The 13 Best Southwestern Interior Designers and Architects on the AD PRO Directory

Stephen Morgan

With landscapes ranging from deserts to mountains, the Southwestern interior designers and architects in the AD PRO Directory have a wealth of inspiration and natural beauty right outside their doors. These talents in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada are based in the Southwest, but many bring their keen eyes to projects worldwide. While they excel at homes tailored to the region, such as desert hideaways and mountain retreats, these designers and architects work in a variety of styles to create personalized spaces for their clients. Whether you’re pondering a renovation or building from the ground up, these AD-approved pros can get the job done beautifully.

Interior Designers

MDF Development

Based in Scottsdale, MDF Development is a full-service design-build and remodeling firm specializing in creating luxurious and livable properties. MDF’s in-house design branch is led by Lauren Wallace, who gained plenty of fans at her previous firm, Lauren Wallace Interiors. Wallace’s spaces are imbued with charm and include show-stopping details, such as sweeping iron staircases and hidden movie theaters. The firm works in a variety of styles, bringing everything from sleek, modern mansions to more traditional residences.

A striking fireplace takes center stage in a Paradise Valley home renovated by MDF Development.

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A striking fireplace takes center stage in a Paradise Valley home renovated by MDF Development.
Photo by Michael Clifford

Iconic by Kaitlyn Wolfe

Iconic by Kaitlyn Wolfe is a one-stop shop for luxury design and remodeling projects. Founded in 2016 by designer and general contractor Kaitlyn Wolfe, the Scottsdale-based design-build firm works on high-end residential and commercial projects across the country and has become known for creating functional, timeless designs. Wolfe draws inspiration from her travels around the world and through over 48 national parks, and she brings natural elements and a fresh mix of vintage and modern to her eye-catching spaces.

For a home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, Iconic by Kaitlyn Wolfe brought in Art Deco and Scandinavian influences, including natural wood tones, geometric shapes, bespoke lighting, and organic finishes.

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For a home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, Iconic by Kaitlyn Wolfe brought in Art Deco and Scandinavian influences, including natural wood tones, geometric shapes, bespoke lighting, and organic finishes.

TheLifestyledCo

Founded by creative director and principal designer Kristen Forgione, TheLifestyledCo is an Arizona-based company with an interior design firm, lifestyle brand, and retail shops under its stylish umbrella. Forgione and her team of over 60 designers and staff specialize in an aesthetic they call “organic desert living,” and the resulting spaces are modern and minimalist with rustic touches that bring in the natural landscape. The firm has brought its signature style to resign, renovation, and new build projects across the country. Design fans can shop TheLifestyledCo three brick-and-mortar locations in Arizona and online.

TheLifestyledCo mixed European style with their signature organic desert living aesthetic in a Paradise Valley, Arizona, home. They kept the great room bright and cozy, installing wood trusses and an arabescato marble fireplace mantel.

Emily Tucker Design

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Emily Tucker Design is a full-service firm helping clients across the country create personalized and highly curated residences. Tucker and her team work in a variety of styles, from modern mountain homes to historical residences, adding unexpected touches, including bold color palettes, playful patterns, and dazzling art. The firm prides itself on designing livable spaces, so it’s no wonder it has become a go-to for families looking for stylish yet durable interiors. Emily Tucker Design works on projects of a variety of scopes, including gut renovations, full home design, and new construction.

Emily Tucker Design updated a historic Denver Tudor for a young family, maintaining the history of the home while giving the furnishings a more youthful feel.

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Emily Tucker Design updated a historic Denver Tudor for a young family, maintaining the history of the home while giving the furnishings a more youthful feel.
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Nadia Watts Interior Design

Designer Nadia Watts founded her eponymous Denver design firm in 2009, and since then she’s become known for her artful—and often colorful—approach to interiors. The great, great granddaughter of Louis Comfort Tiffany and a former assistant to a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Watts has a special appreciation for the decorative arts and is able to give her client’s collections of art and furnishings the showcase they deserve. In addition to working with clients across the country, Watts recently launched a fabric collection with Kravet and designed a jewel-inspired space for the 2024 Kips Bay Palm Beach Showhouse.

Nadia Watts Interior Design created a bold dining room in a Denver home. Katie Ridder’s Pagoda wallpaper inspired the room’s unexpected color palette.

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Nadia Watts Interior Design created a bold dining room in a Denver home. Katie Ridder’s Pagoda wallpaper inspired the room’s unexpected color palette.

Inside Stories

Denver’s Inside Stories combines the capabilities of a large design firm with the hands-on approach of a smaller studio, giving clients the best of both worlds. Led by designer Miranda Cullen, the company tackles projects of all scopes, from paint consultations to complete redesigns, as well as commercial and hospitality designs. For clients looking for white-glove service, Inside Stories has a Residential X team that handles luxury projects such as new builds and full-home renovations. Cullen and her team aren’t afraid of making bold moves in their designs, which showcase a mix of styles from mid century modern to rustic.

A custom fireplace with walnut panels is the focal point of an Aspen home by Inside Stories. A piece by artist Trevor Kiernander is on display alongside swivel chairs by A. Rudin and a leather ottoman by Lee Industries.

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A custom fireplace with walnut panels is the focal point of an Aspen home by Inside Stories. A piece by artist Trevor Kiernander is on display alongside swivel chairs by A. Rudin and a leather ottoman by Lee Industries.
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Kristin Dittmar Design

Earthy elements and streamlined details blend beautifully in the work of Aspen’s Kristin Dittmar Design. The firm brings its signature Mountain Modern style to homes across the country, showcasing the natural beauty of each location with rugged stonework, warm wood accents, and perfectly framed views. Whether they’re designing a retreat in the Rockies or modernizing a 19th-century Victorian, Dittmar and her team are hands-on during each phase of a project, making sure that every space shows exacting attention to detail.

Kristin Dittmar Design devised a warm and moody primary bathroom for a home in Aspen. Herringbone marble tile lines the floor, while the vanity showcases warm walnut accents.

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Kristin Dittmar Design devised a warm and moody primary bathroom for a home in Aspen. Herringbone marble tile lines the floor, while the vanity showcases warm walnut accents.

Ashley Campbell Interior Design

Denver designer Ashley Campbell puts a contemporary twist on mountain style, contrasting natural elements with streamlined furnishings, a crisp black-and-white palette, and minimalist lighting and fireplaces. These sophisticated spaces serve as striking backdrops for her clients’ collections of art and artifacts, and Campbell balances contemporary elements with plenty of texture to bring in a sense of warmth. The firm uses the latest technology to realize its designs, giving clients the full picture of the team’s creative vision.

Ashley Campbell Interior Design turned the lower level of a new build in Denver into a party-ready space with a wet bar and a custom concrete coffee table.

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Ashley Campbell Interior Design turned the lower level of a new build in Denver into a party-ready space with a wet bar and a custom concrete coffee table.
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Susannah Holmberg Studios

Whether it’s in a desert retreat or a storied Tudor house, Salt Lake City’s Susannah Holmberg Studios knows how to set a mood. The firm’s stylish spaces balance beauty and livability and showcase the client’s personality with unique color palettes, curated art, and iconic design pieces. While they specialize in full-home renovations and new construction, Holmerg and her team work on residential and commercial projects across the country, tailoring the designs to each client and the geographic and architectural settings.

For the foyer of a Chicago carriage house, Susannah Holmberg Studios used wallpaper, art, and color to create a layered entryway.

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For the foyer of a Chicago carriage house, Susannah Holmberg Studios used wallpaper, art, and color to create a layered entryway.
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W Design Collective

Founded in 2012 by designer Marianne Brown, W Design Collective is known for creating timeless interiors that beautifully blend current and historical design elements. Based in Salt Lake City and working across the country, the firm specializes in new construction and full-home designs and has the ability to handle large or complex residential and commercial projects. Brown and her team recently launched W.D.C. Home, which includes the firm’s wallpaper and lighting collections, as well as design courses for designer pros and homeowners alike.

In W Design Collective founder Marianne Brown’s home in Holladay, Utah, the designer balanced historic and modern details, mixing family heirlooms with modern pieces by BluDot and Serena & Lily.
In W Design Collective founder Marianne Brown’s home in Holladay, Utah, the designer balanced historic and modern details, mixing family heirlooms with modern pieces by BluDot and Serena & Lily.

Christina Richardson Interiors

Designer Christina Richardson brings over 25 years of experience as a designer and construction engineer and a global perspective to her soulful spaces. Her eponymous firm has offices in Elko, Nevada; Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Stockholm, and works on projects throughout America and Scandinavia. Richardson’s designs are rooted in her Scandinavian heritage and feature plenty of light, warmth, and livability, each fulfilling the firm’s motto: “Your home is the showroom of your soul.”

A scaled-up replica Gustavian door in a traditional Swedish ochre yellow greets guests in the Scandinavian House by Christina Richardson Interiors.

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A scaled-up replica Gustavian door in a traditional Swedish ochre yellow greets guests in the Scandinavian House by Christina Richardson Interiors.
Photo by Michael Nila

Margarita Bravo

Designer Margarita Bravo’s projects are as far-flung as her inspirations. Her eponymous firm is headquartered in Denver and has outposts in Miami, Montecito, Aspen, and Barcelona. Bringing in influences from European and Latin American design, Bravo masterfully mixes natural elements, streamlined furnishings, metallic accents, and delightful patterns in her projects, which range from mountain homes to beachfront condos. The designer is also behind Sorella Furniture, which she created with her sister Maria, and MB Home Collection.

For a whole-home project in Denver's LoHi district, Bravo drew inspiration from her client's adventurous spirit and love of unique design, incorporating a mix of colors, patterns, and textures to create a sophisticated and dynamic space.

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For a whole-home project in Denver's LoHi district, Bravo drew inspiration from her client's adventurous spirit and love of unique design, incorporating a mix of colors, patterns, and textures to create a sophisticated and dynamic space.

Architects

Daniel Joseph Chenin

Founded in 2014, Daniel Joseph Chenin is an architecture and interiors studio known for creating contemporary homes as beautiful as their surrounding landscapes. Based in Las Vegas, the firm takes on a limited number of commissions at a time, focusing on each client’s objectives and lifestyles. Architecture and interior design are fully integrated in the firm’s work, resulting in immersive spaces that are connected seamlessly to the natural world.

For a home in Las Vegas, Daniel Joseph Chenin took inspiration from the desert and the 19th-century forts that once stood there. The space flows seamlessly from indoors to out and feels integrated into the landscape.

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For a home in Las Vegas, Daniel Joseph Chenin took inspiration from the desert and the 19th-century forts that once stood there. The space flows seamlessly from indoors to out and feels integrated into the landscape.
Stephen Morgan

Are you looking for an interior decorator or designer to hire for your next project? Wherever you are in the US, visit the AD PRO Directory to browse our list of AD-approved designers and find your match for a design consultation

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest


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