Meet Our Team

josh mclaren

Josh McLaren

Design Consultant


When it comes to the design industry, I have an eye for detail and a particular interest for the ultra-modern. Designing a new or renovated space in your home with me will not only be rewarding when the finished product arrives but an enjoyable experience every step of the way. Taking the stress out of furniture buying is my ultimate goal in making your visit to our store as productive as possible.


matthew thacker

Matthew Thacker

Design Consultant


I started in the furniture industry in the beginning of 2004 and realized shortly thereafter that I had a passion for interior decorating and home furnishings. Matching colors and styles is exciting for me, I love changing rooms from plain to stunning and eye catching. I have studied and put into use the new trends, colors, and styles that are in the magazines and all over television. I decided to pursue my career with The Sofa Store after learning that their mission is to provide the client with a great experience unlike anywhere else. I am excited to share my design expertise with clients from traditional to contemporary. My goal is to find practical, functional, and beautifully styled furniture to give your room your own flair. Great customer service and attention to detail have always been key when helping all my clients over the years. I hope you stop in and see us at The Sofa Store!


karenri chardson

Karen Richardson

Design Consultant


In 2002, I began selling furniture, accessories and accent pieces. Many of these years have been spent in design and training. It is my passion to create new home furnishings for clients. I greatly appreciate having the opportunity to sell custom quality furniture with options. My main objective is to provide my clients with excellent customer service from conception to completion. Shopping for furniture should be a fun and happy experience at The Sofa Store.


Linda McGough

Linda McGough

Design Consultant


I have always had a passion for interior decorating and home furnishings. For the past 13 years, I have worked in the home furnishing industry. I had my own interior decorating business for several years and love helping my clients make their homes more beautiful!


Elizabeth Capp

Elizabeth Capp

Design Consultant


I started working in the furniture industry in 1999 while I was pursuing a degree in Interior Design.I love working with clients to help them solve their space planning and design issues and strive to give the best customer service possible. I believe the design of your home should be a reflection of you and your family as well as fun and functional.Working at The Sofa Store with the many custom options and trusted brands that they carry gives me a great opportunity to help my client's design dreams become a reality.


Joan Paik

Joan Paik

Design Consultant


A Baltimore City resident with roots in the Midwest, a former journalist and community activist, I have enjoyed recent years helping clients design beautiful spaces in their homes with furniture and fine art. Designing decorator showhouse rooms awakened a sleeping interest in interior design and led me to the design program at MICA, followed by several design positions.

It is a pleasure for me to be at The Sofa Store, where I work alongside other designers who share the same goals ----- to assist clients in beautifying their living spaces.

Christie Ruffin

Christie Ruffin

Design Consultant


I have always been passionate about the aesthetic appeal of interior spaces. Here at The Sofa Store, I am able to focus my efforts on designing beautiful, comfortable living spaces for the home. I have completed design classes in color, drafting, period furnishings, and textiles. As a service driven professional, my goal is to help customers find functional, stylish furnishings they love.