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Top 5 SoCal Interior Designers to Follow



Southern California is home to the country’s top interior designers. Whether your project is big or small, these designers know how to leave your space curated with design to fit your lifestyle and personality. Often working with local businesses and artists, these designers go above and beyond to create beautiful spaces while fostering community. Below, we are showcasing the work of five SoCal designers who are the movers and shakers of their field. Their designs are staged with artwork by San Diego contemporary oil painter, Krista Schumacher. The next time you need some art and design in your life, do it the Southern California way!

Pictured: Savvy Interiors with painting, "La Jolla Bliss" by Krista Schumacher.

1. Savvy Interiors - @insidebysavvy

Savvy Interiors, based in San Diego, helps you throughout your adventure of making your home the place you most want to be. They are a dependable team, lead by Principal Designer and Owner Susan Wintersteen, who has a passion for turning the outdated into amazing, life-proof designs. The Savvy team makes sure that the living you’ll be doing in your new space is the most important part of the project, children and pets are a part of a lively home--and their beautiful designs reflect that understanding. Take a look on their website:

Pictured: Vance Design Co. with painting, "Pastel Sunset" by Krista Schumacher.

2. Vance Design Co. - @vancedesignco

Karlin Vance, owner and principal designer of Vance Design Co., works throughout San Diego County and offers E-Design for those not local to Southern California. They are a full-service interior design firm offering carefully curated, timeless designs. The Vance Design Co. team guides you throughout the process step by step, from developing floor plans to choosing the finish of furniture and window treatments. They also love to collaborate with local businesses and trades! Check out their recent work here:

Pictured: SKD Studios with painting, "Western Lake" by Krista Schumacher.

3. SKD Studios - @skdstudios

SKD Studios, based in Newport Beach, is an award winning, full service interior design studio with specialized focus in kitchen and bath design. Guiding their clients from conception to completion, their team works hard to make sure your dream space becomes a reality. Their designers have a wealth of knowledge, experience and professionalism from over 15 years of experience in the industry. No matter the scale of the project, SKD Studios help to create the plan that fits your budget and your space. To view their portfolio:

Pictured: Alicia Jensen Design with painting, "Sunset Sky" by Krista Schumacher.

4. Alicia Jensen Design - @aliciajensendesign

Alicia Jensen Design, based in San Diego, CA, is an award winning team of designers and builders who are dedicated to delivering clean, livable style and quality in every project. They are committed to creating your ‘home sweet home,’ making sure that your story is an integral part of the design of your space. They specialize in residential remodeling, including kitchen, bath, additions, whole house remodels and more. To view their portfolio, visit:

Pictured: KAZ Design Group with painting, "Return to the Sea" by Krista Schumacher.

5. KAZ Design Group - @kazdesigngroup

KAZ Design Group is an established interior design and architecture company based in La Jolla. The company’s founder, Amir Kazerani, is an industry expert with more than 15 years of experience in sales, management, interior design, and architecture in the home furnishing space. After the successful operation and opening of the La Jolla showroom, the company is excited to expand their luxury brands to the South Coast Design Center in Costa Mesa. Kaz Design Group carries multiple luxury European brands including Poliform and Ligne Roset. KAZ Designers to watch: Michelle Stone and Alexi Davis.



Krista Schumacher is a palette knife oil painter based in La Jolla, California.  Schumacher was awarded Southwest Art Magazine's "Top 21 Under 31" and was the 2018 Launchpad Artist for Art San Diego.

Schumacher received her graduate degree from the School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida.

Follow Krista on Instagram and Facebook.

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