Let Us Make Your Dreams Come True

Whether you want your home to be your sanctuary, your castle, or simply to become more functional, The Designers Interior Designers provides the professional services to make your dreams come true. Marilyn S. Hansen, FASID, IIDA, NCDIQ, founded the company in 1980, and since then, Marilyn and her team have interpreted the preferences of many clients. Whether you are in the design/build phase, need a refresh of your home’s interior or have a commercial project in mind, you can count on the experience of Marilyn S. Hansen to create spaces that refresh and inspire.

With a keen eye for what should be done, Marilyn is also an expert in resolving interior design problems. The Designers firm has completed projects in Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Oregon, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Illinois.

The Designers was voted Best Interior Design Firm in Best of Omaha 2024. Marilyn S. Hansen was voted 2024 Best Interior Designer, an award she has won for the sixth year in a row.

Call 402-498-8777 today for a consultation.

What Can We Design For You?

Residential Interior Design

Commercial Interior Design

New Construction

About Our Founder

Marilyn S. Hansen, FASID, IIDA, NCIDQ, Founder of The Designers, is a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers. In this role, she is one of an experienced and diverse community of professionals who create insight in the design industry. She and her ASID Team developed and taught a national course about Ethics for the Interior Design industry.

Marilyn was the first person in the State of Nebraska to attain NCDIQ status, a credential from the Council for Interior Design Qualification. This industry credential requires a Bachelors degree in Interior Design, three years of professional experience, and successfully passing a rigorous exam. NCIDQ Certification is nationally recognized as the industry’s indicator of excellence in interior design principles; it is the gold standard. It also shows a designer’s commitment to the profession.

Some states require the NCDIQ exam to become a Registered Interior Designer. And some industries require NCIDQ Certification to submit interior designs, such as the Hospitality Industry. This expertise has enabled The Designers to complete many award-winning Residential and Hospitality projects for their clients.

Why Professional Credentials Matter

These days, many people call themselves an Interior Designers. In Nebraska and many other states, there are no regulations defining that designation. A person who calls themselves an Interior Designer might have no formal training in Interior Design – they may be good at selecting color schemes, arranging rooms and accessories, but have no training in construction or building codes. If you’re renovating your home, you need more than a person with a “flair for design.”

The design staff at The Designers are all Members of ASID – the American Society of Interior Designers. Each has completed at least 60 semester hours of education in Interior Design, during which students attain specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings. Students are also taught to prepare documents and drawings describing the design of interior spaces. They learn to protect the welfare, safety and health of the public. If someone says they are an Interior Designer and cannot draft a blueprint, chances are they have not completed professional education in Interior Design.

In addition, to maintain excellence, ASID requires ongoing education. This is a profession that requires professional commitment and is not a hobby.

Our advice: Ask about credentials before you hire an Interior Designer. An Interior Designer with professional qualifications won’t cost you more – they will save you money! Selecting appropriate materials for your project that will meet building codes and that are aesthetically pleasing will create a successful project.

What Our Clients Say

Marilyn came to our rescue

We built our house 35 years ago and were due for some updates but unsure about how to proceed.  Marilyn came to our rescue by making recommendations, suggesting options and then coordinating all of the work. We relied on her years of experience and appreciated her contacts with excellent contractors to arrange for painting walls and ceilings, drywall work, the refinishing and toning of existing wood floors and cabinets, installation of carpeting, a new wood floor, wallpaper, counters, sinks, tile backsplashes, lighting and fans.  So many decisions to make!  She helped us find a new duvet cover and shams for our bedroom and had custom pillows made for our family room.  She also helped us choose the best placement for our artwork and other items. She found a way to give us a refreshed look while keeping what we loved.  After hearing stories of how long it can take to accomplish such a major project, we were amazed that the bulk of the work was completed in 2 months!  We are very thankful that we found Marilyn to spearhead these improvements to our home. We felt overwhelmed and dreaded starting this huge undertaking, but with her expertise, energy and sense of humor, Marilyn made it fun and we are so pleased with the results.  There is no way we could have done it without her.  Thank you, Marilyn!!!

- Judy and Ken Nanfito

Our master bathroom was in desperate need of an update

After living in our home for more than 30 years, our master bathroom was in desperate need of an update. There were an overwhelming number of details and decisions involved in this kind of project. We contacted Marilyn Hansen and determined she was the right person to help us. (We have both known Marilyn for a number of years, however, this is the first time we had called upon her for her design expertise.) It turned out to be one of the best decision we have ever made. We lived through the whole process free of stress thanks to Marilyn’s organizational abilities, excellent communication with us at all points along the way and her attention to detail. The project required six different contractors. Marilyn coordinated the scheduling for each aspect of their work. The contractors she works with are accomplished in their trades and conscientious. The contractors were respectful and easy to have in our home. Most importantly they all did an outstanding job. Our new master bath area is beautiful and much more functional. Marilyn’s eye for color and blending shades of color is amazing. Everything tastefully flows together from walls to floor tile to counter top to backsplash and lighting. The styles, colors and surfaces of the different components perfectly complement the existing master bedroom area which was important to us. We will also add that the newly renovated area is very easy to maintain. We love our new master bath!  

- Pete and Ann Kelleher

Marilyn listens and comes up with solutions

Marilyn Hansen is ‘the legendary’ designer in Omaha. She has designed for us and for many of our friends. We love her! Here is a list of the projects she has designed for us: >Full house remodel which included the kitchen and family room (which were extended), the addition of a large master bathroom, laundry room, basement music studio, and upstairs guest suite. This project also included a refresh of our main floor powder room and living room.  She has relationships with everyone and was able to fix problems when they arose. For example, our tile was not what we expected, and she negotiated new tile.  It was a massive project and she made it fun. >Remodel of our basement into a home theater and entertainment area. Smaller projects have included: >Framing artwork, hanging pictures, rearranging furniture, window treatments >Selecting artwork for my husband’s office and waiting room. >Choice of outdoor paint and shingles >Decorating our home for Christmas >Providing advice on decorating and furniture placement for major events at our home. Marilyn listens to our needs and comes up with solutions.  We have been very happy with our projects and count her as a friend.

-Trudy Bredthauer

Marilyn will go above and beyond

Marilyn Hansen and her team at The Designers Omaha have been excellent at working on our home renovation projects. Marilyn is knowledgeable, creative, and personable. She will go above and beyond to ensure that the project is done right and that the customer is 100% satisfied. We had a great experience and I highly recommend The Designers Omaha.

-Kevin O’Donnell

She seemed to read our minds

Never did we think we would hire a “Designer” to assist in the remodeling of our home. At the suggestion of our contractor, we met with Marilyn and the rest is history. What an awesome woman to work with. She seemed to read our minds as to what we were trying to achieve with this remodeling project and simplified the process. So many intricate decisions that we had not even thought about that she expertly guided us through. Marilyn’s ability to help us visualize every detail before making a final decision was invaluable. Worrying about cost overruns and being able to afford a Designer was foremost on our minds but Marilyn was very reasonable and worth every penny. Not only did she help us create our dream, but found ways to save us money with the contractor and products we bought. Would we ever use a “Designer” again? Absolutely, if it was Marilyn!!

-Barry & Deborah Wilkinson

We are absolutely thrilled

Marilyn was just what we needed! Being avid DIY’s, we were torn between trying to “restain” our woodwork ourselves or having it done by professionals. After taking Marilyn’s advice and trusting in her experience, we are absolutely thrilled with the look and update our home needed!

-Ron and Corene Faltin

A joy to work with

We are a wholesale company that works with designers. Marilyn and her team are a joy to work with!

- Window Wares

My builder was not listening to me and I was totally frustrated

I've known Marilyn for 37 years. We gutted a house 28 years ago. My builder was not listening to me and I was totally frustrated. Marilyn took the floor plans home over the weekend and came back with a plan I loved! She did my whole house... To this day I still love it. She recently redid my upstairs again. I am so happy with it. She remained calm at all times and relates well with contractors.She's done two of my offices in Oklahoma and 2 offices in Wichita... sight unseen. She selected accessories and even told us how high to hang pictures and where to put them. She is simply amazing!

-Jacque Herdzina

A “Spa-Like” Bathroom

I live in Wichita, KS and I needed to remodel my master bathroom. I contacted my sister, who lives in Omaha, NE for her designer - Marilyn's - contact info. I worked with Marilyn through phone calls and email. She worked well with my contractors,resulting in a "spa-like" bathroom. Everybody, including me, loves my bathroom. (They also have tried to copy it!)

- Carla Shepherd

We’ve been very pleased with her recommendations

...As a member of St. Margaret Mary parish council, I have worked directly with Marilyn on several projects at our church... Marilyn has a refined ability to match the appropriate design aesthetic to a particular architectural style; with a sensitivity to the sacred nature of the space. Quality and suitability of materials retain priority in her decision-making process. We've been very pleased with her recommendations and project outcomes. She is also very responsive during the design and installation phases. ...I highly recommend Marilyn for your project.

-Nick Manhart

Understood our vision and our budget and could not have done a better job exceeding our expectations

This is my heartfelt endorsement of the professionalism, creativity and customer service provided by Marilyn Hansen and The Designers. Marilyn and her staff are knowledgeable, versatile and up to date on all current design trends and provide well informed suggestions on creative materials and finishes to produce an outstanding result. Marilyn’s incredible attention to detail and sense of style add to every project’s success. The Designers understood our vision as well as our budget and could not have done a better job exceeding our expectations. I couldn’t be more confident when I recommend Marilyn and her firm, The Designers, to my clients, business associates and friends.

– Madia, Bally Castle Homes

Marilyn is extremely knowledgeable about construction

My husband and I have had the privilege of working with Marilyn Hansen on two different homes over the past 10+ years. Marilyn is truly unique in that she takes the necessary time to get to know each client personally so that she can formulate suggestions that are appealing in achieving the perfect end results. Marilyn is extremely knowledgeable about construction in general which is a quality that sets her apart from the competition. Marilyn is honest, hard-working, and fully dedicated to her profession.

– Ziemba

The transformation has been stunning

I love our home thanks to you, Marilyn, and your staff. After living in our home for over 20 years, we recognized our home needed repair and updating. A match made in heaven ensued and has transformed our 80s-looking-home to cutting edge current. The transformation has been stunning from the complete overhaul of our kitchen, upstairs family room, our daughter’s bedroom, and son’s bedroom to the tweaking of our downstairs family room and upstairs living room. Marilyn, you were masterful in your guidance and when needed, you used what I had to rearrange a room or hang pictures of our own where needed. It is fabulous. I love the girls on your staff. Thank you.

– Barntsen

I am always amazed with her wonderful ideas

I have worked with Marilyn several times over the last 30 years and find her a true delight to work with. I am always amazed with her wonderful ideas on how to create, update and make our home a place to be proud of and get thoroughly comfortable.

– Grandsaert

My home doesn’t look like it came from Pottery Barn

Great service and excellent results. For once my house doesn’t look like it came out of a Pottery Barn catalog.

– McCrery

I should have her card at my front door since everyone wants to know who helped me

My husband and I undertook a major remodel of our condominium in 2006. Our first important decision was to contact Marilyn Hansen. We have remarked to each other dozens of times what a good decision that was. She saved us from ourselves! So many things (small and large) ended up being so helpful and saved us many dollars! Marilyn is different than many other designers in that she serves as the general contractor. When we needed a plumber and an electrician to show up at the same time, Marilyn got it done. Her crew respects her and she respects them. They are clean, fast, reliable, and follow up on any problems. We continue to be very happy with the results... Marilyn Hansen has helped me with several design projects over the years. I just moved into my new home and could not have done it without Marilyn’s design and project coordination. I should have her card at my front door since everyone visiting my new home wants to know who helped me design and make selections. I love my home and know it really could not have been possible without the expertise, professionalism, and hard work of Marilyn.  

– Steier

Every aspect of the project… was given her personal attention

My first encounter with Marilyn Hansen was in 1996 when I took a design class from her. I found her to be informative, interesting, and extremely talented. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I would be in desperate need of those qualities a few years later. My husband and I were being transferred back to the U.S. from an assignment in London, England. The condo, which I had purchased on a quick house hunting mission back to Omaha, was in need of renovation. While we were still residing abroad, Marilyn worked closely with us via phone, fax, and emails. Every aspect of the project; flooring, paint, lighting, fixtures and furniture was given her personal attention. It couldn’t have been a smoother transition for us. Six years later, with the purchase of our current home, we found ourselves in need of her services once again and Marilyn expertly managed every detail. My husband and I have very much enjoyed working with Marilyn over the years, not only for her professionalism and expertise, but for the positive attitude she brings to every project.

– Boje

Unique and innovative designs for our hotels that meet the traveler expectations

I have been using The Designers for the last twenty years for both residential and commercial properties.  Our commercial properties include a portfolio of many branded hotels such as Marriott, Hilton, and Holiday Inn to name a few. The Designers and in particular, Marilyn Hansen, have come up with unique and innovative designs for our hotels that meet the traveler expectations.    We have received several awards and recognition for Outstanding Design for several of our properties.   Marilyn has also helped me on a personal level as well, with my French Country Home.   I have been impressed with the quality of furnishings she carries.  My home is not just decorated, but has the look of an upscale designer.  I have been very happy with her professionalism, overall talent and the passion she brings to any project.  I enjoy working with her and her team.

– Linda Skinner, Kinseth Hospitality

Works tirelessly to find the most creative, beautiful and cost effective designs for her clients

We have known Marilyn for forty years both as our friend and as our designer.  She has shepherded us through new home owner jitters and furniture buying; and then, through two major home remodels and most recently with a new home construction.... Marilyn works tirelessly to find the most creative, beautiful and cost effective designs for her clients.  We have trusted Marilyn’s artistic ability to help us with large and small jobs on a limited budget.  She is always professional as well as being warm and sincere with her desire to make us happy.  We love her sense of humor and her quick wit. She has been known to break out in song just at the right time to settle nerves or lighten a mood.  We would never hesitate to recommend Marilyn Hansen to our friends and neighbors.


Highest focus on design… and true craftsmanship

We were very pleased with the outcome of our project! The tile and rug matched perfectly to the colors that were already in the kitchen and attached room. Most importantly, Marilyn and the tile installer, Peter, are of high character and some one you can trust to do the right thing with the highest focus on design to the smallest detail, and with true craftsmanship – that is very hard to find. It really feels good to know the job was done right and the finished product looks absolutely amazing. We would recommend Marilyn and The Designers to others.

– Bob & Kathy Marble

I tell people Marilyn protected us from ourselves…

Marilyn and her crew have worked with my husband and me several times over the last thirty years.  When we first bought our home she helped us do relatively inexpensive things.  Years later we did a major remodel with her excellent design.  We love our home and are so grateful to The Designers for their guidance.  I tell people that Marilyn protected us from ourselves.  We would have made big mistakes if she hadn’t been there to help.  She is a wonderful problem-solver and functions as a general contractor.  She works with the very best tradesmen and the excellent workmanship shows.  We love The Designers!

 – Julie Livingston