Stephen Wayne Pararo, ASID, IIDA, Principal, Pineapple House Interior Design, established the prominent firm in 1981. His residential installations include homes across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Florida State University. He has been a professional member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) since 1976, is a State of Georgia registered Interior Designer and is a member of the International Interior Designer Association (IIDA.)
Stephen's projects span the range of architecture and interior styles, from a historically accurate interior in a South Carolina guesthouse (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and a transitional interior for a family living in a "National Treasure Heritage Home' in Toronto, Canada, to sleek high rise condos in Manhattan and simple rustic cottages in the Appalachian mountains.
Commercial projects include the executive offices for Harley Davidson in Jacksonville, FL, the Lintel Communications corporate offices in North Georgia, country clubs and medical offices in the greater metro area and boutique hospitality work in Florida, Georgia, New York City and in the Turks and Caicos.
In Georgia, Stephen has received seventeen Design Excellence awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID.) Pineapple House holds an unique record nationally in that the company has won awards in a division of the ASID Design Excellence competition for ten consecutive years.
Most recently, Stephen was recognized by ASID with two 2012 Design Excellence Awards for renovation and new construction projects in California and Atlanta. These projects, one in Palm Desert, CA and the other in Georgia, received the professional organization’s highest honors with two “GOLD” awards and follow two 2011 Design Excellence Awards for spaces in a new construction in Hawks Ridge and a total renovation of a Vero Beach condo in Florida.
Regionally in the Southern states, Stephen and co-designer Zach Azpeitia were recognized in 2010 with the Southeast Designer of the Year: Best Dining Room accolades. Nationally, Stephen and Zach won the 2010 Dream Home Award for the Best Interior Design for a Custom Home. Stephen's projects were honored in the Residential category as the Best of the Bestby the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in 2008, 2007 and 2006. His work has appeared in a dozen coffee table books, including two bi-lingual volumes: the 2011 Residential Space: Inspiration for High-quality Life and 2009 release titled Modern Interior Design: The American Collection. Both books are published in Mandarin (Chinese) and English. He had five projects profiled in the 10th edition 2009 college textbook on interior design, Beginnings of Interior Environments, and over thirty examples of his work illustrate the 2012-updated 11th edition of the same textbook. The company he founded, Pineapple House Interior Design, was recognized in 2004 by Atlanta magazine as one of Atlanta’s top 75 "Best Places to Work," and in 2008, the magazine named Pineapple House as the #6 "Best Place to Work" in the city.
Zach A. Azpeitia, Interior Designer, graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor degree in Interior Design and a minor in Business. Azpeitia's work includes design and new construction projects in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, California and Canada. He recently completed the interiors for two luxury mountain homes for a development outside Highlands, North Carolina; a major "raising the roof" renovation in Atlanta's Morningside and a multi-layered construction project in Palm Desert, CA. Azpeitia managed a highly detailed, three-year new construction project that was the cover story of the Spring 2005 issue of Atlanta Style and Design. His wonderfully executed full construction project on a home on an island in Canada appeared on the cover of the Summer 2008 issue of Beautiful Homes (a Better Homes and Garden's publication.) In 2009 the same estate was featured with fifteen other selections as the "Most Gorgeous Rooms Ever " by Decor magazine, and in 2011 it was featured in a "Second Printing by Popular Demand" issue of Elegant Homes as one of the publication's top sixteen most celebrated residences.
Azpeitia projects have been featured in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Traditional Home, Home by Design, Southern Living, Decor, Beautiful Homes and Elegant Homes, as well as in four coffee table books: 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.) He participated in the 2007, 2005 and 2004 Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators Show House and in the 2005 and 2004 Alliance Children's Theater's Christmas House. Zach's show house work earned him an ASID Georgia Design Excellence Award in both 2006 and 2005. In 2008 and again in 2007, he received ASID Design Excellence Awards in the "Residence over 3,500 square feet" category. Also, in both 2008 and 2007, he co-designed projects that were recognized as the Best of the Best by Georgia's chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA.) He shared top honors with Stephen Pararo as they won the GOLD in the 2010 Dream Home Awards national competition, plus Zach and Stephen were recognized in 2010 with a Southeast Designer of the Year: Best Dining Room award. In 2010, he captured the GOLD with another ASID Design Excellence Award in the "Singular Spaces" category and in 2011 he received his sixth ASID Design Excellence Award, also in the "Singular Spaces" category.
Abby Haygood, Project Manager, graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a minor in Business. While at Auburn, she was a member of the CIDA Accreditation Council. For several years prior to joining the Pineapple House team, she worked in hospitality and residential design on projects located in Jamaica, Atlanta, Houston, and Miami. Currently Abby is managing projects in Georgia and Florida, including an 18,000 square foot new construction project in Suwanee. She is a 2011 NCIDQ candidate and presently is testing for admittance into the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID.)
Kate Fleming, Project Manager, graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and an International Minor in Human Services. As a Junior at the university, she was one of four Interior Design students hand-selected to represent the department and handle the renovation of a historic bed and breakfast. In her Senior year, Kate interned at Pineapple House and did such exemplary work that she was hired following her graduation. As a PH Design Assistant, Kate developed into an integral team member on two complex renovations in Florida. One focused on a beachfront condo and the other, on the interiors of a freestanding home on the water. Both projects were extensive renovations that involved the residences being completely gutted, reconfigured and reconstructed prior to being decorated. Kate excelled with her involvement in these jobs. She soon qualified as a PH Project Manager and now is skillfully managing work throughout Georgia and in Florida. Kate’s strong conceptualization and organizational abilities augment her exceptional command of digital visualization via computer technology. She is an amazingly talented young designer with a very bright future at Pineapple House.