The 15 Best Interior Designers in Rochester

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Who are the best interior designers in Rochester NY? Here are 15 candidates. Vote for your favorite and suggest others we missed in the comments.


Rochester is known for its many acclaimed universities and stunning spring gardens, giving the “Flower City” its reputation for horticultural excellence. As a hot destination for gardening enthusiasts and a park system designed by renowned architect Frederick Law Olmsted, visitors and locals alike are inspired by the bright colors and green spaces of Rochester.

The interior designers here are no exception, and they do their part to make the city’s interiors as bright and beautiful as the outdoor spaces. Which of Rochester’s interior designers has the highest qualifications, natural talent, and pure passion to accomplish such a task?

We’re glad you asked. Listed below, in no particular order, are the top 15 interior designers of Rochester. These designers make the residential and commercial spaces of the city as noteworthy as the flowers. After you take a look, don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below!


Jason Longo
As a child, Jason dreamed of becoming an architect and spent countless hours building his Lego village. As the principal designer for JDL Design, Jason’s focus is still to imagine and create spaces. In college, he majored in marketing and communications, and went on to study interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Jason was a featured interior designer on the E! Entertainment show, “Guess Who’s Coming to Decorate.”


Anita Hansen and Karen Hill
Anita and Karen are the owners of Hansen + Hill Interiors, a full service firm offering everything from shopping services to custom interiors for new homes. Together, they bring a wide range of experience to the table, including expertise in space planning, code considerations, and computer aided drawings. In this way, their clients are able to visualize a design before the project is implemented. The designers’ goal is to create a unified for living and work spaces while remaining within budget.


Fran Springer
Experience counts for a great deal in this industry, and Fran has spent over 30 years working in interior design, construction, and renovation. As well as space planning, renovations and project oversight, Fran has a flair for designing furniture and built-ins. Their shop here in New York State creates kitchen cabinets, wall units, and custom furniture pieces. Fran studied at both the Rochester Institute of Technology and Alfred Tech. She gives back to her community by ministering to women at Jennifer House, and through philanthropic efforts as a member of Rochester Women’s Giving Circle.


Selma Hammer
Selma graduated from Villanova University with a degree in business administration, and worked in the retail, food service, and banking industries before going back to her roots in the creative field. Selma’s grandfather opened up one of the first textile stores in New York City, and she grew up working in the family business. Her work has been published in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. In 2011, Selma was honored with an Up & Coming Businesswoman Award by the Rochester Women’s Network.


Shari Felton
Shari is an accomplished designer recognized for her innovative ideas and creative design solutions. An avid decorator from an early age, Shari built functional yet tasteful homes for Barbie out of cardboard and carpet samples. She pursued her passion by studying interior design at Cornell University. Mid-century modern is the favorite decorating style of this Ithaca native, but her interiors always reflect her clients’ likes and lifestyle.


Janis Reed
From crafting miniature clay plates and cups for her dollhouse to designing her bedroom as a teenager, Janis was aware of her passion for interior design at a young age. Janis earned a degree in visual arts, and went on to work as a visual merchandiser for McCurdy & Co. and Macy’s department stores. Her first venture as an entrepreneur was designing and creating small scale houses and furnishings for collectors. She established her full-service design firm, Janis Reed Interior Design Source, 15 years ago.


Ayse Lewis
One of the reasons Ayse loves her line of work is that it has allowed her to balance raising a family with managing a growing business. She founded Ayse Lewis Interior Design 30 years ago, with a desire to teach her children the benefit of hard work. Now a grandmother, Ayse has seen success in both arenas of her life and feels lucky that she was able to pursue her passion for the craft. Her sophisticated, casual approach to design integrates her own creativity with her clients’ point of view.


Shawn O’Hara
Shawn is known for his distinctive modern design. He studied in the Bauhaus design style at Rochester Institute of Technology, and draws inspiration from the client, the space, and history to create unique and individual interiors. As the owner of Shawn Michael Design, he creates cohesive and well planned designs that respect his clients’ style and budget. Shawn focuses on residential projects as well as commercial spaces, like the executive offices he completed for Wegmans Food Markets.


Todd L. Perkins
A college-trained educator, Todd discovered his passion for interior design while working at Sherwin Williams Paint and Decorating one summer. He gained experience managing the decorating department at Home Depot, and working as a decorating manager for R C Shaheens in Fairpoint. Todd ventured out on his own in 2003, and established Todd L. Perkins Designs. With over 18 years of experience in the field, Todd can create a color and design scheme within minutes of walking into a room.


Rebecca Coady
Rebecca has a background in design from The Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, and moved to Rochester in 2003. Since then, she has worked as a designer for companies like Thomasville and California Closets. Rebecca branched out on her own in 2007 when she founded the home staging and design firm, Set the Stage. Her design mission is to create a must-have home that will attract the right buyers and secure maximum profit for the home seller.


Joseph Nardone
Joseph knew he was destined to be a designer from an early age, even requesting an antique brass hall tree for his 16th birthday. Rather than focus on the latest trends, Joseph incorporates treasured items like a child’s first masterpiece into the design for a look that is both modern and classic. The son of a gifted artist and a masterful gardener, Joseph was inspired to creativity from the start. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his MBA from Saint John Fisher College.


Shery Merkle
Shery’s first business was a one-woman firm specializing in custom silk greenery and trees. Since relocating from Ohio and marketing her business from the ground up, it has evolved into Creative Commercial Designs and Design Inspirations Studio. Her retail space offers full lines of custom furniture, window treatments, and silk trees. Shery’s work was recently featured in DesignNY Magazine.


Arlene Wright
With 35 years in the industry, Arlene has extensive experience in designing kitchens, baths, and historic color schemes. She is a specialist in helping seniors relocate to assisted living facilities, making them feel comfortable by incorporating their favorite pieces in the new environment. Arlene has focused on preservation design for over 20 years, and is an expert on 19th and early 20th century American architecture and design. She is a founding chair of her local Historic Preservation Commission and past-president of the of the American Society of Interior Designers New York Upstate chapter.


Chris DelConte
The Rochester native and lifelong resident appreciates everything the city has to offer in a short distance. Chris provides affordable interior design and home staging, working with any size budget. Even after 12 years of helping clients create their dream home or office space, he has a passion for design. Keeping the process fun and pleasant, Chris listens to his clients and has a keen understanding of their style and goals.


Michelle Nichols
Michelle’s designs are infused with a global perspective stemming from her time abroad in England and Croatia. She loves to be inspired by furniture and architecture from around the world. Michelle earned her degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she gained expertise in spacial planning, art selection, and more. Michelle carefully listens to her clients’ preferences and translates their visions into beautiful spaces.

Think we missed someone? Let us know in the comments!

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