A local commercial and residential interior design firm has picked up shop and relocated its operations to Mission.
Carmen Thomas and Jill Tran, business partners and co-owners of Tran + Thomas Design Studio, recently relocated from its offices in Lenexa. Their new office at 6101 Martway St. officially opened in June.
“We love this area,” Tran said. “It’s just a great area of the city; it’s central. We love the building. In and of itself, it’s really great: It’s got a lot of natural light, which is very important for us, for color matching and things.”
Thomas said their new offices are closer to their clients as well, an added bonus.
“A lot of our clients are on the Mission corridor, headed south through Leawood and Fairway and Mission Hills and all that, and our commercial clients are downtown,” Thomas said. “So it really is kind of a perfect spot for us.”
The design studio, a staff of six professionals, offers a variety of services, including new construction and remodeling, from the architectural stage to finishing touches. The firm also has a furniture line called Stylehouse.
“We just make spaces great for human beings,” Tran said.
Tran’s mother first opened a residential interior design business, Jean Bailey Interior Design, in 1982. She took over the business in 2001 and turned it into Jill Tran Interior Design, and a decade later, began collaborating with Thomas, whose background is in commercial design.
“Carmen and I both knew of each other because our little brothers were best friends for almost 25 years,” Tran said. “So when she wanted to get into residential and I wanted to get into commercial, she called me and then from there we went to lunch at Houlihan’s in Fairway and decided to work together.”
One of the firm’s major projects is Majestic of Leawood, a new senior housing facility near the United Church of the Resurrection in south Overland Park. Their styles are flexible and based on clients’ tastes, including modern and traditional, Tran said.