Lead Senior Designer / Owner – Candice Wideman
Candice has always enjoyed interior design from an early age. Her earliest memory of this was constantly switching and transforming hers and her brothers room into a different range of looks. The passion for design has stayed with her since and has grown, she cannot imagine wanting to do anything other than Interior Design. After graduating from Maryville University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts her ambition for Interior Design has grown into a successful venture.
Youtopia Designs, LLC is owned and operated by lead designer Candice Wideman. She is a professionally trained and qualified interior designer that is an active Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).Candice strives to develop strong, mutually beneficial relationship with her clients by actively overseeing every project that Youtopia Designs undertakes. This ensures each client is getting multiple professional design opinions on every final decision.
Her strengths lie in her capacity to understand, calculate and design precise concepts, Candice brings her natural creativity and innovative perspectives which helps her with each new project. Being able to shape someones lifestyle with her designs is very rewarding.
Associate Interior Designer -Denae Katzoff
Denae was born for design with a natural, creative talent, and love that enables her to develop beautiful, innovative spaces for her clients. After years of embracing design on her own terms, Denae made her passion into her career by graduating from Chicago’s Harrington College of Design with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Over the last 10 years she has been able to be part of design teams in both the Downtown Chicago and Los Angeles areas and now St.Louis. She feels these experiences in such highly progressive cities allow her to have an uniquely open mind and visions for her clients.
There is not a moment Denae isn’t assessing a space to maximize it’s creative expression with her expertise. She is fueled by encouraging others to immerse themselves in spaces that will bring style, beauty, and inspiration through their own uniqueness. She believes that each space needs to incorporate the individual and their passions and that is what will make it exquisite. She feels a deep connection in her creative explorations by being able to provide her clients with joy in their everyday surroundings.
Senior Designer – Gina Dill-Thebeau
Gina appreciates all styles of design but knows that the most important part of great home design is the people who live there. Gina believes that your home should tell your story. Gina’s approach to interior design starts with getting to know you. What makes you tick? What are your style preferences – do you like contemporary, traditional, eclectic, modern, or something else altogether? What kind of lifestyle do you live – are you busy and on the go or enjoying retirement? What do you want your home to say about you? Using this information, Gina will help you design a unique living space that reflects your personality and tastes.
Gina brings to the firm over ten years experience designing exceptional and luxurious living environments at St. Louis’ premiere interior design firm, working on a wide array of projects, styles and budgets. Her designs effortlessly balance beauty and functionality.