our story

Exceptional by design

Founded in 2008, Wintercreative is a boutique design studio specializing in distinctive interior environments. Our experience ranges from hospitality and resort projects to luxury residential and boutique multi-family properties. Over the years, our diverse portfolio of work has received many prestigious awards, and more important, we have earned the high regard of our clients.

contact us

Cabinet Flower
Couch Mirror Vignette

maika winter

Under the creative guidance of founder Maika Winter, our studio’s unique design “language” is drawn from years of developing a broad base of architectural, historical and design perspectives, accumulated from a passion for world travel and exposure to various styles and cultures.

After working in construction on sustainable housing in New Mexico and working for several notable hospitality and luxury design firms, Maika gained valuable experience rooted in the philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright while working at the acclaimed Swaback Partners.  There, she developed her unique design perspective and later pursued the opportunity to launch her own studio—Wintercreative.

Maika received her BS in Interior Architecture from the University of Cincinnati’s renowned College of DAAP, along with a Certificate of Architecture. She is an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer and is a Professional Member of ASID, Texas and Arizona Chapters.

Crop 1


Our Philosophy

“In every project there is a balance to be found between the art of space and the function of living. Finding this equilibrium is always the ultimate design challenge.”

Maika Winter

path placeholder

vanessa chong

Vanessa brings over 17 years interior design and architecture experience to Wintercreative. Having a solid foundation in construction documentation and detailing, Vanessa offers a unique multifaceted talent and natural eye for design, as well as a deep understanding of construction methods and detailing. Vanessa has a wide variety of experience which includes designing for high-profile brands such as Hyatt Gainey Ranch, Talking Rock Golf Club, Las Palomas Resort, and Fairmont Hotels to name a few.

Originally from Taiwan, Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Arizona State University and is both LEED and NCIDQ certified. Vanessa has also been awarded ASID Design Excellence Awards for her work in retail, healthcare and commercial projects.

When not creating amazing interior spaces for her clients, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children.


Luxe Magazine | Scottsdale Contemporary Residence Feature

Best of Houzz 2012 | Voted by Members

Design Arizona | Featured Interior Designer

Indulge Magazine | Fort Worth Loft Cover Feature

Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine

Good Morning Texas (ABC) | Innovations Medspa

360 West Magazine | One Montgomery Plaza Amenity

Indulge Magazine | One Montgomery Plaza Model Units

Fort Worth Star-Telegram | One Montgomery Plaza Lofts

Texas Architect Magazine | One Montgomery Plaza Lofts

Sources + Design Magazine | One Montgomery Plaza Lofts

ASID Design Excellence Awards:

One Montgomery Plaza Sales Center

The Aerie Sedona

DC Ranch Private Residence

Innovations Medical

Talking Rock Ranch Golf Club

ASID Texas Legacy of Design Awards:

DC Ranch | Private Residence

One Montgomery Plaza | Model Unit

Additional Awards:

2010 Top Designer | Phoenix Magazine

Best Clubhouse, Runner Up | Talking Rock Golf Club | Golf, Inc Magazine