Kansas City, the Midwest and around the country

We hear it every day… how hard it is to navigate retail sources (it is too limited and exhausting) and online sources (too risky and overwhelming) to make purchases for your home!  At Tran + Thomas, we pride ourselves on “representing” our clients when selecting every details for their home.  We have seen the items in person, so nothing grand is overlooked and unsightly/poor quality pieces are avoided.  Our honed process ensures our clients get what they really want and need to make their spaces their best.  We have all heard, “Dress for the job you want.”  At Tran + Thomas, we believe, “Design your house for who you want to be and how you want to live!”  If you’re paying for the luxury of building a new custom home or to renovate/update your home, why would you not make it the best it can be?!


Kansas City, the Midwest and around the country

We work closely with our commercial clients to find the perfect custom design solutions to meet their project needs.  Our vast experience with remodeling and building new spaces in the categories of sports, hospitality, corporate, golf clubs, country clubs, restaurants, senior living facilities and retail spaces have earned us a fantastic reputation for helping our clients to increase their profits and create employees that are happier, more efficient and retained longer. 

What Makes Tran + Thomas Unique

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Our Philosophy

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Jill Tran comes from a long line of successful designers and craftsmen and has been a buyer at the International High Point Furniture and Accessory Market for more than 30 years. Her eye for scale and color have given her wings to create wonderful interiors and beautiful interior products. Her paintings have been commissioned for conference centers and her lamp designs have been sought after by retailers such as Horchow, Roche Bobois and Neiman Marcus (including one piece that was featured on the sitcom Will & Grace). Tran’s interiors have won numerous awards and her articles on design have been published in a multitude of local and national interior design magazines. Tran has had her own interior design segment on Kansas City’s Fox 4 9am Morning Show since 2015.  The segment can be seen the third Tuesday of each month (varies on occasion).  Tran’s design talents are featured in homes in Seattle, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Annapolis, Beaver Creek, Dallas, and her hometown of Kansas City.


For three years prior to joining Jill Tran; Carmen Thomas channeled her formidable energy into Florida’s spectacular Amway Center Arena (home of the Orlando Magic), working with architects and consultants to create the interiors for more than 60 suites, 13 hospitality spaces, and a myriad of restaurants, bars and retail venues. She was an obvious choice for leading the design team after contributing her exceptional design talents and concepts on retail, exhibit, hospitality and commercial projects while at the Kansas City area firms of Populous, Gould Evans, Dimensional Innovations, and Winntech. Thomas pursued both interior design and business degrees at Kansas State University, following fine arts studies at the University of Arizona. Her diverse skills, experience and portfolio are supported by a LEED accreditation and numerous design awards and publications.

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Approaching 40 years in the business of Interior Design
Originally founded in 1982, family-owned Tran + Thomas Design Studio has emerged as a top leader in Interior Architecture, Interior Design, and Product Selection. Our team brings extraordinary beauty and luxury to homes and unique, well-planned interiors to commercial projects in the Kansas City area and beyond. There are no tired formulas or leftover recipes used in our work, but rather an approach that starts with heightened imagination and a practiced design philosophy and ends with happy clients residing in a beautiful space. For over a quarter century we have turned dreams into reality by first imagining the ultimate interior and then determining how to achieve that interior.


Building new homes, remodeling for commercial & residential, finding the perfect furniture for clients
We are well versed working with architects and builders: constructing new homes, remodeling tired (outdated) spaces, redesigning/refreshing one room or an entire house and creating well branded commercial interiors including hospitality, restaurant, retail, sports and corporate spaces. Our breathtaking Interior Design is famous for reflecting the uniquely different styles of our clients’ personalities.  Jill and Carmen have extensive experience designing traditional, transitional, and modern homes and commercial interiors.


A wonderful and better source for furnishings
Jill Tran and Carmen Thomas have, and continue to, research, gather and curate wonderful resources for the homes and businesses of their clients.  When working with us, clients gain access to 250+ fabulous designer lines which include upholstered furnishings (sofas, chairs, beds), case goods (tables, cabinets and furniture without upholstery), lighting (table lamps, sconces and chandeliers), fabrics (for upholstery, pillows and drapery), custom drapes, rugs, antiques of all kinds, bedding, artwork, and more.  Our clients also have access to specialized craftsmen, artists, and suppliers to create that one of kind space that is unique to them


Why Tran + Thomas?
The choice of whom you work with on your home, office or commercial space is absolutely everything.  Knowledge of what is available, creativity, organization, dependability, trust, sources, contacts, education, respect, personality and the ability to interpret and bring to life your needs only comes from one place…experience.  Tran + Thomas has that in spades!


We hope you will consider Tran + Thomas for your next design project!


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