Gretchen Knoblock, CHMS

Owner/Interior Designer/Certified Home Staging Specialist

Interior Design Degree: Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology

Gretchen Knoblock has had a long time love of Interior Design, attributed mostly to her high school art history teacher who exposed her to art, architecture and the fascinating history of classic art and design.
Gretchen studied Interior Design at Ball State University and received her degree in Interior Design from Purdue University's School of Engineering and Technology-a CIDA accredited design program.
She began practicing interior design at Alyson Jon Interiors in Houston TX, designing custom show homes for area builders as well as full-scale projects for private clientele. During this time, she pursued her CHMS designation from the Champions School of Real Estate to become a professional home stager.
She is experienced and knowledgeable in all styles of design, seeking to create an end result that fully reflects her client's personality and desires.
Gretchen spent 3 years on the board of the local chapter of Women's Council of Realtors and their fundraising project, Bras for a Cause. She also is involved in local organizations such as the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center, Friends of the Leelanau School and the Home Builder's Association.
On the side, Gretchen is an avid photographer, painter, and teaches an extended education Interior Design course at Northwestern Michigan College.


2017 Parade of Homes, Remodel Division

Winner: Best Kitchen (Simonis Construction Project)
2011 Home Builder's Association Humanitarian of the Year Community Service Award:

Leading the re-design project for the Children's Advocacy Center lobby
2013 Parade of Homes, New Construction
Winner: Best Kitchen
Runner Up: Interior Design, Master Suite
Certified Home Staging Specialist, CHMS
Women's Council of Realtors, Northern Michigan Chapter
Traverse Area Association of Realtors, TAAR
Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse Area 

About new leaf Interiors

Where you live is your business, but how you live is ours!
Welcome to New Leaf Interiors, a full-service, professional interior design firm.
Designing great spaces means more than just making them look means perfectly tailoring a space to

fit the lifestyle and needs of the client AND making it look good too!

People like to ask, 'What style do you specialize in?' Our answer is always "Whatever style our client wants."

After all, it's not about creating a space that the designer's about creating a space that the client wants.

We believe that good designers appreciate all styles of design and we take the time to ask the right questions,

listen to your ideas and desires and formulate a design plan that fits the character of the space and brings your

vision to reality. We work with the best contractors and suppliers in the region, and clients come to us for

everything from simple consultation to full-scale project management. Whether you just need help picking some

paint colors or you're building a new house or tackling a major remodel, we can help!

Kerry gartland

Business Development/Office Manager

​Saginaw Valley University

Kerry joins us as an office manager and conducts our marketing and business development activities. She has an extensive background in sales and marketing, and as the former Marketing Manager for our local Home Builder's Association, she brings a wealth of industry knowledge and resources to our firm. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband and children enjoying all our beautiful northern Michigan has to offer.

amy schichtel

Design Coordinator

​Engineering and Design Technology Degree: Western Michigan University

Amy has been in the kitchen and bath design industry for 12 years.  She provides our team with expertise in cabinet construction, technology and design. She is an Elk Rapids native and spends her free time with her husband and two children, and their dog Luna.  Amy is also enjoys quilting.

Rebecca bercini, Allied asid

Associate Interior Designer

​Interior Design Degree: Harrington College of Design

Rebecca is passionate about designing beautiful, comfortable and functional spaces that reflect the client’s tastes and interests.  Regardless of the scope of the project she aims to surpass the client’s expectations and provide unparalleled service.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design as well as degrees in Fine Arts and Graphic Design.
She began her interior design career at ASI Interiors in Chicago where she honed her attention to details and project management skills by working with clients, their architects and contractors to produce high- end residential projects. In 2009 she established her design firm focusing on residential and small commercial projects.  Following a life-long dream to live up north, she and her husband relocated to Traverse City in 2014.
She is active in volunteering both her time and design skills to local non-profit organizations


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