As the inspiration behind the award winning firm, By Design, owner and principal designer Elma Gardner, brings more than 16 years of design experience and industry expertise to every project.

Focused exclusively on residential design, Elma works closely with every client on interior design planning, interior specification and exterior architectural detailing for both new construction and remodel projects, collaborating with architects, contractors and developers on all aspects of the construction process. 


Professional Credentials:

Elma earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at Charles Sturt University, NSW Australia. She received her Applied Arts degree and Professional Certificate in Interior Design from American River College, Sacramento. In 1995 Elma became a National Kitchen and Bath Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), a Certified Bath Designer (CBD) in 2004 and a Certified Interior Designer (CID) in 2006. In 2009 Elma earned her Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) achieving the highest certification available through the NKBA.
Elma Yvette Gardner, CMKBD, CID