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Our Mission

The Design Center

Coastal Life Design is a fully integrated interior design-build showroom that streamlines  the project delivery method from concept to construction.  With one point of contact from design to punch out, Coastal Life creates a seamless remodeling experience so you feel safe in your choices and have fun during the renovation process.  


Our "one-stop shop" approach assists you in avoiding the trouble of finding the trusted tradesmen needed to design, bid and build your project.  We have all the resources to meet your needs.  


With over 40 years of remodeling experience, let us design a more beautiful and functional space for your lifestyle. 


Jen & Sondra 

Owners | Coastal Life Design

Design-Build Team

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Sondra Okada - Owner

In 2012 native New Yorker, Sondra Okada, arrived in Bradenton via Shanghai bringing with her 35 years of design and remodeling experience. Since repatriating she established Coastal Life Design, a coastal lifestyle themed Design-Build showroom located in West Bradenton, Florida​. 


Sondra specializes in coastal and mid-century inspired design, marrying form and function in each project. Her detail-oriented, client-focused approach creates interiors that are reflective of their unique tastes and interest.​ 

  

Sondra received her certification from the NY School of Interior Design and went on to receive two additional degrees while on assignment in China. During her time abroad she was profiled in GQ (China) & Elle magazine. Sondra is a principal at Okada Design Group and curator of 'The Posh Pad'.


Outside of design, she is a lover of all things on or near the water, enjoys spending time with her family and scouring thrift shops for hidden treasures.

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Jennifer Strohl - Owner

Jennifer Strohl entered the world of construction and design over two decades ago. After renovating her own home in Santa Barbara, California, her work was featured in an international design magazine. This seminal event inspired her to follow her passion and attend school for Interior Design. 


Jennifer moved to Bradenton Beach and had a vision of  creating tailor-made, functional, and uniquely coastal inspired spaces . In 2017 her dream was realized when she opened Coastal Life Design alongside Sondra Okada. 


Jennifer enjoys challenging projects, taking particular pride in her ability to bring spaces to life by melding her ideas and her clients wants and needs. Her love of the beach shines through in every facet of her work and her design aesthetic comes through as a relaxed coastal vibe, a place you want to come home to.

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Bob Meehan - Project Manager

Bob Meehan began his carpentry career in the U. S. Air Force. After leaving the service, he earned a B. S. degree in Construction Management with highest honors from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N. Y.  For the next thirty years, he managed his own construction company specializing in residential remodeling. Bob is proud of his long and distinguished track record of successful construction projects. He estimates that he has managed over one thousand construction projects, including scores of residential additions. 


Bob has been a licensed Florida Certified Building Contractor since 2006 and joined the Coastal Life Design team in 2018. As Project Manager, Bob is responsible for providing day-to-day communication with each project team to ensure jobs remain on schedule. Bob wants people to know that, “Proper planning, experienced management, and good communication are the keys to successful construction.”