Cecil Hayes is a native Floridian and veteran artisan who created Cecil’s Designers Unlimited, an interior
design firm. Family owned/operated since its inception and Cecil and husband Powell pride themselves
in continuing this policy.
Cecil is a first – and has been for most of her life. She was one of the first African-American designers to
manufacture her own furniture, case goods and upholstery; and the first African-American designers to
grace the pages of Architectural Digest. She’s the first African-American as well as the only designer
from the South to be named to Architectural Digest’s Top 100 list of influential designers in the world.
Her design firm is one of the most published interior design firms in the USA. During the past 38 years
there have been hundreds of national and local articles published featuring her interior designs. If there is one thing that can be said of Cecil Hayes, it is that her designs are monuments of great style, lavish texture and practical planning. Her design works are art for living, which is of utmost importance to her. They have been photographed for lead articles in Architectural Digest, Who’s Who in Interior Design, Ebony, Southern Living, Florida Design, Boca Raton Magazine, South Florida and Haut Décor Magazines, Robb Report, The Sun Sentinel, The Miami Herald, Boston Globe and USA Today News Papers; just to name a few. In 1999 she was honored with the prestigious Presidents Award of Excellence from the Florida A & M University National Alumni Association. In 1998 she won the notable African American Achievement Award, and for several years she has received the distinguished Designer of the Year Award from the Designers and Decorators Guild, as well as Service Firm of the Year Award in 1985-1986- 1993 from the C.B.E.D. In 1996 she was chosen as one of the Top Ten Female Interior Designers in South Florida.
Cecil’s clientele are a veritable Who’s Who in entertainment, sports and business, including actor/producer-Wesley Snipes, actors/producers-Mr. & Mrs. Samuel L. Jackson, Music mogul-Tim “Timbaland” Mosley, NBA’s Phoenix Sun’s All Star guard-Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, NFL’s New England Patriots Pro Bowl MVP-Ty Law, Retired NBA’s Miami Heat-Jamal Mashburn and PJ Brown, Retired-NFL’s Miami Dolphin-Louis Oliver, H.I.P. Insurance CEO Anthony Watson, Seaway National Bank of Chicago’s CEO-Jacoby Dickens, Renowned Philanthropist-George and Cynthia Marks and most recently the historic African-American Research Library and Cultural Center of Broward County. Cecil has been named to the NAACP Hall of Fame, the national Historymakers as a “Stylemaker”, and her work is featured in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Cecil is the author of two interior design books, “9 Steps to Beautiful Living” and “The Art of Decorative Details” published by Watson-Guptil who was recently purchased by Random House. Cecil Hayes’ work is evidence of all that is substantive, creative and centered in her soul. Her life truly mirrors her heart. Her design of furniture and interiors bespeak this, as does her private life. She plans beautiful space for creative personal use; she’s fluid, innovative, colorful and real.