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Welcome to my interior design portfolio!

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Jonathan Lawrence Palinkas | Interior Designer + Project Manager

Hungry for more... DESIGN! Interior design has been a passion of mine since I was old enough to rearrange my furniture. Other designers know this moment too.

I have worked in the design industry for over 9 years now. It started with my enrollment in 2013 at San Diego Mesa College's NKBA accredited Interior Design Certificate Program. While at Mesa, I interned at Kravet / Lee Jofa in the San Diego Morena Design District, assisted notable La Jolla Designers Laleh Hedayat and Andrea May, and was a Summer intern for celebrity designer, Joe Lucas at Harbinger in West Hollywood's La Cienega Design District. 

Having worked as an assistant to award winning designer, Maria Barry and becoming associate designer at her beautiful Rancho Santa Fe showroom Le Dimora, I took the leap to make a career change from residential design to work for a larger commercial firm, Ryan Young Interiors. My time spent at RYI was incredibly rewarding designing model homes for large developers like Toll Brothers, Time Lewis Communities, any others all across the US. It wasn't until the Covid-19 Pandemic abruptly changed the world and I relocated to be with my partner's family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 

Currently, I am a remote project manager for Seattle interior designer, Carrie Hayden. I oversee three $1M+ budgets across the US. Daily tasks range from communicating with vendors, draftsmen, contractors, and technicians. I am also designing presentations, sourcing luxurious materials, and ensuring all design is executed smoothly for our clients. 

My time in the industry has been so critical to my success. I abide by the elements and principles of design. I am a tremendous multi-tasker and critically detail oriented. I have the highest professionalism with clients and am respected by all who work with me. I am proud of the designer I've become and thrilled to be living my passion. 




Key Projects


October  2021 - Present

Remotely manage and oversee all remote project management tasks and activities for three + $1M project budgets. Content creator, FF&E specialist, and expert vendor and trades communicator. Skilled in Adobe Acrobat and Powerpoint.  Well-versed in Auto-CAD, Revit, Sketchup, and Adobe Photoshop.


National award winning interior design firm specializing in residential model home design for notable clients like Woodside Homes, Toll Brothers, and Tim Lewis Communities.

April 2017 - September 2019


April 2017 - September 2019

Luxury fine furniture showroom and award winning interior design studio serving Rancho Santa Fe, California and surrounding neighborhoods. My experience at Le Dimora opened the door to the luxury market where I learned custom furniture and upholstery design, window treatments, custom bedding design, and lighting. I also managed the portfolio of social media + print and digital advertising.


January 2012 - April 2017

Intern, Office of U.S. Senator Patty Murray Seattle, WA
Teaching Assistant, TAPIF Paris, France
Intern, Kravet / Lee Jofa San Diego, CA
Intern for Joe Lucas Studio, Harbinger / Holland & Sherry Interiors Los Angeles, CA
Design Assistant, Exotic Interiors San Diego, CA
Realtor, BHHS California Properties San Diego, CA