Dedicated to Designing With you in Mind

Our Story

You deserve the finest materials from the best brands

From our design studio in Granite Bay, we’re here to guide you along an interior design journey to the home of your dreams. 
With a network of seasoned professionals to call on, we offer true design versatility - from traditional to contemporary, eclectic to transitional designs, and everything in between. Our team of contractors, electricians, plumbers, painters, finished carpenters and more has been carefully selected over the years to complete any project you need. We’re dedicated to creating statement interior designs that reflect your unique style and taste. Each project we complete becomes a personal signature space designed just for you, guaranteed to take your breath away.

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Cathy Tonks, Designs With You in Mind Sacramento Interior Designer
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Cathy Tonks

Founder & Interior Designer

Cathy’s love for design, color, fabrics, and texture stem from her first career of 16 years in the bridal industry. To her surprise, when she and her husband launched a construction company, a whole new world opened up for her and she decided to return to school to obtain a degree in Interior Design.

In 2005, she opened her firm Designs With You in Mind INC, specializing in design-build projects. Kitchens and baths were her passion and she was able to use her experience in the construction industry to her advantage. 

In 2009, Cathy partnered with a designer buying group that has access to a showroom with premiere materials and extended resources. The group, made up of other interior designers, has given Cathy the opportunity to mentor members and encourage them to grow their business and be profitable.

Cathy’s superpowers are managing her team to help her create spaces the bring out the best in her clients. She has a passion to create spaces that reflect who they are and the way they live. She is grateful for the gifts that have been given to her that allow her to have that vision.

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Julia Karakulko

Julia Karakulko

DESIGN Assistant

Julia has been an amazing addition to the Designs With You in Mind team. Her superpowers include creating beautiful storyboards and wonderfully detailed note taking. She is currently enrolled in design classes and plans to focus on kitchen and bath design.

In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, hiking, and traveling.

We are excited to be a part of her journey with the opportunity to mentor her along the way and watch her grow.

Safety Practices

Keeping you & Our Team Safe

To help protect our clients and our staff we’ve installed hand sanitizing stations in our studio. We practice social distancing, and kindly ask visitors to do the same. 
When visiting your home, our team will wear masks at all times and sanitize their hands on a regular basis. We ask that if you’re visiting the studio that you also wear a mask during your time here.


"Cathy & Brian are so talented and professional. I have used them in several design categories and their resources are unmatched. They also have excellent taste and they don't try to persuade you to "like" their taste and ideas, but rather work within your ideas and budget."

- Lisa P.


"Cathy helped transform my office from a mess to a functioning asset that helps me work. I thought it would just simply be ordering some furniture and having it setup, but it was far more than that. They went the extra mile and helped with organizing the space to make it function better. I would highly recommend them for any project."

- Glen S.


"Cathy has done work for me for over 7 years and has always impressed me! She is insanely talented, professional and ensures a project is done with high quality. Cathy has an ability to visualize a major transformation to your living space and always exceeds my expectations!!"

- Pearce


"Cathy was easy to work with and listened to what we were looking for. She provided great suggestions and has a great design skill set. Cathy stayed on top of all our projects and maintained great communication throughout. Cathy was a pleasure to work with and always had a great attitude."

- Deane


"Cathy did a remodel for our home. She was not only professional and friendly, she was an amazing person to work with. Her prices are so fair for all the work she put into our project. I would highly refer her. You will not be disappointed."

- Dodi, Sacramento


"Cathy has the sixth sense to gauge your taste and style and takes it to perfection in designing and choice of colors and materials. She is very professional and works well with people. The house I bought was 30 years old, and now it can be featured on the pages of sunset magazine!"

- Mohini J.


"I so enjoyed working with Cathy Tonks, Designs With You In Mind, on a major remodel where we doubled the number of bedrooms and baths and redesigned the entire kitchen and family area. I especially liked her attention-to-detail and the ability to assist my contractor in solving problems. Her ideas were inspirational and her vendor contacts made decision making a joy. I highly recommend her for projects large or small."

- Lynne H.


"We have worked with Designs With You In Mind on a number of projects. Cathy is extremely talented and very professional. It's evident she has a passion for what she does. Communication and attention-to-detail are excellent!!"

- All Phase Plumbing


"I highly recommend Cathy Tonks of Designs With You In Mind for any design project of your home and business space. She is packed full of creative and functional ideas. Cathy also has a network of resources to work with-other professionals who can bring the improvements to your space in an efficient manner. Thank you Cathy!"

- Camille, Sacramento