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Who is the best designer in Hartford CT? Here are 15 candidates. Choose your favorite and tell us who we missed in the comments section.

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From its roots as a Connecticut River trading post to its rise to state capital status, historic Hartford has become a significant 21st century city. One of the oldest cities in the United States, Hartford boasts incredible architecture, historic landmarks, and beautifully renovated properties. The interior designers of Hartford appreciate and respect this long history, and yet remain open to new ideas.

As in every field, there are a few top professionals who go above and beyond in their work. The top 15 interior designers of Hartford have the expertise, creativity, and talent to make them representative of the best in their industry. They are listed below, in no particular order. Read through the list, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite designer in the poll below!

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Tammy Randall Wood
Tammy studied television and film at California State University, Northridge, and interior design at the acclaimed Parsons School of Design in New York. Tammy grew up on Hollywood sets, and the spaces she creates reflect this same attention to detail.  The name of her firm, Interior Archeology, is inspired by her father’s work on the iconic Indiana Jones film series. Tammy’s interiors reflect her ability to tell a story with strong silhouettes, texture and color.

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Kellie Burke
Kellie gravitates toward an Old World style reflective of her studies abroad in Florence, Italy. Prior to establishing her own interior design firm, she worked as a studio artist and faux painter. Her design philosophy is that a home should appear well traveled and “not have a matching, store bought look.” Kellie studied design at Skidmore College in upstate New York.

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Georgia Zikas
Georgia studied at the New York School of Interior Design. While in New York, she worked for one of Architectural Digest’s AD100 firms, Gomez Associates. She has a deep appreciation for architectural detail, and incorporates precious antiques and fine art into existing collections. Georgia believes that “design is a living, breathing thing that adjusts with life and one’s needs.”

Kirsten-Floyd

Kirsten Floyd
Kirsten has 17 years of experience working in interior design, but always stays on top of current trends. She graduated cum laude with a BA in interior design, constantly drawing upon her education in art and design history. Her creativity and project management skills enable her to create exciting designs that age gracefully. Over the years, Kirsten has gained experience in practical application and coordinating a design job from start to finish.

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Melanie Langford
Even while playing with her dollhouse as a child, Melanie was designing spaces and moving furniture from room to room. Her design philosophy is that good design is more than making something beautiful, it’s about helping people build a space they love and never want to leave. Since founding All About Interiors in 2000, Melanie has developed a solid reputation with clients, contractors, and vendors. She has held a position on the board of the Interior Design Society’s Connecticut chapter.

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Anna Smerdel-Ramoya
Anna has a European background, and began residential design while still living in Europe. She went on to continue her training and education in the United States, developing a style that respects tradition and embraces new ideas. She is the mother of young children, so Anna understands that a home needs to be functional as well as beautiful. The signature look of her firm, ASR Designs, balances style with comfort.

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Marianne Donahue
Before studying interior design and business at college, Marianne started out as a French major. In 1985, she founded the Massachusetts firm Castles and Cottages. A few years later, she met Joseph Namnoun of J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery and eventually became a partner in the company. Marianne furthers her education in architecture and interior design by attending annual seminars and symposiums in Newport and New York.

Kathy Hayes

Kathy Hayes
Kathy has completed commercial and residential projects throughout Connecticut and New England, as well as New York and Florida. Her work was featured twice in The Hartford Courant’s “At Home” section, and included in other articles. She has participated in Junior League show houses, and gave back through a benefit for Hartford Preservation Alliance and Rebuilding Together Hartford. A coveted designer, Kathy has taught decorating classes for the Life Learn Program and been a guest speaker at the University of Connecticut.

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Karen Candee
Karen often says that her design approach is not about herself, but about the client. She considers herself a means to which the client achieves their design goals. Karen studied interior design at Michigan State, and her passion for the field spans 30 years. She established Period Design in 2003, and manages each project as if it were her own home–paying attention to the details and making sure everything is completed on time and on budget.

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Leslie Ryan and Libby Gallant
Leslie and Libby are the co-owners of Ridgewood Designs, and have created interiors for residential and commercial clients since 1996. They each bring their individual style to every project, offering clients the most creative options to enhance their space. Decorating spaces that range from 600 to 6,000 square feet, they deliver diverse options to fit a client’s home and budget. Leslie and Libby also offer up creative ideas and inspiration on their blog, Gracious Living.

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Scott Scherschel
Scott gained a dedicated and loyal following in Tampa Bay while working as managing partner for Interior Spaces, Inc. With Charter Oak Design, he brings the same level of service and expertise to the New England area. His signature look combines classic design with up-to-date materials and fixtures, with elements of whimsy. Scott studied landscape design at the New York Botanical Gardens, and has been featured on HGTV’s “Gardener’s Diary” and PBS’s “Through the Garden Gate.”

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Peter Robbin
Peter graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in both Fine Arts and Interior Architecture. He has worked as a furniture designer in Paris and for several renowned New York City designers, including Angelo Donghia. In 1987, he relocated to Connecticut and founded LCR Design. Using proportion, materials, and color, Peter gives each room a cohesive and beautiful design.

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Diane Schmunk
Diane has over 30 years of experience in the industry, and 19 years of experience as a business owner. She started out in retail design for Ethan Allen and later on, taught courses on interior design. These days, she does all phases of design work for her firm, working with clients to help them discover their own personal aesthetic. Diane has recently partnered with a young and talented New York City designer on her new venture, Rehabitat Interiors + Styling.

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Frances Sloan
Frances graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan and earned her master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She worked as a feature story writer and photographer, and later designed award-winning publications for the University of Connecticut. Frances’ first interior design project was her historic Linden Place residence. An intuitive designer, she has honed her skills through classes at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Holly Holden
Holly is instinctively in touch with the details that make a home elegant, timeless, and comfortable. She inherited her tailored sensibilities from her British father, and an aptitude for entertaining from her mother. Holly grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and attended the University of Richmond School of Business. Today, she lives in a historic Federal house, Fox Hall, served as the head designer for three historic Farmington renovations.

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