Jennifer Van Galder - Founder & Designer


Jennifer’s interior design career was launched in 1988 when she was assistant designer at the renowned Kreiss Studio working on dozens of Hollywood celebrity’s iconic homes. In 1992, Jennifer co-founded the highly successful and innovative furniture store MAUDLIN with locations in Corona Del Mar and La Jolla. In 2013, Jennifer launched VAN GALDER DESIGN FOR LIVING. Jennifer studied business management at UCLA, but left to pursue her passion for all things design.

Jennifer’s 3 sons are her pride and joy, the life lessons of parenting and building a family home are her bedrock and often the added insight brought to her inspired designs.

Kristine Van Galder - Designer

Kristine studied Architectural & Interior Design at UCLA. In 1992, she co-founded the highly successful and innovative furniture store MAUDLIN with her sister, Jennifer, and their mother. Kristine was recruited by Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg to design for their high-end lifestyle shows on QVC and subsequently built the fashion brands Chaser and Trunk. Kristine is thrilled to be with VAN GALDER DESIGN and her roots.

Kristine is raising two daughters who keep her on her toes. Kristine cannot imagine life without her family, is grateful for the challenges and feels very blessed.


Julie Levesque - Designer


Julie Levesque studied in Interior Design at California State University Long Beach. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. She has worked across many facets of design including tenant improvement, high-end restaurant design and custom home building. After taking time off to raise her family, Julie joined the VDG team in 2015. An asset to our team, Julie loves great design and has a passion for creating comfortable homes that fit each client’s personal style and needs.

Cindy Monahan - CAD Designer

Cindy started in the design industry over 25 years ago with the architectural firm Peter Lendrum and Associates and has been with Van Galder Design for 15 years. Cindy’s design portfolio includes both residential and commercial offerings: from model homes, clubhouses, high-end custom and conceptual working environments.

Cindy’s keen eye for detail, color, texture and spatial design has made her a valuable team member. Cindy and her son can often be found exploring a new San Diego hot spot or tucked into one of their art endeavors in their downtime.