Stephen Wayne Pararo, ASID, President, has degrees in both interior design and architecture. The insight and understanding that results from merging these two disciplines – one technically “art” and the other “science” – forms the foundation of the world-class design and construction management firm that he founded in 1981 – Pineapple House Interior Design.
Homebuilding and interior design are creative adventures with Pineapple House. The firm organizes the complex design and construction process into comprehendible phases with services based on a transparent fee structure. Their large number of repeat clients, plus the number of clients that come from unsolicited recommendations, are a testament to the success of the firm’s approach.
Pineapple House honors and awards include:
* 2017, 2016, 2015 Best of Houzz – Design
* 2017, 2015 Best of Houzz – Customer Service
* 2017 VISION Design & Ingenuity National Competition – Panel Judge
* 2016 Most Innovative Designers in the USA by BUILD / AI Global
* 2016 Construction and Engineering Awards: Recognized Leaders in Interior Architecture – Georgia
* 2016 Expertise: “Best Interior Designers in Atlanta”
* 2015 HGTV Fresh Faces of Design, Panel Judge
* 2014 Small Business Person of the Year, 1st Runner up, State of Georgia (US Small Business Association)
* 2001-2016 Forty Design Excellence Awards from the American Society of Interior Design
* 2008 Best Place to Work, Atlanta magazine (ranked #6 out of the 75 “Best Places” selected)
* 2008, 2007 and 2006 Best of the Best awards, International Interior Design Association
* 2004 Best Place to Work, Atlanta magazine, one of 75 metro businesses cited
Florida State University, Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design
Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science, Architecture
Zach A. Azpeitia, Allied ASID, Senior Vice President of Design, started his college years on an athletic soccer scholarship from Andrew College in Cuthbert, GA, (1994-1995) followed by a second soccer scholarship from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (1996 – 1997.) In 2002, he graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor degree in Interior Design and a minor in Business.
Azpeitia’s work includes design, renovation and new construction projects in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, California, Bermuda and Canada. In 2016 a celebrity home that Azpeitia co-designed was featured by the international design authority, Architectural Digest. As of 2016, he has been honored with nine ASID Design Excellence Awards, the most recent being for a 2016 design/build. In 2014 he had two award-winning, full construction projects featured in the popular national magazines LUXE and Elegant Homes. He was recognized in 2010 with the “Southeast Designer of the Year: Best Dining Room” award and that same year, won the “Best Interior Design for a Custom Home” division in the 2010 “Dream Home Awards” national competition. He won the “Best of the Best” from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in both 2007 and 2008. Azpeitia projects have been featured in Traditional Home, Decor, Beautiful Homes, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Home by Design and Southern Living, and in six coffee table books: American Style Villa (2013,) Gracious Living (2013,) The Best of Today’s Interior Design (2009,) Modern Interior Design – American Collection (2009,) Designer Showcase: Interior Design at its Best (2008) and Showhouse Review: An Expose of Interior Decorating Events (2006.)
Amber Nixon Gizzi, Allied ASID, Executive Vice President and Interior Designer, graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Furnishings and Interiors and a certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Amber began her career at Pineapple House as a college intern and stayed on for two years before opening her own successful firm. She rejoined Pineapple House last year to accept a leadership opportunity.
Construction services and building products are Amber’s family business. She grew up in the industry and as a young woman, worked in different divisions of the company. Her lifelong exposure has helped her become an exceptionally versatile and resourceful asset in the many complexities of building and décor. She recently conceptualized, managed and completed three bathroom remodels in Alpharetta, redecorated a home on the lake in Reynolds Plantation, and completed two office lobby renovations in a commercial insurance agency. She is currently orchestrating the construction and furnishing details for a 7,000 square foot home in Florida, as well as helping update a 3,500 square foot villa in the same upscale development.
Amber attended the University of Georgia on a full athletic scholarship as a member of the Varsity Equestrian Team and was the 2009 Southeastern Conference Champion, 2009 NCAA National Champion and the 2010 NCAA National Champion.
Bebe (Seble) Mengistu, Allied ASID, Interior Designer, began working with Pineapple House as a college intern in 2004, prior to her graduation from Bauder College in 2005. Her talents soon caught the attention of President Stephen Pararo, and for many years she served as his Project Manager, managing award-winning renovation and new construction projects both nationally and internationally.
Bebe began her tenth year with Pineapple House in 2014, and received four ASID Design Excellence Awards that same year. She designed the Upstairs Retreat for the Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Show House and Gardens in 2015, and won her fifth Design Excellence award for a new construction she orchestrated in Florida. Three of Bebe’s rooms are the most viewed and shared on the popular design and homebuilding site Houzz, and have helped Pineapple House win the “Best of Houzz for DESIGN” in 2017, 2016 and 2015, from over 1,000,000 active industry professionals.
One of Bebe’s award-winning ASID designs is on the cover story and is the feature story in Home by Design’s August/September 2016 issue on living rooms.
Kate Fleming, Interior Designer, graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and an International Minor in Human Services. An astute designer and architectural specification expert, she has managed decorating, new construction and renovation projects stretching from the St. Lucie River in Florida to Lake Superior in Michigan.
Most of Kate’s projects are either new constructions or extensive renovations that involve residences being completely gutted, reconfigured and reconstructed prior to being decorated. In an exclusive golf neighborhood in Florida, she recently built and decorated two cottages, plus a 7,000 square foot residence. Kate won a 2016 ASID Design Excellence Award for one of the cottages, and her team was awarded contracts to build and decorate two more villas in the luxury setting in 2017.
In addition to her projects in Florida, Kate is currently overseeing the construction of a luxury home in Atlanta’s River Club and a tasting room in Boston.
Katie Moorhouse, Interior Designer, graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Furnishings and Interiors. While in school, Katie focused on sustainable/green design and upon graduation, she earned her LEED Green Associate certification.
Katie’s exceptional “Terrace Turnaround” is being featured in 2017 on WeLivv. She was recognized with three ASID Design Excellence Awards in 2014 and one in 2015. She recently completed updating a farm and family compound in north Georgia, helped reconfigure and decorate a penthouse in the Mandarin Oriental Residences in Atlanta and managed an extensive renovation of a high-rise residence on Singer Island in Florida.
Katie helped build and install a 7,000 square foot home in Florida in February, 2017, and is on schedule to install a 6,000 square foot new construction in Tennessee in April.
Pineapple House Interior Design Support Staff Joe Dawson, Installer; Sharon Pararo, Chief Financial Officer; Brian Cason, Warehouse Supervisor; Cynthia Pararo, Chief Operations Officer and Greg Hickman, IT and Webmaster.