We are a budding Interior Design Firm founded by Oakland Artists Lisa Scherf and Mary Lawrence. Our LBGTQIAQ+ Multicultural foundation is built around creative ingenuity, passion, diversity, authenticity, and above all inclusion.
In this firm we believe contrast teaches us, creativity inspires us, vision motivates us, passion drives us and love connects us!
Owner / Principal Designer
Today, I live in a hillside castle with my charming partner surrounded by blue rocket ships, brass dragons and the cast of Star Wars, but I didn’t start here. My design journey began at the age of 9 when I convinced my parents to endorse my plan to remodel my childhood bedroom complete with custom loft and earnest dusty rose carpeting.
Over the years, my mother has searched for a legitimate reason to upgrade the rooms carpet color, however it remains the plushest in the house. Apparently my eye for quality materials also developed early on!
As I grew beyond my rose-colored carpet, I would explore the far reaches of the tech industry, paying my way through design school. In the end, I emerged from both with a love of innovative, efficient design expressed with a quirky creative edge. This vision has inspired the evolution of Lohikaarme Interiors. Reach out and let's redefine what’s possible in your space!
Co-Founder / Social Media & Marketing Director
At the invincible age of 17, I arrived in SF to study Graphic Design at the Art Institute of California. While I immersed myself in my studies I longed for more. I felt my passion fading and something had to change. Ever the unafraid, bold hearted woman I am I decided to take off and travel the world.
On my first adventure I visited six countries, two continents, countless museums, art galleries, cathedrals, and more. As I traveled I could no longer suppress my hunger for culture or silence the artistic calling of my creative soul. I decided It was time to build something of my own. Shortly after I had a vivid dream of wielding art from fire. Like a scene in a movie, I woke up, took a mirror off the wall, and set it ablaze. I stayed up the rest of the night trying different techniques. This would eventually become my obsession.
My fiery technique has evolved to become the cornerstone of my business, Evolve with Mary Crafts. Searching for grander avenues to artistically experiment and inspire, I have co-founded Lohikaarme Interiors. Working with the Lohikaarme team I bring my social media, web development, graphic design and fire art hot sauces to the table. Together we are creating dream interiors for residents and corporations across They Bay Area and beyond.
As a youth in Western Washington, my uncles would salvage cedar burl from forests they were logging. Together we fashioned fine furniture and crafts out of them. There was some artistic sensibility which came from it but it was mostly utilitarian. The foundation my Uncles taught ingrained in me the critical role of function in design.
Coming from a small Scandinavian town, my aesthetic infuses the combined inspirations of Scandinavian design, Coastal Salish culture, and nature. I prefer to channel the natural beauty inherent within each material I work with. My skillful eye and patient nature encourage meticulous resource selection throughout the creative process.
I am always searching for products that are aesthetically striking. I feel it is a gift to create something that will be utilized, enjoyed, inspiring, and one day entrusted to future generations. These qualities frame my custom furniture company Split Grain Design. I bring the Woodworker Fabricator spice to the Lohikaarme team and clients marvel at our collaborative custom pieces.