The Design Source
1021 South Washington Street
Kokomo, IN, 46902
(765) 452-8267


In May of 2011, my son and his fiance were coming from Germany to visit and I wanted to have an engagement party for them at our house. We needed some work done on the house first and I immediately thought of Deborah Graves of The Design Source. I asked if she could get the work done within six weeks (my deadline). We discussed the job which I wanted done. I needed a wall removed and replaced with a half-wall between my living room and dining room. I wanted the current carpeting removed and replaced with wood flooring in the hall and dining room and carpeting in the living room. Both rooms and the entry way and hall were to be painted...It was astonishing to see how beautiful the project turned out and we were also done a week earlier than promised. This allowed us to finish the painting and even hang pictures before our son arrived! We are very happy with the results and I know if I had tried to do it myself it would not look as sophisticated and "put-together" as it does now. Deborah is a very talented decorator.

- Monica Carter

Words cannot express my gratitude for all that Deborah Graves has taught my husband and I about decorating our home. Within a few hours of our first meeting, and a few seemingly simple questions as she walked through our home, she was able to explain our personal style and pull together a color palette that would fit us and our design style. We listened to her ideas and implemented each of them. Since this first appointment, we have not struggled when shopping for our home. Whether it is a new piece of furniture that we are seeking or wall or window decor, we know if it is something that "fits" or if we should pass it up. We now walk into a home that is truly a reflection of all that we love.

- Marjorie White

My husband and I have used The Design Source on several projects in our home over the years. We have found Deborah and her staff to be very helpful and knowledgeable. The professionalism and timeliness of the work also is great. We would highly recommend them to anyone.

- Janet Connolly

We built a new home out of state and The Design Source saved us money and time. Deborah not only has a great vision even from the smallest information from the client, but does not push her opinion if you don't agree.
How wonderful to have someone in Kokomo that can help you with your furniture and fabric needs.
She has never been to my house, but I see our joint decision in every room. We are super satisfied clients.

- Jim & Bev Rodaer

We are Sheree and Dan Schroeder. Most of us recognize the importance of the division of labor to get the best results. Our doctor looks after our health, a mechanic takes care of our car, and we rely on other experts for our computers, investments and insurance. Working with an interior designer for the inside of one's home is equally important. Years of casual decorating had resulted in an effect that left us wanting, yet it was hard for us to define what was wrong and what we needed to change. Debra was a joy to work with from the very start. From our vague expressions of what we wanted to accomplish, Debra was able to develop a plan that produced consistency and cohesiveness throughout all the rooms while still allowing each to have their own character. Debra is aware that many budgets need to implement the changes over time, and Debra works very hard to utilize the best of the furnishings we already owned. She also works hard to find affordable alternatives. Once Debra has the plan in mind, she provides the discipline to keep us on the path to the final goal while advising and allowing us to make personal choices along the way that remain consistent with the final goal. As our home interior became more beautiful, our only regret was that we hadn't considered using Debra years ago.

- Sheree and Dan Schroeder

When we decided to build our home, I knew what I wanted my home to look like. I knew how I wanted to feel when I walked into the rooms. I just didn't know how to make it happen. Deborah made the overwhelming process of designing the rooms for our new home a wonderful experience. She helped me communicate with contractors and showed me options I never would have come up with on my own. I could write pages about color coordination and fabric choice and tile layouts and attention to detail, but the best thing about working with The Design Source is that the final decisions were always mine. She always attuned to how we were going to be using the space. It wasn't just a design project. She wanted us to be happy with our decisions. At the same time, her expertise made our choices look amazing. Our finished home looks beautiful and is truly our home. With her guidance, the home looks and feels the way I want it. She has been available for updating and maintenance questions and I trust her completely to give me fair, honest, and excellent advice.

- Coleen Kebrdle

Upon achieving empty nester status, we wanted to transform our home and update from our initial decorating style. Neither I nor my wife are gifted in interior decorating but we wanted to do it right and get some fresh ideas that pulled a consistent style and colors throughout our home.
One call and a meeting with Deb Graves confirmed we had a creative professional who could translate our conversations into a warm elegant style, color palate, and have a variety design ideas and options that would challenge us while encouraging us that “you’ll love it”…and she was right.
We appreciate Deb’s patience and willingness to let us do what we can while we move from project to project and room to room. We are not done but have nothing but good things to say about how Deb has coached and encouraged us; we look forward to doing more soon.

- The Wuertembergers

The Professionalism practiced by The Design Source is of the highest standard and it is paired with the designer's ample amount of experience. The Design Source provides excellent resources to carry out almost any project.

I personally love Deborah's enthusiasm for her work. I am uneasy about change, but while working with Deborah, I was put at ease knowing that her goal was my happiness. I have worked very slowly - one room at a time. Through the process, she has been a joy to work with. Big or small, her business can help you get your project accomplished.

- T. Stewart

I have worked with Deborah Graves of The Design Source for many years on a variety of projects. Deborah's work is excellent! She is creative and listens to my preferences. Deborah is a joy to work with on any project - big or small. I highly recommend The Design Source.

- Laura W.

Before Deborah's consultation, I was overwhelmed with too many choices of hardwood flooring for my kitchen and dining room. She was really helpful in narrowing down my decision and picking the perfect color to go with my cabinets. Deborah has also helped me with paint colors for various rooms in my home. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

- Sheryl Lanning