Stephanie Stokes started her design company, Stephanie Stokes, Inc. in 1982. Prior to that she trained with designer Mark Hampton. Ms. Stokes has completed projects in Manhattan apartments as well as houses in Aspen, Colorado, Bel-Air, California, and numerous houses up and down the east coast.
Because of her Art History background, Stephanie often advises her clients on their art collections. Recently she assembled the following collections: Artwork by living African-American artists, American paintings from the 1930-40′s, a collection of black and white photography, two collections of Asian Art, and a contemporary collection now at the Plaza Hotel. The experience of visiting over 85 countries, with their countless sites and museums, as well as a Master’s degree from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, has give her has give her extensive knowledge and appreciation for fine and decorative arts.
Stephanie Stokes is a long-term Board Member of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. She is also a Friend of the Connoisseurs Circle at the Institute of Fine Art from which she is a graduate. Stephanie Stokes is also a Patron of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Patron of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a Member of the Salzburg Festival Society and is a past member of the Explorers Club. Stephanie is a Member of the Women’s International Forum at the UN a Member of the Connoisseur Circle at the Institute of Fine Art in New York City and sits on the Committee of the Network 20/20 organization.
Ms. Stokes has been published in numerous magazines, including ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, TRADITIONAL HOME, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL as well as on the web. She collaborated with Chris Madden on an HGTV TV series. HOUSE BEAUTIFUL named her to their list of the Top 100 Designers, and awarded her kitchen the “Kitchen of the Month” award in July, 2008. Last year New York Social Diary did an extensive reportage in the “Home Section” on Stephanie’s own apartment and design philosophy. She is featured in numerous publications on design and her first book “Elegant Rooms That Work: Fantasy & Function in Interior Design.” will be published by Rizzoli in April 2013.