By Sharon Dan and Julie Sanders
Five up-and-coming professionals bring a new perspective to the local design scene
This annual feature spotlights a handful of gifted designers just making their mark in the region. Photographed in the future home of the Washington Design Center (in space that will become the Schumacher showroom) they are (left to right):
“I enjoy working with clients to make spaces feel like home,” says Shawna Underwood, principal of Shawna Underwood Interior Design. “I want to make their vision into reality.”
Underwood is well equipped for the task, with a master’s degree in interior design from George Washington University and a lifetime interest in decorating. She takes a thoughtful approach, relishing the process of unearthing new materials for projects and incorporating old and new architectural details.
“I believe in blending old and new, incorporating high and low,” she says. “I advise buying quality pieces as investments, and inexpensive ones to keep spaces relaxed and comfortable.” For example, Underwood recently redesigned the living and dining rooms of a new house, integrating older, existing furnishings with fresh, modern items. “The client was thrilled,” Underwood recalls. “The reward was interpreting her vision into a new design.”
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