Carolyn Kelly Interiors is a full-service interior design firm founded by Carolyn Schaefer McNerney. Based in Connecticut, she works with clients along the east coast.

Raised in Atlanta, Carolyn has an innate love for traditional interiors, however, her time spent living and working in Manhattan, Denver, and London has influenced her design style into what it is today. Carolyn appreciates the art of combining the old with the new to create an eclectic look that is layered in texture and pattern. Fundamentally, she works with clients to help create homes that feel inviting, yet fresh, with designs that will stand the test of time.

Carolyn studied Art History at the University of Virginia and design at Parsons School of Design in New York. Prior to establishing her firm, she spent five years working under designers Tharon Anderson and Anna Lambiotte. Carolyn currently resides in Darien, Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.


As a full-service design firm, Carolyn Kelly Interiors is available to assist in all aspects of a project from conception through completion. We are there for the client every step of the way, ensuring a project’s success from day one. CKI will outline your overall goals, identify lifestyle needs, and help bring your design visions to life. From sourcing and procuring items to managing contractor work, CKI is well-versed in all aspects of project management. We collaborate closely with builders and trusted artisans to achieve spaces that are unique to each client.


We are pleased to offer design services for those that do not live nearby. From floor plan work to remote sourcing of furniture or finishes, our services have been redesigned for the digital age. With the assistance of client guidance on measurements and photos, we are able to virtually execute any stage of a design project. Perhaps a single room or several spaces, a small refresh or a full design layout, CKI is well-equipped to tackle any project no matter where you are located.


In need of some design direction, but don’t know where to begin? Enter the consultation package. Whether it’s helping out with paint selections, consulting on art, or space planning, we are always happy to offer recommendations and advice on an hourly basis.


We meet with you in your home to determine the scope of work, goals, budget, vision, and timeline. This will guide us in preparing a contract curated to your specific needs.

Next, we will come back to your home to measure and document all relevant spaces and any existing pieces. Accurately surveying and walking through your space will ensure that we specify appropriate pieces and correctly scaled furniture for your home.

CKI will spend time developing floor plans for the spaces that we are designing. We will walk through these with you and explain the thought-process behind each layout. We will also present you with some inspirational imagery to get you thinking about what you’re envisioning for your home. This will aid us in the selection process as we move forward.

With the information gleaned from our last meeting, we will thoughtfully select pieces for the applicable rooms. We will present you with a few options of design layouts that will outline furniture pieces, fabrics, finishes, and so forth. We will make adjustments as needed and fine tune the selections per client feedback.

You will receive a proposal that outlines all of the pieces and associated costs. Once you provide approval on the design, we will collect payment and begin ordering!

CKI will manage all of the ordering process from start to finish. We will communicate directly with our vendors, generate any custom drawings, constantly check in with our trusted workrooms, coordinate deliveries, and prepare for installation.

The big reveal! CKI will plan for one or two days where all of your items will be delivered, installed, hung, and styled. Then it is time for you to enjoy your new beautiful space!

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