Design Alchemy is a fearless team of passionate, enthusiastic, and ever-seeking makers of unique environments. Spearheaded by the mother daughter duo Deborah Costa and Kristine Renee the pair seamlessly mixes form, function and personality into all they do.
Refusing to be stagnant, the Design Alchemy team recognizes that traveling to new geographies is a key component to staying fresh and inspired. Therefore, the duo attends 4-6 international and domestic furniture markets each year in addition to visiting the latest boutique hotels, trend locations, showhouses and regional craft fairs.
Deborah honed her creative skills during her 15 year tenure designing video game studios internationally for entertainment giants Sega and Sony before launching her own firm in 2002. She adores all things construction and is adept at interfacing with contractors, architects and subcontractors to achieve the desired framework.
With a General Contractor for a father and designer for a mother, Kristine has been “in the business” her entire life. While obtaining her BS in Liberal Arts Kristine lived and studied art and architecture in Europe and following graduation was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to live and study in Southeast Asia. The roots of Kristine’s designs stem from these multi-cultural experiences and are incorporated into each project.
In 2012, Deborah and Kristine united forces to launch their award winning global design practice. The pair also curates an eclectic retail store located in the Antique and Design Center in Sacramento, CA and a sister company, Staged by Alchemy, focused on high-end residential merchandising.
Deep listeners by nature, the duo believes that the only way to develop the outward expression of their client’s internal vision is by thoroughly understanding their tastes and lifestyle. Communication and trust are steadfast principles upon which the organization is built.
Deborah began her career as a corporate environment planner for tech companies in Silicon Valley before venturing into the realm of video game studio design for industry giants Sega and Sony. After a decade overseeing the construction and build-out of development studies around the globe, Deborah launched Design Alchemy in 2002 focusing on residential/commercial/hospitality projects, furniture design and home merchandising. Deborah and her partner, Kristine Renee, opened a retail showroom and design studio in East Sacramento in 2013 and manage an ever-changing 24,000sf inventory of furniture and accessories as part of their home staging practice.
Kristine has partnered with the Design Alchemy team from the early stages to bring innovative design strategies to the greater Sacramento region. Kristine is a Saint Mary’s College graduate, where she studied Women’s and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies. Her passion for traveling and culture coupled with her academic studies led her to pursue a Fulbright grant in Malaysia. During her time in Malaysia, Kristine has focused her efforts in creating international relationships with furniture vendors throughout Southeast Asia to source handcrafted and unique pieces to the leading furniture markets in the United States. Kristine aims to bring Design Alchemy global and is currently working on social media projects to share her designs with clients worldwide.