After earning a BA in Fine Art from Boston University, Barbara Cassel moved to Chicago, and then to New York City, where she worked on contract interior design. In 1979 she moved to Los Angeles and continued her work in interior design. In 1988 she got a call to be a set decorator buyer on her first feature film. Soon after, she began decorating for television and features. She is still loving every minute of her work. Cassel has worked on many series, including Without a Trace, Boston Public, Felicity, Vegas, Hung and Scandal.