Design Team

John Kilmer

John brings 35 years of home furnishings experience – 20 as a senior designer with Beverly Hall in Atlanta and on Hilton Head – to every project. The Michigan native bolstered his expertise during nine years of growing his own, independent, retail design studio. Talented, competent and an excellent listener, John offers offers his unique perspective to define each client’s design style and the scope of each project. He has been an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers since 2001.

Sharon Danyi, Allied ASID

Sharon received her degree in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota, and has over 30 years of experience with residential projects both large and small. Her career has taken her across the country, from Minneapolis-St Paul, to California, Ohio and now the Low Country, which has allowed her to develop an appreciation for many different design styles. Sharon expertly combines the functional and practical use of space with a unique and beautiful design aesthetic – one that creates a home that is relaxing, classic, and comfortably livable.

David Freese

David is a principal with and chief financial officer of John Kilmer Fine Interiors. A New Jersey native and graduate of Glassboro State College, David brings years of experience in successful entrepreneurship, and a dedicated work ethic. He has lived on Hilton Head for nine years.

Deborah Arnold

Deb has an extensive background in home furnishings and the furniture industry. Graduating from Marshall University with a degree in business she has been a manager, buyer and designer for a high-end retail furniture store. Also she has been the sales representative for several furniture manufacturing companies including Century Furniture, Lineage Home Furnishings Division of Masco, and Managed Southeast Sales for Lifestyle Contract Furnishings. Given her 25 years experience, Deb understands the importance of really listening to her clients and helping them create the perfect combination of fabric, colors and style.

Lynn Adams

Lynn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Florida State University. As a licensed designer and a Certificate Holder with the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, she brings more than 30 years of Interior Design experience from Central Florida and the South Carolina Lowcountry to all the work she creates. This broad experience in fine Southern living gives her a unique perspective on Island home design, one dedicated to meeting the specific wants and needs of every project. She views every client as a partner, and is committed to working with them to design the special home they’ve worked so hard to make a reality.

Nancy Godowns

Born and raised in the Southeast, Nancy brings some 25 years of experience designing beautiful homes across the Lowcountry, the Coastal Empire and around the Southeast Coast to John Kilmer Fine Interiors. With a degree in Business from Georgia Southern, a decade of experience owning her own business (Calibogue House Furniture & Accessories) and ten years at the respected Fine Furniture Gallery, Nancy has demonstrated an extraordinary talent for helping customers create the types of custom interiors that show well and age better. Nancy knows firsthand how important the relationship is between client and designer, and she embraces every project as an opportunity to excel.