Meet Ruth Economy, Interior Designer at McNeal & Friends

Ruth Economy is a 27-year-old interior designer based out of Fargo.


Ruth Economy is a 27-year-old interior designer based out of Fargo. After graduating high school from Langdon, ND, she dedicated the next four years of her life to traveling and engaging in volunteer work around the world. Ruth has always had a love for art and creativity, while also being strong in structure and practicality. Interior design provides a great balance of both, and so after returning home from traveling, she earned her Associates Degree in Interior Design from Alexandria Technical and Community College. She landed a design position with McNeal & Friends shortly thereafter and has appreciated each and every opportunity and project that has come her way.

Ruth specializes in fine home furnishings, including custom furniture, as well as interior finishes, such as paint, flooring, tile and more. She works efficiently and decisively for her clients and aims to create designs that reflect their unique personalities and lifestyle.

“Hiring an interior designer is an investment that will in the long run, actually save clients from making costly mistakes,” said Ruth. “The experience and perspective that we provide help to ensure that clients receive quality pieces that last a lifetime, as well as carefully considered materials that we are educated on, in order to produce the best possible outcome. That is worth every penny!”

Ruth provides detailed, computer-drafted drawings of your space to help give a sense of size and scale for fixture and furniture planning. She can give guidance on floorplan layouts, select finishes as well as project-manage.

“I enjoy the cleverness of combining [pop culture] with art”

Inspiration, Colors & Trends

Ruth is loving the softer, muted greens the design community has been seeing a lot of, specifically sage and mineral tones.

Growing up, Ruth enjoyed learning about the Pop Art movement and drew a lot of inspiration from artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Liechtenstein. “I’m really into pop culture and I enjoy the cleverness of combining that with art,” said Ruth. Nowadays, she pays a lot of attention to what Kelly Wearstler is up to for inspiration.

Working with clients to help improve their quality of life through designing beautiful and meaningful spaces is the ultimate impression Ruth hopes to make as a designer.


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