San Francisco Clients Want Style and Comfort from Top Interior Designers
San Francisco might not have the celebrity cache of Los Angeles, but it is still a city full of accomplished design professionals, driven by the city’s business and the nearby Silicon Valley area. While tech entrepreneurs may be the most high-profile sector fueling high-end luxury residential projects, the Bay area has always been home to discriminating clients who want the best interior designs for their homes. We have pulled together a varied list of the top interior designers in San Francisco, reflecting a range of styles and design processes.
Tucker & Marks
Tucker & Marks, Inc. is one of the largest firm on the West Coast specializing in luxurious, elegant, comfortable and inviting homes. With projects throughout the United States, the firm has been creating personalized living environments for high-end clients for 30 years. Founded by husband and wife Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks, the firm is known for its sophisticated, sumptuous and elegant interiors. Their creations have been featured in ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, Town & Country, and Suzanne has been named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 Top Designers of the World and won the 2015 Design Leadership Award and the 2016 Julia Morgan Award. She has also launched a collection of fabric and of china.
Form + Field
Known for its modern, individualistic interiors, Form + Field uses a holistic, process-oriented approach to create distinctive projects for its clients. Founder Christine Lin earned degrees in architecture, engineering, and business from MIT and UC Berkeley before launching the firm. Following a seamless, transparent design process, they help clients through every step, from vetting architects and contractors to assessing the interior work required at a location. The designers transform the client’s story and the home’s environment into a concept for a space that has warmth and balance as well as contrasts in shape, texture, and color.
Applegate Tran Interiors (ATI)
For two decades, Applegate Tran Interiors (ATI) has been creating residential spaces that push the conventional boundaries of design. Founded by Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran, ATI is known for its use of color in unexpected and new ways and the forms work can be seen in homes across the United States and in Vietnam, Panama City and France. Developing personalized interiors for every client, the duo is adept at handling a full range of decorating styles, from traditional to modern. ATI”s work has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Robb Report, Traditional Home, California Homes, Trends Magazine, CA Home + Design, and HGTV. Tran has a line of furniture and is launching a new lighting collection.
LOCZIdesign is a full-service firm that works under the philosophy that “everyone should benefit from exceptional design.” The firm’s design process centers on the fact that no two spaces are created equal and the designers start by walking the space, discussing ideas and gaining an understanding of what the client desires. With a wide network of technical professionals, LOCZIdesign loves technical projects including the remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms, along with home additions and construction management. Led by founder Paige Loczi, the firm is known for its designs that take risks and stand as inspired spaces as unique as the clients who live there.
Grant K. Gibson Interior Design Inc.
The philosophy that “a home is the ultimate reflection of personality” is what drives Grant K. Gibson Interior Design. For 15 years, Gibson has been building a top-notch reputation for classic, well-edited and functional spaces. Critical eye to detail and impeccable customer service distinguish the firm, which works on residential projects across the country. Gibson was also chosen to serve as consulting designer on the One Kings Lane’s corporate headquarters. Their eclectic work has been featured in major design publications including Architectural Digest, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens and Elle Decor. Gibson has also penned a book, scheduled for publication in late 2018.
Palmer Weiss Interior Design
A West Coast designer with a southern-infused design aesthetic, Palmer Weiss draws on her Southern roots for her unique style that both respects tradition and embraces new ideas. She also eschews trends and works to create homes that are functional as well as beautiful, with timeless interiors that feature her “signature bursts of color and a little bit of that Southern eccentricity thrown in for fun.” The firm’s work was received attention from top publications such as LUXE, Coastal Living, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and HGTV Magazine. In addition to residential design projects, the firm is said to excel in furniture design as well.
Ann Lowengart Interiors (ALI)
Ann Lowengart Interiors operates with a number of core values to create its stunning interiors, including the most important one: Deliver on time and on budget. The founder has a simple but effective design process: Listen to what a client wants, do the research, run the numbers and tell them what it will cost. Once those steps are complete, she says the joy of the creative process can shine through. When she launched the firm, her work started with bathrooms and kitchen remodels, growing quickly to became full remodeling projects. Lowengart’s business expertise and “fearless approach to color” has led her work has to be featured in magazines like Architectural Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Modern Luxury Interiors CA, ELLE DECOR, and Town & Country.
In little more than a decade, founder and interior designer Melanie Coddington has grown Coddington Design into a trusted interior design firm serving select clients up and down the California coast. Known for imbuing her interiors with livable luxury, Coddington’s warmth and collaborative spirit help her realize each client’s vision. Her team leverages their network of architects, builders, and landscape designers to create something that truly reflects the clients and how they live. Luxpad has named her one of the top 25 designers in California and House Beautiful listed her among the country’s ‘top 20 interior designers to watch.’
Jeffers Design Group
One of the most sought-after Bay-area designers, JayJeffers – The Studio provides a full range of concept-to-installation services to create homes that are both luxurious and livable. The studio strives to design “spaces with soul and atmosphere that feel collected over time” and harmoniously mix contemporary, vintage and antique pieces of all kinds. With projects in California, New York, Texas and Florida, the firm’s staff represents more than 50 years of combined experience. Elle Décor has included Jeffers on its A-List of top interior designers and his work has been published in top magazines such as House Beautiful and Departures. He opened his first retail space in 2012 to showcase a capsule collection of his bespoke furniture, and in 2015, launched the Jay Jeffers Collection for Arteriors, which consists of home accessories for entertaining and designed a second signature collection of furniture, accessories and lighting for Arteriors in 2016.
Kendall Wilkinson Interior Design
Kendall Wilkinson Design works with a “passion for the sophisticated, the delightfully unexpected, and making the old new again.” The firm works to create artful and timeless interiors for its clients. For nearly three decades, founder Kendall Wilkinson has been designing spaces for luxury residential clients as well as hospitality, retail, and corporate spaces. With sustainability and green concepts in mind, she also helps clients create “healthy homes” in a wide range of styles, depending on client desires. Wilkinson also created lines of signature furniture and of fabrics. Her work has been featured in many major media outlets including Architectural Digest, ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, InStyle, LUXE and Town & Country.
Cecilie Starin Design
Bringing her training as a fine arts painter to interior design, Cecilie Starin creates interiors that are fresh and refined, reflecting “comfortable modern classicism.” Approaching every space as a still life, Starin puts her training, fashion design experience and love of architecture into the creation of every room. This unique background leads her to develop designs that are eclectic, mixing various styles and geographic origins into one-of-a-kind interiors. Using shape, texture and contrast, she creates interiors that make strategic use of style juxtapositions in her high-end residential projects. Starin’s work has been featured in publications including Luxe Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Traditional Home, Paper City, and many others.
Faiella Design is a boutique interior design firm that focuses on creating inspiring, beautiful living spaces that fit a client’s lifestyle and budget. Founder and artist Anastasia Faiella revels in transforming a space to achieve a client’s dream home — a space that is new, fresh and inspiring. Materials and their textures play an important role in creating a living environment for Faiella, who loves the process of turning a space into a personal home. The firm’s work has been featured in publications such as California Home Design, Better Homes and Gardens and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was also selected to participate on the design team transforming an addition to the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.
Gamble + Design
gamble + Design provides full-service interior architecture and design services for residential projects big and small. Known for its designs that have clean, modern lines, gamble + Design is passionate about translating a client’s vision into spaces that reflect his or her taste and lifestyle with panache and comfort. Founded by Murray Agnew and Jeni Gamble, the firm pays great attention to light, color, and texture as well as the character of a space and the surroundings. Their spaces are not only beautiful but wonderful to live in. The firm offers everything from space planning advice to design drawings, full-scale renovations and the selection and purchasing of furnishings, decor and other elements.
HSH Interiors was founded by Holly Hollenbeck in 2002 and is a full-service boutique interior design firm focuses on large-scale projects. Ranging from remodels to new construction, the high-end residential projects that HSH undertakes all result in sophisticated interiors that have a fresh approach. Staying true to a client’s style, the space designed is infused with his or her personal aesthetic and is a true extension of their self. The firm’s services range from color consultations or room designs to complete project management or custom furniture design, all drawing on Hollenbeck’s knowledge of color, textiles and customization. The work of HSH has been featured in a variety of media outlets including California Home and Design, Houzz and Bridge for Design.
Ian Stallings Design
A high-end, full-service interior design firm, Ian Stallings Design has more than a decade of experience working in the finest homes in San Francisco, London and New York. His commitment to a client’s needs, desires, experiences, and aspirations drives Stallings’ design process. He views “each client as a muse and their space as a canvas.” Rather than just decorating a home, he uses his skills and experience to create a meaningful and profound relationship, which results in style with substance. Stallings’ design work runs the gamut from interior architecture and interior design to custom furniture, from concept to completion.
Founder Jeff Schlarb and his design teammates work under the motto of Rad Elegance. The firm’s expertise ranges from interior architecture and kitchens and bathrooms to full-scale renovations and decoration projects. Their team synergy creates an alchemy that drives their innovative designs that are classic yet contemporary. Embracing new technologies for the home and design processes, Schlarb and his team created “innovative, intelligent and collected atmospheres” with high standards and personal service. Once described as, “Curiosity without the chaos,” Schlarb and his work have garnered attention from media such as California Home + Design, SFC&G, Gentry, SF Magazine and Trends Magazine.
Kimball Starr Interior Design
Kimball Starr believes in changing your life one room at a time. The award-winning interior design focuses on transforming spaces into intelligently planned interiors that are beautiful. Starr says her clients’ client’s passions, lifestyle, and environments inform her inventive and sensitive use of materials to create spaces that have comfort, balance, and livability. Drawing on her team of architects, contractors, and talented artisans, she designs spaces according to a client’s style. Her firm also employs sustainable design with environmentally conscious building materials, furniture, finishes, and fixtures, as well as healthful interiors for those who have chemical sensitivities or compromised immune systems.
Kriste Michelini Interiors
Award-winning Kriste Michelini Interiors has a reputation for its timeless and classic, contemporary designs that truly reflect a client and his or her lifestyle and aesthetics. Specializing in full-scale design projects, Michelini oversees all phases of the design process, from initial planning through installation. Her expertise and passion for modern interior design allow her a unique breadth and flexibility in transforming a space according to a client’s vision. A background in business, as well as commercial real estate, armed Michelini with serious management skills and the firm is distinguished by her disciplined approach to luxury interior design. She was named one of Traditional Home’s 2014 “New Trads,” a group of emerging designers redefining the traditional landscape and earned the Houzz 2018 “Best of Design” and “Best of Customer Service” awards.
High design. low blah. That’s the tagline for MAS Design, founded by Dawn Carlson in 2012. Carol Perry joined the firm in 2013 and brought with her a strong commitment to perfection. The pair is known for spaces that are chic and design-forward, combining the design styles of the two. A: sophisticated taste with uniqueness and edge. While celebrated for its designs, the firm is also distinctive for its work style and fun-loving culture. The dynamic that MAS creates with its clients eases the stress that sometimes accompanies the design process. Through collaborative work, MAS develops thoughtful compositions that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also are “inspired expressions of who their clients are.”
Miss Alice Designs
Miss Alice Designs believes in the transformational validity of the design process. Funder Alice Chiu says that design art that transforms a blank or existing canvas by adding layers and embellishments to create a new masterpiece. The firm follows a client-centric approach and works closely and collaboratively to establish the trust that her design will reflect the client’s hopes and desires. Miss Alice, as she is known, has built her reputation on creating interiors that evoke sublime feelings of beauty, harmony, serenity, and safety. In 2015, she won Best of Houzz in customer satisfaction, Best of Houzz 2016 in Design, and was listed as a Top 20 Interior Designer 2017 and 2018 on Expertise.
Niche Interiors creates distinctive, sophisticated homes for high-end residential clients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their signature approach to design relies on being streamlined and personalized. Founder Jennifer Jones has simplified the process of designing a home and its process-driven pragmatism is popular among tech clients. Taking a client’s individual tastes and channeling their visual preferences into a tailored design provides an organized and seamless experience from start to finish. Jones’ well-traveled eye and blend of sophistication and sustainability have led her to be named Designer to Watch by Rue Magazine and included on the Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List in 2017 and 2018.
Described as “calmly colorful and with each space put together with a smooth brushstroke,” spaces designed by Rachel Blindauer uniquely reflect a client’s personality. Specializing in full-service residential and boutique retail/commercial interior design, Blindauer has more than 12 years of experience designing spaces and residential products, which she honed at Williams Sonoma where she designed more than 800 items. Her services include the full complement of interior design selections, as well as developing custom-designed rugs, sofas, mirrors, lighting, and furniture for her clients. Her firm was named top 20 design firms in San Francisco, Top 12 Interior Designers to watch on Instagram and nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.
Regard Design is known for designing spaces from construction through to the very last aesthetic detail. Under the motto L’arte de Vivre (The Art of Living) founder Isabelle McGee leverages her French upbringing to design spaces that provide a cohesive experience. Relying on the “artistry of truly thoughtful design,” the firm makes sure that each specific piece and detail is chosen based on the client’s lifestyle presenting a naturally luxurious result. Her previous work includes redecorating the Ritz hotel in Paris, the Four Seasons in Mexico City, the Sheraton in Seychelles, the Meridien in Jakarta and Paris, and the Pullman in Lisbon. In addition to her design studio, McGee offers hand-made luxurious accessories in her storefront