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8 Designers in the Washington, DC, Area You Need to Know

Their colorful, top-tier work helps make the capital city shine
Washington DC Area Designers 8 Designers You Need to Know

The Washington, DC, area designers on the AD Pro Directory are clearly making the nation’s capital a more stylish place. These designers bring bold color palettes, masterful mixes of vintage and modern pieces, and one-of-a-kind custom furnishing to homes inside the Beltway and beyond. With Neoclassical government buildings, modernist cultural institutions, and Gothic Revival cathedrals, the capital city is filled with beautiful design—and these talents are adding to the city’s sophisticated reputation with their creative residences. Whether you’re renovating a home in Bethesda or decorating a town house in Georgetown, these eight AD-approved Washington, DC, area designers are sure to fit the bill.

Byron Risdon

After years of working as a designer in New York, Byron Risdon founded his eponymous firm in Washington, DC, in 2016. Risdon’s spaces feel expertly curated and feature a timeless yet functional mix of pieces from a variety of periods layered with statement art and plenty of personal touches. The designer takes a collaborative and individual approach with clients and focuses on creating spaces that evoke a feeling as soon as you step inside. The firm offers a full range of services for residential and commercial clients, from furniture and fixture selections for new builds and renovations to interior architecture and design consulting.

For Byron Risdon’s own home in the Brookland neighborhood, the designer put his personal aesthetic on display, incorporating vintage furniture and modern art. “My goal was to create a comfortable, tailored space that is both striking and inviting,” says Risdon. “It’s a mix of new and vintage items I have acquired over the years from auction hunting, sourcing for projects, and traveling.”

Darlene Molnar

Rather than infuse her own style on a project, designer Darlene Molnar helps bring out and translate each client’s signature style into highly personal interiors that beautifully blend a mix of influences. The designer cut her teeth at a top architectural firm in Washington, DC, before launching her own eponymous firm in 2010. Molnar and her team take on a select number of projects at a time, allowing the designer to give her clients individualized attention and lead them through the process from beginning to end. The firm works with clients in the DC area and nationwide and offers services ranging from project management to custom furniture design.

In the dining room of this historic Capitol Hill residence, designer Darlene Molnar paired hammered-iron Louis XV–style dining chairs with a walnut table and distressed area rug. A brass-clad bar cabinet brings a quirky yet sophisticated sculptural element to the room, and the marble fireplace, ornate crown moldings, and pine floors are among the preserved details in the 1890 town house.

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Zoe Feldman Design

It’s hard not to smile when entering a room designed by Zoe Feldman. The designer, who studied at the Parsons School of Design and trained under Alexa Hampton, is known for her creative mix of classic and modern style accented with bits of playfulness. The firm, which was founded in 2004, finds inspiration in art, film, architecture, and fashion and blends these influences together to create its signature brand of “modernized classicism.” Zoe Feldman Design also keeps the environment top of mind and is committed to making their projects—and company—greener by incorporating vintage pieces whenever possible, repurposing or reimagining existing elements, and supporting charities and reforestation efforts.

Zoe Feldman created a bold, nature-inspired space to elevate a DC condo. The purple hues accentuate the room’s Beaux Arts architecture, pairing seamlessly with the pink House of Hackney wallpaper. The moody dining room contrasts the light, neutral kitchen, adding further dimension to the space.

Lorna Gross Interior Design

Based in North Bethesda, Maryland, designer Lorna Gross boasts a roster of repeat residential and commercial clients throughout North America and Great Britain, thanks to her attention to detail and customized approach to each interior. The designer and her team at Lorna Gross Interior Design specialize in finding the perfect statement pieces and one-of-a-kind accents to make her clients’ homes truly unique. The firm offers concierge-like service and can handle all the details—from space planning to selecting bedding—giving their busy clients peace of mind and stylish, turn-key homes.

Designer Lorna Gross drew inspiration from the bespoke train cars of the Orient Express for the interiors of an 1870 row house in Georgetown. In the parlor, Gross added touches of glamor, including metallic wallpaper, Art Deco–inspired furnishings, and a pair of dazzling chandeliers.


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Solis Betancourt & Sherrill

Solis Betancourt & Sherrill has been delighting clients with their understated, elegant interiors for over 33 years. Lead by principals Jose Solis Betancourt and Paul Sherrill, the firm is known for its ability to bring a comfortable and tranquil feel to projects in a variety of styles, such as a Provence-inspired retreat in Watermill, an art-filled home in El Paso, and a glamorous residence on Embassy Row. Solis Betancourt & Sherrill works on residential projects across the country and internationally, and the firm’s timeless work has been celebrated in the monograph Essential Elegance.

Solis Betancourt & Sherrill accented the dining room of a Telluride, Colorado, home with a sculptural artist-made bronze table and slumped glass chandelier.

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Paul Corrie Interiors

Designer Paul Corrie takes inspiration for his interiors from DC’s classic homes, adding his own modern twist to create spaces that feel fresh yet familiar. Antiques and vintage pieces mingle with bold art, contemporary accents, and rich color palettes in the boutique design firm’s livable and sophisticated interiors, which have earned it multi-repeat clients. Paul Corrie Interiors works with residential and commercial clients and tackles projects throughout the United States and abroad.

In the kitchen of a Bethesda home, designer Paul Corrie selected a soft beige palette, including Farrow & Ball’s Drop Cloth, which coats the custom Cabriole Studio Cabinetry. An Urban Electric pendant light hangs above the island and the Thomas Hayes Studio stools.

Lisa & Leroy

Led by owner and creative director Lisa Shaffer, Lisa & Leroy’s interiors are a feast for the eyes. The bold and imaginative spaces are filled with unexpected color palettes, whimsical patterns, and rich textures. The full-service studio prides itself on its detail-oriented approach and ability to execute design and construction projects thanks to its team of designers, construction experts, and carpenters. Lisa & Leroy brings its spirited style to projects in the DC area and around the world.

For a condo in Capitol Hill, Lisa & Leroy found inspiration in the hues of vintage glass. The team decked out the living room in captivating jewel tones and installed built-ins to make the most of the small space.

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Drysdale Design Associates

Boasting 35 years of experience, Drysdale Design Associates specializes in renovations and projects involving architectural detail. Led by founder Mary Douglas Drysdale, the firm’s projects have a timeless quality and feature beautifully curated art collections, elegant color palettes, and bespoke furnishings. Drysdale is skilled at interior planning, and she’s able to bring out the best in every space, whether by installing millwork to transform a petite bedroom or adding a black door to bring contrast to a modern apartment.

In a bedroom of a Bethesda penthouse, Drysdale Design Associates added a grid of maple millwork to bring warmth and a luxe feel to the small space.

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