The Best Designers in Dallas: Mary Anne Smiley Interiors Makes the List

Born in Seminole, Oklahoma, Mary Anne Smiley has since been in Colorado, California and everywhere in between. Her interior design business was firmly planted in Athens, Texas for 18 years, designing ranches and getaway homes, until recently when she moved herself and Mary Anne Smiley Interiors to Dallas, Texas. She has quickly become recognized as one of the best designers in Dallas by peers and experts in the industry.

Her favorite projects are the ones her clients adore, and high quality of her design makes her projects unique and fitting for any home. D MagazineSouthern Accents and Beautiful Homes of Texas are just some of the publications that have applauded her use of fabrics, color and technique.

We caught up with Mary Anne earlier this week to ask her more about her design inspirations…

Interesting Companies: When did you get into interior designing? How? Someone or something?  

Mary Anne Smiley: My older brother became a custom home builder when I was in 3rd grade.  I was mesmerized the first time he brought home a floor plan.  So I started drawing my own for my friends immediately. I could not wait to go to OSU like my brother and become an architect.

Above: A bedroom plan that Mary Anne drew while she was in the 3rd grade.

Mary Anne Smiley Interiors now has a portfolio of bedrooms that have design and luxury magazines raving and recognizing her talent.

InterestingCompanies: Where did you go to school?

Mary Anne Smiley: I went to enroll in Architecture at OSU, but it was the mid 60s and the Dean told me “women do not enroll in architecture.” So I walked across the street and enrolled in Interior Design and Fine Art.

InterestingCompanies: What would you like to do that you haven’t already done? 

Mary Anne Smiley: Illustrate children’s books.

A Bluffview Area Living Room designed by Mary Anne.

InterestingCompanies: What do you love about Dallas?  

Mary Anne Smiley:
 That anything you can dream up is possible.  The greatest clients, greatest showrooms, and unlimited resources are in Dallas.

InterestingCompanies: Where do you like to travel?  

Mary Anne Smiley:
 I love Jackson Hole, New York City and Venice. I think I would love Alaska, too.

InterestingCompanies: What inspires your style? (designing and beyond)  

Mary Anne Smiley:
 Anything new and different.  There is an explosion of new materials out there just waiting for a new use.  Nothing inspires me more except maybe a design problem to be solved.

D Magazine recognizes Mary Anne as one of the best designers in Dallas for two years in a row. To learn more about Mary Anne and her designs, visit

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