DesignFive - Steve Shorthouse

About Us

I’ve been a designer all my life. From choosing the bedspreads and paint colors for my bedroom at age 13 to selecting wallpaper at my grandmother’s farmhouse while in high school. All of this leading to a career in the design and home décor field for more than 15 years all while my wife and I have been raising five boys. Hence, the name DesignFive, because if I can have a stylish, well-designed home with five active boys, surely I can help you.

Everyone should live in a space that has style and functions for their lifestyle – whether you’re a young professional, busy family or empty nester. When the day is done, your home is your respite from your hectic life.

There’s no reason why your home can’t look great, but from my perspective, form should always follow function. I like to say “make it work, then make it look good”. As my happy clients have experienced, there is no reason the process shouldn’t be enjoyable. My goal is to make something that can be stressful into something that is fun.

While there may be thousands of design ideas in your Pinterest account, I will simplify the
design process and work with your budget to help with anything from interior and exterior paint colors, furniture and accessory selection and placement to more extensive projects including kitchens, baths and additions. I will provide as much or as little project management as needed. DesignFive has a comprehensive network of contractors to complete any project.

Let's get started on your next project!


TH Trade Design
Relationship: Colleague
Project Date: Nov -0001

WE LOVE STEVE! He is an incredibly talented designer and we love working with him here at TH Trade. We highly recommend him for any of your design needs! Read More

Quinn Johnson
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Mar 2017

I would give Steve six stars if I could! We needed his help in a hurry and he jumped in as if he had always been on the project. He helped us find a design that fit our style and fit seamlessly in... Read More

Jennifer Simonsen
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jan 2017

Steve did a fabulous job decorating our home. He helped us with everything from changing the island, and backsplash in our kitchen to wall colors, furnishings, carpeting, lighting, wall art, window t... Read More

Joe Kotelnicki
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Dec 2016

Steve is the consummate professional. We contacted Steve when, at the end of a renovation project, we became paralyzed in our ability to make one more decision. We were in a time crunch, but Steve mad... Read More

Melissa W
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jan 2017

We'd never worked with an interior designer before we met Steve. We were worried a designer would be overly opinionated, too expensive and make us feel like we had no taste! Steve was the opposite--... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jun 2013

I've known Steve for years. He is so professional, and has always done an excellent job! He is diligent, hard working, and works well with a budget. Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Mar 2016

Steve has an extraordinary eye for detail and color. Plus, he's easy to work with and was imaginatively responsive to this client's needs. Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jan 2016

Steve is absolutely wonderful. He made himself available very quickly (because we needed someone on short notice.) Was extremely friendly and easy to talk to. He puts colors together very well an... Read More

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