Meet the Team
Sophia grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and after graduating from the local high school, she then went on to get a degree in Women’s Studies with a minor in Art from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Sophia started her career working in retail in a small women’s boutique in Menemsha during the summers and in the winters she lived in Thailand, importing clothing. In her mid-twenties Sophia decided to move off island to Boston where she stepped in the world of corporate retail. From there she moved to Los Angeles. Prior to moving back to help her brother run the company she ran omnichannel and store operations for a luxury denim company overseeing 150+ stores.
James Myest - Custom Window Master Technician
James has been a fixture at Vineyard Decorators for more than 30 years. He heads the Custom Design section of the company. Whether it's one window shade or a complete home layout, James will ensure each project is completed at a high standard and to the customers satisfaction.
Susan Bielski - Interior Designer
Susan possesses 30 years of experience in the field of design. She has strong skills in the visualization of spatial relationships, color and form, as well as an intuitive sense of style which enhance her presentations and their outcomes. Susan has worked with hundreds of clients, of all ages and backgrounds, has developed the talent of helping clients to surround themselves with the furnishings, accessories and art which they find most comfortable and desired in their lifestyle. By listening, comprehending the goals and preferences, and then providing a range of options-expected and not—she assists her clientele , many who become friends for years to come, in bringing together a home that speaks truly of its’ owners soul.
Kate Kenney - Interior Design Consultant
Kate returned to the Vineyard to build her forever home after living between the island and the South throughout the seasons. Her professional experience in designer fashion has influenced Kate’s unique skill set and the way she approaches interior design. She brings an appreciation for fabrics, texture, and monochromatic depth to every project. Kate utilizes her degree in Communication Studies from James Madison University to listen to every client’s individual needs and collaborate throughout the design process. Kate has worked remotely with clients across the country and world to create spaces that reflect various preferences and lifestyles in Vineyard homes. In her free time, you can find Kate outdoors, boating with her family and hiking local trails with her Border Collie, Bennett.
Debbie Innes - Interior Design Consultant
Debbie Innes, a Texas native, tired of the traffic and congestion of her Houston home, moved to the Vineyard full time after a long and loving relationship with this beautiful Island. Her passion for design has always been an integral aspect of Debbie’s life. Moving to the Vineyard allowed Debbie to explore new color schemes and a variety of styles inspired by the casual, cottage nature of her coastal home. Debbie utilizes her background in management and her experiences traveling all over the country for business to communicate with clients about their individual needs, and help them find the right pieces to reflect their unique style. Outside of work, Debbie enjoys the outdoors, spending days gardening and sailing. She is also deeply passionate about and involved in the world of non-profit. Debbie also has four “furry friends” whom she loves very much.
Mary Cronin - Front Desk Manager & Window Treatment Assistant
Mary grew up in Westport, Massachusetts, where she spent her childhood swimming in the waves of Bakers Beach. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont, she ended up loving the area so much that she lived in Vermont for over 10 years. She found her way to Martha's Vineyard in 2014, where she's now made her forever-home. Mary is a self-proclaimed foodie and an animal lover. You can usually find her spending time with Judah, her tuxedo cat.
Emily Lowe - Ecommerce Merchandiser & Front Desk Receptionist
Emily was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, and despite big dreams of traveling the world, can’t bring herself to move away from home. She attended Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and later graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing Communications. After spending her last semester of school studying in and traveling Ireland, Emily returned to the Vineyard, trading rolling green hills for sandy beaches. In her spare time, Emily enjoys bowling and searching for the perfect slice of pizza.
Adria Houle - Freight Manager
Adria grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts. She attended Cazenovia College in Upstate New York and obtained a bachelor's degree in Business. In between semesters, she would live on the Vineyard. She enjoyed hiking the many beautiful trails and beaches of the island. After graduating, she couldn't see herself living anywhere other than Martha's Vineyard. Adria has been working with Vineyard Decorators for five years and is the Freight Manager. She orchestrates the delivery team as well as manages incoming shipments. In her spare time, Adria enjoys making jewelry with the found objects she picks up on her daily beach-combing routes.
John Parker - Custom Upholstery Master Craftsman
John Parker moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 1973 from Falmouth, MA, with a hard work ethic, ready to fill a niche in Island business. As a seasoned upholstery Master Craftsman already, John realized the Island was lacking a business that could provide custom upholstery and slipcovers for Island residents. Vineyard Decorators started in 1978 in the same spot it still stands - in an old barracks building across from the airport. As John’s business and the demand for custom upholstery on Island continued to grow, so did the demand for furniture. In 1986, John jumped from the custom upholstery business to retail furniture business. Along the way, John has had the pleasure of working with good people, who have shaped the business and helped it to grow into what it is today. After selling the business to Whitney Brush, John was able to refocus his attention on the custom upholstery aspect of Vineyard Decorators. He’s still working and enjoying doing so, and today you can find John in our custom upholstery workroom where he continues to service the Island’s custom needs.