Barbara Barry, Los Angeles
A California native, Barbara Barry opened her business in 1986. She says her guideposts for good design are color, calm, form and line. Over the years, Barry has gathered a star-studded clientele including financierEli Broad, Miami Heat basketball coach Pat Riley and talent managerMichael Ovitz.
Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, San Francisco
For more than 25 years, the Cuban-born Orlando Diaz-Azcuy has been an interior designer and architect. He founded his own firm and has collected a client base that is who's who of San Francisco, though he is reluctant to divulge specific names. His prominent commercial projects include the Los Angeles offices of entertainment mogul Marvin Davisand the donors' lounge at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.
Illya Hendrix and Thomas Allardyce, Los Angeles
Partners since 1978, Illya Hendrix and Thomas Allardyce have designed homes throughout California as well as abroad, including Australia and Saudi Arabia. High-profile clients include Dennis Tito, chairman of Wilshire Associates, who recently paid $20 million to become the world's first space tourist; Robert Haas, chairman of Dallas-based investment fund Haas, Wheat & Partners, and musician Kenny G.
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Kerry Joyce, Los Angeles
Kerry Joyce is an interior designer and an architect who introduced his own furniture collection five years ago. His celebrity clients include hotelier Ian Schrager; Tom Freston, chief executive of MTV Networks; and UBS Warburg investment banker Kenneth Moelis. Joyce was among a handful of designers who helped restore the Getty House, the official residence of the mayor of Los Angeles.
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Neil Korpinen and Rick Erickson, Santa Barbara
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Beginning about 15 years ago, Neil Korpinen and Rick Erickson do everything from planning the restoration to stocking the refrigerator. Projects include the interior design of a 1920s George Washington Smith estate in Montecito, Calif., and a newly built Tuscan villa in Santa Barbara. Noteworthy clients include actors Bette Midler and Nathan Lane.
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Sandra Lindsay, Seattle
Sandra Lindsay has been designing homes for 32 years. With a staff of four, Lindsay specializes in high-end remodeling and new construction.
Melinda Sechrist, Seattle
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Melinda Sechrist founded her firm in 1980. It specializes in interior design, space planning and landscape architecture. She is a past president of the Seattle chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.
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Madeline Stuart, Los Angeles
Madeline Stuart founded her company in 1990 and since then has designed homes mostly in California, New York and Washington. She has done some commercial projects for law firms and movie studios as well. Some noteworthy clients include NBC Studios President Ted Harbert, actor Jason Alexander and film producer Lisa Henson.
David Reed Weatherford, Seattle
David Reed Weatherford has designed home interiors in the Pacific Northwest for more than 45 years. His clients are the old guard of Seattle including the Nordstrom, Boeing and Weyerhauser families. When the Sultan of Brunei visited Seattle in 1993 during the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, Weatherford was asked to redecorate eight suites at the Alexis Hotel in two-and-a-half days.
Craig Wright, Los Angeles
A native of California, Craig Wright completed his first decorating project in 1966. He has worked internationally on projects in France, Switzerland, Spain and Mexico as well as throughout the United States. Wright has been a lecturer at the Smithsonian Institute and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Some of Wright's A-list clients are television producer Tom Werner, actor Dan Ackroyd and movie producer Paul Junger Witt.
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