors. She first earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and then continued her education with an associate’s degree in interior design from the University of Puerto Rico. Her love of color is often reflected in her designs.

She’s a foodie, loves the sun, and is an island girl at heart. In her free time, you can find her hanging out with her husband, and her daughter, Luna. She also loves working on her own colorful projects and playing with their three dogs, Ellie, Sasha and Emma. Frances’ home is always full of love!


JANAE ALSTON

Junior Interior Designer

Janae’s creative career began at an early age when she discovered interior design in middle school. She would later move on to obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior architecture at UNC-Greensboro. Her creativity breathes through funky wallpaper, textured pillows, and bold design. She is passionate about the power of color and pattern and describes her style as eclectic, soft and modern.

In her free time, Janae stays busy with her crazy fun crafting hobby that she has turned into a small business. She loves sunflower fields, spending time with her husband, pastel colors, and pasta.


STEPHANIE PALM

Interior Designer & Project Manager

Stephanie grew up in Florida with fond memories of its many pastel colored homes. She has always believed that our home should be our happy place. Stephanie obtained her interior design degree at Harrington College of Design in Chicago and has several years of experience focused on kitchen and bath design. She is certified through the National Kitchen & Bath Association and loves to help with the more technical aspects of design.

In her free time, she likes to go antiquing, gardening and spending time with her husband and their dog, Flapjack. She also loves to try vegetarian food trucks as often as she can!


Our Mission

We are a diverse team whose unique approach to interior design flourishes thanks to cultural insights, experience and training gained abroad. We help our clients take just the right risks with their interiors to bring out the authentic nature of their personalities. What results is clean, modern design with exciting textures and a personal, funky twist. At TEW Design Studio, our distinctive design philosophy to be fun, exciting and daring enables us to implement courageously functional interior designs for clients.


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