Charles C. Almonte provides architecture and interior design services to clients looking to enhance their built spaces according to their lifestyle and taste. Services include additions, renovations, space planning, furniture, fixture and finish selections and color consultations. He helps clients create residential spaces with timeless appeal, mixing modern and classic elements with traditional interior design principles to create composed environments. He maintains a clean aesthetic that is fresh and inviting.
Charles is a registered architect and certified interior designer. He has over 10 years of professional practice in the field of architecture, interior design and historic preservation. His experience in architecture and knowledge in historic preservation also allow him to create interior spaces that bridge the exterior architecture to the interior. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and American Society of Interior Designers.
Kimberly Asner graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, and has been with Country Casual Teak as a Furniture Designer for eight years. She has designed over 70 pieces of outdoor furniture for Country Casual Teak, 11 of which have protected design patents. Kimberly’s designs bring style, function and joy to people across the U.S. She’s become an expert on this rare and highly sought-after material — teak wood — and the ways it can be used to bring beauty and comfort to any outdoor space.
Over the past 40 years, Country Casual Teak has been the nation’s leading specialist in teak outdoor furniture for homeowners and businesses alike. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, Country Casual Teak provides quality products with strict standards of excellence and exceptional customer service. The company is continually launching new and exclusive products, expertly constructed to be enjoyed for decades to come.
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown Interiors, LLC
Chic Retreat & Dressing Room and Bath
Barbara Brown grew up in New England with a mother who loved interior design. “If you stood still in the house where I grew up, my mother would paint you!” Her full service design studio marries formal design training, 25 years of experience, and a passion for providing excellent design.
Client Centered Design is Barbara Brown Interiors’ design philosophy. A full understanding of the client’s lifestyle and preferences is what drives each design. A design process that is enjoyable, stress free, and transparent is employed. She is an expert at creating curated, dynamic, interior design, on time and on budget, whether an entire house renovation or one room. Excellent service is a priority and working with clients is a privilege.
Barbara has participated in several show houses, and has been featured in the Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, and WBAL-TV and is honored to participate in her first DC Design House.
Rachel Dougan’s design aesthetic evolved from living in Asia and Europe for many of her formative years as well as her education in graphic design and a former career in branding strategy and design. She began her second career in interiors working with the late Washington designer, Jerry Copeland, before she founded ViVi Interiors in 2015.
Vivi means “living” in Latin, which aptly sums up how Rachel approaches design. She believes that having a well-designed home goes beyond what’s fashionable to truly supporting and enhancing the lifestyle of those who live in it. She says, “A daily routine can be a mini-celebration if you set it up to be so—like a terrace off the bedroom with a coffee bar and wine cooler within reach, or a reading nook in the quietest part of the house, or a full-on hamam in place of the attic. Whether the gestures are small or grand, every day can be an opportunity to live it up!���������
Blake Dunlevy & Gina Palmer D & A Dunlevy Landscapers, Inc.
Front Garden & Porch
With 34 years of experience, D & A Dunlevy Landscapers, Inc. has designed, constructed, and maintained countless gardens and landscapes. Designers Blake Dunlevy and Gina Palmer share a well-versed background in landscape architecture studies. Their inspiring attention to detail is matched by their creativity, resulting in consistent fine craftsmanship on each project. A diverse team of professionals in landscape and construction allows Blake and Gina to provide fully developed designs, all of which are implemented in-house. Their designs seek to draw people outdoors by combining the beauty of horticulture with appealing construction elements.
Eve Fay Farrow & Ball
Entry Hall, Hall, and Back Stair Hall
Eve Fay is the Colour Consultant and Manager of the Farrow & Ball showroom in Washington, DC. Eve works with the Farrow & Ball colour palette every day and has a wealth of knowledge on the use and selection of colour for the home. Her projects embody collaborative efforts that balance the client’s needs and taste with her own expertise in colour, architecture, and design, creating truly unique and inspired spaces.
Eve’s adventure in colour and design began in 1967 with a gift of a Colorform set from her parents. Today, she spends her free time visiting historic properties, flipping houses, and wondering what your favorite colour is. Eve’s favorite is orange – the colour of optimism.
Pamela Harvey Pamela Harvey Interior, LLC
Designed for Living is more than a slogan for Pamela Harvey’s full-service firm; it’s a design viewpoint that informs her work. Pamela and her team create sophisticated interiors that are as functional as they are polished. Understanding her client’s lifestyle is a critical path in her design process. Pamela truly believes that her clients should receive the absolute best design for the very best value. It’s a classic win-win situation that leaves everyone feeling fabulous with the end result.
Pamela describes her style as “new-traditionalist.” She combines the formal training of her degrees in psychology and interior design with her background in fashion to create rooms that are casually elegant.
Pamela’s work has appeared in HOME&DESIGN magazine, Romantic Home, Northern Virginia magazine, Washington Spaces and The Washington Post. This is Pamela’s second time participating in the DC Design House. She has also participated in the Washington Design Center Showhouse.
Josh Hildreth & Victor Sanz DMG Interiors
The Library and Whiskey Bar
Josh Hildreth was born in New York and raised in the Midwest. He pairs a studied, passionate interest in design history with a warm and engaging interpersonal style. His layered, personal spaces convey a sense of attentive collecting over spans of time. His design approach values the quiet sophistication of detail, subtlety & suitability, bringing together a gracious mix of old and new, classic and contemporary, in a way that feels fresh and relevant without veering into trendy.
As the founder of a successful 11-year-old, Washington DC-based, commercial interiors firm, Josh delivers projects with excellent project management skills and a deep knowledge of construction and interior architecture.
Josh is joined by Victor Sanz, an architect from Madrid currently working in Washington. Victor has collaborated on projects throughout Europe and South America, and brings a distinct global perspective to interior architecture and room design.
Quintece Hill-Mattauszek Studio Q Designs
Vintage Cabana/Roof Deck
After collaborating with other designers since 2002, Quintece Hill-Mattauszek established her own, full-service interior design firm in 2011. Studio Q’s detail-oriented and client-focused approach to design guides clients to better design decisions that make their home uniquely theirs.
With a degree in interior design and certification in computer aided design (CAD) software, Quintece brings her 14 years of creative and technical design skills to each and every project. She prides herself in her ability to transform her client’s design goals and challenges into beautiful, bold, and functional spaces. Quintece takes extreme care in making sure every design project reflects the client’s distinct lifestyle.
Studio Q is a Virginia-based design firm that operates in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas. Quintece has been previously featured in the home section of The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and social media blog Design Minds.
Andrea Houck, ASID, IFDA A. Houck Designs, Inc.
Andrea Houck has been “creating spaces you will love…traditional, modern or somewhere in between”for over 16 years. She helps clients articulate what they love and how they live. The end results are personal, beautiful and functional.
While every design is tailored to the client, common threads unite Andrea’s work – an artful mix of materials and motifs, an innate understanding of scale and balance, and well-thought-out lighting plans. Andrea considers the interior architecture of the space and ensures that those elements – from fireplace treatments to storage solutions – are given attention up front.
Andrea participated in the 2013 DC Design House, conjuring the French Modern Bar and Side Hall. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including HOME & DESIGN, Arlington magazine, and The Washington Post. In 2015, Andrea received the ASID Award of Excellence for a family room project. She shares her passion with Creating Spaces, a blog about design.
Lena Kroupnik, NCIDQ Lena Kroupnik Interiors, LLC
Russian born Lena Kroupnik was drawn to interior design, which allows her to combine her initial Master Degree as Engineer-Electro-Physicist with her inherent artistic creativity. Lena blends her profound knowledge of practical and theoretical elements with a deep understanding of scale and balance, allowing her to create spaces that withstand the test of time as well as changing trends.
Creating interior environments that reflect the needs and personalities of the clients is key to her business philosophy. On every project, Kroupnik utilizes her space–planning skills to either improve upon an existing space or design new construction. Her refined sense of color often brings an element of surprise to her interiors. She likes to repeat “thread” colors throughout the space. “It takes a village,” says Kroupnik, stressng the importance of collaboration with clients, architects and contractors. “It is absolutely necessary for the success of every project.”
Allie Mann, Designer – Senior interiors Specialist Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
The Chic Laundry Room
Bethesda, MD, Falls Church, VA, Washington, DC
301-229-4600, 703-241-2980, 202-556-2273 www.casedesign.com
With a B.F.A. in interior design, Allie Mann is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers as well as a Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler and Certified Aging in Place Specialist. She is a past DC Design House participant and was recognized in 2015 by HGTV as a Fresh Faces of Design Finalist. Allie specializes in creating comfortable, yet elegant spaces. In addition to designing stunning rooms for her clients, she has a passion for teaching and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College.
Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. is the area’s largest full-service residential remodeling firm with a focus on excellence, quality and value. Case, which has been honored with more than 100 awards for design, craftsmanship and ethics, is celebrating its 55th year along with a new design studio on 14th St., NW, in Washington DC.
Kelley Proxmire, Principal Kelley Interior Design
A Cozy, Coral Family Room
Participating in her 24th show house in 15 years, Kelley Proxmire brings a passion for interior design that began in her pre-teen years as she observed interior designers transform her parents’ home. She went on to study the work of classic greats such as Billy Baldwin, laying the foundation for a design style that incorporates pretty yet practical elements.
In her 20-plus-years career, Kelley has developed a matchless eye for crafting tailored traditional interiors, exuding warmth and hospitality while maintaining excellent balance, proportion and scale. Her love of color is combined with an appreciation for the sophistication of white and the elegance of black. Adept at mixing traditional pieces with unexpected finds, Kelley creates environments that are attuned to the client’s world and faithful to the architecture and setting of a home. Kelley was named the 2016 Designers’ Choice Hall of Fame Designer by Home & Design magazine.
Victoria Sanchez, ASID, NCIDQ, IFDA Victoria at Home, LLC
Master Bedroom Suite
A native of the Washington, DC area, Victoria Sanchez began her career over
30 years ago. Specializing in residential design, Victoria’s expertise extends to renovations and new construction. Her work incorporates unlimited colors, patterns, and finishes while respecting design principles.
Victoria’s latest achievement is her own store, recently opened in the heart of charming Old Town, Alexandria. VICTORIA AT HOME reflects the casual elegance for which she is known, offering her customers the lines of high-end upholstery and accessories that she’s sourced for her private clients for years.
Victoria has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in interior design from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She also enjoys teaching interior design courses at local colleges. She was recently selected as a “Style Maker” by Luxe magazine and her work has been showcased in numerous show houses and magazines.
Camille Saum, ASID Camille Saum Interior Design, LLC
Sitting Room – La Salon del Celebrity
A native of Washington DC, Camille Saum, owner of Camille Saum Interior Design LLC, is guided by the principle that “good design is timeless”. For over 20 years, Camille has created a myriad of living environments with elements that range from quaint and romantic to refined and practical elegance. Camille specializes in full service design from concept through construction until the last detail is in place.
National and local acclaim have created a demand for Camille’s timeless design. Her discerning residential and commercial clients find their design expectations met in rooms of distinction, high style, and comfort. Camille’s ability to turns her clients’ visions into unique expressions that illustrate their lifestyles has fostered her reputation as a noted design professional. She brings a level of sophistication to each design with an unerring sense of color and texture mixed with her characteristic flair for opulence, drama, whimsy, and the unexpected.
Jonathan Senner, C.I.D. Atelier Jonathan Senner
A native of Montana with a lifelong passion for interiors and design, Jonathan Senner has called Washington, DC home for more than 12 years. “The history, architecture, and beauty of this city are constant sources of inspiration to me as a Certified Interior Decorator,” Jonathan says, as are his extensive international travels and love of art.
His firm, Atelier Jonathan Senner, believes in creating timeless interiors that are both modern and classic. Jonathan is best known for crafting curated spaces using one-of-a-kind, often vintage pieces that reflect his clients’ style and combine harmoniously into a unified vision. He also loves to incorporate color with unique statement pieces and to juxtapose eclectic furnishings and décor against historical interiors and architecture.
Atelier Jonathan Senner always puts the customer first by fostering a relationship-oriented approach to ensure transparency, open communication, and mutual understanding, while helping its clients transform their personal environments.
Betsy Barmat Stires has been an interior designer for more than 20 years. A graduate of Lehigh University, she enjoys bringing to clients’ homes her sensibility for clean classic interiors built with a variety of textures, good proportions, quality furnishings and interesting art. Betsy specializes in interior architectural details.
Betsy has participated in two recent show houses on Mount Desert Island, ME. Her Maine cottage was recently featured on the cover of Maine Home and Design magazine.
Nadia N. Subaran & Megan M. Padilla Aidan Design
After 18 years in custom kitchen design, Nadia Subaran is still as passionate as ever about creating thoughtful living spaces that enhance the daily lives of her clients while reflecting their character and lifestyle. Nadia has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union in NYC and founded Aidan Design with her husband, John A. Schmiedigen, in 2002.
A growing love for design and interest in shaping interior spaces led Megan Padilla to pursue a career change in 2008. She earned an M.F.A. in interior design from George Washington University in 2010 and joined Aidan Design in 2011, after a stint as a design lead with a DC-based luxury real estate developer.
Aidan Design has been honored with a number of design awards – most recently Home & Design magazine’s 2015 Designers’ Choice Award for Favorite Kitchen Design Firm – and has been featured in Washingtonian, Traditional Home, and Kitchen Trends, among other publications. Aidan Design is proud to be participating in its fourth DC Design House and is grateful to trade partners R. Bratti, Billet-Collins and Goldsborough-Glynn for helping bring its vision to fruition.
Stephen Wlodarczyk & Joshua Dean Wheat’s Lawn and Custom Landscape
Formal in the Woods Lower Garden
8620 Park St
Vienna, VA 22180
Stephen Wlodarczyk is a professional landscape architect with over 18 years of experience in the Washington DC area. He holds a BS in landscape architecture from West Virginia University. Stephen’s love for the outdoors and keen eye for design have developed a successful residential landscape, design-build career. Stephen specializes in creating beautiful outdoor living environments for his clients. His achievements include grand awards from the Landscape Contractors Association and a national award from the Association of Landscape Professionals.
Joshua Dean is an award-wining landscape designer who focuses on large-scale, residential design/build projects. Dean is known for finding the best quality specimen plantings to accent his elegant stonework. A graduate of The George Washington University’s landscape design program, he also holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from George Mason University. The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Curb Appeal, Indoors Out, and Ask This Old House have all featured his installations.
Steve Corbeille, Melanie Hansen & Pooja Mittra Yardstick Interiors
Steve Corbeille, Owner and Principal, purchased the family-owned firm in 1988, after his father’s retirement. Over the past 28 years, Steve has expanded Yardstick Interiors’ offerings and grown its client base throughout the DCMV. His warmth, talent and attention to detail keep clients returning for all of their design needs.
Melanie Hansen joined Yardstick as Director of Commercial Design and Senior Designer after spending four years designing VIP spaces aboard aircraft carriers. Prior to working with the Navy, Melanie worked for a residential firm in Seattle. Her move to DC has provided the perfect blend of residential, commercial and government projects to utilize her vast skill set.
With a background in civil engineering, Pooja Mittra found her true passion in interior design. She began her career mastering the retail side of design through Kravet and Lee Jofa, and eventually joined Yardstick Interiors as Creative Partner, specializing in residential design.