Founder & Principal
Sheldon Harte has designed some of the most luxuriously livable residences on the West Coast since he founded the Laguna Beach interior design firm Harte Brownlee & Associates in 1984. With his ability to work in any style, from traditional to contemporary, formal to casual, Sheldon designs all varieties of living environments, from estates and villas to family compounds, hilltop homes, beach bungalows and ski homes. Working closely with clients, he has completed residential projects across the country in numerous locales, from California’s Gold Coast to Indian Wells, Deer Valley, Carmel Valley and Vail. In addition to creating luxurious but approachable living and dining rooms, he designs exceptionally detailed and functional kitchens and baths, creative multi-purpose game rooms and a variety of specialty rooms to suit the lifestyles of his clients.
Sheldon also has designed commercial interiors, including the eco-friendly offices for the RiverRock Real Estate Group, located in the first LEED-certified building in Newport Beach. His design work has been featured in Luxe Interiors + Design, Architectural Digest's international editions, Robb Report, and on HGTV’s Top 10, and he is a member of the board of trustees of the Laguna Art Museum.
Associate DesignerA CPA by profession, Derrick Davis decided to shift his career course to interior design after designing his own apartment, which earned him much praise and a long line of friends asking for his help with their own homes. That experience and his travels through Europe discovering the rich history of architecture and furniture design led to the realization of his passion for interior design. Derrick joined Harte Brownlee in 2016 and has worked on a variety of projects, from a contemporary Hollywood Hills house to formal residences with European influences. He enjoys meeting with clients and transforming their visions into the home of their dreams. Derrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and currently is completing the Interior Designers Institute program to earn his Associate Arts degree in Interior Design.
Design AssistantJoyce Legate assists in all facets of design production and order expediting. Joyce’s deep interest in design goes back many years. Fueled by her love of design, she attended the Interior Design Institute (IDI) and earned an AA in Interior Design in 1991. For 25 years she worked as a draftsman/renderer before joining Harte Brownlee, and she is currently enrolled in IDI's Photoshop and AutoCad programs. Her broad knowledge of interior design and her passion for the profession make her an invaluable member of the Harte Brownlee team.
Director of OperationsJeanette Cumin rounds out the team at Harte Brownlee as Director of Operations. Jeanette is well-versed in the interior design world, having worked for three Southern California interior design firms for more than a dozen years before joining Harte Brownlee in 2013. Her expertise is in office management, expediting, Studio Designer software and client communications.