Sally Bentley

Designing Women Inc.’s founding owner, Sally Bentley, has been building relationships with clients from across the globe for over 35 years. Sally, who has never met a stranger, considers her work very personal. She’s worked with many families through the generations, first designing the main house, then the downsized house, the vacation house, and then the children’s home as they grow to adults.

“We know people all over the world that by rights we should have never met. For me, it’s a beautifully designed space but more importantly it’s the relationships.”

Work Experience
Prior to establishing Designing Women Inc., Sally worked as creative director for Alderman Studios, an award-winning design studio. In this role, she created set designs for nationally recognized publications. Sally also has extensive experience in the hospitality and healthcare industries and has worked on corporate design projects for national and international companies. Under her leadership, Designing Women helped create the first 17 bed birthing center in Western, N.C. Her team has also completed numerous renovation projects for Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., including a completely new emergency department, surgery center, physical therapy unit, and MRI center.

Sally’s work in the corporate world led to an opportunity for producing her own fabric lines for the medical industry, and today Designing Women has drapery and bedding workrooms which provide custom bedding and window treatments for clients across the globe. Sally often has the privilege of working directly with corporate presidents and CEO’s on their own personal home projects. Her team has worked with high profile clients such as NASCAR drivers, international diplomats, a top fuel drag racer, and a national law firm.

Sally is a registered/certified interior designer and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID).

Donna Chamberlain

Donna Chamberlain joined Designing Women Inc. after 21 years as an owner and buyer for high-end furniture stores throughout the southeast. With a sharp eye for showroom quality design, Donna’s work has received awards from the Catawba County Builder Association, Charlotte, N.C.’s Parade of Homes, and from various home shows in the High Country of N.C. She’s also been featured in SouthPark Magazine, the Charlotte Observer, and Charleston Home + Design Magazine.

Her passion for interior design is sparked by the ability to help each client incorporate their unique style into a project. Donna prides herself in meeting the preferences of her clients, and she has an appreciation for every type of design.

“I enjoy and appreciate all styles of design including contemporary, traditional, and eclectic. Blending fabric, finishes, leather, rugs, and accessories is not only my profession, it’s a passion!”

When she’s not busy making design dreams come true, Donna loves to spend time with her son, daughter, and two precious grandsons who keep her very active.

Rebecca Stokes

Rebecca (Becky) Stokes joined the team at Designing Women Inc. as the Operations Director in 2016. Becky has over 17 years of experience in managing operations and training and most recently spent 10 years in the executive office suite industry in Maryland. With her exceptional organizational and management skills, Becky is known at Designing Women as the one who keeps all engines running. She often works directly with clients to ensure shipment and delivery of their orders are completed seamlessly. Becky also assists with marketing and social media efforts as needed, helping to highlight the team’s skillful and distinguished design work.

“One thing I love about my role with the Designing Women team is that I can utilize my organizational skills by helping each designer stay on target and organized with their individual projects. This allows them more time for focusing on the client while I handle behind the scene details.”

  • "Working with Designing Women was so worth it. Kirsten took the pain out of everything. It was like magic!"

    Chuck and Janet Tomlinson
  • "Kirsten from Designing Women saved my marriage! Well, maybe not literally,
    but my husband and I have very different tastes and were dreading
    furniture shopping together. We decided to work with Designing Women
    for our trips to Hickory Furniture Mart and agree it was the best decision
    we could have made! Kirsten steered us through the process of picking
    furniture that we absolutely love (BOTH of us)! She gave excellent design
    advice, helped us pick a color scheme, fabrics and rugs. We will definitely
    be back to Hickory to purchase more furniture in the future, and we'll
    definitely be working with Designing Women again.
    I can't recommend them highly enough!!"

    Lauren Wies

  • "Sally is a design goddess and the very best in the business. She helped
    us to fully furnish a new 5,000 square foot home over a holiday weekend
    and made the process more fun than we ever could have imagined! She has
    a brilliant eye and never let us settle on a piece of furniture or fabric
    that wasn't one hundres percent right for our unique CT home. Coming to
    Designing Women was one of the best decisions we've made and we look forward
    to working with the Sally again on all future projects."


  • "This is a very experienced firm that I have worked with and many of
    my friends have. No matter how big or small the job is, they have always
    treated it with the same enthusiasm. I have been very pleased with the
    service they have given me. I would highly recommend Designing Women
    to all my friends. Do yourself a favor, and give them a call."


  • "We have all been glowing all night! Thank u so much for all
    your time and expertise. When u are back at work this week
    I was hoping u may also add in a comforter and throw blanket
    for the master bed. I can find sheets but have a hard time
    settling on any bedding that works. I would appreciate your
    opinions there. Looking forward to chatting next week about
    the remaining bits. Thanks again!"

    All the best! Dianne

  • "Donna - I can't thank you enough for a wonderful, fabulous day!!!
    Just fantastic!!! I am so excited about my purchases and cannot
    wait to get home and play around with the ideas we discussed.
    We had such fun moving furniture and getting Renee's rug down
    (poor GQ didn't know what hit him!!!) - - I was ready to do the
    rest of the house but time to catch a flight!!!
    Thank you so much again!!!"


  • "Just wanted to send you a quick Thank You for yesterday.
    I will be very honest with you, I wasn’t even sure that I had
    made the right decision to use a designer since I’m such a
    control freak and having done two homes before, I had just
    about convinced myself I could do it again. However, moving
    to a new region and a new style home is not only new and
    exciting for me but somewhat overwhelming.

    I truly believe that things happen for a reason and meeting you
    yesterday was an answer to my prayer. I felt very comfortable
    sharing my ideas and vision with you. After yesterday's visit
    I’m confident that my dream of what my “Forever Home" will look
    like will definitely come to fruition.

    Have a great day and I’m sure we will be in touch."

    Kim B.