About Distinctive Interiors

Distinctive Interiors is a full service Interior Design Company offering Residential and Commercial services.  


We pride ourselves on providing premier Interior Design Services and offer unique furnishings and accessories from an assortment of over 300 manufacturers as well as custom designed furnishings.   We have access to the most extensive offerings of fabrics, bedding, wallpaper, rugs, furnishings, etc. in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.

Owner, Stephanie Nolan was the Designer for Home & Design Magazine's "Celebrity Designer Signature 2017 Home".  This Award-Winning, high profile project consisted of complete interior design of the home, including; all interior detailing, finish selections, furnishings, window treatments, artwork, bedding, accessories, florals, etc. all in collaboration with Celebrity Designer "Thom Filicia", from Bravo TV. 


The home sold within hours of its first Open House with multiple offers and was published nationally in Florida Home & Design Fall 2017 edition as well as locally in Home & Design Suncoast Spring 2017 edition and it also won Sarasota Magazine's "Best Bedroom" in their 2017 Interior Design Awards.


Owner, Stephanie Nolan has been a practicing Interior Designer since 1990.   She is NCIDQ certified (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and is a licensed Interior Designer in the State of Florida and ASID Professional member.  Her personal home was featured on HGTV in 2005. 


Stephanie obtained her degree in Interior Design in 1990 from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts and designed for Boston & Cambridge architectural firms before relocating to Florida.


Once established in Florida, Stephanie designed model homes and corporate interiors for six years for the area's largest developer and home builder when she decided to start her own company in 2015 "Distinctive Interiors of Sarasota". She was featured nationally on HGTV's "Real Estate Open House" in 2005.

"I would love the opportunity to assist you in creating that special space which caters to your lifestyle and represents your unique personal style & attitude."


Stephanie Nolan



FL License No. ID 6153



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I love to create beautiful environments that inspire and make people want to come home everyday.

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Growing up in coastal New England, I had the opportunity to be influenced by some truly impressive architectural works of art.   From historic mansions with intensely detailed architectural elements to simple rustic beach cottages - all types of housing styles have always intrigued me.   As a child I would walk daily past the impressive historic mansions in my hometown and would peer in the wrought iron gates and marvel at their most ornate facades.  I was always awed by interior design and architecture and loved to explore every kind of dwelling from the simple Cape Cod style home to the massive Newport Mansions.  
When I was in high school my family commissioned an architect to design a contemporary-style home for us, I then knew my career would be in design.   I loved looking at the blueprints the architect had drawn and would unroll those drawings again and again to study them.   I enrolled at Endicott College and received both my Associates and Bachelors of Science Degrees in Interior Design.    Upon graduating college I had the opportunity to hone my design skills while working in Boston & Cambridge architectural firms before relocating to Florida.   
My strong architectural background has made me a competent and experienced space planner and project manager.   I enjoy designing spaces and working with the various trades to create unique designs for homes and commercial spaces.  
But most of all giving the client a Design that reflects their unique personality & caters to their lifestyle is always my #1 goal.   I want my clients to smile every time they enter a space we designed for them. 
Great Design, Impeccable Service and a Stress-Free Process is what Distinctive Interiors is all about.
Being a NCIDQ Certificate Holder demonstrates that through education, experience and examination you are qualified to competently practice interior design in all of its facets, including aesthetics and safety standards.  This rigorous national exam is 15 hours long and requires qualifiers such as education and mandated work hours under a licensed architect or interior designer to order to sit for the exam.
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Stephanie Nolan is a showcased Sarasota Interior Designer listed on InteriorTool.com