working with us

We believe that your home or project should be unique to your taste as well as a reflection of your life or business. We will listen and create the space which serves you best. We use a multi-step process along with inspired design to ensure that each project is executed flawlessly.

Our Approach

Our design starts with you.


Donna Gilliam Interiors begins every project by getting to know you.  Our goal is to fully understand your vision right from the start.  We begin our multi-step design process by providing you with a client questionnaire followed by a 30-minute complimentary phone call. 

We listen.

During your initial phone conversation we listen.  Donna has an uncanny ability to hear what you don’t say and can realize your unspoken dreams through her exceptional designs.  If we both feel it’s a good fit, we’ll take the next step and schedule a design consultation with a pro.

We want to exceed your expectations.

One way we do this is by employing a tried and true multi-step design process.  Step one: regardless of the scope, all projects begins with a two-hour initial consultation.  This is not a meet-and-greet but a hardworking session to kick-start your project which also allows you to see how we would approach designing your space.

We aim to create surroundings that reflect your personality.

Each project evolves around your personal preferences and personality.  We believe no two clients are alike and no two projects should be either.  Whether your personal style is traditional, or modern or somewhere in between, we are here to create a space that looks like you and feels like you.  It will be a space that could belong only to you.

High functioning, beautiful interiors that withstand the test of time is my definition of good design
— Donna Gilliam
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Donna is the Principal Designer and Founder of Donna Gilliam Interiors. Born and raised in Nashville, she has spent much of her adult life in cities on the West Coast and her design style is a true reflection of her oft-changing surroundings.

For Donna, every project is about creating beautiful, custom spaces that are tailored specifically to her clients' personal way of living. She has a keen eye for detail, an innate ability to problem solve and a gift for hearing what the client does and doesn’t say.  Donna’s wealth of knowledge coupled with her straight-forward design process make her one of Nashville’s top designers.

Donna has established relationships with some of the industry’s most talented artisans, craftspeople and trade suppliers, which is reflected throughout the quality craftsmanship and products sourced for each of her projects.

Donna is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.  She received recognition as one of the Top 20 African American Designers in 2017 by the Black Interior Design Network. Most recently her firm was chosen to lead the interior design efforts for the National Museum of African American Music currently under construction in downtown Nashville and is slated to open in 2020.

When she’s not busy managing her design firm, Donna relishes time spent with her family. She shares their forever-home she designed and built with her husband, daughter and an active Brittany Spaniel, which lends her first-hand knowledge of how to design livable spaces for busy households.