They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and in some cases, they are certainly grander. In a state where the appetite for all things large and luxurious is positively voracious, cities like Houston have developed a marvelous pool of interior design talent. With more than 6.5 million residents in the Houston metro area, it is a big market for design, rivaling cities like New York and Los Angeles. People are design savvy and want top-notch creativity. Homedit has gathered a list of the top interior designers in Houston who can handle everything from designing every space in a new construction to the refresh of a living room or dining room.
Wendt Design Group
The Wendt Design Group is a full-service design agency that handles projects of all styles but has a focus on spaces that are classic modern, transitional or contemporary. Founded by licensed designer Amilee Wendt, this top interior design firm in Houston has a full team of professionals who work locally, nationally and internationally on residential as well as commercial projects. Wendt is an award-winning designer with more than 25 years of experience in the Houston area and in Asia. Numerous projects by the design group have garnered awards from the American Society for Interior Designers (ASID). The company is known for creating designs that are reflective of personal style as well as functional and stylish.
Under the tagline “happy home…happy everything,” Karen Davis creates designs that focus on stylish interiors that can “stand up to real-life living.” By blending stylish furnishings with fabrics and finishes that are functional and durable, Davis’ interiors are truly family friendly. All the work springs from her philosophy that the family living in the home is the element that provides the true feeling of home. The firm — whose name was inspired by her toddler-age daughter who had a decorating escapade with a black Sharpie — has been featured in House Beautiful and Traditional Home. Davis also maintains an award-winning design blog.
Dodson Interiors is known for its “Casual Glamour — sophisticated, refined designs that meld Hollywood glam with a transitional design. Projects ranging from remodeling to new construction have earned founder Julie Dodson the label Star on the Rise from the Houston Design Center and 20 Young Designers to Watch from Traditional Home Magazine. Said to leave “an elegant and inspired design footprint,” Dodson acquired her skills working for a number of top interior design firms in Houston, including that of her mother, renowned designer Trisha Dodson. The firm’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including Luxe magazine, HGTV and Southern Living.
Pamela Hope Designs
Pamela Hope Designs has worked on hundreds of projects in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and residential clients across the country from Maine to Alaska. On the commercial side, Hope, who founded the firm, has worked with offices of all sorts, hotels and spaces that were transformed through adaptive reuse. She earned her experience with a Manhattan designer and studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The firm has won a variety of awards on the local and national level and has received a wide variety of media coverage, including House Beautiful, Houston House & Home, and Bayou City Magazine. Hope also speaks widely on various design topics including Feng Shui, decorating and color.
Lucas/Eilers Design Associates
Based in Houston, Lucas/Eilers Design Associates has been creating creative, timeless designs for more than 20 years. Sandra Drews Lucas and Sarah Brooks Eilers operate with a philosophy of combining vision, experience, and integrity to make personal and stylish spaces that fit clients’ tastes and personalities. Their design process, paired with an exceptional eye for detail, has yielded satisfied customers from coast to coast. The firm’s contemporary, traditional and eclectic projects have earned them a variety of accolades. The pair is passionate about design and the ideas they present to clients draw on their long experience, access to resources and partnership with top shelf craftspeople.
Jane Page Design Group
Award-winning Jane Page Design Group is a full-service interior design firm creating fresh designs that have an enduring sophistication. Headed by founder Jane Page Crump, the team takes on projects big and small, from design concept all the way through furnishing and finishing. For nearly 40 years, Jane Page has worked with clients across the country to design spaces of many styles, viewing every interior as an adventure with a “life-affirming spirit of possibility.” Crump says that “A design is not good if it’s not functional or if we don’t achieve the effect desired by the client.” She was named one of Houston’s Most Influential Women in 2010 and is a former president of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and the Texas Association of Interior Design.
William W. Stubbs & Associates
William W. Stubbs & Associates creates inspired designs for clients around the world that have earned him a place on the AD 100, Architectural Digest’s list of the World’s Top Designers and Architects and the moniker “the Indiana Jones of interior design.” His work has included private residences, vacation retreats and a corporate jet. Stubbs adopts a holistic approach with the aim of designing a space for clients that “serves their lifestyles, nurtures their innermost being, and lifts their spirits each time they walk in the door.” Stubbs is also host of Emmy-nominated Moment of Luxury, a lifestyle series seen on PBS nationwide, and has a blog called Creating Your Classic Life that covers his fascinating life journey of collecting, admiring and creating.
Laura U Interior Design
Known for its bold yet polished designs, Laura U Interior Design creates interiors that are “Classically Current.” The firm was founded by Laura Umansky, a celebrated designer with degrees in art and architecture, as well as extensive design experience. Her ability to meld clean lines with striking details yields spaces of high design that are still practical living areas. Founded in 2006, the firm has more than 20 awards from ASID and her projects from across the globe have been featured in many media outlets. Clients appreciate her skill in creating the feeling of “warm luxury” within a family home that is highly functional and reflective of a family’s lifestyle.
Ginger Barber Interior Design
Harmonious designs and a penchant for neutral interiors have made Ginger Barber Interior Design one of Houston’s top firms. The founder’s motto of “keep it simple” is the cornerstone of her work that deftly combines elements of contemporary and traditional interiors. The resulting spaces are serene and uncomplicated, with a definite bent to the natural end of the design realm. For three decades, Barber has been working in Houston but she also enjoys creating designs for second homes outside the city, ranging from beach escapes to upscale farmhouses in rural areas. In 2014, the Decorative Center Houston named Barber Designer of the Year. She is also known for her support of equestrian rescue and is involved with Habitat for Horses.
Paloma Contreras Design
A modern take on traditional style is what helps distinguish Paloma Contreras Design. Contreras is an interior decorator, tastemaker, and design blogger who seamlessly blends classic silhouettes and timeless pieces with glamour and color. Well-versed in a wide range of styles, she has been recognized as a “Next Wave” interior designer by House Beautiful, named to LUXE Magazine’s “Gold List”, and recently featured as one of 10 “New Talent” designers in ELLE DECOR. With projects coast to coast, Contreras’ firm creates bespoke interiors that reflect those living in the home. The resulting spaces are both luxurious and comfortable, as well as highly personal. Her first book called “Dream. Design. Live.” will be published in September 2018.
Jillian O’Neill Interior Design
Jillian O’Neill Interior Design (JOID) focuses on creating luxurious, modern interiors that are highly livable. O’Neill’s keen eye for design was born during her modeling career in Chicago, where she honed her love for fashion and textiles, later shifting to an education in interiors. Founded in 2002, the firm’s work has since landed her in design and lifestyle publications such as Elle Decor, Modern Luxury, Luxe Interiors, and LX/TV among others. JOID was also named to the Luxe Interiors + Design 2015 Gold List and has launched a line of furnishings. The firm offers both residential and commercial design services, along with a Custom Atelier Program she calls “the quickest and simplest way to create your dream home one room at a time.”
Brown Interiors has earned its reputation for fine design as well as for being obsessed with customer service. Founder and leading Houston interior designer and interior decorator Deborah Brown turns a client vision into a home. From small home decor consults to full-house interior designs, the design staff has a wealth of expertise enabling them to solve design challenges of all types. The firm’s relationship with leading furniture manufacturers around the globe gives clients access to a wide variety of quality furnishings of all styles. Brown’s attention to detail and grace in dealing with clients have helped propel the Pearland, Texas firm to notoriety. Their stylish interiors have been featured on HGTV, A&E, and in other media outlets.
Owner and designer Meg Lonergan is one of Houston’s most sought-after designers because of her approach that balances international sophistication with classic southern style. Lonergan focuses on high-end residential and commercial interiors, putting her years of design experience and overseas life into her work. Clients value her affinity for blending the old with the new, mixing classic pieces with inventive finds, and marrying eclectic with traditional. By fusing her client’s preferences and favorite pieces with custom pieces, art and accessories, Lonergan and her team create spaces that are comfortable, functional and beautiful. Her work has been featured in many media, including Texas Home & Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and House Beautiful Magazine.
The Design Firm
Founded by owner and principal designer Kara Wuellner, The Design Firm is known not just for its originality but also for its fun-loving approach to the design process. Wuellner’s propensity for “unorthodox” design choices has allowed her to turn her three decades of design experience into an award-winning firm. Her creative style combines refined elegance with everyday living to bring a client’s “Signature Style” to reality in inspired spaces that thrum with colors textures, and diverse cultures. Described as a visionary and 3-dimensional storyteller, Wuellner has earned a number of awards from the American Society of Interior Designers and the Greater Houston Builders Association.
“Beautiful environments for exceptional living” are the hallmark of Eklektik Design in Houston. The name of the firm is a take on “eclectic” which means the best of many styles and also drives the firm’s work: Helping homeowners express their diverse individuality in a space that becomes a signature expression. Serving residential and commercial clients, owner Kathy Anderson creates interiors that are livable yet very exciting. The firm’s range of work includes remodeling, cabinetry, lighting, window treatments, home accessories, and elegant furnishings. Her accolades include awards from the ASID Houston Gulf Coast Chapter and Prism Houston’s Best, and her work has been featured in publications like Architectural Digest, LUXE and Redbook, to name a few.
By Design Interiors, Inc.
By Design Interiors, Inc. is a full-service, luxury design firm that serves the residential and commercial markets. A reputation for integrity and impeccable service has led to the firm’s work being featured in numerous publications. Working with the aim to “make your world more beautiful, By Design!” founder Peggy Fuller and her staff delight clients with a range of styles that run the gamut from calming and relaxing to entertaining and energizing. From planning to finishing, By Design uses its in-depth knowledge of products and materials in all aspects, from space planning, to choosing lighting and furniture, selecting window treatment and area rugs as well as incorporating well-considered accessories.
Gin Design Group
Gin Design Group has built its name on projects around the world: Clients in Venezuela, Spain, Brazil, and Germany join the group’s Houston roster. From private residences to restaurants, pubs, wine bars, multifamily dwellings and a boutique hotel, all have been designed by founder Gin Braverman and her team. With a background in set design, Braverman honed her interior design skills at a firm in Taipei before returning to the United States. Her experience includes a stint on HGTV’s first full-home remodeling show, “Home Rules.” She also partnered with award-winning graphic designer Evan O’Neil to found an in-house division to focus on hospitality concepts.
Janet Gust Design Group
Janet Gust has been creating interiors that fit her clients’ individual personalities since 1995. For Gust, the feel of a space is paramount in making it work for a client. Individual priorities, as well as the usability and comfort of a space, are key in designing something that makes the client happy. Having started her career in career in remodeling and multi-family commercial housing, Gust loves starting with a ground-up project or renovating a house with great bones into a modern residence reflective of a client’s personality. Her one-of-a-kind designs are the manifestation of the homeowner’s vision and lifestyle.
Pearl Design Interiors
Pearl Design Interiors offers individually tailored luxury design services for residential projects as well as for celebrity photo shoot set-ups. Owner Alecia Johnson, who was named one of the Top 20 African American Interior Designers in the United States, offers interiors design in a wide range of styles. Through in-depth research and consultation with clients, she creates designs that reflect a style — traditional, eclectic, modern, or contemporary — but also incorporate unexpected elements. The sum total is spaces that provide quality and exceed client expectations. Johnson’s work has been featured in a number of publications and included on various “Best of” lists.
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