Ted grew up in the New York metropolitan area and studied Business Management and Accounting at Rutgers University while working part-time as an interior design assistant. After working at a Fortune 100 company in management and finance for many years, he re-integrated himself into the world of design, putting his passion to good use in the design and development of two downtown high rise buildings while working as the COO of HC Design & Development for six years. Ted launched his first design firm in 2007, creating interesting and beautiful places for people to live, work and play. In 2012, he opened a new retail showroom in conjunction with his Interior Design studio in Winter Park and the firm was re-branded as Ted Maines Interiors.
Ted is an active member of the Central Florida community. His affiliations include The Nemours Council, Orlando Museum of Art Acquisition Trust, Hope & Help Circle of Life, UCF Flying Horse Press, HRC Federal Club, Equality Florida, Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida and numerous other organizations that support children, human rights and the arts. In addition, Ted is the immediate past President of the Orange County Library System’s Board of Trustees and continues to serve on the Board. Ted and his husband Jeffrey Miller are active fundraisers in our community, hosting many events for local causes and political candidates. Ted has been recognized for his community service and philanthropy by being named one of Orlando’s “50 Most Powerful People” by Orlando Magazine and The Orlando Sentinel.
Ted lives in downtown Orlando with his husband Jeff and their beautiful Italian Greyhound, Donatella. Ted and Jeff enjoy traveling, hosting dinner parties for their friends and are avid collectors of Contemporary and Pop Art, frequently loaning out pieces of their collection to museums and art exhibitions. They are deeply committed to the cause of Anti-Bullying and are avid supporters of The Holocaust Center’s UpStander program, which Jeff founded in 2010.
With a strong penchant for art it seemed design was in the cards and though the plan was Landscape Architecture, Julie quickly moved over to Interiors before graduating from the University of Florida with a BA in Design. Julie passed the NCIDQ and became a licensed Interior Designer in 2005. She previously worked with the designers Scott Carter and Kim Deddens prior to launching her own business in the spring of 2009. After several years of two friends discussing the creative excitement they could generate by collaborating together on design projects, Ted persuaded Julie to join him and his team at Ted Maines Interiors where she is now Vice President of Operations and serves as Senior Interior Designer.
Aesthetically diverse, Julie brings a strong love for the history of design and the concepts of enduring style and sense of place. Integrity of materials, products and craft is paramount to interpreting her client’s needs and desires into a rich design that is authentic and memorable.
Julie is a mid-century modern enthusiast and is a member of The Nils M. Schweizer Fellows. She gives back to the community by her involvement with The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, The Maitland Art & History Museum and Hope & Help of Central Florida.
With his elegant and stylish mother as his motivation, Travis studied Interior Design at the International Academy of Design & Technology. Upon completing his studies, he entered the world of wedding and event planning as Design Assistant with Lee James Floral Designs of Orlando, as well as becoming their Public Relations Manager.
Travis started with Ted Maines Interiors as Showroom Manager in 2012 and was quickly promoted to the Design team. He relies on his love of art, architecture, dance and music for inspiration to create beautiful and functional spaces. Travis enjoys the mixing and matching of colors, patterns and textures in the realm of textiles, wallcoverings and furniture. In his spare time Travis marvels at the beauty of sports cars and is an avid thrill seeker often jumping out of airplanes and riding hair-raising rollercoasters. Travis currently lives in College Park with his Siberian Husky Beyli.
Karen was born in New York and spent most of her childhood in Jacksonville. She moved to Winter Park to advance her design career with Ted Maines Interiors. Karen’s desire to become a designer was sparked at an early age. As the daughter of a General Contractor, she and her father would tour houses being built in her neighborhood while he explained the construction and design process. She initially considered pursuing a career in architecture but her love of interior finishes changed her path. A graduate of Florida State College in Jacksonville, Karen honed her design skills over the past nine years at a design firm and as a professional organizer before relocating to Winter Park.
Karen and her husband live in Colonial Town with their two cats, Eddie and Olive. They enjoy cooking and experimenting with different recipes as well as antique shopping. In addition to being a talented designer, Karen is also fluent in American Sign Language.