Overview

Design Concepts has been servicing the greater San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years. We provide luxury service while offering designs that are perfectly tailored to your requests and comprehensive vision. Regardless of your design style, stage or location, our uniquely skilled and educated interior designers will meet your needs at every level. Visit the Design Concepts showroom which exhibits our exclusive offerings of elite home furnishing collections to inquire about our services or call to schedule your initial design consultation.

 

Team Members

Owner

Owner

Debi Caponio

"Creating a Foundation for Others"

Debi has over 30 years of experience in the industry.  Her focus has been in residential, commercial and hospitality industries.  Recently, Debi has been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to purchase Design Concepts from Lea Bartneck. Debi’s ultimate design goal is to build and create an environment that personifies the client’s vision and lifestyle.  Her focus over the years has been on outdoor furnishings with an emphasis on commercial design. The passion she has for designing outdoor spaces is evident throughout the greater Bay Area and Napa Valley (and beyond), including several wineries. 

Creating change for our clients allows us all to create change for others.  This is the true Mission of Design Concepts:  To Design a Better Life. The team is an everyday embodiment of our collective mission.

The Design Concepts family believes it's about building and creating a life with balance.  Debi feels fortunate to be surrounded by those who believe in making a difference.  She is utilizing this business platform to empower women locally and internationally to build a healthier life style.

 


Design Associate

Design Associate

Lea Bartneck

"Good Design Solves Problems"

Lea Bartneck has been actively involved in the design field for over 20 years, 13 of which were running her own design firm in the East Bay. Her previous career as an artist specializing in architectural glass and sculpture led her into frequent collaboration with interior designers. When coupled with her affinity for architectural construction, Lea found a career in the interior design industry.

She specializes in using classic design principles while keeping her projects fresh and modern by staying current with the latest trends in furnishings, lighting, textiles and color. Lea works on projects from the ground up beginning from the early conceptual stages of blueprints and drafting, down to the last accessory. This ability enables her to work closely and cohesively with contractors and architects regularly. In addition, Lea encourages her clients to showcase their existing collections of art, antiques and heirlooms--the pieces that will truly imbue their home with their unique personality. Lea's work has been featured in several publications throughout the years, including Diablo Magazine.Her most fulfilling design project was building her own tri-level home from the ground-up. The property is located on over 40 acres on Mt. Diablo and even includes a personal glass-blowing artist's studio. 

Lea is also a strong advocate for giving back to her local communities. She has been a member of the Danville Greater Area and Oakland Chamber of Commerce, as well as the American Association of University Women. Lea has also assisted with homes on the fundraising tours for the Oakland East Bay Junior league in addition to decorating the local Christmas tree for Alamo every year. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, equestrian and international traveler, Lea draws her artistic inspiration from the world around her as it is found in nature and other various cultures

 


Design Associate

Design Associate

Sheela Huda

“Designing the balance between art and science”

Sheela studied at Las Positas College, earning her Associates of Science Degree and Certification in Interior Design. In addition, she is a certified CAD specialist, enabling her to work closely with clients throughout the various stages of the architectural and interior planing. Sheela has nearly ten years of experience in the retail furniture industry, most recently as a lead designer with Restoration Hardware. Her work can be seen internationally, throughout California as well as locally. Her design style is transitional mixed with rustic elements and unexpected pieces. This aesthetic plays with the continental style, while keeping it fresh and unexpected, yet cohesive. 

Sheela finds inspiration throughout the world around her. Her rustic influences can be attributed to her rediscovered love of the great outdoors, including hiking the local trails of the East Bay and Tri-Valley. Meanwhile, her love of fashion and design trends keeps her current on the latest design blogs, Pinterest postings and designers/articles within Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home and Architectural Digest. 

 


Design Associate

Design Associate

Yasmin Masinas

“Stay inspired to inspire others”

Yasmin earned her Bachelors of Science in Interior Design at the Art Institute of San Francisco. She focuses on the juxtaposition of classic and modern/fresh pieces to achieve a timeless design. Yasmin is a certified CAD and sketch rendering specialist; her remarkable skill enables her to work closely with architects and contractors throughout various building stages to ensure designs are truly tailored towards every client’s architectural visions and design needs. She has several years  experience with San Francisco Bay Area design firms and showrooms for both residential and commercial design. Yasmin has assisted on large projects from their conceptual architectural beginnings down to their final decorative  accessory.  Her love for fashion keeps Yasmin at the forefront of trends, while her years of international travel are visible through her integration of various cultural influences within her designs