African American Interior Designers


For the past few months, I have been working on a project that I'm really excited to share with you today.  It started out as a search for an answer to a question, but has turned into a quest.  I began with the idea to collect the names of African American Interior Designers and post them here as a resource for those seeking to hire, support, and celebrate those working in the field.  

It was important for me to create a list of designers capable of handling design projects of all sizes and scope.  I collected names from design showroom staff from all around the country.  That proved to be a great jumping off point.  Many vendors were happy to join in the celebration and put forth
their favorite clients for consideration.

I also took recommendations from realtors, home builders, and design bloggers.  Anyone who could contribute to the list of names that I share with you today.  In the end, I turned all my findings over to a panel who read tons of bios and reviewed countless images.

I am proud of the names that are on the list.  Some you've heard of.  Many you likely have not. 
It's a very talented bunch. So join me in celebrating... 

The 2011 Top 20 African American Interior Designers 

Michel Boyd               Smith Boyd Interiors    SmithBoydInteriors.com     Atlanta
Cecil Hayes            Cecil Hayes                  CecilHayes.com                  Miami        
Elaine Griffin              Elaine Griffin               ElaineGriffin.com               New York
Ron Woodson            Woodson and Rum        WandRdesign.com             Los Angeles
Sheila Bridges           Sheila Bridges             SheilaBridges.com         New York
Darryl Carter               Darryl Carter                DarrylCarter.com               Washington DC
Afiya H. Kumar         AHA Designs              AHAdesigns.com               Chicago
Robin Wilson              Robin Wilson Home    RobinWilsonhome.com    New York 
Joan Goodwin             Verandah Interiors      Vcustomdesigns.com         Columbia, SC
Keitha Brathwaite   Contrast Design            Contrastdesigngroup.com Chicago
Joy Moyler                    Joy Moyler Interiors    Joymoylerinteriors.com     New York
Marian Akinloye      MA Design Studio       MAdesignstudio.com      New York
Erin Shakoor               Shakoor Interiors          Shakoorinc.com           Chicago
Venus Williams        Vstarr Interiors             Vstarrinteriors.com        Miami
Lisa Turner             Interior Obsessions       Interiorobsessions.com    Los Angeles
Courtney Sloane     Courtney Sloane           Courtneysloane.net             New Jersey
Janice Palmer          Ydesign International   YdesignLLC.com               Atlanta
Roderick Shade         Roderick N. Shade Interior Design   Roderickshade.com     New York
Katherine Alford    Nyla Simone Home      Nylasimonehome.com       Tempe, AZ

image credit: Portfolio Images-1. Erin Shakoor 2. Michel Boyd 3.Cecil Hayes



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