Michelle Molloy, LEED AP, CAPS, ASID

Helping loved ones who need the most changes in their home environment with simple design solutions. These plans can dramatically improve the lighting, colors and furniture arrangement to make their home more beautiful, inviting and safe.

Lighting, color and space planning are the key to Independent Living with Low Vision. Once it was done, my client turned and said to me, “You don’t just provide a service, you change people’s lives.” Design can change your life too. I have been picking color, changing lighting and moving furniture around for my whole life. Lately, it has more meaning. My mother has Low Vision. Making changes for her has made her place safer. My sister has helped people with Low Vision for over a decade now in her Occupational Therapy practice. She changes people’s habits, I change people’s habitat. Why not make your space as beautiful as it is safe?

Michelle Molloy, founder of Penates Design, has remodeled and redesigned homes for over 14 years. Each unique client has experienced Michelle’s “soul satisfying” approach to design. Warmth and familiarity are essential to the changes needed in each transition of life. Michelle brings fresh ideas in a structured design to create a home that supports their daily living activities.She has experience coordinating interior projects from small residential to major light commercial facilities planning. She has over 25 years’ experience as a Professional Interior Designer with NCIDQ accreditation, and background lighting design and in Environmental Textiles and Design as well as Family Studies and Child Development. 

Penates Design is Pro Bono Project Designer for 2009 AARP Recession Remodel contestant winner, designed aesthetics of aging-in-place concept with finishes selected for beauty and function for users with low-vision criteria. This project won the 2010 Dream Home Awards™ Community Service Project of the Year Award. Michelle received the 2010 ASID Chapter Presidential Citation for Distinguished Service to the Society and Profession. Michelle designed many kitchen and bath remodels featured on the MBA Remodeled Home Tours and NKBA 1999 to 2007; has won 2010 and 2007 Remodeling Excellence (REX) Award for Universal Design, Gourmet Kitchen, and 2006 Bathroom REX Award. She had the privilege of being recorded on Story Corps™ for the AARP Create the Good™ series. Also, Michelle has authored the booklet “Bright Ideas for Low Vision: Home Colors, Lighting, and Furniture for Beautiful Independent Living”.



Speaker on Low Vision Home Lighting, Color, Furniture and Window Treatments for Beautiful Living

Era Living: The Gardens at Town Square, March 26, 2013; Bright Ideas for Low Vision Design Tips

Era Living: Ida Culver House in Ravenna, March 4, 2013; Bright Ideas for Low Vision Design Tips

Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek, February 28, 2013; Bright Ideas for Low Vision Design Tips

Era Living: University House Wallingford, February 21, 2013; Bright Ideas for Low Vision Design Tips

Merrill Gardens at the University, December 11, 2012; Bright Ideas for Low Vision Design Tips

Elder Move Alliance Vendor, October 20, 2012; Low Vision Home Modifications

Senior Care Coalition, Speaker, April 3, 2012; Low Vision Home Modifications; http://www.seniorcarecoalition.org

Crone of Puget Sound, Feb 25, 2012, Panelist  “Coping with Physi­cal Challenges in the Home”(http://croneofpugetsound.org/) 

Focus on Design Panelist; "From the Inside looking Out – Real World Tips on Universal Design", October 6th, 2011, Seattle Design Conference by NWSID & NKBA

Lions Club Zone 5 Group Presentation; May 26, 2011 

Vendor Booth INSIGHT May 21, 2011, Lynnwood, WA

Vendor Booth July 26, 2010 ADA 40 Year Celebration at Woodland Park Zoo, Alliance of People with disabilities (disAbility Pride)

Lifetime Learning Center Lunchtime Learning: Low Vision Home Modifications (Lifetime Learning), Nov 11, 2010, Seattle, WA

NWUDC Lunchtime Learning: Low Vision Home Modifications for NW Universal Design Council, Oct 21, 2010, Seattle, WA

AARP Orlando@50+ Livable Communities Session: Universal Design Bathroom, Orlando, FL, Oct 2, 2010

Regency Oak Harbor: Lunchtime Learning: Low Vision Home Modifications, Whidbey Island, Aug 17, 2010

INSIGHT 2010 Breakout Session: Low Vision Home Modifications (CSBPS), May 15, 2010, Lynnwood, WA

 Public Speaker; Color, Lighting for Mature Eyes



American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA)

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Illuminating Engineering Society Associate Member of IES Puget Sound Chapter http://www.iespugetsound.org/

American Association of Retired Persons (http://www.aarp.org/)

Toastmasters (TOASTMASTERS)




2012 REX Award; Design Excellence in Universal Design:

http://www.masterbuildersinfo.com/index.cfm?/News/Association-News/page/2012-REX-Awards-Winners   Adapt an 350-square-foot studio in an assisted living community, which was Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ready for mobility but lacked vision impairment accommodations.

2011 REX Award;Design Excellence in Universal Design and Kitchen Excellence: Kitchen $125,000 to $175,000

2010 ASID Chapter Presidential Citation for Distinguished Service to the Society and Profession

2010 Dream Home Award Winner for Community Service Project of the Year. Rewarding Excellence in the Nation's Building Industry, hab-i-ta-tion Design Magazine, Vol. 1 Issue 5 (pg 26-27).



REX 2007 The Remodelers™ Choice Award "...goes to an associationmember that has earned respect and deserves to be honored with major acknowledgements for their "above and beyond" service to local remodelers. The 2007 winner is Michelle Molloy with Penates Design."

2007 Designer for Kitchen and Home which won 4 Awards in Seattle:  

  • REX: Kitchen Excellence (more than $175,000)
  • REX: Major Remodel Excellence (Additional Square Footage more than $600,000)
  • BIAW: Residential Whole House (Over $500,000)
  • BIAW: Residential Universal Design (Building Industry Association of Washington)

REX 2006: Designer for Bathroom -- Remodeling Excellence Award in “Best Bathroom for $40,000-$75,000” Category, 1904 Craftsman home which has also been on Ballard Historic House Tour.


TOURS - Designer for homes seen on Kitchen and Bath tours in Seattle:

2011 Northwest Eco Building Guild Green Home Tour -- Custom Cabinets Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Remodel

2006 MBA Remodeled Kitchen and Bath Tour -- The Traditional Bathroom for the Family

2004 MBA Remodeled Kitchen and Bath Tour -- The Media Center Kitchen

2004 MBA Remodeled Kitchen and Bath Tour -- The Pasta Chef’s Kitchen

2003 MBA Remodeled Home Tour -- The Kitchen for Open Accessibility, The Graceful Accessible Shower, and The Rearrange Your Life Furnishings in a whole house design

2003 MBA Remodeled Home Tour -- The Everything Kitchen

2003 NKBA Great Kitchen and Bath Tour -- The Organic Gardener's Kitchen

2003 NKBA Great Kitchen and Bath Tour -- The Everything Kitchen

2002 MBA Remodeled Home Tour -- The Busy Professionals with Family Kitchen and The Family Bathroom in a whole house design.




About the Interior Design Service:


“We had never worked with an interior designer before, and had no idea what to expect…Michelle transformed an apartment unit into a home.  It is amazing how well the studio has come together, and what a difference this makes on a daily basis for my sister. She is so proud of her new home and constantly wants to “show it off” to other people. The design layout simplifies my sister’s life… all of these design features have helped my sister adapt readily to this new environment.” Sister Team

“We were moving my mother from upstate New York into a small studio apartment in a senior housing facility. Her move was successfully implemented in less than two months! My mother is thrilled with her new home. She has plenty of storage space, her apartment is cozy and welcoming, and she is always happy to invite people into her space…Your expertise in colors, lighting and furniture considerations for low vision clients was invaluable. Also, your attention to detail and subsequent follow-through were greatly appreciated.”  Daughter Team

"Thanks for all your hard work on the remodel design project! Kudos!" Non-profit communications director

“Thank you for all your hard work!” The Busy Parents

“You provide more than a service. You change people’s lives” Senior with Spouse

“She’s just like a regular person.” Friend to Friend Referral

“You hear what I don’t even say. If it wasn’t for you on the job it would not have what I wanted.” The Professional and Homemaker


About Kitchen Remodels:


"It's so great to work with a designer. You get exactly what you want instead of what you think you're going to get but don't in the end." The Senior Who Loves to Cook for Friends and Family

“The kitchen colors are a great choice with the granite, an awesome choice. I tell everyone I totally ignore my living room and dining room since my kitchen was remodeled…” The Pasta Chef

“We got everything we needed in the small confines of our old house. The multiple ideas lead to the best kitchen plan for us. We are so happy with it. Thanks for your great ideas!” The Owners of a 'Not So Big House'

“I just love the bar for the kids’ art projects and for eating. My favorite thing is all the counter space for different cooking stations. I’ve had five cooks in the kitchen at once and managed nicely! People gather in the dining room at the bar and talk to me while cooking. The double sinks helped tremendously and everyone comments on the great floor.” The Active PTA Mom, Cook, Hostess

"I have so much room in such a small kitchen! It is so comfortable it has become the favorite room in the house. The seating are is wonderful and the look is so warm and comfortable.” The Organic Gardener

“It’s not just about fitting appliances in anymore. There is so much more counter space that 3 kids sat at the breakfast bar. It’s so open, you see right through the whole house. It has made the whole house bigger. It’s just great.” The Busy Mom in the Small House

"Your work (on my tiles) was excellent and I would enjoy working with you again." The Single Homeowner


About the Whole Home Renovation:

“I’m really pleased with what you did for us! I think its great and we’re really happy with it.” The Professionals in Family Life

“The lighting plan was very important to us, as were the color & furniture plans throughout the house. Michelle was able to clearly interpret our vision and implement plans to make this succeed for us. The color studies of the kitchen wood stains helped us personalize our kitchen in a unique yet sophisticated way.” The Professional, Parent, World Traveler

“I really would like to thank you for your design help (and lessons). You gave us the courage to branch out and choose a fireplace surround we normally wouldn’t have considered. It’s gorgeous and we love it! The lighting layout saved us considerable money from our original lighting plan. It has transformed the feeling of the room. We actually use the room rather then leave it as an over-sized hallway.” The Working Professionals with Kids

“Michelle is a great resource. She really knows about all aspects of interior design. I appreciated how she listened to our needs our needs and preferences and then educated us on lighting design, choosing a color palette for the whole house and space planning well suited to our family and lifestyle.” The Family

“We are so pleased with the exterior colors chosen by Michelle. The house was transformed from a nondescript one story long gray shed to an interesting dark red rambler that makes the house look larger and blend in the yard.” The Seniors Staying in Their Home for Years to Come

“Thank you for all the TLC you put into our home. We love it and will enjoy it for years to come thanks to you!” The Parents, Working Professionals, and Hostess

“For my home, Michelle has been a wonderful source of design and color solutions that add richness and beauty yet are practical and economical. Thank you, Michelle!” The Single Person, Working Professional, Pet Owner


About Home Furnishings:


“I just love my chairs!” The Professional Working from Home

“My custom designed furniture by Penates perfectly matches my special armoire, yet is functional and attractive. It makes my compact houseboat guest room/office the perfect place to work. Thanks for your attention to detail!” The Working from Home Professional