meet our team

Danielle Saintard Valiente

Danielle Saintard Valiente

Owner/Lead Designer

Danielle is an energetic entrepreneur with a passion for design, public speaking, writing and philanthropy. Deciding that she wanted to be an interior designer at the age of 13, Danielle has not strayed from the path she knew she was destined to pursue. Upon graduating in 2010 with a CIDA accreditation and a Bachelors of Science in interior design from Endicott College, Danielle drove from Beverly, Massachusetts down to Wilmington, North Carolina, a sight unseen. In 2014, Danielle founded Port City Design Group, where she began collaborating with residential and commercial clients in new construction, remodels and project management. Her favorite aspect of being in the design business is the strong relationships she has built with her team, PCDG clients, builders and subcontractors, in addition to implementing strong communication and organization into every project.

Danielle was the recipient of the Wilmington Business Journal’s Women to Watch Awards for the Business Category, The Carousel Center’s Tinman Biggest Heart Award and she has competed on a state-wide level on behalf of her Toastmasters club. She is currently a Board Member of the Cape Fear Literacy Council where she actively participates on the marketing committee. Danielle has written a series of children’s books titled Smunchkin Learns and released her memoir titled 180 Degrees, Emerging from Childhood Darkness in January 2021. Danielle’s hobbies outside of work include weightlifting, teaching dance, hiking and seeking nature adventures with her husband JP and two dogs Cruz and Clarke.


Natalie Hill

Office Manager

Natalie is a Charlotte native, where she graduated from UNCC with a B.S. degree in Business Management. She moved to Philadelphia shortly after graduating where she gained professional experience in the customer service and technology field. After spending two years in the city of brotherly love, Natalie realized her heart was in North Carolina and made her way down to Wilmington. She specializes in organization, multitasking, communication and creativity. She has a passion for empowering others and spreading positive energy. Outside of the professional world, Natalie enjoys being outdoors for hikes, ocean time, playing sports and spending quality time with her friends!

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Ingram Ballard

Interior Designer

Ingram brings both business and design skills with her education and natural talent. With an architect Dad, Ingram grew up watching the creation of floor plans, the process of construction and interior design. Ingram pursued her B.S. in Business at East Carolina University and quickly joined PCDG where she has grown as an integral team member, with her creative vision and detailed execution on projects. Growing up on the water was fun and inspiring, but Ingram also loves her barn time and riding horses. Outside of her passion for design, Ingram loves fashion, painting, boating and spending time with her two dogs, Penelope and Harper!   

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Jessica Devore

Design Assistant

Jess fell in love with the laid back lifestyle on the North Carolina coast after summer visits throughout the years, knowing that one day she would permanently be back here. Thankfully, that day was sooner rather than later and in 2021 Jess took a cross country road trip from Texas to NC.

By bringing several years of experience from working in the construction industry and having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Texas, Jess is well equipped to assist two interior designers by day and two dogs by night!

In her spare time, Jess enjoys baking, reading, spending time outside on the water, and exploring new sites & bites around Wilmington with her fiancé Phillip and their two dogs, Beam & Rye and two cats, Jupiter & Ollie.

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Claire Wike

Personal Assistant

North Carolina’s coastal plains have shown a whole new face of nature, quite different from Claire’s former home in the piedmont of South Carolina. From a young age Claire’s delight in the tiniest new observations was contagious. With leather-bound log in hand, she uses various art tools and forms to illustrate and proclaim her love for family and the outdoor life. To recharge… friends, hip hop, Bible study, and videography are at the core. She joins in assisting the daily details of the fast paced PCDG, alongside student life!

Joe of All Trades

Installation Manager

Joe of All Trades is the lead on all PCDG installations and has been with the company since it opened. Joe is an expert on moving and arranging furniture, hanging artwork and mirrors and basically anything else we need him to do! Joe is also part of our project management team and handles everything from demo, to on-site fixes and the rebuild. Joe enjoys spending his free time with his cat.



Project Manager

Ricardo is from Santiago, Chile and moved to the United States with his family seven years ago. In Chile, he studied administration and worked in management, but when he came to the U.S. he found himself enjoying home improvement projects. Ricardo manages the warehouse and helps manage projects with PCDG, where his bilingual abilities are one of his assets. He is also Danielle’s Spanish teacher! Ricardo enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his wife and two sons to continue discovering the wonders of this country.


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