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.

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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, taken from extensive travels abroad and exposure to various styles and cultures.

After gaining valuable experience in the philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright while working at the acclaimed Swaback Architects in Scottsdale, Maika developed her unique design perspective and 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, and is a Registered Interior Designer in the State of Texas.

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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

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vanessa chong

Vanessa brings over 17 years interior design and architecture experience to Wintercreative. Having gained her initial experience in CAD drawing and construction documentation Vanessa offers a skill and eye for design, as well as a deep understanding of construction. Vanessa has helped create a variety of unique spaces in luxury resorts and communities such as the Hyatt Gainey, Talking Rock and Fairmont Hotels to name a few.

Originally from Taiwan, Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Science in Design/Interior Design from Arizona State University and is both LEED and NCIDQ certified. Vanessa has also been awarded the ASI Design Excellent Award for work in retail, healthcare and commercial public facility.

When not passionately creating interior spaces for her clients, Vanessa enjoys hobby and spending time with her husband and 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