In 2012 native New Yorker, Sondra Okada, arrived in Bradenton via Shanghai bringing with her 35 years of design and remodeling experience. After repatriating in 2017, she established Coastal Life Design, a coastal lifestyle themed Design-Build showroom located in West Bradenton, Florida. In 2023, she expanded the brand with the opening of the Southern Life Design showroom in Valdosta, Georgia.
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 magazines. Sondra is a principal at Southern Life Design, Okada Design Group and curator of Pinterest's '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.
Sondra Okada - Owner | Designer
Cristopher Gerdin - Project Manager/Contractor
Gary Greco - Contractor
Janet Miller - Office Administrator
Debbie Pendleton - Accounting
Ryan Burgett - Lead Carpenter
Steve Doherty - Lead Carpenter