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Meet Our Team
Lisa Carlquist, President
Lisa has more than twenty years experience in the custom closet and storage industry. She formed Artisan Custom Closets in 2008 and vowed to make Artisan the BEST custom closet company in the industry! She has taken it to new levels by hiring the most experienced space planners, designers, engineers and installers in the Atlanta area.
Lisa has created spaces for some of the most visible clients in Atlanta and designed many show homes including the Atlanta Magazine Dream Home and the Roswell Women's Show House. Her experience includes designing spaces for speculative homes and custom homes with some of Atlanta’s premier homebuilders and remodelers.
Lisa's daughter, Stephanie, works for ADP in Manhattan, NY. Lisa lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, with her husband, Jeremy.
Alley Sandy, Sales & Design Manager
Alley is originally from the Fayetteville, Georgia area and now resides in Kennesaw with her family. In her personal life, Alley is an “organizational freak!” She loves to find the best use of space both for function and design. Alley says that when she helps clients organize and customize their space she feels a real sense of accomplishment.
With a background in design and 16 years as a business owner, Alley has been organizing and enhancing space functionality for 20 years. As the Sales & Design Manager for Artisan Custom Closets, Alley’s specialty is to provide clients with an outlet for turning their ideas, needs and desires for cluttered or unproductive closets, pantries, offices and garages into a beautiful new reality. Her favorite part of the process is sitting down with her clients to help them turn their dreams into a design and final installation that exceeds their expectations, every time.
Lesley Baldwin, Senior Design Consultant
Cathy Davis, Senior Design Consultant
Vicky Remole, Senior Design Consultant
Teresa Safranek, Senior Design Consultant
Bob Kammerer, Senior Design Consultant
Madeleine Polan, Senior Design Consultant
Heather Fritz, Senior Design Consultant
Heather has always had a passion for creativity and design. After earning her degree in interior design, she worked in furniture sales and bathroom remodeling.
She joined Artisan Custom Closets 6 years ago and has extensive experience in both engineering and design. She loves pushing the envelope with closet transformations using her creativity to optimize space and functionality. Heather said she "loves small spaces! It's an awesome challenge to create amazing designs in spaces where you wouldn't expect to make a difference".
When asked about her favorite part of working in this business, she says, "I strive to give my customers a space that is functional and beautiful. It's a great feeling when you do something for someone that enhances their life and makes them so happy!"
Maggie Horie, Senior Design Consultant
Maggie was born and raised on a cattle farm in Winder, GA. She now lives in the Duluth area with her husband and two daughters.
Her passion for helping other people originated from her days as a personal shopper at Nordstrom. There, she learned to work closely with clients to capture their style and personal taste. She successfully grew a client base that trusted her with filling their wardrobe.
That passion grew further when she started working in the closet industry several years ago. She uses her experience with suiting peoples needs to listen and capture exactly what her customers are looking for in a closet. She prides herself on making "not only a pretty closet but a functional one, also." Maggie says she loves "helping people in general, regardless of the size of the project."
In her spare time, Maggie loves to work on DIY projects at home and is a self proclaimed "DIY-er". She enjoys working on home improvement projects and is very crafty around the house. She's also 'mildly' addicted to Pinterest and loves finding inspiration anywhere she can.
Brandi Doctoroff, Senior Design Consultant
Brandi is originally from Norcross, Georgia but has recently built a new home in Woodstock. She enjoys keeping everything in order, from not only her closet (which is organized by color—and sleeve length!) but even down to the labels on everything in her pantry!
While her parents would probably tell you that she wasn’t the most organized kid, her college roommates would say differently. Not only does she love to organize, she loves to do anything DIY and is often heard saying “Joanna Gaines (from Fixer Upper) is my spirit animal!”
Brandi enjoys working closely with her clients to ensure that they receive a solution for all their needs. “The unit has to be extremely functional while also being beautiful. You start your day out in your closet, so it needs to look great!”
Nicola Anderson, Senior Design Consultant
Nicola’s passion for remodeling and design started after purchasing a ‘fixer upper’ in Marietta, Georgia, several years ago. After being engaged in every minor decision from construction, trim, colors and organization, a desire to help others with similar projects developed into a career with the Artisan Custom Closets Design Team.
She lives in Marietta with her two children and enjoys being involved in every aspect of their busy lives, capturing every moment along the way through her love for photography. She enjoys landscape and sports photography the most but occasionally combines her hobby with work by photographing completed closet projects.
Meeting new people with a wide range of different needs and from extremely diverse backgrounds is her favorite aspect of working at Artisan Custom Closets. “Just seeing how different everyone’s decorating styles and organizational behaviors are makes every day exciting and interesting! Knowing that I can help anyone regardless of their priorities, whether they need functionality of whether they just want a ‘pretty’ space is very gratifying!”.
Dee Ann Cowan, Senior Design Consultant
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Dee Ann is a true Atlanta native! Originally from the Jonesboro area, she currently calls Brookhaven home with her husband and their great pyrenees, Captain Jack.
She truly enjoys the role as Project Manager, working closely with clients to ensure the final design meets all their needs and exceeds expectations. She has a passion for helping clients see the plans on paper transform into something that is both spectacular and extremely functional. “I pride myself on being your personal consultant from beginning to end. I can’t wait to see the look on your face once the project is complete. I know you’re going to love it for a very long time!”
When not designing gorgeous closets & pantries, Dee Ann can be found running the streets of Atlanta training for half marathons or hiking with her husband and Captain Jack in Stone Mountain Park.
Our team of installers are the best in the closet and cabinet industry! But don't take our word for it, read our reviews! Each installer undergoes a background check to ensure your family's safety and continuous training keeps them on top of their game. New construction . . . no worries! Our closet installers take every measure to make certain that your flooring and walls are protected. They are highly trained in working in new construction homes, homes under rennovation, or organization in your existing home.