The City of Angels has always sparked millions of people’s imaginations. It has seen by many as the zenith of lifestyle, the place to be and to live. Home of Hollywood and most of our favorite films, Los Angeles has slowly turned itself into a cultural hotspot around the globe. So it would only be natural if some of the Best Interior Designers lived and practiced there. And now it’s time to meet some of them.
Alison Kandler Interior Design
As an interior designer and decorator, this best interior designer enjoys creating beautiful rooms that are also comfortable. Her projects range in scale from redesigning a kitchen or bathroom, to designing every interior detail of a newly constructed house. While most of her work is inspired by traditional architecture and interior design from the 1920s and 1930s, she is just as comfortable working in a warm contemporary style.
While Sklar no longer is performing comedy sets — she leaves that to her husband, Randy, one half of the Sklar Brothers — she still has an off-kilter sensibility that endears Amy Sklar Design to a growing roster of funny men and women that includes Patton Oswalt and Rob Corddry. “We take our job seriously but gag around a lot,” says Sklar, who then deadpans, “It’s better that way. Trust me.” Alongside architect Barbara Bestor, Sklar’s working on a house for Almost Family writer-producer Annie Weisman.
Anna Lisa Avelar Interiors
Anna Lisa Avelar specializes in light-filled interiors that are soft yet structured, with a feeling of earthiness. Quality materials and a high standard for craftsmanship are the crux of her design philosophy. Her main office is in Los Gatos, and her team works on projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and around the country.
Angela Rich Interiors
Exquisite furnishings in beautiful surroundings are the mark of a life well-lived and discovering those treasures are the joys of a life well-lived. Every sightline within your home should present a beautiful vignette that is both delightful to the eyes and easy to live within. Weaving new treasures, art & objet d’art into your existing furnishings will blend these “joys of a life” seamlessly while achieving your interior design objectives.
Shy by nature, Michael and Alexandra Misczynski, founders of Atelier AM, keep a notoriously low profile. This is quite a feat when you have clients like Tom Cruise and collaborate with consummate modern architects like Richard Meier. The husband-and-wife duo met in Manhattan while working on different projects for the same client. Relocating to Michael’s hometown of Los Angeles, they founded the preeminent firm Atelier AM. The power couple is known as the choice designers for art connoisseurs.
Big Red Rooster
They are a multidimensional brand experience firm. From the marketplace to the workplace, they create transformative human experiences that get results. They continue to prove that by thinking and acting differently, they deliver significant value and exponential growth to their clients’ businesses. They envision, design, and implement big ideas that meet consumers where they are — creating a series of connected moments that move people to action. These experiences require more than just good design. They require smart, strategic decisions that are rooted in insights, filtered through a customer-focused lens, and delivered flawlessly. These are the type of experiences we create at Big Red Rooster. And that’s why clients all over the world are benefitting from this best interior designer’s expertise.
Birgit Klein Interiors
Birgit Klein is a Los Angeles and Montecito/Santa Barbara-based full-service interior architecture and design studio that has established a reputation for creating luxurious and timeless interiors that are both comfortable and relaxed. Birgit’s elevated aesthetic, cultivated through her European background and experience, provides a consistent foundation for her work, enabling her to balance her aesthetic vision with her client’s tastes and lifestyle to create truly bespoke environments. This custom-tailored approach allows the individual needs of each of her clients to be represented in her design, creating spaces that are both beautiful and functional.
As glamorous as her clientele — Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z, Joe Jonas, Kelly Rowland, The AllBright social club — Brigette Romanek launched her Romanek Design Studio from the Laurel Canyon home she shares with her director husband, Mark Romanek. The hillside home, once owned by Rick Rubin and possibly haunted, required an overhaul by the ex-handbag designer (her Rockstar purse was carried by Kate Moss, two Kardashians, and Eva Mendes).
Cliff Fong was born in New York and has had a diverse upbringing, living in many countries around the world. He has been a part of Los Angeles’ fertile design community for two decades as an interior designer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. As an interior designer, Cliff creates unique, personal, and often unexpected environments, drawing from various inspirations. His work is largely residential but also includes notable commercial spaces such as Michael Voltaggio’s Ink restaurant.
Commune is a Los Angeles-based design studio with a reputation for holistic work across the fields of architecture, interior, graphic and product design. The firm has designed residential, commercial and hospitality projects worldwide, a wide array of home and lifestyle products, as well as graphic and branding concepts for the fashion, arts and entertainment industries.
David Dalton Inc.
David Dalton brings more than thirty years of experience in design, architecture, set decoration, and construction to the process of creating unique and exclusive interiors.
“I truly believe Beauty has the ability to transform lives and this core belief influences all of our work and remains our primary mission,”
Demitri Christian Interior Design
Los Angeles-based designer Demitri Sgourakis works globally and is best known for his modern approach to eclectic interiors. His eye for fashion-forward style combined with his deep knowledge & appreciation for the historical roots of design, resulting in fresh yet classic creations.
Restrained and understated, David John Dick and Krista Schrock layer the colors of the California desert into livable spaces like the Silver Lake home Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis just picked up for $3.5 million. “So many rooms are beautiful in photos, but they’re not rooms you want to live in,” says Dick. Adds Schrock, “‘Warm’ and ‘calm’ are words we hear a lot from our clients,” including Innerscope Records head of A&R Sam Riback, director and screenwriter Leigh Janiak, producer Greg Jacobs, and SNL‘s former co-head writer Chris Kelly, among others.
Duffek Design & Development, Inc
Deana Duffek, the owner & principal designer is known for her high integrity, keen attention to detail, and ardent commitment to quality. Beginning her career in Interior Design 25+ years ago, Deana found her passion for design early in life and has spent her entire career immersed in the interior design & product development arenas. With both a Bachelor of Fine Art in Interior Architecture & Design and a Masters of Fine Art in Organizational Leadership, Deana brings a disciplined approach and creative leadership to each project she and her team embark on.
Fiona Lau Interior Design
Upon completing her Architecture and Interior Design program at UCLA, Fiona’s passion for interior designing grew stronger than ever. During the program, she was selected as the winner of the James R. Northcutt Scholarship award. Before starting the company, she worked at a residential development company as a designer, which broadened her view of construction. She gains her inspiration from many platforms such as books, magazines, the internet, shops, and people around her. She enjoys sharing views with others, being open-minded, and bounce ideas back and forth between different people. She believes that by being flexible and a good listener, creative ideas are born. Being flexible and a good listener allows her to see the client’s needs so that designs can be tailored to meet their goals.
Jake Arnold landed in Los Angeles six years ago under the wing of glamorous interior duo Woodson & Rummerfield, then joined up with Steve Wunderlich of 4C Design Group. While the British designer’s moody monochrome interiors have pushed him past 39,000 followers on Instagram, Arnold is more interested in the atmosphere over strict aesthetics. At the end of the day, it’s all about how you feel in a space,” he says.
A New Yorker who grew up in a family of notable designers and artists, Jamie studied architecture and design in New Orleans and Italy. After receiving his Masters in Architecture from Tulane University, Jamie relocated to L.A. and opened his own interior design firm in 2002. Featured in such major publications as Architectural Digest, Dwell, and the Los Angeles Times, Jamie is highly regarded for his keen understanding of architecture and design.
Jeremiah’s love of artistry and interiors first cultivated with furniture design. Expanding upon his technical skills, he parlayed his love of artistry and fashion into the decor, quickly gaining notoriety in the interior design world. After founding his design firm in 2011, Jeremiah has transformed countless homes, restaurants, and public spaces across coasts. His “no rules” approach to California Modern style is inspired by the natural beauty of his home state and travels to the far reaches of the globe. Jeremiah curates his clients’ homes to reflect those journeys and demonstrates that successful interior design is, above all else, a personal reflection of one’s past, present, and future.
The designer for the famous Kardashian family, Jeff Andrew’s talent is seen by millions who watch their reality television productions. A highly coveted decorator, his expanding list of diverse celebrity clients also includes Ryan Seacrest and Michael C. Hall. The native Southern Californian’s magical interiors push creative boundaries, but remain true to traditional design aesthetics. Originally a choreographer, it should be no surprise that Jeff has a well-balanced approach to decorating and an eye for beauty.
JEFFREY ALAN MARKS
Another famous face from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, Jeffrey has been a trendsetter in the design world for over twenty years. In addition to Malibu beach houses and London homes, the internationally acclaimed designer has created iconic commercial interiors, including The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica. He is currently at work on an exclusive fabric line for luxury brand Kravet.
Joan Behnke And Associates
Founded in 1999, Joan Behnke & Associates, Inc. is rooted in the deep belief of interior design as both fine art and a profound opportunity for self-expression. The firm, now grown to internationally acclaimed design practice, thrives on working intimately with their clients to transform the spaces they inhabit and infuse them with a deeper kind of beauty that transcends the imagination and continues to flourish and inspire for a lifetime. This intimate, meticulous, and dedicated process is one that Joan personally carries through each project as well as in the selection and training of every member of her team.
KATHLEEN AND TOMMY CLEMENTS
The mother-and-son team has impressed clients like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux with their pared-down but richly layered aesthetic. Tommy joined his mother’s firm, Kathleen Clements Design, in 2006 and has since flourished as a designer. The talented duo is keeping it diverse this year, with projects as varied as a mid-century modern to the renovation of a 1930’s Georgian.
Born in England and raised in London and Scotland, Kathryn Ireland arrived in Los Angeles in 1986. Prior to launching her interior design business in the early ’90s, Kathryn was an actress, clothing designer, and filmmaker. Today she is considered one of the most influential interior and textile designers in the world.
Since its establishment in 1994, Kelly Wearstler’s interior design company has blossomed to include clothing, jewelry, and home collections. Described as a “branding virtuoso” by Architectural Digest, her vibrant interiors and lifestyle boutique make her a leading name in modern American design. The multi-talented author and fashionista have been featured both on the Los Angeles Times‘ bestseller list and Vogue‘s Best Dressed list. Her famous clients include the ever so stylish Gwen Stefani and Cameron Diaz.
A mixed-media artisan and longtime resident of Venice Beach, Kim Gordon showcases steel-framed floor-to-ceiling windows, hand-troweled walls, and open floor plans that transform sand shacks into buoyant indoor-outdoor abodes. Says Gordon, who has worked with long-established interior designers Madeline Stuart and Kerry Joyce, “A lot of my aesthetic came from my wondering”.
Little Crown Interiors
Naomi Alon Coe is the founder of Little Crown Interiors and author of the nursery design book, Your Perfect Nursery. She founded Little Crown Interiors in 2008, focusing her design studio on nurseries and child spaces after seeing this specialized skill missing from other firms. Bringing together beauty, functionality, and safety, Naomi believes in creating spaces for her clients that are unique, intentional, and curated.
Mark D. Sikes is an esteemed interior designer and tastemaker working on projects throughout the United States. He is known for all-American sensibilities and a fresh take on classical aesthetics. Mark has a talent for creating beautiful and timeless interiors that embody an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD
Martyn is a household name in America and the UK, thanks primarily to his television shows Million Dollar Decorators (on Bravo TV) and Hollywood Me. Not surprisingly, the British-born designer moved to Hollywood 20 years ago to become an actor. His role in an Ed Wood film landed him the job of decorating the offices of Wood’s production company. These days, he has furniture, fabric, and fragrance lines. Fashion and jewelry product lines are in the works. His commitment has earned him the respect of such notable clientèle as Tommy Hilfiger, Elton John, and Cher.
MICHAEL S. SMITH
Honored by all the top shelter publications, including Architectural Design and Elle Décor, this A-lister is one of the top talents in the design industry. Not to mention that Barack & Michelle Obama chose him to decorate the White House and makeover the Oval Office. His early days included studies at the Otis College of Art and Design and abroad, as well as a partnership with designer John Saladino in New York. The Californian returned to his roots to establish Michael S Smith, Inc. in 1990.
Nate Fischer Interiors
Nate Fischer is a Laguna Beach Interior Designer. At Nate Fischer Interiors, we create approachable spaces that tell the story of you and your home. No two projects are alike and we have mastered the art of blending and balancing the best of modern and classic interior design styles.
As its name implies, Opulent employs a design-build approach and services the entirety of the Orange County area. It provides a full range of general contracting services and also handles project management, permitting, and engineering. It also employs the latest green building techniques and is known for its excellent customer service. Because of its approach, it is able to better control costs, making it more than equipped to deliver its projects on time and within budget. Manned by an experienced team of designers, and builders, Opulent has also worked on several large-scale development projects and was the company behind the completion of multiple 600-unit spaces. Focusing more on its single-family residential work, the firm is distinguished for its kitchens, luxurious entrances, and master bedrooms and bathrooms.
Alongside consulting for LACMA’S Decorative Arts Council as chair emeritus, Oliver M. Furth shares his vast knowledge of the city’s creative scene with such clients as Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg, Arianna Huffington, Beautycon Media CEO Moj Mahdara, UTA’s Jim Berkus, and CAA’s Michael Rosenfeld.
Peter Dunham Design
Peter Dunham was raised in France and educated in England at Stowe. He read modern languages at Exeter College and business administration at the American University in Paris. After graduating he worked in real estate in New York City. Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and immediately started his interior design company. In 2003 he launched his eponymous fabric and wallpaper collection, now sold through 16 showrooms worldwide. To house a growing collection of handcrafted furniture, textiles, and vintage find, Peter opened Hollywood at Home in 2007. Located in the Los Angeles design district, it has become a leading destination for design lovers.
Interior design is more than the making of space. It is the result of an intimate collaboration between designer and client, working together to enhance environments through an imaginative blend of aesthetics and function. Rooted in Hawaii with a reach across the U.S. mainland, and the Pacific, they are artisans of their craft. Inspired by their firm’s legacy and our client’s unique needs, they synthesize art, craft, and culture to create extraordinary spaces for living and working.
With a career spanning over 20 years and over 5 times Award Winner, Architectural interior designer Beatriz Richaud specializes in residential, commercial, multifamily, corporate, and aircraft design. Beatriz has earned a reputation for having a sophisticated style of design and a deep commitment to outstanding service for every project.
Sheila Todd Interiors
Sheila is a trained artist and designer with a sophisticated eye for spotting global trends and translating them into cool, elegant, and casual modern interiors. Sheila’s style reflects a soft contemporary approach, working with both new and old pieces to create unique and comfortable living environments. Sheila’s clients rely on her discerning taste and timeless aesthetic to help create their dream homes. Sheila has extensive experience in total and partial reconstruction, kitchen design, bathroom design, all interior detailing, decorating, and final staging.
Steichen Interior Design
Nationally celebrated interior designer Laurie Steichen is widely known for creating uniquely luxurious, harmonious spaces. With 30 years of experience in transforming interiors of high-end residential and commercial properties, Laurie’s work has been showcased in dozens of national publications including Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, and Town & Country.
Stephanie Wohlner, Allied member ASID, is a graduate of Harrington School of Design and has been designing residential interiors for over 25 years in Chicago, the North Shore, and beyond. Creating sophisticated spaces that last, she utilizes high-quality products paired with timeless designs. Stephanie infuses soul and rhythm into spaces by translating a client’s vision through a curated lens, creating a beautiful result.
Their exit from powerhouse design studio Commune hasn’t slowed down brother-and-sister duo Pamela and Ramin Shamshiri. The two Shamshiris, born in Tehran of an Iranian father and Roman mother, find inspiration in history, filtering it through a multicultural lens, and in their deep-seated belief that good design is the launching pad to a better life.
Susan Strauss Design
Susan Strauss Design is well established as a leading full service design firm creating elegant, one of a kind spaces. Founded by principal, Susan Strauss, the firm has been creating luxurious living environments for clients of the most discerning tastes for over a decade. Susan Strauss’ signature design aesthetic has kept the firm growing by leaps and bounds, attracting clients locally, nationally, and globally.
Richard Petit and Stephen Hunt’s boutique agency, named after the English production company behind such evocative films as The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus, is known for visually dramatic, highly composed moments. Case in point: the neon yellow spiral staircase in the Silver Lake renovation for film producer Sharon Oreck and her cinematographer husband, Bill Pope.
Originally from the Midwest, Trip embraces the quintessential California lifestyle, particularly when it comes to connecting outdoor living with airy interiors. With clients like Courteney Cox and Hank Azaria, it is no wonder his work is profiled in publications like Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and Vogue. He established the design firm Martynus-Tripp with Martyn Lawrence Bullard in 1996 and has continued his design excellence in his independent practice, Trip Haenisch & Associates.
“Malibu wasn’t known for its architecture,” says Colony native Vanessa Alexander, “but it always had this big surf break that attracted people,” including clients David Duchovny and Gerard Butler. Now living in Bonsall Canyon with her husband, ICM partner Steve Alexander, the designer has helped change that. While her design for the Malibu Farm restaurants exports the more casual side of California style to Miami, Hawaii, and New York, it’s her interpretation of its relaxed luxury that endears her to attorney Kevin Yorn, director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), producer Matt Tolmach, Reese Witherspoon and Jim TothJ.
The Cuban native made himself home in New York before relocating to Los Angeles and enrolling in UCLA to study design and architecture. He started out as a set designer for Walter Scott, but it was his furniture commissions that earned him his early reputation. After designing for film director John Schlessinger, his work caught the attention of a plethora of celebrity clients, including Elizabeth Taylor. Waldo’s Design has been a fixture on Almont Drive for over 28 years.
WATG – Honolulu
With care, insight, and imagination they are consistently inspired by and celebrate the people, cultures, and environments in which they work. From their dawning days in 1945 Honolulu, they have pioneered hospitality, tourism, and destination design. Independent to this day, they are a global multi-disciplinary design firm specializing in Strategy, Master Planning, Architecture, Landscape, and Wimberly Interiors. They are a team of 500 creative, world-traveling professionals designing landmark urban and leisure destinations with eight offices across three continents.
They are a team of interdisciplinary makers and thinkers, committed to creating lasting connections between people, culture, and place.
30 A interiors
Owner Carolyn Simmons has over 30 years of experience in interior design and remodels. In 2011 she decided it was time to open her own business after moving to the gorgeous Santa Rosa Beach area. 30A Interiors is a multiple-award design firm specializing in whole house projects, located along the well-known corridor of Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Carolyn Simmons and members of her team have established a collection of projects that all speak to the casual comfortable way of living on and near the beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Keeping the simple life simple and creating your happy place at the beach is at the top of the list on every project.