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Principal Designer

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Principal Designer

Stephanie launched Studio Wellington with Co-Founder Ashley Malone in 2021. She excels in blending antique elements, classical architecture, and contemporary life to create tailored designs for her clients' lifestyles. Stephanie’s unique understanding and appreciation of classical design principles is a cornerstone of her design process, and she enjoys collaborating with clients to find solutions to challenging designs.

Ashley Malone has always had a passion for art in all forms, but especially art created within the spaces of life. She strives to share her client’s story in their home and uses the home as her canvas. For Ashley, the value of the art of interior design coincides with her passion to create comfort and functionality combined with sophistication and elegance. 

She met Studio Wellington Co-Founder, Stephanie Abernathy, while studying at SCAD. They quickly bonded over their love for classical and contemporary design. Ashley has a decade of experience, including a background in art curation, interior and exterior design, and project management.

Meet the Designers


Assistant Designer

Laura Vazquez has had a passion for Interior Design for as long as she can remember. Her desire to apply her creativity and design skills in a real world setting naturally lead her to pursue a career in Interior Design. In doing so, she attended Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where she graduated with a BFA in Interior Design. 


During her studies, Laura gained an appreciation for many design styles, but her love for modern design aesthetics informed by traditional design values made her a perfect fit for the Studio Wellington team.


As an Assistant Designer Laura works closely with the principal designers in scheme creation, client communications and consultations, and management of on-site work. 

Assistant Designer

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Courtney Yapp graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where she first met principal designers Ashley and Stephanie. Her appreciation for blending classical and modern architecture grew exponentially in her time traversing medieval villages in the south of France, aligning her with the values of Studio Wellington.


She left SCAD with a BFA in Interior Design and quickly thereafter obtained additional credentials as a LEED Green Associate and WELL AP. She is passionate about sustainable living, health, and wellness, and is mindful of these aspects in her design work.


Her role on the team involves connecting and communicating with clients and assisting the principal designers in creative endeavors. Courtney is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH).




Procurement and Operations Manager

Operations and Design Assistant

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Susan Williams is the Operations and Procurement Manager at Studio Wellington. She works behind the scenes to make sure everything is running smoothly on client projects, and focuses on procuring and tracking client items.


Susan works closely with the entire Studio Wellington team and takes care of some of the less exciting parts of the design process. She spends most of her time managing the studio and communicating with vendors and installers to resolve issues quickly. Her attention to detail and communication specialties ensure the design vision is delivered easily and efficiently for the client and comes to life on-site.

Dani Andujo graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a B.F.A. in Interior Design. As our Operations & Design Assistant, she works alongside our Designers to meet goals, improve deadlines, and provide assistance in design communication.


Dani excels at creating scaled drawings and floor plans, as well as assisting with design presentations for clients. She has a passion for people, residential design, and good donuts.

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