North America’s Expert Interior Designers

Interior design has the power to transform a space into something extraordinary. Here, we showcase the work of expert interior designers across North America who shared their design philosophy and what inspires them.

Whether you’re looking to refresh your living room or embark on a full-scale renovation project, these designers offer valuable insights to help you turn your ideas into a stunning reality. Get ready to be inspired by their creativity, expertise, and passion for design!

Brenda Danso

Brenda Danso is the founder and principal designer at BD Interior Design.

The California native turned Toronto resident brings her educational background in mental health to her interior design firm.

After practicing for over five years as a Mental Health therapist, she established the interior design firm in 2017 to continue helping people feel better, by way of design.

Born in Ghana and raised in California, her colorful background and coastal lifestyle are demonstrated in her design aesthetic. The spaces she designs are soothing, functional, joyful, and just right for her clients.

She prioritizes neutral colors, natural elements and playful pops of color. Projects range from residential design to commercial design.

What motivated you to work in the field of design?

As a mental health professional, I understood the psychological impact of space transformation and the importance of creating a home that is conducive to your needs and goals.

I have the ability to use color and other elements of design to create a space that can help people feel more relaxed, more positive, and more in control. I also enjoy the creative process of designing and seeing a project through from start to finish.

What is your favorite style for interiors and why?

Some of my favorite elements of modern interiors are clean lines and open spaces. I love when a room feels uncluttered and airy, with plenty of natural light. I also appreciate simple, modern furniture and accessories.

What is one tip you would give people considering a home redo?

Some things to consider when planning a home renovation:

  • What is your budget?
  • What are your priorities?
  • What is the condition of the home?
  • What are your design goals?
  • What are the structural limitations of the home?
  • What are the zoning restrictions of the home?
  • What are your timeline restrictions?

Some homeowners may be able to complete a home renovation project independently, while others may need the help of a professional. It is important to assess your skills and knowledge in order to make the best decision for your renovation project.

If you are unsure of what you are doing, it may be best to hire a professional.

Interior Designer
Brenda Danso

Patricia Davis Brown

Interior designer Patricia Davis Brown is a 38-year veteran in the design industry who has championed every aspect of interior design.

She is a professional interior designer, a certified master kitchen and bathroom designer, and is also known for her intricate lighting designs.

Patricia began her career in 1985, and in 1992 she opened a high-end kitchen and bathroom showroom, Patricia Davis Brown Fine Cabinetry, based in Vero Beach, Florida. Her designs have garnered 17 national and multiple state awards and have gained recognition in numerous publications.

In 2010, Patricia opened a full design firm, Patricia Davis Brown Designs, specializing in whole house and commercial design. She also authors a national design blog,, which has become a media platform for the industry.

She is an influencer and speaker for the design/build community and is a designer who loves to give back to the industry that has been so good to her!

What motivated you to work in the field of design?

I was born creative. Even before I knew what interior design was, as a little girl riding in the backseat of my parent’s car, bored, to entertain myself, I would look at buildings that were run down and try to think of ways to design them to look better.

I also loved the drafting board when I took a drafting class in high school, long before computer-aided drafting. I loved creating spaces and gravitated to the field.

What is your favorite style for interiors and why?

As a designer, I do not influence my favorite style onto my clients as I am the tool that brings their dream home or space to life. That being said, I prefer transition to contemporary design because of the clean lines.

What is one tip you would give people considering a home redo?

Work with a professional team to develop your plan first. Having a plan puts everyone on the same page. You should pick out all of your finish materials before breaking ground.

Once you have your plans and your specifications, you can qualify all bids so that there are less mistakes during the process.

Interior Designer
Patricia Davis Brown

Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is the founder and CEO of Kathy Kuo Home, an award-winning interior designer, a recognized TV personality, an activist for female founders, and a loving mother-of-two.

With the mission that everyone should be able to love where they live and a deep expertise in design, manufacturing, and global distribution, Kathy founded KKH in 2012 as an e-commerce retail destination for high-end home furnishings and decor essentials supported by a robust menu of Interior Design Services and a dedicatedTrade Program.

With 20+ years of experience and as the leader of one of the largest and fastest growing platforms in the home and design industry, Kathy has unparalleled insights into the current and future business of home furnishings, decor, and interior design.

What motivated you to work in the field of design?

Growing up, my family moved often for my father’s work, so I became accustomed to defining “home” in ways that went beyond one physical space — it’s about surrounding yourself with furnishings that are meaningful and that make you feel calm and happy.

So the idea of investing in a sense of “home” has been with me a long time, and it stayed with me as I went on to study industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design and as I started my career in product design for brands like Interlude and Assouline (who are current Kathy Kuo Home vendors).

One constant throughout my career as a designer and entrepreneur has been a focus on the “Love Where You Live” mindset — which is also my company’s motto!

What is your favorite style for interiors and why?

I do always try to be trend-aware and to be knowledgeable about what’s new and hot in the home industry, but if I’m being honest, I’m not overly reliant on trends.

I love quality construction and materials, and especially objects with meaning — I like incorporating heirlooms, antiques, and personal treasures into the design of a space.

These are concepts that are going to serve a space in a stronger way than a trend will. I’m definitely drawn to the look of classically elegant motifs — elevated neutrals, clean lines, timeless silhouettes — accented with treasured pieces.

What is one tip you would give people considering a home redo?

My #1 tip would be to work with an interior designer! I know it can be a daunting prospect if you’ve never worked with a designer before, but it’s truly a game changer.

Our Interior Design Team here at Kathy Kuo Home is focused on helping our clients define their vision, make smart and meaningful purchasing decisions, and ease stress when it comes to shopping, shipping logistics, and installation.

A good interior designer will open your eyes to styles and pieces you may never have considered or been aware of, they’re going to help you maximize your budget, and they’re going to make your space truly feel harmonious.

What’s more: At KKH, our Designers can work with you on any scope — we can tailor services to a full home renovation or a one-room refresh.

Interior Designer
Kathy Kuo

Jane Lockhart

Popular television personality, author and spokesperson, Jane is one of Canada’s best-known experts in the world of design and color.

Jane is immediately recognized for her role in the TV series Colour Confidential, as a guest speaker at many home and design shows, and as a design expert on national talk shows.

Her broad knowledge and straightforward approach as an authority on creating transformative experiences through good design have inspired viewers for more than two decades.

Since graduating as an award-winning student from Ryerson University’s interior design program (Bachelor of Applied Arts Interior Design), Jane has never stopped building her brand.

Launched in 1997, Jane Lockhart Design specializes in interior design and renovation for retail, hospitality, home-building and residential clients. She has also developed and launched two successful lines of home furnishings.

Jane’s design work is regularly featured in publications across Canada and the United States. Jane Lockhart Design has been recognized with many awards from several national associations for its stellar design work.

What motivated you to work in the field of design?

I always knew I would be in design. Literally from like age 5. I didn’t know it would be specifically interiors, I just loved structure and math. I liked equations and the way things fit together. I started building things with cardboard as early as I can remember.

One time my neighbor built us a workbench for my brother but I ended up using it the most to build furniture and little houses. So I’ve known since I was a child.

What is your favorite style for interiors and why?

I know for a lot of people, it’s a new idea, but for me I absolutely adore light wood floors and I always have. It’s just there was a time when you could not get any light flooring. Only light maple!

And the problem with that is it would bleach in the sun and turn either pink or bright yellow so you really could not specify it. When I got my own home, I really desperately wanted it but I couldn’t get it so I got walnut.

But now the technology has caught up and it’s so much more readily available. I for one will be taking advantage of this trend. It’s finally the resolution to something I’ve been wanting for 20 years.

What is one tip you would give people considering a home redo?

If you’re going to redo a house, the big tip I would give you is, try to do your budget ahead of time and add a contingency to that budget.

I say that because a redo sometimes takes more energy than you account for and things can be more expensive. It’s not just because of what is going on in the market today but because people often underestimate the cost of a redo versus a new build where everything is accounted for because someone else is doing the accounting who needs to be compensated for their time.

When doing it yourself, you tend to not think about all the labor that goes in and, more importantly, all the elements that are required to finish that project properly.

Interior Designer
Jane Lockhart

Linda Merrill

Linda Merrill is an award-winning interior designer and decorator based on the South Shore of Massachusetts in a cottage dubbed “Nook Cottage” by the water.

A 12th generation New Englander, Linda’s design aesthetic is strongly influenced by the history of the region and the natural environment of the ocean.

Linda received a Certificate in Decorative Arts from the prestigious Boston Architectural College in 2002 and opened her own firm, Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings, shortly thereafter.

In 2012 Linda was awarded the IFDA New England/Design New England Magazine Showcase award for Best Living Space for her Back Bay Penthouse project. She has been featured in Cape Cod Magazine and The Boston Globe, to name a few.

Linda’s blog enjoys an international audience who benefit from her tips and insights.

What motivated you to work in the field of design?

I’ve always loved design since I was young and even did set decorating in high school and college for plays and musicals, but it never occurred to me that it could be a career.

I went to music school with plans of being a professional flutist but then developed an interest in business. After several years of working in music and television business fields and spending a lot of time decorating my own homes, I decided it was time to make a change and never looked back.

What is your favorite style for interiors and why?

I live in New England along the water, so the ocean and coastal living is a huge influence, as is the history of the area.

Each of my projects looks very unique and different from any other as it so depends on the client and their home — some homes are 300 year old antiques and others are brand new.

The unifying feature is my use of color and mixing patterns within a tightly controlled palette.

What is one tip you would give people considering a home redo?

Make a list of what you need and what you want. Really dive down into the weeds of what you want to achieve, what’s currently not working for you, what is working.

Decide what you want to keep and what new items you’re going to need. Start putting together a budget by going online and looking at what things cost.

It can really add up and whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a designer — you don’t want to be surprised at the costs of a renovation or even just a freshening up project. Armed with good knowledge of current costs and what it takes to get things done, you’ll be well on your way to achieving what you’re looking for!

Interior Designer
Linda Merrill
North America’s Expert Interior Designers

When you have a project in mind, the advice of an expert interior designer can help ensure that your home reflects your personal style.

We hope that this article has provided you with valuable insights and inspiration for your next interior design project.

Don’t forget to check out the websites and social media of our participants for even more inspiration to make your renovation dreams a reality.

Remember, interior design is not just about aesthetics but also about creating a space that reflects your personality and meets your needs. So go ahead, get creative, and let your imagination run wild as you transform your home into the space of your dreams.

Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we wish you all the best in your design endeavors!