The Pavilion Company focuses on custom home builds and remodels, serving the Seattle area. We are passionate about what we do and want our clients to indulge in home.

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A search for reclaimed French doors led to an encounter with an orchard farmer. The farmer had just purchased an entire package of doors so he could build a structure to house his young orange trees during the cold winter months. Not only did his trees benefit, but the farmer found himself with a beautiful secondary space. He added a dining area and a small library so he had several reasons to be with his trees.

When spring came, the orange trees blossomed. The scent was a reminder that it was time to replant the orange trees in the orchard so they could continue to grow. Not only had the farmer built something functional, but it was his favorite place to be. This pavilion originally built to serve a function was now re-imagined into something incredible.

This story inspired the name of the company and a lifestyle about going beyond solving problems and integrating function with meaning and beauty. Historically, pavilions have been used only for ancillary pleasure activities. At The Pavilion Company we invert that traditional idea and elevate spaces to indulge every day.


The Pavilion Company is a collection of lifestyle-driven trades focused on custom builds and home restoration, servicing the Seattle area. Our team is passionate about what we do.


owner, interior designer

Gabrielle James is the founder and owner of The Pavilion Company, which she holds as the most rewarding role of her entire career. As a NCIDQ licensed Interior Designer, she has experience in both commercial and residential architecture. Gabrielle believes that our homes need to contain both high levels of practical function and a little indulgence in order to create balanced spaces that support daily personal delights. Her strengths are normalizing awkward layouts and using timeless materials to bring cohesion and freshness to entire homes. She draws her inspiration from the local neighborhood, the client’s story, and the existing structure.

Gabrielle is driven to make design decisions that have context to both the place and the people using them. She loves provocative interiors that use contrast, richly warm color palettes, and just a touch of metallic sparkle. Her intent is to be a guide for her clients so that they can be educated and excited to show pride in themselves and their homes. 

NCIDQ ##31573 / WA Real Estate Broker, Skyline Properties


owner, general contractor

Nathaniel James is the founder and owner of The Pavilion Company. He is also a general contractor and oversees the operations of the company. In addition to a background in lending, legal services, and finance, he is a woodworker. Nathaniel is obsessed with taking ideas and turning them into something tangible. In every Pavilion project, there is a wood feature crafted by him, which adds a layer of intense attention to detail and old-world craftsmanship to clients’ homes. He prides himself in not choosing to build things the easy way, but instead, building them to last. He believes a little more effort now will go a long way later.


construction manager

Rob Christensen is The Pavilion Company’s Construction Manager. Rob has over 15 years of managing complex new construction and remodel projects. He brings a superior level of integrity, leadership and attention to detail as he oversees the day-to-day progress of active and upcoming projects. His favorite tasks are the ones that many people would consider the most difficult parts of construction: excavation, mechanical and electrical coordination, structural elements, site safety; instead Rob says bring it on!

His outward respect for people and hard work creates job sites that are both productive and rewarding places to be for both clients and team members. Construction is an intricate process that requires Rob’s unique level of patience and diligence in order to push through complex task sequencing, budgets, and deadlines. We are also proud to say that Rob recently obtained an advanced certificate in Construction Management from Columbia University. If you happen to see him around one of our project sites, please say hi to Rob!


interior designer

Alison says a favorite part of her job is that no two days, two projects or two clients are the same. Alison is drawn to residential interiors because she loves getting to know our clients and curating the unique backdrop to their daily life. She loves creating designs that are personalized for how they envision using their spaces. Alison thinks our homes need to be mix of function and comfort, but also to be intensely warm, inviting and provide a sense of sanctuary. She is also a Virgo, so is naturally is very fond of finding creative solutions to help keep everyone clean and organized. Her background is in high-profile hospitality design. Alison enjoys bringing the art of story-telling and style to all projects. Alison believes that small details matter and the right combination of textures, light and materials are little chances for delight as we move through our normal day. She lives just North of Seattle in Mukilteo with her husband and 2 lovely daughters.

NCIDQ ##32793


interior designer

Marisa studied interior design at Parsons in New York, The New School for Design, before working in boutique hotel design with firms in Seattle and London. Marisa’s natural eye for what looks good together provides both effortless-looking and beautiful designs, while staying efficient and pushing design forward. Alison and Marisa had worked together at a previous design firm before Alison and Gabrielle had met as well… so now that the 3 of us are finally together, we feel like this design powerhouse is ready! Marisa has experience in both residential and commercial projects. She feels that high function and high style should be a characteristic of every project she touches. Marisa lives in Bellevue with her husband and 2 young kiddos.

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interior designer & lead stylist

Scott is an interior designer at The Pavilion Company. A true Texan at heart, Scott was raised in the “oasis” of Texas. In 2016, he and his husband, Jeff, moved from Austin to the Seattle area. He joined The Pavilion Company in 2018 after founders, Nathaniel and Gabrielle, noticed his strong eye for residential design and appreciation of art and presentation. His previous experience includes working as a buyer and PR representative for a hospitality organization as well as a design assistant for a local restaurateur.  

As a designer and stylist, Scott prides himself on being able to blend the clients’ personality and life with a playful twist to their space. He loves the entire process, from the initial presentation of materials and design to his clients’ reactions after unveiling the finished product. Scott loves getting to know what makes people comfortable and happy in their homes, which motivates him to constantly be discovering and creating.


assistant superintendent

Erik is hardworking even when no one else is looking! He holds our jobsites together even when there seem to be 10 things happening all at once. Erik approaches each day with a fearless nature that allows him to have a good attitude and willingness to ask the right questions. Whether he’s working with our own team members or a sub-contractor, Erik makes sure that we are being as thoughtful and thorough as possible at every job site. Also, if you happen to drive by a jobsite on a Friday, you might even catch him in his Hawaiian shirt!