Vance Killen, among northern California’s most prominent interior designers, heads one of the region's most successful and versatile design firms. Educated at California College of the Arts, Vance translates her artistic sensibilities into the language of interior design and architecture.

Since the 1970’s, Vance and her husband, Jay, have remodeled and built new residential construction on the coast of California and in Hawaii. They have also designed furnishings and landscapes to match the coastal lifestyle.

A second generation designer, Vance’s mother, Courtney Brunn, designed interiors for projects including Ventana Big Sur and Carmel’s Sunset Center.




Amy | Carmel, CA

Vance is the epitome of a professional with terrific ideas and great style. She works well with any budget and really listens to her clients. Vance is honest, timely, incredibly competent and a pleasure to work with!

Mary | Big Sur, CA

I have loved working with Vance! She helped me refresh our interior design with a wonderful eye for color and character that has made our home sing! She is attentive, dependable and extraordinarily personable. She came to my home with hundreds of fabric samples which reflected the artisanal woven qualities I wanted. It was so rewarding to have so many beautiful options while being able to count on her for advice and consultation. Vance also helped me with both remodeling and decoration design decisions for my vacation home in Hawaii. She completely understood what I was trying to achieve and guided me in a way which resulted in just the tropical feel I wanted. She is simply the best!

Julie | Carmel, CA

I needed to redecorate and sell my elderly parents home in Carmel Valley. As I live out of town, I needed someone to handle everything for me. Vance Killen was recommended and literally took charge of every detail. She met with the HOA, took care of all documents, arranged for the workers to have access, determined and ordered everything necessary to put the house on the market. I was kept appraised of every detail and all was done expediently. It simply would not have been possible without her.

Marlene | Carmel, CA

We love our house! Vance is inspiring and organized. Her listening to our esthetics was exceptional, and she added so much to our style by offering home decor ideas and choices that we hadn't considered; she solves design problems with joy. She made our whole experience beautiful.

Greg | Carmel, CA

I remodeled my living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and bathroom this winter and Vance and her team provided me a design for total remake of these rooms, advised me on the finishes and procured many samples as well as numerous items from their trusted craftsmen that made my house just "sing!" I wholeheartedly recommend Vance and her team.

Susan | Carmel, CA

We hired Vance to help us quickly furnish our newly purchased Carmel By The Sea cottage so we could begin enjoying the use of it quickly. She was so fun and inspiring to work with. She and her wonderful assistant went over and beyond handling the ordering and delivery of the furniture! I would highly recommend this team for any type of design work you need. They are wonderful to work with and they both have fabulous artistic talent.