The 15 Best Interior Designers in Phoenix

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Who is the best Interior designer in Phoenix? Here is a list of 15 interior designers who may be the one. Vote for your fave and suggest new ones too.


The rugged country of the Southwest is appealing to many, and Phoenix requires interior designers who can match the Old West environment with modern amenities. It takes a skillful eye to blend such styles successfully, and these designers in particular come through with flying colors.

Here they are, listed in no particular order.

Ellinor Ellefson - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixEllinor Ellefson

Born and raised in Stockholm, Ellinor traveled the world over before settling in Phoenix. She was able to start her own firm, Elle Interiors, before becoming an American citizen in 2008. With her long background in the Fine Arts and design field, Ellinor has the knowledge and experience to design in any style. She has won numerous awards, and has been featured on HGTV a few times as well.

Joann Truax - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixJoann Truax

As a graduate with honors from the American Institute of Interior Design, Joann believes that the sensory connection between client and project is the most important thing needed for a room to look its best. She uses her visual and graphic design skills to achieve a comfortable elegance in her designs. She views her perfect room as, “”one that initially takes your breath away and eventually encourages you to settle in and savor.”

Claire Ownby - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixClaire Ownby

As one of the most sought after designers in the Phoenix area, Claire exercises a unique fusion of minimalism and lavishness in her designs. She started her own firm in 1998, and since then has established a reputation as a designer with a keen eye for detail. She and her team have been featured in numerous publications, including Arizona Home & Design and Luxe Interiors + Design.

Ernesto Garcia - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixErnesto Garcia

Trained as an Architect, Ernesto is particularly well suited for remodeling and new construction projects. There is nothing that he will not do to ensure the job is done right; he routinely climbs scaffoldings to finalize constructive details, personally selects antiques, and finalizes a palette of fabrics. This extra effort is why he has won 12 ASID awards in the past seven years.

Tina Mellino - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixTina Mellino

With a portfolio that is diverse and encompassing of a wide range of styles, Tina uses a wide variety of interior design styles to suit her client’s needs. She can offer solutions for anything from simple updates to complete renovations, and is a historian when it comes to art and design, as she studied the subject in Florence, Italy. She is a member of ASID, and is a well-respected member of the community who does a lot of charity work.

Mackenzie Collier - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixMackenzie Collier

Offering a broad range of interior design services for both commercial and residential settings, Mackenzie uses her expertise to lead her clients through every stage of the design process. She and her firm offer full interior design and project management services, and consistently strive to exceed expectations. She owns a great understanding of all aspects of design, and has won a Best of Houzz award three years in a row.

Chris Jovanelly - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixChris Jovanelly

Sophisticated and intimate interiors are Chris’ specialty, and he leaves no detail overlooked to achieve a great design. He recognizes that each person has an ideal image of how they want their space to look, and his commitment to creating each individual’s vision is what makes him sought after in the Phoenix area. He has won five Houzz awards, including three years in a row for Design.

Tanya Shively - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixTanya Shively

With a natural drawing talent and gifted eye for color, Tanya helps her clients visualize their completed project throughout the design process. Her artistic talents, coupled with an ability to understand her client’s desires to produce a unique and beautiful space that feels wonderful to them, are what make her such a great designer. She is NCIDQ and ASID certified, and has won numerous awards for her work.

Carol Mickey - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixCarol Mickey

Specializiing in all styles of interior design, Carol approaches projects with an enthusiasm that is hard to match. She has transformed hundreds of homes and commercial spaces from her clients’ vision into their reality. She started her own firm nearly 20 years ago because of her passion for design, and she enjoys working with her clients, which is exemplified by her winning the Houzz Award for Customer Service two years in a row.

Cristi Pettibone - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixCristi Pettibone

A long-time resident of Arizona, Cristi’s experience began at Arizona State, where she excelled in the 5 year interior architecture program. Since then she has started her own firm, and used that experience to create unique and beautifully crafted interiors that reflect the lifestyles and passions of her clients. Whether a ground-up construction project or a modest remodel, her goal is always for you to “love where you live.”

David Michael Miller - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixDavid Michael Miller

For more than 25 years, David has established himself as one of the premier interior designers not just in Phoenix, but in the entire Southwest region. His designs are grounded in nature, with an allegiance to organic materials that brings out his cultural influence of style. The quality of his work is unparalleled, and he has been featured in multiple publications, including Luxe Interiors and Phoenix Home & Design.

Judith Mahlin Carter - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixJudith Mahlin Carter

After starting as the owner of an art gallery, Judith founded her own firm in 2003, and uses her experience and expertise to create a space that her clients love. She uses her elegant sense of style and keen eye in the design process so that the finished project will look fantastic in every way. From luxury homes to commercial office space, she prides herself on creating affordable design options.

Laura Kehoe - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixLaura Kehoe

Having grown up on the East Coast, Laura brings a mix of traditional elements with a fresh look in her designs. She has a background in furniture manufacturing and merchandising, which aids in her expertise of picking just the right pieces for a room. She believes that the success of her studio depends upon meeting her clients needs, and making sure that the design reflects the individual’s personality.

Alisha Newman - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixAlisha Newman

With more than 14 years of experience in design and construction, Alisha has the expertise to design fabulous interiors. Her ability is so innate, she once redesigned the layout of her elementary school classroom to create a more functional studying environment. Now she uses her skill to satisfy clients all over the Southwest. Her work has been featured in many publications, and she has even appeared as a design expert on Good Morning America.

Angelica Henry - one of the 15 best interior designers in PhoenixAngelica Henry

Through striking and client-focused designs that enhance everyday living, Angelica aims to make your home refreshingly yours. With an expertise in a wide range of styles, she uses her distinctive vision to bring her client’s idea of a perfect home to fruition. This commitment to excellence has earned her wide praise, as she has won five Houzz awards for design and customer satisfaction, as well as numerous ASID Best in Show awards.

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