Merrillville Designers

Joe Bardoczi

Design is a privilege as well as a responsibility. I have met some incredible people over my years in the design profession. Every project, small or large, gives me the opportunity to help make some one else’s life a little better. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I am one of the reason’s so many people want to come home after a hard day at work! As I tell people that ask ‘what is it like to be a designer at Walter E Smithe’? I would answer ‘it’s like playing in some one else’s sandbox, and not having to pay for the sand!’ You can probably tell, I like to have fun, as well as create beautiful spaces.

4 W. 81st Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410 219-525-3927 joeb@smithe.com

Brooke Nohr

Hello my name is Brooke, Designer / Certified SmitheBusiness Designer. I love working in my client’s home and in large businesses. I started in design when I was a small girl, from rearranging my parent’s furniture and my bed room, to always wanting new paint colors and loving art. I started designing in the 90’s, working in homes, as well as a children’s wing of a large church which included placing murals on the walls. I love working out of the Smithe showroom. I have over 250 of the finest furniture makers in the world at my disposal. Click here to see what inspires me.

4 West 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410 219-525-3925 brooken@smithe.com

Odeka Pollard

Art is the foundation of any design. It is an expression of emotion and personality. I fell in love with Art and Design at an early age. In my native country Guyana, Nature and the beauty of it was my framework for my imagination. Once I came to the states I realized that design was in me all along. Being one of eight siblings, you learn early that ‘home is where your Peace resides’. My designs are your Peace through my eyes…let’s set up your design consultation today!

4 W. 81st Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410 219-525-3915 odekap@smithe.com

Dawn Polkinghorn

Hello! I have enjoyed working in the design field for over 20 years. I have a genuine desire to help people and a passion for helping to create beautiful, functional environments that reflect your style. I am committed to making your experience at Walter E Smithe valuable, productive and fun! Sometimes the hardest step is getting started; so call or email me for an appointment today. I look forward to meeting you.

4 W. 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410 219.405.6437 dawnpolkinghorn@smithe.com

Charlene Scott

I have always been interested in art, fashion, and design, designing homes for my family and friends as a hobby. While shopping for my niece, I was discovered by Mr Smithe, who gave me the opportunity to do this for a living. I am very happy when I help a client create something that is fabulous, something that they love.

4 W. 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410 219-525-3911 charlenes@smithe.com

Michele Ramirez

My career with Smithe began 14 years ago. I tell folks all the time that I love my job! After 14 years I still love it. I am the General Manager at the Merrillville Store and also am a Senior Designer and Certified SmitheBusiness Contract Designer. My philosophy about design is that your home is your sanctuary; a safe place…when you walk through the doors the room should greet you with a warm and peaceful feeling. That is what I want to create for my clients.

4 W. 81st Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410 630-581-3942 michelera@smithe.com

Sharon Ashford

I am a Senior designer at Walter E. Smithe since 2006. Our showroom is truly a destination, offering an unexpected mix of classic and modern luxurious décor. I truly enjoy helping create stunning solutions to improve and enhance your interior environment. I believe comfort and function are essential components with details carefully orchestrated to create the perfect space with your needs and budget firmly in mind. I will work with you every step of the way creating a space to express your style so the end results exceed your expectations.

4 W. 81st Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410 219-776-5019 sharona@smithe.com

Genny Fagan

I’m Genny F., Associate Manager, Senior Designer, and Designer of the Year for the Merrillville showroom. My eye for design and color started a number of years ago when I owned my own Art Gallery. Working for the Smithe family these past 15 years has given me the opportunity to work with many amazing clients in both residential and commercial spaces. Projects from great rooms to business offices and even a Yacht are among the incredible spaces that I have had the pleasure of designing. My design philosophy is to help you select the right pieces for you, suited to your style, budget, time frame and family. Let’s set up your consultation!

4 W. 81st Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410 219-794-9261 x 8520 gennyf@smithe.com

Paige Mosher

With Walter E. Smithe since 2016

4 W. 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410 paigem@smithe.com

Raul DeLuna

I have heard it said: “Find a way to make a living doing something you really love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.” As a Smithe Designer, I finally understand the true meaning of this proverb. I love meeting new people and treating them with the same courtesy and respect I myself would like to receive. With nearly six years experience in the industry, I understand how to assist clients with all of their design needs, without pressuring. I am bilingual English/ Spanish. I don’t make sales. I build lasting relationships with my clients. I have a very high return client/ referral rate. Whether you’re looking for accent pieces, redoing a bedroom, or furnishing your entire home I am at your design service.

4 W. 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410 (219) 902-9164 rauld@smithe.com

Debbie Heath

Hi, my name is Debbie, and I look forward to meeting you! Have you been thinking about a project, but you're not sure where to begin? As a Smithe designer, I can help capture you and your family's style! If you need a single piece or are redesigning a whole space, I am here to help! I will work with your budget, style, and time frame to create the room of your dreams! Hope to work with you soon!

4 W. 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410 219-525-3914 debbieh@smithe.com

Greg Alexander

I love a room that makes a statement. To do that, I draw on what the homeowner's passions are, their favorite styles and periods, colors and textures that appeal to them. I love an eclectic mix and like to show the homeowner all of the possibilities. With my background in textiles and design, I will help them find the look that makes that space, home for them. Whether it's finding that one special piece or by putting together the look they love for an entire room.

4 W. 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410 219.794.9262 x 8902 grega@smithe.com