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Kelly Lankford - Principal Interior Designer/CEO

Owner, Kelly Lankford

"An interior environment defines people - how they function and the image they project. Our goal is to analyze each client's needs and personality, creatively interpret their ideas and deliver a space that embodies their ideals."

Owner, Kelly H. Lankford, is the heart and soul behind KHL Design Studio. After working for some of the top architects and designers in the country, Kelly established KHL Design Studio to bring her design philosophy and expertise in interior design to the Midwest. Her portfolio includes residential, corporate, hospitality, and multi-family projects. She is also LEED certified, enabling her to implement green-friendly practices. Kelly's work has won numerous awards due to her ability to create timeless, one of a kind designs.

Through the use of space, color, texture, lighting, and furnishings, an interior can transform into an "interior experience." Kelly strives to make this transformation occur regardless of size and budget; producing memorable interiors through an unmatched level of client service. Collaboration and communication with clients and contractors throughout the process is essential - transforming visions into working concepts and detailed documents. Design should not be a painful process and KHL Design Studio does everything possible to ensure a smooth transition into the space of your dreams.

Professional Qualifications

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Professional Member

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, Associated Professional (LEED AP)

Certified Interior Designer (CID) in California

National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certified


Susan Stevenson - Senior Designer

"Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works." Steve Jobs

Susan joined KHL in December 2014 and consults on both commercial and residential projects. She brings 24 years of experience in interior design with an emphasis on kitchen and bath design. She is an NCIDQ qualified interior designer and a LEED Accredited Professional. Susan is especially knowledgeable in design communication, lighting design and interior finish materials. For her, working at KHL Design Studios is an opportunity to be creative and work with people to solve their interior design needs.

Susan is also an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the nationally accredited interior design program at the University of Central Missouri and holds two degrees in interior design from Virginia Tech and a PhD in Environment and Behavior Studies from the University of Missouri.



Abby Elson-Williams - Junior Designer

"We are affected by every environment we encounter. As designers, it is our job to make those experiences memorable, beautiful, functional and safe. We have to take the past into account and make sure there is room for the future."

Abby received her B.F.A. in Interior Design from the University of Central Missouri (CIDA accredited) in December of 2015. Coming from a furniture retail background, she started as an intern in the spring of 2015. Now as a Junior Designer, she brings a thorough understanding of color theory, space planning, kitchen & bath design and construction documents to the table.Working at KHL and being a member of ASID has allowed her to gain real-world experience in both commercial and residential design. With these versatile abilities, Abby aids in helping the studio maintain its unparalleled commitment to clients.



Cathy Martin - Intern

 "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cathy joined KHL Design Studio as an intern in the Spring of 2017. She studied Interior Design at the CIDA accredited Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, Illinois and is currently a design student at the CIDA and NASAD accredited University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. 
Early exposure to construction fundamentals as the result of a family-owned small business and later, UCM sponsored Habitat for Humanity volunteer work, has fostered a unique perspective on the building blocks of practical design. With a perpetual smile and meticulous eye for detail, she is eager to relate to clients and uncover their unique desires in order to formulate a distinct design plan that embodies their specific needs.  

KHL Design Studio, LLC

Commercial & Residential Design

telephone: (816) 585-4569 · fax: (866) 349-0849 · 12 SW 3rd Street, Lee's Summit, Missouri 64063

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