What Makes Tran + Thomas Unique

Our team brings their varied and extensive expertise to make an enjoyable and memorable design experience for our clients. Our attentiveness and fine-tuned intuition guide us in understanding our client’s personalities, interests, and desires. This ensures that every project is consistently varied, unique and exceptionally personal. We value and nurture the relationships we form with our clients and find the most rewarding part of our job is creating beautiful spaces that bring smiles and a lifetime of happiness.


We have a knack for turning houses into homes by designing unique spaces with eye-catching details and one-of-a-kind pieces.


We work closely with our clients to find custom design solutions
that meet their individual project needs.

About Us

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 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 a beautiful space for happy clients. For over a quarter century we have turned dreams into reality by first imagining the ultimate interior and then determining how to achieve it.

Building new homes, remodeling, finding the perfect furniture for clients
Whether working with architects, builders and sub-contractors in building new custom homes, remodeling tired spaces, or updating/refreshing one room to an entire house; Tran + Thomas’ breathtaking interior design is famous for making any clients’ style beautiful and reflected in their interior. Traditional, transitional, and modern are all basic design styles which Jill and Carmen have implemented many times over.

A wonderful and better source for furnishings
Designers 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) and casegoods (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, etc. Our clients also have access to specialized craftsmen, artist and suppliers to create that one of kind space unique to them.

Why Tran + Thomas?
The choice of whom you work with on your home or office 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!


Product selection and specification
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Our newly furnished home is beautiful
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All projects are unique with differing sizes
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Working with an Interior Designer
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Why Hire an Interior Designer?

Just as a professional hair dresser knows exactly what products your hair needs, the best color for your face, and cut for your personality and lifestyle; an interior designer can help determine what style best represents and reflects your personality.


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’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.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy can’t be summed up in some succinct, poetic phrase, but it might be thought of like this: We think outside the shipping container the box came in, or when life give us lemons – we make lemon chiffon pie served on antique silver. The truth is our work is not for everyone – if a potential customer is looking for vanilla ice cream, he or she should know up front that ours will be made from roasted vanilla beans, fresh cream and served with shaved dark chocolate in a crystal dish.

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