The 15 Best Interior Designers in Kansas City

Interior Design: Kansas City

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Who is the best Kansas City interior designer? Here are 15 candidates to consider. Vote for your favorite and tell us who we missed in the comments section.


With a metropolitan area that spans two states and 15 counties, Kansas City has a plethora of opportunities for its interior designers. With incredible art deco style architecture as well as arts and fashion districts, inspiration surrounds these local interior designers.

Looking for the best and brightest in Kansas City to redecorate your residential or commercial space? We’ve curated a list of the top 15 interior designers in the area. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below!


Kurt Knapstein
Although a native of St. Louis, Kurt calls Kansas City home and has committed himself to the city’s causes. He is a former Bacchus Ball chair, and an active supporter of organizations like the Kansas City Free Health Clinic and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Kurt brings 20 years of local design experience to his company, Knapstein Design. He attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City.


Mary Madden
Mary’s design philosophy is getting to know her clients, so she can create design solutions that will enhance both their space and lives. Mary grew up in a multi-generation family design business, and began working at Madden-McFarland at a young age. She is one of the four Madden siblings who work at the firm. In addition to residential and commercial design services, the company boasts a premiere furniture showroom.


Jill Tran
Jill worked alongside her mother at Jean Bailey Interiors for 19 years. She purchased the business in 2001, and changed the name to Jill Tran Interior Design. Jill has 23 years of experience as a buyer at the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, High Point Market. Her lamp designs are sought after by exclusive retailers like Neiman Marcus, and one piece was part of the set design for the television show “Will & Grace.”


Erica Kay
Erica is a former basketball player and wine connoisseur who loves the challenge of designing a kitchen. She compares design to putting together a puzzle, ensuring that its functions are tailored to an individual’s need. Her design aesthetic is making comfort look beautiful. Erica resides in the Roeland Park community with her husband and their puppy.


Keith Wardlaw
Upon realizing that very few quality urban and modern furniture pieces existed that didn’t have to be ordered online, Keith started Plus Modern Design with the idea of bringing these quality pieces directly to the consumer. As the founder, he personally oversees all design projects to ensure their perfect execution and completion. A man of many hats, he also has a lot of experience with visual merchandising and business management.

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Matthew Keller
Matthew traveled an unconventional path to a career in interior design. His unusual background includes serving in the United States Air Force, racing stock cars, and managing a multimillion dollar sales territory. He founded Matthew Keller Design to break the mold of preconceptions about designers. From contemporary urban lofts to traditional country homes, his portfolio is as diverse as his experience.


Janine Terstriep
Janine owns her own interior design business, The Decorative Touch, as well as the design studio Exclusive Interiors. With many years of experience, she has cultivated a network of quality installers, seamstresses, and contractors. Janine strives to find the balance between great design and her client’s vision. She has been published in Kansas City Home and Garden Magazine and KC Luxury Living Magazine.


Arlene Ladegaard
Arlene is the principal designer of Design Connection, Inc. With more than 30 years of experience, she has provided innovative design services to 500 satisfied clients nationwide. Arlene is originally from Southern California, where she practiced and taught interior design in Santa Monica. She studied interior design at universities in Missouri and California.


Lisa Davis
Lisa believes that interior design will improve not just the aesthetics of a client’s home, but their quality of living. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Lisa started her design career in a residential architecture office, and created Interiors Nouveau in 2008. An approachable designer with unique designs, she has completed projects across the Midwest and West.


Kathleen Ramsey
Kathleen’s style is varied because her main priority is to reflect the personality and design goals of each client. She has a degree in interior design, and over 10 years of industry experience. As a former Registered Nurse, she is uniquely qualified to design for the long-term needs of her clients. Kathleen is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.


Joe Haas
Joe offers full-service design consultations through the eclectic antique and accessory shop, Webster House. With over 30 years of experience, the Kansas City Art Institute graduate can guide you in a lasting design plan. He uses antiques and contemporary design to create unexpected, unique, and inviting interiors. His work has been featured in Kansas City Home Design and the Kansas City Star.

karen mills

Karen Mills
Karen is a homegrown interior designer who believes that everyone should have access to great design. She hosted the first design & lifestyle show on radio, “Living Large.” Karen designed a bathroom for Kohler’s national headquarters and was featured as a national color expert by TV show host Bob Vila. She graduated from the University of Kansas, and demonstrates a commitment to her community through volunteer work.


Katy Sullivan
Katy’s design mantra is “less is more.” After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in textile design, she moved to New York City and attended the famous Parsons School of Design. She also designed for a high-end brand of industry leader Lee Jofa, and founded her own firm. Since relocating her business to Kansas City, the award-winning designer has been highlighted in the Kansas City Star and Small Room Decorating Magazine.

Alejandro Lopez

Alejandro Lopez
Alejandro’s European style of contemporary, luxurious and functional design enables him to create unique spaces for his clients. The Spanish native moved to Kansas City from Miami, bringing with him his expertise in luxury living and modern design. His studio and showroom feature his own Alejandro Home Couture line, as well as the exclusive and coveted Calligaris collection. He has been featured in Spaces Magazine and KC Magazine.


AJ Miller
AJ graduated from the National Redesign Institute, and loves all aspects of home improvement. A licensed realtor and business savvy designer, AJ holds a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University. She keeps up-to-date with specialty classes from the Kansas City Art Institute. She lives near the Plaza with her husband, daughter, and their Great Dane.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Lee Harkness

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