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Meet Holly Meyer, Sage Homes NW’s new creative force

February 17, 2020

There’s a new energy in our offices, like a positive power surge! Meet the source: Holly Meyer, Sage Homes Northwest’s new creative force. Holly just joined our team as Marketing Manager, and she has brought along an eclectic background.

Architecture, graphic design, artist, author, entrepreneur, and traveler. 

The thread that weaves through her career reflects her passion for creative endeavors. Holly is all about seeing beyond the literal and figurative “blank canvas” and transforming it into something truly unique.

Originally from California’s Napa Valley, Holly genetically has the farmer’s spirit and vintner’s basic knowledge. Her father, a winemaker, founded Silver Oak Cellars and became a maverick in the wine industry. Although all her siblings are involved in the wine industry to this day, Holly is the black sheep of the family. She still maintains a connection to the family Port business. To help assist in teaching customers about the rich flavor profiles of their Port wine, Holly wrote and self-published a cookbook with recipes that both incorporated or complimented port, Port: The Secret Ingredient. Creatively Cooking with Port Wine.

She spent 3 years, first as an architectural doctorate major, but instead completed a bachelor’s in art history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. From Hawaii, Holly returned to California. There, she continued her studies and graduated cum laude as a Master of Architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego.

The Hub Bay Area provided her first challenge in architectural design. She was an integral part in developing the co-workspaces and custom furniture for Impact Hub Berkeley and Impact Hub San Francisco. To create these shared workspaces, Holly studied work habits and patterns among a variety of people. 

“It was definitely a challenge to create the right spaces,” she recalls. “When people talk on the phone, they either sit or they walk in a path. Some like to work at a desk and others like a coffee shop atmosphere. Some people prefer a pod, but creative types need more. We created a treehouse in one workspace to provide an inspiring environment for ideating.”

Holly pursued this field but soon found it wasn’t what she envisioned. “I realized that I preferred building experiences more than the buildings,” she explained. “Seeing that architects needed to market themselves, I decided to shift my focus there.”

Having spent her youth in California, lived in Hawaii, and travelled to 6 of the 7 continents, what was next? “I had always wanted to live in Seattle. It’s so green and beautiful all year round!”

Holly moved to the Emerald City in 2012 and continued her studies. She earned an MBA in Sustainability Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. While she was working toward the degree, she applied her skills as a graphic designer and art director for a fashion brand, provided interior design and staging services, and planned special events. She also launched the Ravenleaf Public House in 2016. The gastropub changed hands two years later.

Having traveled to more than 20 countries, Holly is happily settled into Seattle. She shares her life here with her fiancé and two dogs. Her favorite place in the city is the Seattle Public Library, a great place to find inspiration. She likes to stroll through Pike Place Market, but the 3-mile-loop near her home in Lake Hills has become her new favorite walking venue.

As the Marketing Manager for Sage Homes NW, Holly is looking forward to spreading the word about the company’s unique approach to homebuilding. The leadership’s commitment to sustainability, green building, and communication spark her enthusiasm. Owners Todd Leabman and Jesse Molnick are “very hands-on and their doors are always open to us. They’re very involved with the team here.”

We’re looking forward to experiencing the creativity of Holly Meyer and look forward to seeing where her ideas guide us!

"Being a native Seattleite, it's tough seeing your city change so much over the years in order to accommodate all the transplants. That being said, having a company like Sage Homes that is so committed to "green building" is definitely reassuring. They go above and beyond for their clients and really care about the communities they chose to build in and that is really refreshing."

Maria Sanchez