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About

Located in the beautiful Coachella Valley, Hale-Williams Interior Design is an award-winning interior design firm convenient to Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indio and Indian Wells. Hale-Williams Interior Design also has offices in Carmel, CA. The principals, Robert Hale and Tom Williams, have used their combined experience as professional interior designers to serve clients from many different areas of the country and the world. Dealing primarily in residential design both Mr. Hale and Mr. Williams continue to innovate their business and create new techniques to better serve the needs of their clients.

Robert Hale and Tom Williams in their studio.

Robert Hale and Tom Williams in their studio.

Hale-Williams Interior Design opened for business in Carmel, CA, May 1, 2000. Mr. Hale and Mr. Williams are active in the community both in Carmel and Palm Springs. Both have held positions on chamber of commerce boards, Rotary and professional organizations. In the summer of 2004 Robert Hale appeared with his partner Tom Williams in a segment of the popular television show on the national channel HGTV called “ Designers’ Challenge “ and were the selected design team from the competition.

Robert Hale

Robert Hale was raised on the Isle of Wight, England. Prior to entering the field of interior design he received a degree in hotel and restaurant management. While working for British Airways Mr. Hale began developing and cultivating his interior design skills. Early in their collaboration Robert, along with Tom Williams, created Erithbond, Ltd., an interior design firm located in London. Robert next moved to the United States and worked in the design and related fields in New Jersey until finally moving to Baltimore, Maryland where he and Tom Williams founded Federal Hill Interiors. After six years the team relocated the firm to Ruxton, MD and created the new name Hale-Williams Interior Design. Robert and Tom opened their Carmel studio in 2000 and expanded to the Palm Springs area in 2007.

Tom Williams

Tom Williams was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to his undergraduate studies in English literature at the University of Tennessee, Mr. Williams also studied Interior Design in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Williams created T. Lawton Williams Interior Design in Philadelphia, PA. and, after meeting Robert Hale, created several successful businesses both in Europe and America.

Mr. Williams uses his experience in the interior design profession, to bring an unparalleled passion to the message of success with a business in interior design. Currently operating an office in Carmel, CA, and Palm Springs, CA., Mr. Williams has experience managing design businesses as a sole proprietor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a partnership in London, England, the residential design division of a large New Jersey based commercial and residential interior design firm and Hale-Williams Interior Design in Baltimore, Maryland with 12 full and part-time employees at the time. .

Mr. Williams has served on National Professional Boards, written for regional and national publications and is happy to have been an adjunct professor at Monterey Peninsula College teaching Business Practices for the Interior Designer. He is also a past National Board member of the International Furnishings and Design Association. Mr. Williams currently serves on the local board of the Palm Springs Interior Design Society

Experience and Expertise

Mr. Hale’s and Mr. Williams’ first book, “Starting Your Career as an Interior Designer” from Allworth Press, Inc., published in 2008 and recently released as a second edition, is a “how-to” book for entrepreneurial designers interested in succeeding in the ultra-competitive world of modern residential interior design. Conveying classic lessons through personal anecdotes and design parables, the team shares their experience with designers who want to understand the secrets of success without slogging through a dull text book. A fun, edgy and informative read, Robert and Tom candidly share fundamental lessons and innovative solutions to any issue entrepreneurs may encounter when independently launching a design firm. Learn from the best how to innovate, adapt and prosper without selling your soul or losing the farm. Mr. Williams’ second book, “Interior Design Clients The Designer’s Guide to Building and Keeping a Great Clientele”, was publilshed in June of 2010. With a third book entitled “The Interior Design Source Book”, released in February 2012, Mr. Williams continues to educate professional interior designers around the globe.

With partner Robert Hale, Hale-Williams Interior Design was named National Design Firm of the Year in 2008 by the Best Practices Network, a national organization of interior design professionals focusing on the business of interior design.

Mr. Williams has appeared on local and regional television during his career and has spoken at conferences, meetings and seminars in the United States, Europe and Mexico.