African American Top 20 Interior Designers

The 2014 African American Top 20 Interior Designers



Linda Allen * Linda Allen Designs* LindaAllenDesigns.com LosAngeles

Nile Johnson * Nile Johnson Design * NileJohnsondesign.com * DC

Alicia Lamar *Alicia Lamar Home *AliciaLamarHome.com  * Los Angeles

Anishka Clarke *Ishka Designs* Ishkadesigns.com * New York

Lorna Gross- Bryant *Savant Interior Design  * SavantID.com *Bethesda, MD

Tiffany Brooks *You and Your Decor  * YouandYourDecor.net *Chicago

Robin Wilson * Robin Wilson Home * RobinWilsonhome.com  *New York 

Joan Goodwin * Verandah Interiors  * Vcustomdesigns.com  * Columbia, SC

Rae Revelle * Ray Norris Design *  RayNorrisDesign.com  * Arlington, VA

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

Michel Boyd * Smith Boyd Interiors *  SmithBoydInteriors.com * Atlanta

Elaine Griffin * Elaine Griffin  * ElaineGriffin.com  * New York

Ron Woodson * Woodson and Rummerfield *  WandRdesign.com  * Los Angeles

Sheila Bridges * Sheila Bridges * SheilaBridges.com  * New York

Lisa Turner * Interior Obsessions  * Interiorobsession.com  * Los Angeles

Janice Palmer * Palmer Design Group * PalmerDesignLLC.com * Atlanta

Roderick Shade  * Roderick N. Shade Interior Design  * Roderickshade.com  * New York

Howard Brown * Howard Brown Design *  HowardBrownDesign.com * Atlanta


2014 HALL OF FAME DESIGNERS
Darryl Carter * Darryl Carter * DarrylCarter.com * Washington DC
Cecil Hayes * Cecil Hayes * CecilHayes.com  * Miami  

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2012
Thank you for all the love and support you've shown the designers for our African American Top 20 list!  It's been more impactful than I could have imagined.  The editors at Editor-at-Large posted the list a few days after it was released.  This was huge for the designers on the list because it immediately gave them national exposure.  Since then, the African American Top 20 has been referenced on countless blogs and online news outlets.  Most of the designers were contacted and have been featured in both national and international publications. 

I read all of your comments and took new recommendations and names of designers.  
The list continues to evolve and I ask for your continued support of it and the designers represented.

This year, we're having a party!  The 2012 list will be unveiled in Manhattan, New York where we're gathering at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club to celebrate the designers and their contributions to the interior design industry.  This will be the first time many of the designers will meet each other in person and I can't wait to see these icons interact.  I am so excited to debut such an event this year and
hope that you will join us in the celebration.  

Without further ado, here are the designers selected for the
2012 African American Top 20 Interior Designers List.


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

Howard Brown * Howard Brown Design * HowardBrowndesign.com  * Atlanta, GA

Robin Wilson  * Robin Wilson Home *  RobinWilsonhome.com  * New York 

Joan Goodwin  * Verandah Interiors  * Vcustomdesigns.com  * Columbia, SC

Keitha Brathwaite  * Contrast Design * Contrastdesigngroup.com * Chicago

Alicia Lamar * Alicia Lamar Home * AliciaLamarhome.com *  Los Angeles

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

Anishka Clarke * Ishka Designs *  Ishkadesigns.com* New York

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

Helen Bailey * Urban Livin * HelenBailey.TV * Palm Beach, CA




2011

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

The List in No Particular order

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

Kimberly Ward * Kimberly +Cameron * Kimberlyandcameron.com  * Houston

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