Tusk Home + Design

MEET OUR TEAM

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SARAH THURSTON

Owner + Principal Interior Designer + Buyer,

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Since 2011, Sarah has been creating beautiful and livable spaces tailored to her client’s distinct needs. While it is her passion, it has never been a hobby. Sarah graduated from Fairfield University with both her residential and professional certificates and is trained in the drafting process and building process, including local building codes which makes her a valuable part of the team when considering a new build or renovation. From concept to installation Sarah handles every aspect of the project and makes it seamless and manageable for the clients. Bringing the client’s personality into the project through furniture selections, color and fabric choices, lighting and final touches is always the goal when sourcing and creating spaces that feel unique. In addition to the needs of her clients, Sarah collaborates with her team at Tusk to curate the merchandise shown on the floor in the retail space by traveling extensively to find great things. Sarah lives in Fairfield with her three children.

SHANNON STIRLING

Senior Interior Designer + Buyer

Shannon boasts over two decades of Interior Design. With a keen eye for detail and a good listener, her ability to completely understand the scope of the project enables her to deliver a timeless interior exceeding the clients expectations. Understanding that every project, budget and client is different she is able to capture the true essence of the clients’ desires. Her passion for design is evident with the commitment to cultivating relationships by helping each client reach the best version of their overall vision. Shannon resides in Fairfield with her husband David and daughter Naomi.

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JESSICA MANELA

Senior Interior Designer + Buyer

Jessica’s passion for interior design began as a child, influenced by her father’s eclectic collection of art and sculptures from around the world, all of which had a story and meaning behind it. This taught her that a home can tell stories, and its design can represent life experiences, travel, and history. A home is so much more beautiful when it has meaning behind and within it, or when it simply elicits feelings of joy, comfort, and peace. Jessica draws from that influence when she works with clients on their own homes. Jessica graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Art History, and went on to receive her Interior Design Certificate from the New York School of Interior Design. Jessica’s background in art, marketing, and fashion, combined with her decade as an interior designer, brings a unique perspective to every project. Her first priority is always to understand her clients’ lifestyles and goals, and to create unique and personal spaces that reflect their personalities and bring their visions to life. Jessica’s astute attention to detail and ability to think outside the box make her an invaluable asset to any project. Jessica lives In Westport with her husband and two daughters.

KATHY WYCKOFF

Design Manager

Kathy runs the ship at Tusk, assisting the designers with coordinating all aspects of the design process and ensures all projects run smoothly. She manages all invoicing, accounts receivables and merchandise orders. Kathy resides in Fairfield with her family and has been with the Tusk team for five years.

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CAROLINE TOBEY

Junior Designer + Design Assistant

Caroline is a junior designer and design assistant for Tusk, and happy to support the design team in all aspects. Born and raised in Westport, Caroline moved back from San Francisco last year, where she cut her teeth in the design industry.  She loves all thing styling and excels at anything organizational. She’s excited to be back home to her roots, and lives in Southport with her five-year-old son.

JANET BRAVERMAN

Showroom Design Associate

Janet is a Showroom Design Associate.  She has been with us for four years.  She started her career at Ralph Lauren and has continued to pursue her passion for design and retail.  She enjoys helping clients make the best choice for their homes and lifestyle.  

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CAROL FITZSIMMONS

Showroom Design Associate

Carol is a Showroom Design Associate.  She has been with us for five years.  She has her BFA with a focus on graphic design and painting and started her career in visual merchandising. She was a design assistant for over twenty years, and is happy to help retail clients in all capacities.

THE TUSK TEAM

The heart of Tusk are the ladies that make the world go round at the store and behind the scenes. They are the left hand to the designers and allow us to be creative and focused while they handle the hard part, the endless paperwork, orders and deliveries. They are also the face of the store and available to help you with all of your design needs. Having an eye for design is part of their job description and they do it so well. So, bring in your pics and they will help find the perfect piece and answer any questions you have!