Gretchen arbini,



cindy stafford

Interior Designer


Cindy has been a Designer at J. Haidlen Design Associates since 2001. Cindy grew up in the flower business and that is where her creativity sparked. Her flair for arrangements and eye for accessorizing is what kept her interested in the design, and became a passionate hobby while working in the financial world for Morgan Stanley.

The enthusiasm Cindy had to design overpowered her financial career, and soon she transitioned her career to Interior Design, where she became a freelance designer. She has kept a balance in financing with project management and implementing functional design in her design work.

Cindy has designed and managed many kitchen and bathroom remodels throughout California. She creates spaces ranging from contemporary design to traditional design. Her ability to keep an open mind to different design solutions translates into the unique interior design that each client deserves. Designing is her passion and she derives enormous satisfaction from seeing the joy that she brings to others through artful and creative design in both residential and commercial projects.

Owner/Principal Designer / Project Manager


Gretchen Haidlen Arbini earned her Bachelor's of Science degree from Indiana University, and joined J. Haidlen Design Associates as Project Manager, in 2001. Her first project with the firm was designing and project managing a multi-million dollar commercial facility remodel. From there Gretchen found her passion was not only interior design but also project management. With her knowledge and ability to lead, Gretchen has proven her talent for commercial and healthcare design with several established clients. These projects have shown the diversity she has. Although the first nine years of Gretchen's career focused on commercial design, residential design, and more recently healthcare design has become part of her repertoire. She has completed projects ranging from commercial tenant improvements, complete floor redesigns of hospitals to home remodels.

In 2007, Gretchen earned her Class B Contractor's License and in March of 2008, started J. Haidlen Design Construction Services, Inc. JHDCS is a sister company to J. Haidlen Design Associates, that allows for turnkey services. In addition to the firm providing interior design; they now oversee all bidding, demo, construction, and project management.

Gretchen's design philosophy centers on functional design. Not only is her goal on all projects to provide an aesthetic space, but a functional one for the end user.