John McClain Design

Our Team

Meet Our Team

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John McClain

Principal Designer, Associate ASID

John McClain is an accomplished interior designer who has turned his lifetime passion for interior design into an opportunity to do the same for others. As a young man, John’s interest in creating beautiful spaces was sparked by his family’s talent in home building and renovations. Soon, John began remodeling and redesigning home after home and combined a trade taught by his family with his natural aesthetic ability. Shortly after his career launch, John appeared on HGTV.  Through HGTV, his personality and design perspective were visible to a larger audience, and he was soon designing homes across the country. Next, John joined a prestigious interior design firm/furniture design company in Los Angeles, CA. Here, John gained an appreciation for the sophisticated west coast design style while collaborating on designs for many LA homes-including several celebrity clients. John also fueled his passion for custom furniture design-learning the ins and outs of quality craftsmanship and unique designs, eventually leading to his own home furnishings company, John McClain Home. John McClain Design is a well-crafted blend of John's past design experience, education, and innovative-forward thinking. John McClain Design has offices in Central Florida and Los Angeles, CA.  John’s projects have received numerous awards and have appeared in many publications including Traditional Home and Elle Décor. John's design advice can also be seen regularly on TV, in print, and online.

in 2016, the team at John McClain Design launched a home furnishings line, Gilded Home (now John McClain Home), which embodies the discerning style and quality craftsmanship that John has woven into all of his interior design projects. John has personally designed each item in the John McClain Home collection which includes bespoke upholstery, casegoods, lighting, and accessories. Aesthetically, John McClain Home marries the luxe sophistication of Hollywood Regency & Art Deco with the simplicity of mid-century modern design elements-all fused with a uniquely fresh and current elegance. Check out John McClain Home here.

A successful design project involves combining the client’s needs and wishes with John's natural instinct. Moreover, his belief that all environments can be both beautiful and attainable allows anyone to find their perfect surroundings. John now also shares his passion for interior design through speaking engagements, television appearances, articles, and events.



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Delene Smith

Interior Designer

After having grown up and worked with an interior designer father, Delene took a long detour, attending Columbia University for a B.S. in Physics and also working in Human Resources/Compensation for nearly 30 years. Finally returning to an interest closer to her heart, Delene attended Seminole State College of Florida to obtain an A.S. in Interior Design, along with a certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design. She now employs this knowledge as Interior Designer at John McClain Design. Delene is also proficient in AutoCAD, Google Sketchup, and phenomenal hand rendering skills. 



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Heather Rau

Interior Designer

After various creative career opportunities Heather decided to pursue her lifelong love of interior design.  She holds bachelor degrees in both Art History from Saint Olaf College and Interior Design from Seminole State College.  After completing an internship with John McClain Design Heather happily joined the team in 2016. Heather has a distinct knack for understanding our clients’ needs and wishes and always finds a creative way to implement the best plan for each and every client. Heather is a wife and mother of three beautiful children, so she understands the importance of family (and good interior design for families). Moreover, her design eye, creativity and work ethic make Heather the perfect complement to the John McClain Design family.


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Alice Mulcock

Interior Designer

As a wife and mother of 4 beautiful children, Alice realized her passion for design at an early age watching her mother ‘decorate’ their home with ease. However, that passion was put on the back burner as she raised her children and cared for her family. After a career in the legal field, it was time she realized her dreams. Alice received her bachelors degree in Interior Design from Seminole State College of Florida, finishing first in her class. She has been working as a designer since, and has never looked back. Alice’s approach to design is very wholistic. Alice takes her designs, the architecture, and the materials and fuses that together with the client’s lifestyle, and personality to create an environment that emotes a sense of wellbeing.  

When not designing, Alice is a passionate supporter of Liverpool Football Club, an English Premiership soccer team. She is married to an Englishman and lived in England for a couple of years. Alice loves to travel and spends as much time as possible playing with their whippet mix puppy named Gracie.



Puppy Public Relations

With a long history of sleeping on comfortable surfaces, Jax brings his own design expertise to John McClain Design. Jax is a rescue dog, but who knew he was so well-versed in delivering a vast knowledge of luxurious surfaces?  His first role at JMD was as Comfort Tester, but with his strong interpersonal skills,  he later transitioned into his current role as our Puppy PR Rep. Jax has never met a stranger and always has a warm smile (and sometimes a kiss) for everyone he meets, so stop by for an official "Jax hello."