Meet the Ambiance Interior Designers
Mary Jo has a talent for listening to her customers and can help transform your home to reflect your taste and style. As an award-winning interior designer and decorator for Homearama Showcase Homes and several model homes for the past 17 years, Mary Jo specializes in custom interiors for new home construction and existing homes.
The recent move to University Avenue marks the interior design company’s further commitment to helping homeowners achieve their dream spaces. Whether you’re thinking of redecorating one room or the whole house, or you’re building a new home and need help with the interior design, our team of interior designers can help you clarify your design style and vision, and turn it into reality!
owner / interior designer
Mary Jo, Owner/Interior Designer
Ambiance owner and interior designer Mary Jo Quatela-Celona has been transforming homes around Western New York (and beyond) for more than two decades! She first fell in love with interior design as a little girl when she would reorganize her bedroom for fun! Years later she studied business and art in college but her love for design was always present.
During her junior year, she had an opportunity to study design in Florence, Italy. That period abroad changed her focus! She realized her love of interiors was her true calling. Upon graduating she started traveling with her father overseas in the family furniture business. She toured East Asia designing furniture collections for her family’s business.
In the early nineties, Mary Jo was approached to design a home for a builder at Homearama. From that moment on, her interior design business took off. She purchased Ambiance in 2008.
In addition to helping hundreds of homeowners, she continues to work with home builders, contractors, and commercial vendors. She has actively participated in Rochester area home shows and most recently won BEST DESIGNER for the 2014 Homearama. Her biggest thrill is continuing to do the work she fell in love with as a little girl. She is still reorganizing her bedroom but now she gets to help others recreate their spaces too!
Neilla, Certified Interior Designer
Prior to joining Ambiance in 2012, Neilla Olson Werner, a Certified Interior Designer, lived in New York City for more than 25 years and worked for several architectural firms, handling commercial interior design projects for corporations and institutions. She later was employed by DuPont Corian as a Design Consultant, providing educational programs to the design community throughout the Northeast. Whenever possible, freelance residential assignments were a welcome challenge!
Upon moving to Rochester several years ago to be with family, Neilla is now happily continuing her career without all the traveling and is pleased to join Mary Jo for the more personal experience of handling clients’ needs.
Erin, Interior Designer
With a background in the hospitality industry making the move into interior design has been a wonderful experience. As a child, I was always helping my parents with decorating and home improvement projects. This is where my passion for creating fun and enjoyable spaces began.
I’m so happy that Mary Jo has taken me under her wing and is training me to handle administrative work as well as managing her storefront. It has been such a pleasure working along side the ladies at Ambiance Design Gallery.
Russell, Interior Design Gallery Mascot
Russell is our resident pooch and Mary Jo’s right-hand man, er, canine. You will likely find him lying around the shop and basking in the sunshine that streams through those big, beautiful windows.
Russell may greet you if you drop by the shop. In our opinion, he’s the very embodiment of shabby chic!
Let’s Talk About Interior Design
Tell us about you, your lifestyle—your “dream” home. Request a 1-on-1 consultation with Mary Jo, who loves sharing her design knowledge and resources with others. We’ll sit down, discuss what’s working now and explore your decorating ideas for the future. Your dream home? Is one step closer to reality!