Joe McGuire - Co-owner & principal designer

Joe McGuire

Co-Owner, Principal Designer

Joe’s admiration for design was formed in his earliest years, growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his family owned the esteemed and beautifully appointed hotel, Rancho Encantado.

He studied art history and literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and afterward, worked at Christie’s auction house, where he coordinated appraisals and traveled the country with the company’s art and furniture experts, assessing some of the most elegant and lavish homes in America.

Eventually, Joe began his own interior design practice, founding his own company, Joe McGuire Design, in 2005. His work has been featured in many publications, and he was pronounced one of Aspen’s top modern designers in a 2008 cover article by Aspen Magazine.

 
Matthew Tenzin

Matthew Tenzin

Co-Owner, Principal Designer

As a former Buddhist monk who is now an interior designer, Matthew has always been attuned to the aesthetics and energetics of spaces, and has a life-long love for the intersection of spirituality and creativity. 

Since 2012, he has been a lead designer at Joe McGuire Design, overseeing residential interior design projects around the country. In 2017 he founded True Home, a sacred design consultancy based in Aspen and Boulder, Colorado.

He has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, was ordained in India by the Dalai Lama, and lived as a monk from 2002-2008, including two years in solitary retreat in a remote wilderness area. 

Based upon decades of training in meditation, intuitive arts, energy work and shamanic healing, he has developed the True Home Process, a spiritual and energetic approach to interior design that helps foster deeper and more meaningful connections with nature, each other and the sacred in everyday life.

 
 
Chad Steinke - Senior Designer

Chad Steinke

Senior Designer, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C

Chad’s passion for interiors was born from his early years in residential construction. This initial exposure to interior building and hands-on craftsmanship inspired him to get his BFA at Iowa State University’s top-rated, CIDA accredited Interior Design program.

Following graduation, he moved to New York City, where he had the privilege of spending six years working for several prestigious hospitality design firms.

With a desire to return to his residential design roots and to find a place that could offer both city vibes and outdoor activities, Chad relocated to Denver. In 2018, he joined Joe McGuire Design with the intention of injecting projects with the technical excellence and luxury boutique style that he developed in New York.

In his free time Chad enjoys brewing beer, reading about beer, and everything beer related. He approaches designing beer recipes in the same way that he approaches designing interiors; he is driven to perfect every element and has developed a refined appreciation for all creative styles.

 
 
Kathryn Cronin - Junior Designer

Kathryn Cronin

Junior Designer

Kathryn’s appreciation and passion for well-designed interiors developed at a young age. Inspired by her mother, who was an interior designer on the East Coast, Kathryn has a BFA in Interior Design from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, and a minor in Art History. 

In college Kathryn fell in love with the mountain lifestyle, and after graduation she moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she worked for several prominent interior designers. Later, she moved to Boulder, where she worked for a kitchen and bath design studio before joining Joe McGuire Design in 2016.

Kathryn values her time spent outdoors equally to her time indoors. Nature is where she finds creative inspiration and peace of mind, contributing to the warm, natural elements of her designs. When not working, she is either trail running, mountain biking or skiing with her husband, Nat, and dog, Shadow.

 
 
Jen Miller - Junior Designer

Jen Miller

Junior Designer

Jen, who is inspired by the hand-crafted, tactile, theatrical, and thoughtful, has been a part of the Joe McGuire team since 2013.

Raised, in part, by an artist grandmother, Jen grew up outside of Detroit in a home filled with the designs of nearby icons: the Saarinens, Ray and Charles Eames and Florence Knoll. Pewabic Pottery and the Detroit Institute of Arts served as early consistent influencers.

Her personal aesthetic was further informed by her years living in New York and working at a prominent multi-disciplinary art and performance space, as well as her travels in India, Nepal, Cambodia, Africa, Japan, and Thailand. 

Her background in visual storytelling, her eye for detail, and and her ability to tie disparate themes, styles and colors together to create a personal and emotional space make interior design a perfect fit for her. 

Jen is an alumna of The University of Colorado, Boulder (Fine Arts) and SALT Institute for Documentary Studies. 

 
 
Jessica Starodoj - Associate Designer

Jessica Starodoj

Associate Designer

With her natural aesthetic eye, Jessica has a multi-faceted background in visual artistry ranging from filmmaker and photographer to luxury real estate stylist.

Born in Aspen, Colorado, to a well-known local real estate family, her appreciation of beautiful homes was formed early on. Growing up in Aspen provided her with a great love and respect for nature and exposure to interior design at a very high level.

Over the last 18 years Jessica has had the pleasure of working with different designers in Aspen and Los Angeles. Interior design has given her an avenue of creative expression that allows her to transform environments for people in a deeply personal way.

In her spare time, you can find Jessica hiking in the Rocky Mountain wilderness, developing her photography skills, connecting with friends, traveling, skiing and exploring the great unknown. 

 
 
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Amy Smith

Design Administrator

A Colorado native, Amy Smith recently returned from spending five years in San Francisco where she managed a working art studio and gallery.

Originally a student of interior design, Amy switched her path to pursue her truly natural talent of business management. Forever passionate about all things design, the move to Joe McGuire Design was a natural fit.