Your time is better spent working on your business – not buried under the paperwork that comes with it.

If you’re looking to have your financial burdens released so you can do more of what you love, we could be the perfect fit.

About Peter

Hey, Pete here. I love working with designers. Since 2002 I’ve been helping them with year-round, hands on cash flow analysis and tax planning.

When I’m not working, I love running (I ran both the Chicago and Boston marathons) and going to the beach in my home state of Rhode Island. Little known fact- I’m also on a mission to visit every ballpark in America- the current count is 23!

It’s a privilege to know such amazing designers. I learn something new every day and am excited to serve clients in this industry.

Why Designers?

To answer that, I first need to tell you a little bit about myself.

Before I struck out on my own, I worked for an accountant who had a handful of design firm clients. I quickly became their go-to guy, fixing problems and helping them grow. Throughout the year, more and more work came my way, and I couldn’t getenough. I found the more traditional accounting tasks, such as filing returns, boring in comparison to my new found duties. I wanted more.

I quickly understood that designers needed valuable accounting advice all year long, and not just a tax return filed at the end of it. That’s what prompted me to leave and launch The Designer CPA – and when I did, most of those clients came with me!


What I love about working with designers:

  • I’m envious of your creativity! Accountants by nature aren’t viewed as the creative types, so it’s nice to be around that and share in the glow of a great idea.
  • I love that many of you are completely honest with yourselves. You know when you need help, and that makes it so much easier to step in and point you in the right direction.

What we’re doing and how we’re doing it

The Designer CPA will provide valuable part-time CFO, accounting, and tax solutions to the design industry using advanced cloud based technology, integrity, and a constant balance of life and work for both customers and employees.

Help First

Our goal is to answer all of your questions. Every single one. That’s our first priority, and that’s why we’re here. You shouldn’t feel scared to ask questions.

Passionate Personality

Our entire team is passionate about the work we do to help our clients. We’re not boring accountants – far from it. We’re easy to talk to and avoid jargon at all costs. We’re not here to push paper and file a tax return once a year; we want to take an active role in helping you grow your design business.


It’s not just a word to us – we live it. Every day we’re dealing with your finances, taxes, and sensitive business information, and we do so with the utmost integrity. We value your trust, and we want every one of our clients to know that their numbers are in the best of hands.

Always Measure Value

While other firms may try to log as many billable hours as possible, our goal is to provide you with the value you expect for your money. No matter how long (or short) something takes, time isn’t important to us if you’re not seeing the results you require. That’s why we’re always measuring the value we’re creating.

No Jerks Allowed

If our office was a clubhouse, we’d hang a “No Jerks Allowed” sign right above the front door! We’ve all worked with or for rude, demanding, difficult people, and it’s never fun. That’s why we have a zero tolerance for jerks. We’re on the same team, so it’s important that we get along
and pull in the same direction.

“I have interviewed several CPAs and have admired and valued each one, but – let’s be serious – the business side of interior design is not for the meek of heart. Knowing that Peter genuinely loves working with the interior designer’s business model put him right at the top of my list.”

LuAnn Nigara