" “We Create More Than Beautiful Spaces.

We Create Quality of Life."

Gordon + Johnson

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Our Studio

Like a beehive, our design studio hums with energy serving as our creative hub and command center. Here on Amelia Island, where blue skies, swaying palm trees, storied live oaks and water vistas provide continuous inspiration, our team creates practical and stunning solutions for our clients.

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Meet Our Team

Just a few of the people that master the home experience of our clients

Gordon Kessler

Gordon Kessler

Growing up in New York surrounded by some of the world’s best architecture, Gordon dreamed of a career as an architect. Thanks to an artistic grandmother, he was turned on to antiques and historical design at a young age and landed in the interior design business.

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Hard work and sharpening his creative skills led to a leadership position for one of the country's most renowned interior design companies before founding his own firm.

A natural collaborator, Gordon enjoys nothing more than nurturing strong partnerships with clients – transforming their style, taste and vision into something livable. His passion for detail, service and quality weave into every project regardless of scope.

If you’ve seen Gordon’s work, you may not realize it. Not one to offer a “signature style,” he creates polished spaces ranging from modern to traditional that are functional, friendly and beautiful. He takes an inside-out approach to each engagement, allowing his client’s personality, interests and lifestyle to guide the process and aesthetic direction of the project. Gordon’s expertise in lifestyle design comes from a career managing and directing hundreds of projects, ranging from individual room design to multi-million dollar full-home buildouts.

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Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson

Larry is truly a citizen of the world. And bringing a global sensibility to interior design comes naturally, having worked for years with British Airways. With a lifelong interest in art, Larry began a second career by returning to school, getting a degree in Interior Design and turning his avocation into his vocation.

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Larry believes interior designers serve a unique role for their clients. With the ability – and responsibility – to improve the quality of their lives by expressing the best possible version of their personal style. He loves texture, pattern and color, and is known for creating a special “moment,” an element of surprise or delight in each room.

When asked how he describes his design style, Larry explains: "My personal design style is traditional with modern and global influences," but maintains that his job isn't to design what he likes - it is to discover what his clients love and to make their homes reflect their personal style.

Lisa Branch

Lisa Hammac

Interior Designer

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When Lisa joined our firm as a student design intern a short time ago, we knew it was a match. We’re glad to have Lisa as a permanent part of our team now, bringing a combination of technical skill and a keen eye for design. Lisa received her degree in Interior Design from Florida State College at Jacksonville where she also worked at a leading tile retailer as a Design Consultant.

An artist at heart, she approaches projects with a love for the unique, aiming for fresh design in a sophisticated, yet classic aesthetic. Although young in years, Lisa has a deep appreciation for antiques, heirlooms and architectural artifacts rich with character and patina. She loves homes with intricately detailed architectural features, and her furnishing style merges the modern with the classic. When working with clients, Lisa pays exceptional attention to their desires, and turns their ideas into an outer experience that reflects the client’s identity.

Why We're The Right Fit For You

Our clients say it best:

“They’re great people with great sense.”

“Even if you’ve worked with a designer before, you’ve never worked with anyone like G+J."

“Gordon and Larry opened my eyes to what designers can do”

“I can’t believe this is my house!”

“Couldn’t even begin to imagine that my home could be this beautiful.”

“Let the experts do their job.”

“You can tell they really love what they do. That energy is contagious.”

“Savvy, professional, fun, good at what they do."

Dear Gordon and Larry

“I have worked with many designers and this team is absolutely superb. They have creatively solved problems which completely baffled others and always keep in mind the functionality of their design for how the client lives.

I recommend them without reservation for projects large and small and I have used them for both with equal success and delight in the outcome.”

Mrs. J.R. Haberkorn

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida + Atlantic Beach, Florida

"this team is
absolutely superb"

"their expertise in design & planning was one of the best investments I have ever made"

“Gordon and Larry as professional interior designers, combined with their team, provide the highest quality interior design service available anywhere.

This is the first time I had worked with Gordon & Johnson, and by FAR, it was the best experience I have ever had working with a designer. Their expertise in design & planning was one of the best investments I have ever made.

I completely gutted & remodeled my home, and even though I was working with a conservative budget, they maximized every dollar. They provided comprehensive plans for the contractor, designed and provided custom cabinets and built-ins and then finishes, furnishings and decor. I could not be more thrilled with my home. They managed the renovation and made sure all work performed and product purchased was on time, correct and of high quality.

I know that my friends who introduced us and the friends to which I have referred them to all feel the same. They are not only creative designers, but creative problem solvers. We continue to work together, as I find new projects over time.”

Mrs. Krista Donchez

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Gordon and Johnson Design transformed the outdated style of our home to a fresh, modern and sophisticated style. Their design style and vision are impressive and their communication skills are exceptional. The team kept us in the loop during each step of the project. From paint colors and textiles to artwork and custom furniture, they made the process fun and stress free. Their professionalism was impressive. I highly recommend Gordon and Johnson Design for any project, large or small.

Mr & Mrs. Charles Branch

St Johns Florida

"fresh, modern
& sophisticated"

"brilliant design
technique"

Super service and brilliant design techniques! Gordon and Johnson provided numerous options with a creative flair. We loved working with them and intend to use them in the future.

Mrs. Mary Bingeman

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida

Media + Press

Articles, Features & Accolades

Cottages & Bungalows

Article Here | December 2019

Cottage Style

Organic Instincts | March,April 2019

Cottages & Bungalows

Article Here | December 2019

Cottage Style

Organic Instincts | March,April 2019

Romantic Homes Magazine

Cover Feature | Cape House Comfort } August 2019

Jacksonville Magazine

Article Here | 2006

Community Engagement

ASID

Gordon + Johnson is an ASID Allied member supporting the National organization and the Florida North Chapter.
asid.org | fln.asid.org

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Gordon Kessler and Larry Johnson serve on the Advisory Board of the Interior Design School at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
fscj.edu

The Garden Conservancy

Gordon Kessler and Larry Johnson are Fellows of the Garden Conservancy, and serve on the East Coast Council.
gardenconservancy.org

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Gordon Kessler has served the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens for over fifteen years on numerous committees, designed and executed the exit shops for numerous national exhibits and has provided design & merchandising services for numerous Garden Weeks.
cummermuseum.org

Nassau County Chamber of Commerce

Larry Johnson is an Active Member of the Nassau Chamber in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
islandchamber.com

NKBA

Larry Johnson & Gordon Kessler are members of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
nkba.org

THE COMMUNITY HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE CENTER FOR CARING AT BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH

Gordon Kessler serves on the original Art Selection Committee for Community Hospice at Baptist Medical Center assisting in selecting the works of local artists best suited for the Healing Arts to be featured in the new care center.