Meet Tanya

The Grand Tetons in Wyoming imparted a love of hard work and nature on me at an early age. And it was at 12 years old that I began designing spaces I loved when my parents gave me the opportunity to design my own bedroom, with the help of their funding, of course. Choosing the colors and the materials for the space was a transformative experience for I've carried through my career.

And one of the factors we always had to take into consideration whenever designing or redesigning a space in our home was my father's severe asthma. We always had to consider his respiratory issues.

Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Tanya Shively, Arizona Interior Designer

As the creator of WELL DesignedTM Homes, I promote healthy and sustainable design practices to help bring much needed change to the construction and design industries. WELL DesignedTM Homes are more than just green homes, they are living spaces that encourage you to live well through their aesthetic appeal, functionality, and sustainability.

Tanya Shively

Creator of WELL DesignedTM Homes

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In 2005, Sesshu Design Associates was born in my now-hometown of Scottsdale, AZ out of my drive and desire to create sustainable luxury that inspires, energizes, and gives back to the Earth we live on.

So, I made it my mission to find beautifully crafted pieces that were not only gorgeous to look at, but that also support good health in the homes they reside in.

Organic Contemporary Office Design


Because we believe that with success comes the responsibility to give back in gratitude for what has been achieved or attained, we support the following causes. We believe in their missions and invite you to support them through our Choose Your Charity Program.

ASPCAHabitat for HumanityLeukemia and Lymphoma SocietyEarth JusticeNational Park Foundation

As Seen In


Design TrustLEED
ASIDThe Home Trust


1st Place
Bathroom Design
2nd Place
Residential 6,000+ Sq Ft
2nd Place
Best of American Living
Platinum Award
Residential 6,000+ Sq Ft
Best of Houzz Service
Best of Houzz Design
2015, 2016, 2017, 2020
Best of AZ Valley 2014
Arizona Living Best of the Valley
Interior Design
Best of Houzz Service
Best of Houzz Service
2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2020
We love our beautiful home because of Tanya Shively. She listened to us, understood our vision, and guided us through making the right choices to implement that vision.
Tanya & Rick McNamee, Scottsdale, AZ
I have worked with Tanya Shively of Sesshu Design Associates on several home projects and renovations on and off for 3 years now. I can’t say enough good things about her. I love her eye for fresh new designs and how she strives to help you make your space feel like your own. She has been professional, dedicated, and passionate about creating a wonderful experience during our renovation projects. I would highly recommend her!
Melissa & MARK Matson, Paradise Valley, AZ
This was my first time working with not only a contractor but a designer and even though I was very nervous with the immensity of the project you both helped not only with the process but the beautiful results. We’re loving … our “new” home! Still walking around and looking at everything and loving it. Can’t decide which room to go sit in and read, guess I’ll just pick a different room everyday!
Susie Sisco, Phoenix, AZ
Tanya has an incredible ability to listen and observe. She was able to interpret what we liked and was able to put together options for us to look at, feel, and use. She played a key role in orchestrating choices for our cabinets, flooring, wall colors, colors and styles for furniture, rugs. It was such an exciting experience. Tanya played a major role in designing our new home-she assisted the builders in some of the specifics of added features. When our friends tell us how beautiful our home is we always acknowledge Tanya- she pulled design elements together – we couldn’t have done it without her!
Scott & Sally Moffat, Scottsdale, AZ
First, and most importantly, they listened and heard what my needs and wants were. They then gave professional direction to accomplish these goals.
Marilyn McRae, Santa Barbara, CA
Tanya was a big help when we redesigned our kitchen. She helped us with contractors and kept an eye on them for us. I would recommend her to anyone who needs help with their design needs.
Nancy Runyan, Scottsdale, AZ
I could never have completed the remodel without Tanya’s help. Her exquisite taste and talents proved invaluable in reconstructing this Paradise Valley adobe home.Tanya understood the challenges, concerns, and issues that arose during the remodel of a house built in the 60’s. She worked extremely well with my builders and her organization skills assisted them in getting things accomplished in a timely fashion.
Peter & Debra Gooding, Paradise Valley, AZ
Tanya helped in our interior remodel and decorating project. She listened to what we wanted, did all the foot work and parred down choices for our decisions. We have been extremely pleased with the outcome. She worked well with our contractor and subcontractors. We will continue to use Tanya and recommend her to others.
Tom & Sue Hoecker, Paradise Valley, AZ
Nancy and I are very grateful to you for the wonderful transformation of our house. It is a joy to deal with you and we are overwhelmed by how able you are to find just the right furniture pieces and fabrics. Of course our new living space will remind us of you for the indefinite future.
Bob & Nancy Kinderman, Scottsdale, AZ
Tanya helped in so many ways with the renovations, and by that time we were back in North Dakota for the summer, so we had to rely on her to do a lot of extra work. Tanya made an almost overwhelming job for us fun as we shopped for furniture, flooring, art, accessories, linens and dishes.
Sandy Knoll, Paradise Valley, AZ
I wanted a design that is stylish, comfortable and easy to maintain. Tanya captured this perfectly. Shopping for materials and furniture was stress free as she was able to direct our attention to those areas that would meet our criteria. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sesshu Design.
Maureen Liviniuk, Scottsdale, AZ
Tanya is amazing – I’m in awe of her knowledge and expertise. As much as she’d come up with ideas or my color scheme, she’d pushes the envelope some and the best example is the beautiful grasscloth wall covering in my office – I love it. My office is now my sanctuary, or as I like to call it, my Wo-Man Cave.
Diane Hohmann, Scottsdale, AZ
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