Our Story

Gardner & Associates, an allied ASID Member, was established on the Monterey peninsula in 1970 and specializes in interior design. Founded by Jan Gardner and now owned and led by her daughter, Julie, the firm became a harbinger of the Carmel/Monterey style. Our thirty-plus years of design work sets the benchmark for West Coast style as evidenced through our major projects such as the Lodge at Pebble Beach and Quail Lodge, in Carmel Valley, Spanish Bay Resort and The Cypress Inn, Carmel By the Sea. We’ve been able to translate this iconic style developed for our hospitality clients into warm and functional residential designs, as well.

The relevance and timelessness of our styling is also reflected in many prominent homes, not only within Pebble Beach, but nationwide. Residential highlights feature quality projects from 1,200 sq ft up to 10,000 sq. ft. Updating individual rooms such as bathrooms, and kitchens are not uncommon, as well.

Jan Gardner & Julie Gardner, Gardener & Associates

Our Team

Julie Gardner

Julie Gardner


I fell in love with interior design when I attended the American College In Paris. From there, I knew I would work in the design field. Having my Mother already an accomplished designer gave me a head start. After attending design school at Monterey Peninsula College, I worked for Gardner & Associates for 15 years as a partner; I’ve now been running the business since 2013. I love what I do and enjoy creating beautiful spaces.
Nadine Dubrin

Nadine Dubrin

Office Manager

I started working for Gardner & Associates 20 years ago. I am the office manager and also book keeper. In my spare time, my husband I enjoy sailing in the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz on our 37ft sloop. I also enjoy gardening and cooking for friends.
Jan Gardner

Jan Gardner


I started Gardner & Associates in the 1970’s. I had been a fashion model in New York in my younger days and always loved style and fashion. I had the opportunity to apprentice with a designer in Carmel and decided to open my own firm. I have completed many residences throughout the Monterey Bay area, but also enjoyed designing for my clients on the East Coast, Nevada, Hawaii, and France. I was the first local designer to land the job of decorating Spanish Bay Hotel and redecorating the Lodge at Pebble Beach and Quail Lodge in Carmel. I also designed a Hotel in Japan. Even though I am retired, I still love helping friends and seeing the firm’s current projects.

Design Approach

Gardner & Associates continues to provide superior quality interiors producing extraordinary design in many different styles from traditional to contemporary. From ground-breaking projects, working along side world-class architects, to major remodels or downsizing, the design firm is fully adept at overseeing every aspect of a project.

We prefer sophisticated styles of lasting quality, textural fabrics, well-built furniture, and excellent lighting along with unique accessories. Most of the buying is done in San Francisco but we also travel to Los Angeles, New York, & Europe.

We excel in discovering new tradesmen, craftsmen, and artisans to perfect each final project. We also work with real estate agents to prepare and stage homes for resale.

Our company’s recognition and acclaim have been noted in nationally recognized publications including California Home & Design, American Dream Homes, Pebble Beach Magazine, Carmel Magazine, Gentry, and Sunset Magazine. Gardner & Associates offers personal and creative service with a friendly, low profile and discreet approach, designing timeless interiors and avoiding trends. We focus on meeting our client’s expectations with confidence the end product will be a reflection of the client’s unique style.
Best of Houzz badges for Gardner Interior Design
Best of Houzz 2017, 2018, 2020 – Client Satisfaction
We are consistently rated at the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

We were rated among the Top 10 by Home Guide in the area, based on over 25 variables across five categories.

A chic home isn’t one that’s filled with uncomfortable furniture and art that you don’t understand. It’s a home filled with things that you love and that make you happy.

~ Jonathan Adler