Cassandra BuckalewCassandra Buckalew graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a FIDER (now CIDA) accredited school, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. While in college she studied all aspects of the built environment including the different focuses of interior design: Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Specialty (Retail) Design and Historic Preservation. Because of the demanding curriculum at the Art Institute, she also has a strong background in art history, history of design and history of architecture. She interned with T. Duffy and Associates while in college, and upon graduating, was hired by one of the Southeast’s most prestigious residential design firms, Suzanne Kasler Interiors. In 2005, she started her own interior design firm, Cassandra Buckalew Interiors. Her skills include, but are not limited to, architectural plans, including electrical plans, power and communication plans, furniture plans, elevations and details, using AutoCAD and architectural rendering. Lighting calculations, building codes, ADA and universal or barrier-free design, space planning, and basic human factors and material specification are also within her skill set and things she always considers when designing.

In April of 2008, she left design briefly to embark on a new journey and follow an idea to open a trolley company on the Marietta Square, The Historic Marietta Trolley Co., a trolley sightseeing tour. In 2010, she expanded Marietta Trolley by launching Marietta Pedicabs, an on demand cycle cab service, and later purchasing Ghosts of Marietta, a walking ghost tour. In February of 2012, she launched The Peachtree Trolley Co., providing trolley sightseeing tours of Atlanta.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors at The Marietta Welcome Center and Visitors Bureau, United Arts of Cobb, Earl Smith Strand Theatre, and is past Board member of The Cobb Chamber, as Marietta Area Council Director in 2012 and Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. She graduated from Leadership Cobb in 2010 and Honorary Commanders in 2011 and currently serves on the Honorary Commanders Steering Committee. She has Co-Chaired the Marietta Christmas Pilgrimage and Tour of Homes in 2010, 2011, and 2012, The American Cancer Society’s Swordsman’s Ball in 2011 and The Art and Design Show House in 2012. In 2010 she was named by Cobb Life Magazine as one of their “Top 40 Under 40,” and The Atlanta Journal and Constitution featured Buckalew in their My Style Fashion Feature. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and International Interior Design Association. In 2013 she was named YWCA’s Woman of the Year and one of Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s Southern Notables in 2013.

She lives off the Square in Marietta with her husband Brian and English bulldog, Huck.