Meet the Team

We’re a bunch of fun, design-
obsessed women drinking coffee
and getting stuff done.

Andrea Utter

President / Principal Designer

Buttercup Design was created on the front porch of Andrea’s century home with a cup of coffee, big dreams and way fewer responsibilities. Two kids and two employees later her dream has become a busy, hectic but immensely fulfilling reality.

What started as a one-woman design biz, has grown over the past ten years into a successful design and build firm with both residential and commercial clients across the Region of Waterloo and Ontario.

After studying at McGill, immersing herself in Montreal culture and falling in love with city life there, Andrea came back to KW region with an urge to pursue something creative. Diving into a post grad journalism program at Humber landed her a full time internship at Style at Home Magazine where she assisted design editors on numerous photoshoots and developed her extreme attention to detail. She quickly excelled to freelance for House & Home Magazine, Grand Magazine and other local and national publications. She has spent the past decade designing and transforming interiors and building lasting relationships with her clients.

Andrea gets a strange level of satisfaction out of putting together furniture with her power tools. She’s a fierce momma bear of two who loves their free-spirited nature and fosters their affinity for being out and about in their neighbourhood community.

In her spare time (is that really a thing?) Andrea can be found skiing with her kids, hosting craft nights with friends, attending Shakey Graves concerts and drinking, wine, beer, green smoothies and COPIOUS amounts of coffee (in no particular order).

Jackie Artinian

Senior Designer

Jackie is thrilled to be the newest member of Buttercup Design! She’s pumped that she can finally stop admiring their work from afar (aka insta stalking) and can start contributing!  She has been totally and completely in love with the world of design since micromanaging the designers her parents used to hire when she was a kid (they really loved that) before they realized her true skills in the industry.
As a new resident of KW, she is actively learning the lay of the land and taking notes on where to make her next dinner reservation.  Upon graduating from Fanshaw College for Interior Decorating and St. Clair College for Interior design, she’s had the pleasure of working alongside some of the greats in the design industry and accredits their training and influence to many of her own personal successes.

Jackie shares Andrea’s passion for power tools, Sarah’s choice of movies and Amanda’s love of dogs (and cats too)!
She is a proud new mama to her son Aiden and in her free time can be found browsing the local markets with her husband or making frequent trips to LaSalle, Ontario to visit her family.
She looks forward to many coffee dates, sushi dates and Friday afternoon beverages with the gals in the office, where work obviously still gets done!

Sarah Martin

Design Assistant

Sarah is Buttercup’s Design Assistant extraordinaire. A born and raised small town girl, Sarah graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Fine art. She is passionate about all things art, design and family. She’s an old soul and a dreamer.

Although Sarah, our administrative guru, can be found in the design studio most days invoicing, organizing, grooving to tunes and diffusing essential oils, she loves interacting with our clients and charms them with her cheerful personality.

When she’s not at the design studio she can be found in her own painting studio, swimming, reading, walking with her husband or eating ice cream while dreaming of the beach.

Andrea and her design associate Sarah were wonderful to work with! Andrea quickly understood our style and our needs and successfully found options within our budget restraints, offering alternatives and solutions. With all the work completed, there is nothing I would change! We will miss their contagious positivity. . .They really became part of the family.

- Karen Ricketts