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Doing something every day that you love and getting to call it work is what Arden Stephenson calls the ideal job. As principal of her own New York City firm for over a decade, Arden has been designing uniquely sophisticated and refined interiors for clients from New York to Malibu, Martha's Vineyard to Miami and beyond.

Arden views the entire design process as collaboration with her client to create interiors that are functional and purposeful as well as beautiful. She has a strong appreciation for design in every medium and art plays a huge part of every interior. Arden's own personality is seen in the details of her design but it is her client's personality that shines through in the end.

A native Texan, Arden holds a bachelor's degree in interior architecture and a master's in the history of decorative arts. She finds design inspiration largely from the past but fully recognizes that everything has been done before. "I like to think that presenting it in a different way makes it seem fresh and new." Combined with her creative eye for proportion, scale and whimsical contrasts, Arden's interiors look effortless, yet are anything but.