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Sarah Olsen

Owner, ASID Award Winning Interior Designer

For over twenty years, Sarah has designed award-winning and innovative interiors for her clients. Believing that a home is where the heart is, and the haven for the moments of the most profound joy, she designs interiors with her clients as an active part of the journey. From the architectural schematics to the final accessories, Sarah’s design theory is innovative, stylish, and personal to each project. Outgoing and a focused professional, you will find her love of having fun while designing refreshing.

Personal passions:  Obviously home and personal accessories (if you’ve shopped Merriment, you know this!), recreational sports outdoors (she might just ride a motorcycle), cooking with her family (husband still has her beat with the Sous Vide), anything that has to do with her kids (there are 3), and reading a good book in the sunshine.

 

 

Mary Jo Cress

Interior Design Associate, Vintage Finery Curator

Inspired early in life by her mother’s vibrant and imaginative gardens, and an admiration of all things beautiful, Mary Jo has since been evolving her own talents through designing interiors.  Mary Jo’s signature style is to inquisitively interact with her clients, creating cohesively eclectic spaces that focus on treasured objects, both old and new.  In keeping with her sensibilities that every home should embody sophistication with bit of whimsy, her comfortably classic interiors proclaim, "Welcome!  Come in, stay a while and enjoy your time here." 

Personal passions: Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren, and Ralph again (do you think she has an obsession?), nurturing her gardens and friendships (favorite flower is the peony), hunting down rare vintage finds (she hosts an annual pop-up sale), and entertaining and traveling with her family

 

Kate Deppert

Interior Designer, Retail Buyer

Designing since 2003, Kate is inspired by homes that embody gracious hospitality where you feel an instant sense of welcome, warm, and home. She creates unique, personal and intentional spaces for her clients from this design esthetic. Kate also embraces an entire sense of lifestyle in her designing- using all the senses to add layers of character to your personal refuge.  She has honed her ability to listen and discern, skillfully assisting you in finding your own design voice and authentic style.

Personal Passions:  Kate loves to be a student of humanity, as well as an educator.   She is a lover of words and wit.  When she is not designing, you will find her immersed in the company of family and friends.  

 
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Torie Nygren

Interior Designer, Allied ASID

Torie has been designing homes for the past 22 years in Chicago, California and her home state of Minnesota, creating a language of design that is individual to each client. Torie delights in listening to each client’s desires, implementing their unique style, and designs in a manner which leaves them happy, comfortable and enjoying a space created just for them! After being healed from cancer in 2016, Torie firmly believes that our homes are vital places where joy and peace should shine – and she sincerely desires to help you to rest, live and love well in your sanctuary. It’s a reflection of your image and it should make you smile each time you enter into it.    

Personal Passions: Torie enjoys spending special Sunday family nights with her husband and two children, volunteering in altar prayer at church, rollerblading, hockey games for her 2 kids, giving kisses to her 3 step-grandchildren, relishing time with her good friends, gardening, joining her family for a fun game night and loving her time with God each morning.

 
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Sam Wittich

Interior Design Assistant, Allied ASID

Sam is a Century College graduate with an AAS degree in interior design, holds an interior design associate diploma, and a certificate in home furnishings. Her prior career work included specializing in medical records. With her youthful energy and up-to-date perspective on designing, Sam brings a breath of fresh air and innovative thinking into the Merriment design studio. 

Sam’s design passions include vintage finds, eco-friendly design, and the psychology behind color. Sam continually strives to create not only aesthetically stunning spaces, but also promotes highly functional design for her clients. Always in a joyful mood, Sam is delightful to work with.  

Personal Passions:  Sam has a black and white mini lop bunny named Francis. Yes...he is litter box trained and goes on walks outside!  She also enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and loves the holiday season.

 
 

Amy Brisson

Retail Merchandiser, Inventory Specialist

With a career history and degree in merchandising, Amy gives the Merriment showroom its beautiful touches. She wholeheartedly enjoys all of our customers who walk through the door, and is most excited when she finds them the special piece for their home or the perfect gift for that someone special. Amy seamlessly manages the behind-the-scenes order entries and inventory levels with her zest for organization.  

Personal passions: Cooking (her favorite is making big, cozy pots of soup), reading (uplifting books that she knows will end happy), playing outdoors (planting/tending to her flower gardens) and teaching swim lessons in her pool. Beyond it all, Amy’s greatest passions are her husband of 25 years and four amazing children.  

 

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Kristen Jensen-Hummel

Retail Assistant

Kristen has been designing "something" for a very long while. Inspired by her paternal grandmother who was fond of the arts and always looked smashing and "tre" sophisticated, Kristen has continued a passion for classic textiles, fashions, art, and how it interacts with people. "You can tell someone loves something, or the space they are in, by their mood. I like happy people." Degreed in Textiles & Clothing, with a minor in Economics and Art History, it is her world travels and experiences that have truly inspired her. 

Personal Passions: In her spare moments, Kristen can be found running outdoors or planking while her coffee is heating up in the microwave (what dedication to health!), or reading through anything on fashion and interiors. In keeping with the creative ju-ju that course thru her veins, she also enjoys cooking. Kristen also adores the out-of-doors, traveling, and being with the true loves of her life: Her husband and two children. 

 

Nathan Liu

Website Design, Marketing Advisor

Nathan joined the Merriment team in 2016 and is responsible for creating the company's email marketing campaigns and maintaining the company's internet presence including website and social media. As an entrepreneur himself, Nathan brings a unique voice to the team, highlighted by his youthful and ambitious perspectives.  In addition to his role at Merriment, Nathan serves as President of a Minneapolis-based healthcare startup. 

Personal passions: In his spare time, Nathan serves as the Communications Chair for Project Service, a charity organization at his high school that partners with and hosts community service events. His favorite organizations include the Hashtag Lunch bag Project and Feed My Starving Children. In the rare occasions he is not working, Nathan enjoys spending time with his family at Timberwolves games or on the water, racing go-karts with his friends, and traveling. 

Nathan graduated from East Ridge High School in the spring of 2017, and is currently a freshman at University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.