“My design approach is always about the clients lifestyle. I want to make sure I am listening to my clients needs and what they want in their homes. Because the best feeling for me is at the end of a project I hear that this is their dream home.”

  Patrice Flashner Fitzgerald is an internationally respected interior designer and furniture manufacturer of a custom line of furniture and accessories.  Patrice is a successful entrepreneur with a history in film production and visual arts, skills that she has utilized to design and create functional environments for film, commercial and residential interiors. Patrice spent 13 years as a children’s lifestyle design pioneer which incorporated a rare combination of inspiring artistic designs, quality manufacturing, and exquisite hand painted art that’s proudly American made.  Patrice founded Sweet Beginnings, Inc., a luxury line of hand crafted and painted children’s furniture and accessories in 1998.  Sweet Beginnings developed into a complete and balanced collection of hand crafted home furnishings and accessories that set the pace for home décor lifestyle while maintaining its functionality.

  Patrice leads a talented full service design group through Sweet Surroundings, Inc.  Sweet Surroundings provides full design services including interior design and styling , set design, trade-show booths and retail environment design, outdoor environments, remodeling and new construction. She has been able to combine her experience of manufacturing and large commercial development in her design when creating living and work spaces that are attractive, comfortable and functional.  Patrice uses her broad knowledge of building materials along with an extensive modern library of resources to stay on the cutting edge of design and building technology.

  Patrice developed her design capabilities as the Director of Development for Avanti Health System, a New York Life Insurance Company from 1990 to 1995.  Patrice developed and designed 62 walk in medical centers in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, Dallas, Houston and Chicago.  Her responsibilities as Director of Development included oversight and coordination of project budget requirements, area demographics, site selection, lease negotiations, permitting, hiring of building contractor, specification of building materials, creation of story boards and color palettes, and management of 20 to 50 staff per project.