Meet Irish

After becoming skilled in business as an executive assistant, Eileen “Irish” Hafke, Allied ASID, founder of Design Matters Studio, Inc. decided to embark on her dream of becoming an interior and environmental designer.

Irish studied interior and environmental design at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, graduated Magna Cum Laude, received the Award of Excellence for Advanced 3-D Design, and the “Downs Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Interior and Environmental Design.

After graduation, she joined Christiana Cabinetry and became very involved in this arena with the design and installation of one-of-a-kind, luxury high-end cabinetry. While there, Irish was honored with two national design competition awards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Irish also had the opportunity of being mentored by the architectural firm of Paden de la Fuente which significantly contributed to her design philosophy.

Irish and Douglas HafkeIn the ensuing years, Irish and her husband relocated several times and Irish brought her passion for design excellence with her wherever they lived. Irish prides herself on being able to work closely and establish a rapport with architects, builders, installers and trade personnel. It is this reputation that allows her to assemble a team of consummate professionals to provide her clients with the utmost design experience.

Now settled in southwest Florida, Design Matters Studio is a full service interior design studio committed to customer service.