part III of the Top Twenty Interior Designers I Would Hire



Hope y’all had a lovely Christmas!

This is a continuation of the top 20 interior designers I would hire— if I were massively wealthy and so forth…

Here, to round out the top twenty interior designers I would hire are the final 5

[for now, that is… there really are so, so many fabulous designers out there and many of them I have discovered while working on this blog.]

Again, these are all in alphabetical order by first name. If you missed the other two posts, you can find them here and here.

Steven Gambrel

Oh man… The strangest thing happens to me when I look at a Steven Gambrel room. It’s that feeling that you get when you’re falling in love. Ya know? I am so unbelievably infatuated and I think I’ve figured out why. Steven’s rooms are everything I could ever want in a man. They are handsome, intelligent, strong, serene, self-assured, stylish, elegant; there’s always this underlying element of warmth and unequivocal beauty, along with a dash of mystery.






See what I mean?

Suzanne Kasler

I’ve never seen a Suzanne Kasler room that I didn’t absolutely adore. Her neo-classical inspired designs always look fresh but are deeply routed in tradition. I love her!


A classic contemporary interior by Suzanne


Suzanne Rheinstein

Suzanne’s rooms are incredibly elegant and often feature a gorgeous Chinoiserie wallpaper.

One of my favorite dining rooms ever


Thomas Pheasant

I’m running out of superlatives. Sublime designs by Thomas Pheasant.


Victoria Hagan

No top 20 list could be complete without including Victoria Hagan. She first caught my eye when she was a very young designer and a protegé of interior designer Simone Feldman in the late 1980’s. Tragically, Simone passed away about 24 years ago from leukemia and Victoria, who already had made a name for herself, just kept right on going. Her work is always tailored, classically inspired and usually monochromatic in its palette. I have found much inspiration in my practice from her designs.


Architecture by Ferguson Shamamiam


Windsor Smith

I love Windsor’s rooms because their rooted in classical forms but just a bit left of center. There’s nothing wishy-washy about a Windsor Smith room; her range is quite varied from soft and serene, to colorfully assertive.


Please. I want this. And I’m so happy to be able to mention that this was a collaboration with the wonderful architect, Steve Giannetti. I have often mentioned him and his fabulously talented interior designer wife/ Brooke on this blog and so am going to sneak them in here. They recently built THE most magnificent hacienda/paradise in California which they dubbed Patina Farm. And— most deservedly, it is going to be featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Veranda


Alright! That does it for now, with my favorite 20 or so interior designers, that I adore and wouldn’t hesitate to hire… if only! And, I know that I’ve missed many other wonderful designers. Did I leave out any of your favorites? Who are they? I’d love to know!


  • Lin - December 27, 2014 - 11:09 PM

    These designers are great, but I would hire Mark D. Sikes. He is so fresh & so brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - December 27, 2014 - 11:16 PM

      Hi Lin, I love Mark too! Not sure if you saw the previous post or not, but he’s definitely on my list! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel