Welcome! Thanks for wanting to learn more about La Finca.
In Spanish, a "finca" refers to a piece of rural land, typically with a cottage, farmhouse or estate buildings present.
When starting our design firm, we wondered: Who among us doesn’t have a finca, either real or imaginary, on our wish-list? You know, that one you go to when you want to relax, unwind or spend quality time with cherished friends and family.
Lissette's (still imaginary) is a surf-shack where the sand is white and the water is warm. The breeze and pitcher of coladas are never-ending. You don't need air conditioning or bug spray and Jack Johnson is a frequent guest and insists on bringing his guitar.
Chelsea's (also still imaginary) is a modern, mountain/beach farmhouse. A home nestled in the trees and perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean below. 360 degrees of sea and sky and equipped with beach cruisers to travel to and from town when you run out of wine.
It got us thinking... Why don’t most of us have the same feeling we get when thinking about our finca when thinking about our own home?
We started our interior design firm and named it “La Finca” because we believe that life's too short to love the home you dream about more than the one you live in. Our goal with every project is to bring that same, inspired feeling our clients have when thinking about their far-off finca to their every-day home.
We truly love what we do and hope we get the chance to work with you soon!
Lissette and Chelsea, La Finca co-founders
Prior to La Finca, Lissette lead production and account management teams at companies like Facebook and Univision. During the foundation-up construction of her own home, Lissette realized what she really wanted to do was channel her business know-how into what she's most passionate about: designing homes for others that make them feel as good as their homes look. Born in Panama and raised as an Army-brat, Lissette has been fortunate to live in several countries. While her Puerto Rican roots provided a solid foundation, her constant adaptation to new cultures, people and places are her most meaningful design influences and is the reason for her addiction to travel today. Lissette eventually decided to plant a permanent flag in Northern California with her husband and son. No matter where she goes now, she calls the Bay Area home.
A Northern California native, Chelsea grew up with a father in real estate and an artist mom. After watching the renovation and design process over and over again as a child it's no wonder that as an adult Chelsea decided to forge her own path into a creative profession focused on designing spaces that inspire. After graduating from college, Chelsea began her own landscape design company and eventually went on to design furnishings and interiors for Anthropologie and Pottery Barn Kids. While she enjoyed years of success creating living spaces for the masses, she's glad to be back designing interiors on a more intimate scale for La Finca's clients. Chelsea, her husband and two sons continue to call the Bay Area home. Lucky for La Finca's clients, her chic, California-tomboy style shows-up as effortlessly and beautifully in her as in the interiors she designs.