About Tribus Design Studio | Full-Service Design Studio | Interior Design
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About Us

Meet The Team

Our team of ASID-certified designers understands that their clients’ input and vision is the motivation behind any elegant space or exterior. Communication is the key to any successful relationship, so we take the time to hear your story and listen to your needs. With a blend of systematic and creative design processes, we work to create personality-infused spaces that are innovative, modern and truly unique. If you’re in the beginning stages of your space building process, our team of interior designers are second to none and will ensure your vision will be designed with integrity and excellence.

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Tom Dillard


With an entrepreneurial mindset and knack for starting businesses, Tom Dillard created Tribus Design Studio as a solution to a first hand problem. Through his custom home building company, Dillard-Jones Builders, Tom recognized a need for collaboration between design services.  As President of Tribus Design Studio, Tom oversees the operations, makes sure all is running smoothly and is constantly thinking of the best way to exceed client expectations. It is obvious that he has a passion for building – building relationships, building companies and building dream homes!

Interior Design Team


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Susan Peace-Vernon

Principal Interior Designer

When Susan is not spending time with her family, or at the lake, you can find her in our office, diligently supporting client relationships. She is a professionally trained interior designer who was raised in a home-building family, so she understands the critical relationship between architecture, space planning, and interior design. As Principal Designer at Tribus Design Studio, Susan uses her vast experience and knowledge to continually surpass our clients’ expectations. 


“I want each and every person to walk into their new space, and feel like it is a true reflection of their tastes and desires. I truly hope they enjoy sharing it with their friends and family. The relationship we build through the design process is equally important — we are only as good as our last project!”

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Kerry Howard

Senior Interior Designer

A South Carolina native, Kerry was called to Atlanta, Georgia after college where he founded his own full service interior design firm, KMH Interiors.  He has been published in over 12 national/international publications throughout his career and has participated in over five show homes in the Southeast. Thankfully, Kerry found his way back home to South Carolina and onto the Tribus Design Studio team as our Senior Interior Designer.


“I love that my job allows me to work with different personalities.  I really enjoy residential design because every client is different and has different needs.  As a designer it’s my job to figure out what your needs are, and the best way to get you through the design process.”


Fernanda Crawford

Interior Designer

Fernanda believes that to create beautiful and timeless interiors that have a positive impact on a client’s lifestyle, one must be cognizant of their aesthetic and practical needs. It is, for that reason, essential to developing a client relationship based on respect and trust to achieve their overall vision. Fernanda has been in the design industry for well over a decade and has considerable experience in many facets of the design process. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the local culture and food scene, and traveling the world for inspiration and memorable experiences.


“At the end of a project, when you deliver a thoughtful environment which will create cherished memories that your clients will remember for years to come, you appreciate the power of design to transform peoples’ daily lives.”


Sarah Shelton

Interior Designer

Growing up in the Furniture Capital, Sarah has always had a love for all things design. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in Interior Design, she worked for multiple furniture manufactures in North Carolina as a Showroom/Store Designer before moving to Atlanta, GA. Since January 2017, Sarah worked for Kerry Howard at KMH Interiors and is excited to start her new journey with Tribus Design Studio.


“I absolutely love the relationship that occurs while working with residential clients. It’s so important to learn about each client’s family as well as their day-to-day activity within the home. Design isn’t just about making a room beautiful… it’s about creating a dream home.”


Dianne Roberts

Design Studio Administrator

Known for her efficiency, professionalism, and quality service in the workplace, Dianne Roberts is an integral part of the Tribus team as Design Studio Administrator in the Greenville office. Dianne brings 32 years of industry knowledge and experience to the team and was previously a top salesperson for many years at Mayo Furniture where she built a million dollar/per year client base for repeat customers. When she is not working hard to see clients’ visions become reality, Dianne enjoys teaching yoga and spending time with her husband, Terry and cocker spaniel, Harley.


“Working as an interior designer in my early career gave me unique insight and understanding of how to better assist the interior designers in serving their clients.”