About Us

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John McClain is an accomplished interior designer, speaker, writer, and on-air contributor who has turned his lifetime passion for interior design into an opportunity to do the same for others. As a young man, John’s interest in creating beautiful spaces was sparked by his family’s talent in home building and renovations.

Soon, John began remodeling and redesigning home after home and combined a trade taught by his family with his natural aesthetic ability. Shortly after his career launch, John appeared on HGTV; and through this experience, his personality and design perspective were visible to a larger audience, and he was soon designing homes across the country. Next, John joined a prestigious interior design firm/furniture design company in Los Angeles, CA. Here, John gained an appreciation for the sophisticated west coast design style while collaborating on designs for many LA homes-including several celebrity clients. John also fueled his passion for custom furniture design-learning the ins and outs of quality craftsmanship and unique designs, eventually leading to his own home furnishings company, John McClain Home. John McClain Design is a well-crafted blend of John's past design experience, education, and innovative-forward thinking. 

John McClain


Principal designer 

John McClain Design has offices in Central Florida and Los Angeles, CA. John’s projects have received numerous awards and have appeared in many publications including Traditional Home and Elle Décor. John's design advice can also be seen regularly in print, television appearances, and online in The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Apartment Therapy, Interior Design, and as a Fashion Police contributor for Us Weekly, and many more.

In 2016, the team at John McClain Design launched a home furnishings line, Gilded Home (now John McClain Home), which embodies the discerning style and quality craftsmanship that John has woven into all of his interior design projects. John has personally designed each item in the John McClain Home collection which includes bespoke upholstery, casegoods, lighting, and accessories. Aesthetically, John McClain Home marries the luxe sophistication of Hollywood Regency & Art Deco with the simplicity of mid-century modern design elements-all fused with a uniquely fresh and current elegance. Check out John McClain Home here.

A successful design project involves combining the client’s needs and wishes with John's natural instinct. Moreover, his belief that all environments can be both beautiful and attainable allows anyone to find their perfect surroundings. John now also shares his passion for interior design through speaking engagements, television appearances, articles, and events.



After various creative career opportunities Heather decided to pursue her lifelong love of interior design. She holds bachelor degrees in both Art History from Saint Olaf College and Interior Design from Seminole State College. After completing an internship with John McClain Design Heather happily joined the team in 2016. Heather has a distinct knack for understanding our clients’ needs and wishes and always finds a creative way to implement the best plan for each and every client. Heather is a wife and mother of three beautiful children, so she understands the importance of family (and good interior design for families). Moreover, her design eye, creativity, and work ethic make Heather the perfect complement to the John McClain Design family. 

SENIOR Interior Designer

Heather Rau




Amy Lau

Charlon Thompson

Erica Finlay

An LA native, Amy brings a passion for interior design as well as a wealth of experience in project management. Amy’s expertise lies in understanding the “nuts and bolts” of the design process from start to finish, which is crucial to making a design project a success. On top of that, Amy always has a smile; and is full of contagious optimism! Amy keeps our clients AND our team organized with her top notch project management skills and great design knowledge all delivered with her effervescent personality. Amy and her husband are avid travelers and have a brand new beautiful baby girl!

Originally from Winchester VA, Charlon moved to Orlando, FL for a prestigious internship with the Walt Disney Company. During his internship, he fell in love with the area and made a permanent transfer where he studied Fashion Design & Marketing at the International Academy of Design and Technology.  Over the course of the next 10+ years, he managed a number of renovations on single family homes, historic sites and retail spaces. With his previous operations experience and his natural, creative abilities, he has quickly gained an understanding of what it takes to contribute to a successful interior design team. With JMD, his role encompasses project management, procurement, administration, client communication, scheduling and so much more. Charlon will win you over with his empathetic personality and this super sharp skills. 

A former advertising professional, Erica is taking her nearly decade of experience in business and advertising and merging them with the world of design. When not working or in school, the rest of her time and energy is focused on nurturing her creativity and supporting her local community. 

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With a long history of sleeping on comfortable surfaces, Jax brings his own design expertise to John McClain Design. Jax is a rescue dog, but who knew he was so well-versed in delivering a vast knowledge of luxurious surfaces? His first role at JMD was as Comfort Tester, but with his strong interpersonal skills, he later transitioned into his current role as our Puppy PR Rep. Jax has never met a stranger and always has a warm smile (and sometimes a kiss) for everyone he meets.

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