Ideas form every aspect of our business and reflect how we communicate with you, motivate you, inspire you, and engage you at every step of the design process.

The motivation of our team at Carlyle Design has been built from our reputation for fresh, creative ideas, strong project management, outstanding customer service and a passion for interior design. These combinations allow us to connect with our clients, personally and professionally.


Monica Pavalko HeadshotMonica Pavalko, President and Creative Director of Carlyle Design Studio, Inc., along with her team, have been transforming interiors for professional builders to commercial clients to homeowners from Southern California to across the coast to the beautiful islands of Hawaii.

After graduating from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 1983, Monica was an award-winning project manager at 2 of the most reputable design firms in Orange County before founding Carlyle Design Studio, Inc in 1996.

As the creative director and designer, Monica is hands on every project with a trained eye to the details of construction and design, to ensure every client feels important and comfortable throughout the process and is delighted with the final product.

She currently resides in Surf City, Huntington Beach, California with her husband Bryan, 3 kids and 2 chocolate labs. She enjoys bike rides to the beach and spontaneous Palm Spring weekend getaways.

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What are your go-to’s for inspiration and keeping up to date in the industry?
I love traveling and staying in cool hotels where the interior design stretches the imagination. Getting out of the design studio and seeing what’s happening in the creative world is very inspiring.  Attending trade shows, seminars and networking events, viewing industry related websites and magazines, walking models, boutique shopping are all necessary for creative flow and keep me invigorated and inspired! As does Instagram and Pinterest!

What is one of your design Pet Peeve’s?
When scale is off. Scale and proportion have the largest impact on spatial functionality and flow.

Do you have a favorite quote?
I have several quotes that motivate me but the two that I try to live by and encourage others with are “Feel the fear and do it anyways” and “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.

What qualities make for the best client?
Above all else, loyalty, honesty and trust make up the core of a desirable working relationship. Laughter and fun while doing it, is a must!

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