Our Team

James Bruyn

James Bruyn joined Hudson Valley Kitchen Design Center in March of 2011 and purchased the company in 2017. As the owner and Lead Designer at HVKDC, he strives to be ahead of the design curve. He is knowledgeable on all of the unfolding changes in the cabinetry and countertop industries, as well as staying up to date with the plumbing, lighting, and appliance industries. As a lifetime resident of the Hudson Valley, most of his work is in this area, however he has worked on projects from Jamestown, RI to Lake George, and as far south as Miami. While his personal style is more traditional, his projects range from Old World to Uber Modern.

James is an avid environmentalist and brings his passion for green design and sustainability to all his projects when possible. He is a member of the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) and the USBGC (United States Green Building Council). James is a CLIPP (Certified Living in Place Professional) and believes that beautiful design can be made accessible for all individuals. Additionally, he has served as an elected official on the Board of Commissioners for the Cuddebackville Fire District and currently volunteers with We Are Newburgh. In his spare time, James enjoys cycling, trying new cocktails, and exploring the area.

Cian Ballentine

 

Biography to come soon!

 

Marely Fernandez

Marely Fernandez comes to us with a wealth of interior design knowledge, and a love for color theory and color coordination. Having previously lived in both Massachusetts and the Dominican Republic, she now calls the Hudson Valley home! She first got involved in the interior design field thanks to the multitude of options it gives and the ability to design both beautiful and functional spaces. 

She has previously worked at big box stores, and loves the different feel of working for a small, family owned business. While she loves all styles of design, Marely is partial to traditional as well as modern styles, and is heavily influenced by Scandinavian and Mediterranean designs. She always keeps her eye on the whole picture – how the room will feel leading to and from other rooms. 

When she’s not at work, Marely loves hanging out with her friends and spending time with her husband and two wonderful children. Her family loves traveling, especially to Walt Disney World and the Domincan Republic. 

 

Holly Wright

 

Holly Wright comes to the Hudson Valley area from the Rock and Roll capital. She handles our Outreach/Marketing, Human Resources, and Accounting. She brings a wide range of project management, community development, and social media experience with her so that our designers can focus on making beautiful projects come to life!

Holly loves being able to get a sneak peek of finished projects, and loves going out to take pictures once a project is done. While she doesn’t personally do any design, she does come from a family of carpenters and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. 

When she’s not at work, you can usually find Holly checking out new places to explore, going out to eat with friends, reading a book, and mixing up cocktails with friends. 

Cian Ballentine

Cian helps handle our accounting and helping out around the office. Having them help with financials frees up our designers to focus on their creative projects. 

Kayla Cassaro

 

Kayla is our summer intern, and currently a student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying Interior Design. She is currently the President of her college’s chapter of the NKBA. She has yet to meet a neutral she doesn’t love and especially enjoys working in open concept spaces. 

beige pug with a dark face sitting in front of quartz countertop samples

Pixie

Pixie is our shop dog. She’s a rescue and a bit shy around others, but if you visit our showroom, you may see her poke her head out of the office door. While she may not be the best designer, she is always up to learn new tricks. Woof!