Our Associates

AYI Associates

Successful interior design requires the knowledge of many specialties. AYI & Associates brings a team of professionals together to complete your project.

designers – architects – contractors – master carpenters craftsmen of iron, glass & wood painters – electricians stoneworkers – workrooms of bedding, window, & upholstery showrooms of furniture, fabric, tile/stone, flooring, plumbing, lighting, & landscaping – art galleries antique collectors


Meet Our Team 

Ron Hutton, Designer

“With over 30 years of design experience, Ron joins the AYI team offering skills in commercial architecture, commercial and residential interior design and independent artistic pursuits.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly, a CAD degree from ITT Technical Institute and is an ASID professional.  His design experience provides keen skill in team environments, ease in navigating diverse personality conflicts, strong customer service and controlled response to the most unforeseen circumstances.  He attributes strong self-discipline as key to both creating successful projects and meaningful art.  “Indulgences” written by Ron can be previewed on the Blurb website defining a life of artistic passion.”



Miguel Butler, Consultant

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With over 9 years experience in retail management, visual merchandising, and corporate buying Miguel is loving tying in his past experiences into client relations, logistics and interior design/retail with AYI & Associates. Miguel received his AA in Merchandise Marketing while attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, California. Born and raised in Berkeley, California Miguel drew inspiration from the vibrant environment that he was lucky to call home growing – new to the Monterey County area, he along with his two dogs and partner enjoy the weather, food, wine and offerings of this place he now calls home.



Mihir Patel, Bookkeeper


Mihir Patel uses his eight years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting to transform the daily activities of the studio into financial transactions in the books. He works on all the aspects of bookkeeping including accounts receivable and accounts payable. Mihir Patel attained his Bachelor’s degree inAccounting from California State University of Monterey Bay. During his down time, he loves to create works of art in drawing, painting and crafts. He enjoys the coastal and nature loving atmosphere around Carmel.




My vision for design, AYI is to make the world a better place in subtle and grand ways. I loved going to work with my parents as a child. I had a desk in my mother’s retail store and spent hours “working” with her and in the field with my dad, a geologist. My adorable children and regal dachshund are constant reminders of the love and beauty this world offers. Their patience and laughter in my studio supports and enhances my design mission: To create meaningful and thoughtful spaces for one to thrive, enjoy and appreciate the best this life has to offer.