Designer Spotlight

Best Traditional Interior Designers on the AD PRO Directory

For classic spaces that never go out of style, these traditional interior designers are tried, true, and available for hire
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AD PRO Directory member Ariel Okin used “Fenimore” wallpaper from her own collection with The Mural Source to line the dining room in her own home in Westchester, New York.Donna Dotan

Traditional interior designers are masters of bringing the past into the present and devising spaces that will stand the test of time. But, though these maestros may take inspiration from history, their interiors are anything but dated. Younger generations are rediscovering the allure of classic design and its signature elements, including antiques and vintage furnishings, chintz, and lots of blue and white. Alongside them, designers have found fresh ways to reinterpret timeless styles for a new era of living, giving their clients personal and functional spaces. Whether you’re a longtime traditionalist or a newly minted grandmillennial, the following traditional interior designers—all of whom are listed on the AD PRO Directory—can give your home a look that is timeless yet livable.

JMA Interior Design

The homeowners of this Florida house sought a clean-lined cottage-style abode. In response, JMA Interior Design opted for a light-filled, neutral interior with natural elements, custom millwork, and accents of bright white.

Carmel Brantley

Based in Jupiter, Florida, JMA Interior Design proves that traditional design doesn’t have to be boring. Principal and creative director Jackie Armour brings a sense of fun and creativity to each of the firm’s projects across the country, infusing spaces with color, pattern, and luxe details. Armour and her team pride themselves on translating their client’s needs into elegant and livable spaces—whether it’s a residence or a private jet—using their signature combination of timeless and lively style.

Marea Clark Interiors

For a Colonial Revival in the San Francisco neighborhood Pacific Heights, Marea Clark leaned into a sense of airiness and whimsy. A custom de Gournay design covers the ceiling in butterflies.

Paul Dyer

Known for her artistic eye, Marea Clark Interiors founder Marea Clark combines traditional Southern sophistication with California ease. The Kentucky-raised, San Francisco–based designer blends antiques, fine art, and contemporary design with the work of Californian artisans and makers to create inventive, approachable spaces that reflect her clients’ lifestyles and personalities. The firm focuses on bringing comfort, elegance, and functionality to its projects from coast to coast.

Cheri Etchelecu Interior Design

In this lake house project, Cheri Etchelecu Interior Design developed a concept that brings in elements from the clients’ Texas ranch while maintaining a serene, timeless vibe. Etchelecu Martin brought in new furniture, light fabrics, and a custom hair-on-ride rug for a dose of texture.

Cheri Etchelecu

Beauty and function are at the heart of each of Cheri Etchelecu Interior Design’s projects. Founded 30 years ago by principal Cheri Etchelecu Martin, the Dallas firm is known for its collaboration with clients, resulting in highly personalized spaces filled with warmth and elegance. Etchelecu Martin mixes old and new, incorporating homeowners’ beloved pieces with new finds for rooms that feel layered and comfortable. From high-rise apartments to ranch houses, the firm creates classic designs that stand the test of time.

JLA

The book-filled rotunda of this Virginia Palladian-style villa sets a dramatic backdrop for the dining table, which was made by Robert Jupe in 1840. Chair rails between the bookcases hide a pullout shelf that the homeowners can use to browse their collection, and china and silver can be tucked away in the lower cabinets’ storage areas. JLA served as the classical architecture design consultant, Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton Architects handled the architecture, and R. David Craig executed the interior design.

Gordon Beall

Based on the Gold Coast of Michigan, JLA is known for its classic creations, from shingle-style lake houses to grand country estates. Founder Jonathan Lee has a deep understanding of traditional design thanks to his decades of experience in the design industry and time teaching at the University of Notre Dame Rome Studies Program, Parsons School of Design, and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The firm brings the latest materials and construction methods to each project, devising elegant spaces that feel like they’ve been there forever.

Robert Frank Interiors

Designer Robert Frank embraced the historic architecture of his client’s home for this elegant sitting room, transforming it into a light, bright space that retains its traditional flair. Frank lacquered the existing dark wood ceiling, paneling, and moldings and specified bronze hardware and textural fabrics for the furnishings.

Zeke Ruelas

The lifestyle and design history of California inspire designer Robert Frank’s polished yet laid-back interiors. The Pasadena-based firm infuses each design with a sense of “fresh informality,” and functionality is always a top priority. Frank makes his interiors unique by contrasting finishes, textures, and colors while maintaining a tranquil and comfortable atmosphere. If you’re looking for a full-service designer who can tackle every aspect of a project, from preconstruction planning to project management, then Frank might be the pro for you.

Bambi A’lynn Interior Design

For a renovation project on the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, designer Bambi Bratton incorporated lively elements like zellige tile and a mossy green shade on cabinets—a color she says was “a win from the beginning.”

Lars Frazer

Another one of AD PRO Directory’s traditional interior designers is Austin-based firm Bambi A’lynn Interior Design. Their specialty? Translating clients’ personal style into fashion-forward homes. Owner Bambi Bratton has an eye for pattern and color and isn’t afraid to go bold with either, whether it’s with a leafy green lacquered kitchen or a sapphire blue library. Bratton takes an individualized approach to each project, collaborating closely with her clients to help them discover their sense of taste and create a home that celebrates it.

Alexandra Naranjo Designs

No pink or banana leaves in this Palm Beach home. Instead, Alexandra Naranjo decked the room in calming blues, whites, and greens, including on the Patterson Flynn rug that anchors the space. Naranjo used block-printed linen from Cowtan & Tout for the breezy curtains.

Carmel Brantley

Spirited, fresh, and timeless: That’s how Ontario and West Palm Beach–based designer Alexandra Naranjo sums up her signature style, which incorporates an unexpected mix of modern and classic design. Naranjo is known for her skillful use of color and ability to transform traditional spaces into vivid jewel boxes. Bold wallpaper; lacquered cabinetry; and sparkling, sculptural lighting fixtures add panache to Naranjo’s curated designs. The traditional maximalist also puts her fearless style on display in her sunny, Mizner-inspired Palm Beach showroom.

Trade Mark Interiors

Coastal meets traditional in this living room with a view, which Trade Mark Interiors devised for empty nester clients in Florida. Acting as a gathering space for the home, this room invites lingering and conversation with its plush seating and handsome panorama.

Nicholas Ferris

Sarasota-based firm Trade Mark Interiors takes a psychological approach to design, paying attention to how a home’s interior can impact mood. Principal designer Tracee Murphy and her team strategically use color to create spaces that not only look good, but also make their clients feel good. (Fittingly, Murphy holds degrees in both interior design and psychology.) The firm specializes in devising homes that fit their clients’ lifestyles and individual tastes, using soothing hues and natural materials to create polished, livable spaces.

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Elizabeth Ghia Interiors

Situated in a historic home in Coral Gables’s Italian Village, this entry foyer adopts a number of beloved traditional design moves, like scenic wallpaper and wrought-iron furniture. (The designer, Elizabeth Ghia, notes that the flourishes on the custom consoles evoke those seen on Italian balconies.) Paned-glass mirrors break up the long wall, adding rhythm and dimension to the space.

Diana Todorova

Designer Elizabeth Ghia brings her extensive knowledge of design history to her many projects along the East Coast. The Coral Gables, Florida–based talent draws inspiration from 20th-century design icons and is known for designing spaces that are classic yet fresh. Artistic materials, vintage and antique furnishings, and custom upholstery are all hallmarks of Ghia’s personalized interiors.

Meredith Ellis Design

In this wee bedroom for a young boy, designer Meredith Ellis “wanted the room to be very tailored and sophisticated, one that he could grow up in and it never feel too childish.” To keep things classic, soothing, and elevated, Ellis introduced mixed metals and patterns in subtle silvery blues and browns.

Nathan Shroder

Traditional doesn’t have to mean formal and impersonal. For proof, one only needs to look at the work of Dallas-based firm Meredith Ellis Design: Founder Meredith Ellis prides herself on designing spaces with soul, a feat she accomplishes by skillfully layering patterns, textures, and color. The results are detail-packed interiors that are a feast for the eyes. Currently working on projects across the country, the designer also applies her knack for curation to JAMES, a to-the-trade showroom with locations in Dallas, Houston, and New York.

Casagrande Studio

To bring this 19th-century Massachusetts home back to its full Victorian glory, Casagrande Studio incorporated a Bavarian hunting lodge chandelier found on 1stDibs, an animal-themed wallpaper from Cole & Son, and a suzani tablecloth. Keeping things fresh, the designers opted for midcentury dining chairs and art in a more modern style.

Jared Kuzia

If you’re seeking traditionalism with a side of whimsy, look no further than Casagrande Studio. Founder Cecilia Casagrande specializes in creating joy-inspiring interiors, confidently incorporating rich colors, eye-catching patterns, and eclectic treasures into deeply layered and personal spaces. The Brookline, Massachusetts–based firm is known for its work on historic homes, giving older houses new life and making them work for modern living.

Ariel Okin Interiors

The dining room of Okin’s Westchester home frames views of a stairway and a formal living area. In the latter, Okin placed a custom coffee table, vintage finds, and details like a custom dhurrie sourced from India.

Donna Dotan

“Traditional with a twist” is how designer Ariel Okin describes her signature style. It’s an aesthetic that has garnered a star-studded list of clients, including Lena Dunham and Sara Foster. Her namesake New York–based firm tackles luxury residential, commercial, and hospitality projects across the country, infusing each one with warmth and personality—whether it’s a Manhattan co-op apartment, the Brooklyn office of Maisonette, or the Manhattan headquarters of Goop.

Stephanie Parisi Studio

Stephanie Parisi sought to bridge time periods, aesthetics, and geography for this client’s La Jolla home. “[They] loved the Lake Como area of Italy and [wished] to bring touches of that aesthetic to their beachfront home,” Parisi says. To follow through on the request—but keep the space surprising and even hip—Parisi brought in Italian-style mosaic, a high-gloss bar, and a rock-and-roll flourish: A photo of Keith Richards graces the room’s backsplash.

Fred Licht

Del Mar, California–based firm Stephanie Parisi Studio looks at design through the lens of wellness, believing that interiors can impact our well-being and our sense of harmony and balance. Founder Stephanie Parisi finds inspiration in her extensive travels, and she collaborates with artists, artisans, and tradespeople both internationally and in the US to bring unique elements to each project, whether it be a luxury residence or a boutique hotel.

Kate Figler Interiors

This bathroom was part of an extensive renovation for Kate Figler’s clients. The studio carved out a bathing alcove and added decorative shelving and a freestanding bathtub. “The lantern and window treatments help create the timeless and peaceful sanctuary we envisioned for them,” Figler says.

Ross Group Creative

New England meets Nashville in the work of designer Kate Figler, which blends the charm of the northeast, where she was raised, with the tradition of her new home in the South. The Nashville-based designer doesn’t shy away from pattern or color and uses luxe fabrics and natural textures for spaces that are both classic and comfortable. Functionality is a crucial consideration for Figler, who believes her clients’ homes should be both livable and beautiful.


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