TEW Design Studio is a boutique, full-service interior design firm that helps clients to form distinctive, yet livable spaces featuring high quality materials and intricate details. Founded by Rima Nasser on the principle that design should be fun, exciting and daring, we create uplifting spaces that are visually inspiring and easy to live and work in.


Rima founded TEW on the principle that design should be fun, exciting and daring. She earned her undergraduate degree in Arts & Culture from George Mason University and graduated with a master’s in Interior Design from the Florence Design Academy in Italy.

She leads our team with a unique cultural insight from her experiences both domestically and abroad. As a Palestinian, Rima’s family moved to the U.S. when she was 15 and settled in Richmond. She grew up enjoying architecture from around the world. From an early age, simple, earthy design caught her eye, as did the use of greenery and Moroccan influences with bold colors and patterns. Rima lives in Cary with her husband Andy and two dogs, Jupiter and Carl.


Frances grew up in Puerto Rico where she found inspiration through nature, dancing and her culture’s vibrant colors. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and associate’s in Interior Design from the University of Puerto Rico. She began her career in North Carolina designing nurseries.

The first thing Frances remembers designing was her bedroom. Her love for color went a little overboard as a teen upon painting her walls a rich turquoise with pink accents. Frances still beams with pride at her original happy place! She has a strong connection with animals as a beloved mommy to three dogs, plus serving as a dog sitter in her free time.


TEW’s values are derived from our opportunities to provide clients with uniquely personal spaces that won’t sacrifice form or function. We understand that with design, our clients are making an emotional investment in their environments. No two projects are alike, so we tailor our services to fit their needs and continue stay current with the latest design techniques and best building practices. No matter the project’s scope, TEW creates distinctive designs of the highest quality, down to the most intricate details.

Our office is located in fast-growing Durham, N.C., and yet our projects have taken us around the world. From sourcing the perfect natural stone to matching artifacts, we go where our clients’ needs are and will be happy to take on challenging projects regardless of location.

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