“When I want to take God at his word exactly,

I take a peep out the window at His Creation.

Because that, darling, He makes fresh for us every day.”

                                     Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible.

About Deborah Coburn:

I am a ‘green’ interior designer who educates and consults on colors, products and principles inspired by Nature. My design orientation is rooted in the concept of biomimicry, a philosophy that studies Nature's life-affirming strategies, and mimics this wisdom to make sustainable design decisions. Examples of how I approach design include looking to Nature for interior and exterior color palettes and helping clients transform what they have into what they want. 

I have been a full service interior designer for thirty plus years and a ‘green’ designer for the past 15 years, working with clients in New York, Arizona, Montana and Northern California. 

My goal as a designer, colorist and environmentalist is to create the maximum amount of beauty and well-being with the minimum amount of consumption and waste, and to educate the public on colors and principles inspired by Nature.


Deborah Coburn’s Qualifications:
30+ years as a high-end, full service interior designer
  15 years with a focus on ‘green design’ and healthy home furnishings, both for people and for the planet

Published Author:

'Mother Knows Best', Natural Home Magazine, 03/08

'Strut Your Stuff', Natural Home Magazine, 10/04

In Living Color’, Natural Home Magazine, 01/02

Featured Celebrity: HGTV ’s Homes of the Twenty First Century,

‘Designing with Nature’, 11/99

Model Home Designer:

Community of Civano, Tucson, AZ



Designer/Curator of the 'Green Home Pavilion' at the Western Interiors Design and Home Show, San Francisco, October 2007, featured onABC News.

Advisory Board, West Coast Green Residential Green Building Conference, 2006, 2007, 2008

Board Member, Environmental Forum of Marin, 2001-2002



Volunteer, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) 2007-2011

Member, Architects, Designers and Planners for Social

Responsibility (ADPSR), Norcal Chapter.


Recent Speaking Engagements:

'Biomimicry in Color and Interior Design', Design San Francisco Conference, 2009

'Biomimicry: Looking to Nature for Design Solutions', West Coast Green, San Francisco, 2007

Moderator: 'The Inside Story: A Panel of Experts on Green Paints andPlasters', West Coast Green, San Francisco, 2007

'Biomimicry in Color and Interior Design', SF Institute of Architecture Eco-Wave Conference, San Francisco, 2006

'Naturally Inspired Color and Interior Design', West Coast Green Residential Green Building Conference, San Francisco, 2006



Vassar College, B.A. 1968

New York School of Interior Design, Certificate, 1974