Best In the Business: The Top 20 African American Interior Designers List

This year’s list is the best one yet!  The advancements in technology make it virtually effortless to find designers that continue to raise the bar for what is expected of Black designers.

We're switching things up this year. Instead of waiting to announce the 2014 African-American Top 20 Interior Designers in Atlanta, we're doing it here today!  We've sold out our venues and top designers and design enthusiast from all over the country have booked their flights and will soon be on their way to Atlanta for this year’s event.

It's really a dream come true.  I've always wanted to give you access to role models and heroes that you'd be happy to follow and support. As some of you advance your careers in design and others look to employ skilled black designers, my hope is that this will be your guide.

We're releasing the list online today because we need your help. Many of these designers are new to social media and need your support. As we go on to announce them, be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram.  Don't just look at their profiles or scroll through their photos without clicking like or leaving your comments about their work. 

Below the links are their twitter profile addresses. We'll be on twitter from now until the event is over sharing details from each of the designer's careers and giving you a chance to interact with them.  Please ask questions and give them kind words of encouragement.  

The images from their portfolios are available to be shared online. Please tweet and share using hashtag #AATOP20 and follow our twitter account @AATOP20ID.  It's going to be a lot of fun and you don't want to miss out.

Ok, now for what you've all been waiting for, 

here are the TOP 20 African American Interior Designers for 2014

The 2014 African American Top 20 Interior Designer


Linda Allen * Linda Allen Designs*


Nile Johnson * 

Nile Johnson Design *

 * DC

Alicia Lamar *Alicia Lamar Home *

 * Los Angeles

Anishka Clarke *Ishka Designs*

 * New York

Lorna Gross- Bryant *

Savant Interior Design  *

 *Bethesda, MD

Tiffany Brooks *You and Your Decor  *


Robin Wilson * Robin Wilson Home *

  *New York 

Joan Goodwin * Verandah Interiors  *

  * Columbia, SC

Rae Revelle * 

Ray Norris Design *

  * Arlington, VA

Joy Moyler  * Joy Moyler Interiors  *

 * New York

Marian Akinloye * 

MA Design Studio  *

 *  New York

Erin Shakoor * Shakoor Interiors  *

  * Chicago

Michel Boyd * Smith Boyd Interiors *

 * Atlanta

Elaine Griffin * Elaine Griffin  *

  * New York

Ron Woodson * Woodson and Rummerfield *

  * Los Angeles

Sheila Bridges * Sheila Bridges *

  * New York

Lisa Turner * Interior Obsessions  *

  * Los Angeles

Janice Palmer * Palmer Design Group *

* Atlanta

Roderick Shade  * Roderick N. Shade Interior Design  *

  * New York

Howard Brown * 

Howard Brown Design *

 * Atlanta


Darryl Carter * 

Darryl Carter *


Washington DC

Cecil Hayes * 

Cecil Hayes *

  * Miami