The Tran + Thomas Team

Tran + Thomas design studio owners, Jill Tran and Carmen Thomas have a unique story in that their brothers have been best friends for over two decades. It is that relationship which brought them together in 2011 to form Tran + Thomas Design Studio. Their uniquely varied strengths complement one another perfectly, making for a powerful alliance that benefits their clients in ways other interior designers can’t compare.

Jill Tran IDS

Owner / Interior Designer

Jill Tran comes from a long line of successful designers and craftsmen and has been a buyer at the International High Point Furniture and Accessory Market for more than 30 years. Her paintings have been commissioned for conference centers and her lamp designs have been sought after by retailers such as Horchow, Roche Bobois and Neiman Marcus (including one piece that was featured on the sitcom Will & Grace). Tran’s interiors have won numerous awards and her articles on design have been published in a multitude of local and national interior design magazines.

Some of her greatest joys are spending time with her family (they love Game and Popcorn Night), cooking up a storm of Vietnamese food and teaching her children about art, the world around them and good health.


Carmen R. Thomas IIDA, ASID, LEED AP, NCIDQ CERT. NO. 28327

Owner / Interior Designer

For three years prior to joining Jill Tran; Carmen Thomas channeled her formidable energy into Florida’s spectacular Amway Center Arena (home of the Orlando Magic), leading the interior design for more than 60 suites, 13 hospitality spaces, and a myriad of restaurants, bars and retail venues while working for the local architecture firm Populous. Thomas pursued both interior design and business degrees at Kansas State University, following fine arts studies at the University of Arizona. Her diverse skills, experience and portfolio are supported by industry licensing, LEED accreditation, and numerous design awards and publications.

She loves spending her free time with family and friends camping, boating, SUP boarding, skiing, hiking playing tennis and just about anything that takes her into the great outdoors.


MANDY BRIDGES

Senior Interior Designer

Over the past 11 years, Mandy has worked on corporate, retail, healthcare, and educational projects, bringing a lot of experience and a different perspective to Tran + Thomas’ commercial projects. Mandy believes design is not only about creating an innovative, efficient, and beautiful space, but building relationships along the way.

Mandy loves spending time with her husband and two children. There is a lot of baking, dancing, laughing, and singing in her home. In her free time she enjoys painting, volleyball, and watching sports, especially the Jayhawks…Rock Chalk!


Patrice Mendelson

Interior Design Assistant

Born and raised in upstate New York, Patrice’s love for interior design and art started at a young age. After college, she began her career in the art world, working both in the showroom and retail realms. After raising her children, and earning her degree in interior design, she combined both art and design in managing a local art gallery and consulting with clients about their needs. She took a position at a high-end designer showroom, working with textiles and wallcoverings, where she met Jill and Carmen and instantly clicked.

Patrice enjoys being with her husband and three children, hiking in the Rockies, biking, playing games, seeing live music, attending art museums and festivals, and sipping a glass of wine on her new back porch with good friends.


Janice Kost

Purchasing Manager

Janice’s introduction into interior design came when Jill Tran, her next door neighbor, called and asked if she could come over for a visit. Jill showed up with design brochures in hand asking her if she would like to join her company. Janice, laughing out loud, explained that her idea of interior design was if there was a nail on the wall – you put a picture on it. Jill, laughing back, said she would be the perfect addition because she didn’t need another designer but someone to place orders. And placing orders is what she does. Janice has been with the Tran + Thomas team since April of 2010. Since then, Janice has learned that sometimes you need to move that nail before adding the picture.

Janice takes great joy in her family and friends – to the extent of donating a kidney to her nephew. He was her Godchild and shared the same birthday. Since then she has become a Grandmother to 4 precious Grandchildren who keep her quite busy.


Brandi Hendrix

Accounting

Brandi Hendrix has been counting beans since the tender age of 16 when she took her very first accounting class in high school. After college, she started down an ambitious career path with a large accounting firm but decided to take a step back when her first daughter was born and work with small business owners. She now has both a thriving career and 2 thriving daughters. When not working, Brandi enjoys watching her daughters play volleyball and taking them on adventures all over the country.