Get to Know Associate
Carmen (Schechinger) Mielke

Here at Elsy, we’re proud to have a close-knit team that’s in it for the long haul, and Carmen has been with us since the beginning in 2012. She’s celebrating a well-earned promotion to Associate, so we thought it was the perfect time to help our clients and friends get to know her a little better. She’s talented at organizing and managing projects, but did you know she’s also hiked all of Colorado’s 14ers?! Her attention to detail, creativity, and drive make her an incredibly valuable asset to both our team and our clients’ projects.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is getting to work with all types of people – from clients across different industries to our project partners. I love being in the middle of all these different project elements.

How did you get into design?

Starting college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to go into. I mentioned at my freshman orientation that I liked design. They recommended an intro course, and I loved it from the moment I started. I feel fortunate to have found my career path right away. I went to school for the exact thing I ended up doing, which feels pretty rare.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on?

The first one that comes to mind is probably Healthgrades. It was 2.5 floors, and one of those projects where the whole team just clicked. We all brought something unique to the project and that is reflected in the design. And it was fun because it was a large-scale project; Healthgrades was going through rebranding at the same time, so this was a real fresh start for them.

What’s your favorite food?

Mexican food! Chips, salsa, tacos, and guacamole. This food never gets old and of course, goes well with a margarita.

What’s your ideal Sunday afternoon?

Hiking! Ideally getting further than the foothills doing a 14er; well now 13er, since I’ve already tackled all the 14ers.

What trend are you inspired by right now?

I’m loving this shift toward softer, more muted colors. We were doing a lot of bold colors in interiors for a while there, but I feel like people are gravitating towards comforting and soothing tones. With all the chaos in the world, less is becoming more again. I like the trend toward simplifying design.

What’s next for you at Elsy Studios?

I feel honored to be part of the leadership and future of Elsy. I love what we do and our team. This is a great place to grow!

We are so thankful for Carmen’s leadership, talent and energy! Learn more about our team at

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