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Interior Design: Boston

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As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is well known for its Colonial and Victorian architecture. Regarded by the world as an exemplary cultural and educational center since the 1800’s, the city continues to thrive today. Important modern architecture includes the Institute of Contemporary Art and a building designed by Frank Gehry at MIT. With all of these beautiful buildings and historical homes, the interior designers of Boston have some amazing spaces to work with.

Which of Boston’s interior design firms and decorators are most equipped to handle the challenge of rendering interiors worthy of these bold exteriors? We’re glad you asked. Listed below in random order are our picks for Boston’s top 15 interior designers. These elite professionals can transform your old home or commercial area into a fresh, stylish, and functional space.

After you peruse the list, be sure to vote for your favorite choice in the poll below!

Annsley-McAleerAnnsley McAleer

Annsley attributes her upbeat style and close relationship with clients to her Southern upbringing in Tennessee and Texas. A graduate of Vanderbilt University who studied abroad in Europe, she began her design career working for Ralph Harvard Inc. in New York. After moving to Boston and gaining additional experience at Carter & Co., she founded Annsley Interiors in 2004. Since then, Annsley has been recognized as one of Domino’s “Domino 10: Decorators on the Verge” and as one of Traditional Home’s “20 Young Designers We’ve Got Our Eye On.”

rivoli337_full-2Kristen Rivoli

Kristen’s passion for fashion and art, which began at a very young age, continues to influence her interior designs. A western New York native, she graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Boston Common named Kristen a rising star in interior design, and her Master Bathroom project has been featured on HGTV’s I want that Bath! Kristen’s expertise allows her to blend styles for striking, one of a kind spaces.

duffyDennis Duffy

As a Chemistry major at the University of Miami, Dennis’ original plans were to attend medical school. However, working in the Miami Design District sparked his interest in the field, and he decided instead to enroll in a certificate program at Parsons School of Design. After working on his own for several years in New York, Dennis transitioned to Boston and opened Duffy Design Group, Inc. in 1999. A LEED accredited designer, Dennis currently serves as Director of Education for the  New England Chapter of International Interior Design Association.

LizcaanLiz Caan

Brought up in the Midwest, Liz believes that giving her clients what they want is of utmost importance. With 12 years of experience in sales and marketing for national brands like Monster and Disney, she knows how to read people and ask the right questions. Liz earned a degree in art with the intention of becoming a graphic designer, but after moving to Boston learned the ropes in interior design. As owner of the Newton boutique store, Liz Caan Interiors, she believes in using color, contrast and original pieces to reflect the lifestyle of her clients.

kate-mccuskerKate McCusker

Before joining Benn Theodore, Inc., Kate worked in fashion in New York and London. She completed her graduate studies in interior design at the New England School of Art & Design. Studying in Europe and extensive travels have further expanded her design repertoire and influenced her chic, cosmopolitan designs. Her experience working with architects gives Kate an edge on both construction and design projects of all sizes.

 

 

 

crestinKristina Crestin

With over ten years of experience in interior design, Kristina enjoys a close relationship with her clients, local artisans, and other contacts in the trade. Her firm, Kristina Crestin Design, specializes in high-end residential interior design. Kristina’s work has recently been showcased in Boston magazine’s “Best of Boston Home” and in Better Homes and Gardens. On the weekends, the designer and popular blogger enjoys strolling through salvage stores for interesting finds.

Frank+Roop+Portrait+3Frank Roop

A career in fine men’s specialty store retailing gave Frank the basis for formulating and conceptualizing design schemes. His projects have been highlighted in national and international publications such as Elle DécorVeranda  and Architectural Digest France. Frank was named by House Beautiful as one of the top 120 designers in the United States, and he has appeared on the PBS television show FIND! as well as This Old House. His first book, The New Bespoke, includes over 160 color images by renowned photographer Eric Roth.

AmandagreavesAmanda Greaves

A native of the North Shore, Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts in interior design from Marymount University in Virginia. Amanda has been practicing design, business development, and project management within the interior design and construction industry for over twelve years. In 2010, she established Amanda Greaves & Company, which specializes in residential renovations and new construction. Wide-ranging international travels have influenced her design aesthetic, and her interiors reflect a worldly expertise combined with local knowledge.

Stephanie Rossi b&wStephanie Rossi

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. She founded the interior design firm Spazio Rosso in 2005. Her interiors have been highlighted in regional magazines such as Boston, Boston Common, and New England Home. Recently, she has been honored by ASID New England for an exceptional body of work, and she received a Lifestyle Visionary award from COUP Boston.

howeKarin Howe

For thirteen years, Karin gained a vast array of experience and a solid reputation with clients, architects, and builders while working at a Boston boutique interior design firm. In 2012, she branched out on her own and opened Karin Howe Design. Her design philosophy is to listen to her clients and create a space that reflects their taste and lifestyle. Karin’s passion for design has been apparent since earning her degree from New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University.

CREDIT: Channing Johnson for The Wall Street Journal MIDSEATSarah McGuire

Sarah earned her master’s degree in interior design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her firm, Sarah McGuire Design, provides full design services as well as an online program called Decor Kit. She teamed up with local designer to provide detailed DIY design plans so that budget-minded clients can get help decorating their homes. Sarah was named a rising star of interior design by Boston Common.

Tiffany-LeBlancTiffany LeBlanc

Tiffany studied at the Residential Interiors Program at Boston Architectural College. She comes from an artistic family, and developed her love of design during international travel to places like France, Singapore, and Thailand. She appreciates that homes are the focal point of family memories, so Tiffany strives to create an environment that realizes her clients’ dreams. As the principal and lead designer of LeBlanc Design, founded in 2005, Tiffany specializes in transitional design.

Margaret SingerJohn Pompeii
John studied under Architectural Digest’s legendary “Top 100″ designer William Hodgins. His lifelong passion for design led to a formal education at the Boston Architectural Center. John’s creative interior design firm, Pompeii Design Group, provides personal sophisticated design services. He was named one of Boston’s “Top 10 Interior Designers” by Boston Commons, and a Rising Interior Design Star” by Spirit magazine.

staff.susanne_csongorSusanne Csongor

The founder of SLC Interiors, Inc. has over twenty years of extensive experience in high end residential design. Susanne earned a Master of Science Degree in Interior Design from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she worked as a teacher assistant to the former director of the Pratt Institutes Interior Design Program. She studied decorative art and architecture in Paris with Parsons School of Art and Design, and has traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Through the adjunct program at New England School of Art and Design, Susanne has taught Color Theory and Interior Design.

benedictElizabeth Benedict 

After earning her degree in economics from the University of Colorado, Elizabeth received a certificate in decorative arts from the New England School of Art & Design. She established Elizabeth Home Decor and Design in 2005, with a mission to help clients create spaces that reflect who they are or want to become. In addition to completing projects in Boston and New York, her designs include vacation destinations in Cape Cod and Lake Tahoe. As a mother of four, Elizabeth understands that comfort is key, thus her spaces are always family friendly.

 

Photo from Flickr user Werner Kunz

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