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Lisa Yates

Lisa Yates

Pinnacle Design Studio

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Originally from Texas, Lead Interior Designer for Pinnacle Design Studio Lisa Yates has been interested in design since she was a child. At a young age, she could be found rearranging furniture, making new bedding and drapery, and drawing floorplans. By the time Lisa was a second semester freshman in college, she knew she wanted to be an interior designer. She ended up graduating from Baylor University with a degree in Interior Design.


In the fall of 2005, Lisa moved to Vail to start her first design job out of college which was with the Greenauer Design Group. She then worked at Slifer Designs for six years before the daily commute to and from Summit County (where she moved to in 2007) became too arduous. Lisa joined Pinnacle in November 2015 when Pinnacle Mountain Homes, which had been building high-end custom homes in Summit County for several years, wanted to complete the package by providing full-service interior design services. That’s where Lisa came in. Currently, Pinnacle Design Studio works with Pinnacle Mountain Homes and Pinnacle Lodging clients, along with additional outside builders and clients.


Throughout her career, Lisa has only worked in the high-end residential market which has become her passion. Because she believes that strong designer-client relationships are the foundation of great residential designs, she chose residential design over hospitality or commercial design. She enjoys the personal aspects of the process which includes the ability to create a home out of a house for her clients. When asked about the main difference between good design and great design, Lisa says it starts with listening to and understanding what the client wants. She adds that “once the client and designer are on the same page, it’s much easier to source ideas and pieces that not only are beautiful, but also functional.” Her goal is always to provide form and function to a timeless design while ensuring that every need of the client is met, and then some.


The current project she’s working on is with past clients at the Ritz Carlton Club in Bachelor Gulch who are ready for a more mountain modern feel to their unit. Another new favorite project is a 6,000 square-foot home located in the Discovery Hill area of Breckenridge. The clients originally wanted a more traditional look, but have decided on a more mountain modern home as well. Lisa says she enjoys working with clients “who are willing to step out of their comfort zone” and who also trust her to push design boundaries while still achieving the desired overall look and feel.


As someone who has been involved with The Scarab since the beginning of her career, Lisa understands the importance of investing in quality rugs. She also believes that “if the quality of the rug does not match the quality of the furnishings or the space that its located within, the overall design falls flat.” Over the years she has loved getting to know The Scarab team personally and feels lucky to have so much support from an authentic local company.


Lisa’s work has recently been featured in Mountain Living Magazine, Summit County Home, Colorado Summit Magazine, Vail Beaver Creek Magazine, and Sotheby’s LIV Magazine.