Interior Designer and Founder

Kat Blue founded Blue Lantern Studios in 2017, after serving as Director of Interior Design at the Johnson Studio for over a decade. Kat has more than 20 years’ experience designing restaurants, where she supervises all phases of a project, from conceptual design to construction. She has led award-winning projects in the Southeast, New York, California, and the Caribbean. Raised overseas and educated in Europe and the United States, Kat is an avid foodie, traveler, and is also an experienced film production designer. She loves partnering with clients to create beautiful, conceptually rich, and atmospheric interiors.

Previous experience: The Johnson Studio, Ai Group

Architectural Interior Design

Susan Weiler received her master’s degree in architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology, and has more than 15 years’ experience in hospitality design, with a focus on restaurant interiors. Examples of Susan’s vision can be seen in projects such as Atlas, The St. Regis, Atlanta; Aix and Tin Tin, Atlanta; New Realm Brewing on the Atlanta Beltline; and 360, Ballpark Hilton, St. Louis, MO. Susan approaches architectural interior design artistically, readily translating fluid, big-picture concepts into the concrete, immersive details that define a project.

Previous Experience: ai3, The Johnson Studio

Interior Design

Jillian Rooker received her master’s degree in interior design from The Savannah College of Art and Design. She has spent the past decade designing spaces for successful restaurateurs, high-profile chefs, and boutique and luxury hoteliers, such as Cold Beer, Eater Best Restaurant Design 2019; Concert Club and Chef’s Club, State Farm Arena; and Dragonfly, Doral, ASID Gold Design Excellence Award for Contract Hospitality Design; IIDA Best of the Best Design Award in Restaurant Dining. Her effervescent spirit and enthusiasm make Jillian the ideal collaborator, and she brings a marked understanding of textiles, color, furnishings, and bespoke design to every project.

Previous Experience: ai3, The Johnson Studio

Interior Design

Sarah Karon began her career as a journalist, writing about everything from cocktails to coal pollution, before earning a degree in interior design. She graduated summa cum laude from The Savannah College of Art and Design, where her work earned an ASID Design Excellence Award, first place in a Gensler Design Challenge, and she was named a Design Futures Council Scholar. Since graduating, Sarah has designed restaurants in Georgia and Florida. She also holds master’s degrees in journalism and creative writing. Her unique background in storytelling informs every aspect of her design process: she creates thoughtful, curated spaces inspired by her clients’ stories.

Previous experience: ai3, Larson Nichols

Interior Design and Purchasing

Amy Price received her degree in interior design from The University of Georgia. She has nearly 20 years’ experience designing restaurant and hospitality interiors, and her projects have earned top honors from the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association. Amy is also a seasoned purchasing agent and has led procurement for multi-million dollar projects. She collaborates with Blue Lantern Studios to ensure every aspect of purchasing and installation is delivered seamlessly.

Previous experience: ai3; The Johnson Studio

Interior Design

Abbey Ford received her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Auburn University. While in college, she served as a design assistant for high-end residential clients and completed an internship with Blue Lantern Studios. Abbey’s academic projects focused on hospitality, residential, commercial, healthcare, and retail, and she collaborated with Auburn University Dining to design the new Central Dining Hall on campus. Abbey was one of four students to host the 2019 IDEC Regional Conference in Auburn and held the role of Lead Docent and Art Director. She is proficient in multiple software design programs, is passionate about color theory, and is working towards LEED Green Associate certification. Abbey aims for a functional, beautiful, and sustainable approach to every aspect of a project.