In the Hot Seat with Deborah Gear, Design Consultant

Deborah Gear is known for creating stunning spaces that feel inviting and comfortable, all tailored to meet the design needs of her clients and their projects. Her ability to build honest relationships with clients and deliver projects on time and on budget are also just a few of the reasons she’s enjoyed more than two decades as a successful design consultant and studio owner.


The Deborah Gear Interior Design studio launched in 2000 with great success. Her portfolio includes 4- and 5-star projects, among them hotels, casinos, spas, resorts and restaurants. Her design work extends internationally, with projects in Asia, as well as across the continental United States.

Ambassador Hotel Kansas City Lobby

Ambassador Hotel Kansas City Lobby -  Haven Barstool

While she calls her style Classic Contemporary, Deborah has diverse experience ranging from historical restorations, to traditional and modern styling. From her perspective, projects are all about the process of design and collaboration – providing the highest level of personal attentions required to insure that the clients’ vision is translated into results which exceed all expectations.

Ambassador Hotel Kansas City Lobby -  Royalton Armchairs and Catherdral loveseat

Travel is one of her primary sources of design inspiration. In each new city she visits, Deborah enjoys touring branded and boutique hotels for the experience to learn from other cultures as well as to stay current on design trends worldwide.

Ambassador Hotel Kansas City Lobby -  Lucille Dining Chair

Trends have a place in Deborah’s design portfolio, too. She notes one of the year’s biggest trends will see the line between public and social spaces further blurring. Walls that divided spaces are being eliminated to create interactive and open communal areas. In hotels, lobbies are being designed more like living rooms, where guest can experience a social, fun atmosphere.

When looking to source product, it is important for Deborah to work with industry partners who are reliable and offer cutting edge designs. Gear has sourced Sunpan products on multiple projects throughout her career, stating that our product line is innovative, contemporary and always on trend. She finds that our furniture fits into any design style she is trying to accomplish. Thank you Deborah – you’ve got us blushing!


More Trend Highlights

Lastly, Gear discussed a few more trends she sees continuing to be hot for 2017, as well as new ones emerging:

  • Retro: throwback styles from the 60’s and 70’s continue to be hot
  • Warm metals: gold and brass retain their statement making status
  • Neutrals with a pop: in hospitality settings, the latest trend is to use a more subtle, soothing palette, as opposed to saturated colour, while layering in pops of jewel tones
  • Green: it is, of course the colour of the year

You can explore more of Deborah’s beautiful projects on her website. Make sure to check back, as we’ll be highlighting one of her projects, the Ambassador Hotel (Marriott Autograph Collection) in Kansas City, Missouri in the near future. This hotel has been ranked by Trip Advisor as one of the top 25 best boutique hotels in the United States. Deborah was also recently recognized by Oprah Winfrey for the presidential suite at the Ambassador Hotel in Oklahoma City.