"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
With that sentiment in mind, Michele Peerbolt of Awaken Interiors and Stephanie Holmes of Inhabit joined creative forces to launch Ai STUDiO. The two met through ASID and quickly bonded over their love for design and their recent moves to Colorado, marriages and so much more. They started out as a design duo and home staging company, but through the years the business has morphed and bloomed into the beautiful, full-service showroom and resource that it is today.
"We believe two heads are better than one. Having a partner in design only produces deeper creativity and better results for us and our clients." ~ Michele and Stephanie
Stephanie has been passionate about design since she was a little girl, which she attributes to her construction guru Dad who built and designed her childhood home. She received a Bachelor of Arts in interior and environmental design at CIDA accredited Illinois State University and received her NCIDQ certification (Certification No. 026980) in 2009.
Stephanie caught the entrepreneur bug in 2008. She started an interior design firm in Chicago, then Organic Looms in the Denver Design Center, and now, Ai STUDiO with Michele. Today, Stephanie wears many different hats in her business endeavors and feels beyond lucky to come to work every day with a team of passionate colleagues who share the same values in design and in life. When she isn’t wearing her many hats, she likes to spend her time with her wonderful husband Nathan, beautiful baby boy Jackson and her energetic dog Priya enjoying all that the amazing state of Colorado has to offer.
Michele's love for interior design and home furnishings is founded in her passion to problem solve. Whether it’s creating the perfect material palette or working through space plan solutions, all aspects of the home furnishings industry are equally rewarding.
Michele graduated with a BS in Interior Design and Construction Management in 2003.
When she's not conquering fabrics, furniture, and finishes, she's enjoying the great outdoors, attempting to grow a green thumb, or spoiling her French bulldog rotten.
Stacie received her Masters from Loyola University in nutrition and dietetics which is her first love, but with a sister and father in the design and construction world, she was quickly drawn into this wonderful community. When Stephanie made the call that she was in need of a showroom manager for Organic Looms and that Stacie was going to be an Auntie soon, she made the trip out West. Stacie heads up cabinetry for Ai STUDiO & still acts as showroom manager for OL.
She came to visit Colorado after college graduation and knew one day she would live out West. When she isn’t hustling in the showrooms, she is practicing yoga, coming up with new, healthy recipes or exploring the outdoors and city culture of our great state.
Ai STUDiO's philosophy is based on the human connection to the surroundings in which they dwell. Understanding and valuing this relationship allows for an innovative approach that results in a harmonious union between the individual and their custom environment. With design backgrounds and years of experience, Michele and Stephanie work tirelessly to curate product lines that can fulfill a wide array of styles and budgets. We pride ourselves in offering top notch customer service for all who visit the showroom and go above and beyond to ensure those who shop with us have a custom-tailored experience that fits their needs.