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Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator

Often times, the professional terms Interior Designer and Interior Decorator are used synonymously, however, they are very different. Let’s begin with Decorator.

What Does An Interior Decorator Do?

An Interior Decorator works at adorning and embellishing a space. They may deal with paints and wall-coverings, and window-treatments. They also may deal with, rugs, furniture, and other textiles and accessories. Formal education is not required for an Interior Decorator.

What Does An Interior Designer Do?

An Interior Designer has a combination of education and experience that prepares them for creating functional spaces. They do everything an Interior Decorator does , but they also need to have an understanding of people’s behaviors within a space. Often times, licensing is required for an Interior Designer to work in particular states.

What Type Of Licensing And Education Are Required?

There are several professional organizations associated with Interior Design. Some examples are ASID or the American Society of Interior Designers, NKBA or the National Kitchen and Bath Associations, and IIDA or the International Interior Design Association. These associations are work to promote Interior Design and educate the profession and those looking to hire professionals.

Interior Designers work to solve problems while adhering to codes to create safe and healthy livable spaces. Interior Designers are required to stay current in their field through Continuing Education Courses (CEUs).

Designers are experts with space planning and may use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to create floor plans, elevations, and other drawings to communicate to their clients. They work with architects, contractors and other professionals to create spaces that are functional and beautiful.

In Conclusion

According to NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification), Interior Designers may decorate, but Interior Decorators do not design.

As you can see, there is a difference between the two terms and professions. It is important to be aware of these differences when you have a project in mind as you want to make sure that you are hiring someone who can handle all aspects of your project.

Interior Designer

An Interior Designer is adept at space planning and can provide floor plans and elevations for your project.

Shelves – How to Accessorize

What is the best way to accessorize shelves? You probably have a bookcase or some other type of furniture piece with shelves in your home. Often times these pieces are crammed with all sorts of books lined up one after the other in anything but a creative or attractive fashion. But did you know that you can easily turn these shelves works of art that you would love to look at?

You probably already have what you need to make this happen. First, give your titles a serious look and donate the books you will not read, reference or re-read. Of the titles that remain, get creative with their placement.

Place a grouping of books vertically and add a heavy object (a box, a figurine, a vase) at the end of the grouping. Stack some books horizontally (with the spines showing) on another shelf. You can leave these as is or place another object on top of the stack. Use other objects as “fillers” on the shelves, but remember, in this instance, less can definitely be more.

Shelves - How to Accessorize

Here are some objects other than books that make shelves more interesting:

1. Letters – a word, a single letter, or a combo of letterscreating your monogram
2. Vases – a single vase or a unified grouping of varying heights
3. Boxes – these come in all different sizes and serve a dual purpose being both decorative and a place to hide small items
4. Candlesticks and candles – decorative on your shelf and at-the-ready when you need them
5. Photographs in frames
6. Seasonal items (a decorative heart for Valentine’s Day, a pumpkin in the Fall, etc.)
7. Objects from your travels
8. An interesting sculpture
9. A clock
10. Figurine

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Create interesting vignettes on your shelves and use items that you love or that have special meaning to you so that looking at these shelves makes you happy.

At Danziger Design, we can design built-ins and bookcases for you as well as help you with display of your books and favorite pieces.


Wood Countertops; Solutions for MD, DC, and VA Interior Design

Wood CountertopsWhen a wonderful company or product comes along, we have to give them a mention.

We recently received this book (left) of projects from a company named Grothouse located in Germansville, PA. Danziger Design had the pleasure of working with this company on two separate kitchen projects. Grothouse specializes in wood solutions; specifically, solid wood and butcher block countertops for kitchens, bathrooms, bars… you name it! Not only does Grothouse provide a quality product, the owner and employees are very professional, knowledgeable and courteous.

As the industry continues with the movement of paint-finish kitchen cabinets and counters made of quartz, granite, or marble, wood countertops provides a warmth that these other materials simply can’t. The finishing process used at Grothouse makes these wood surfaces usable, not something to be feared.

We worked with Grothouse for two kitchen projects. The first was a large Potomac kitchen with grey toned cabinets, wood floors, quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. For this kitchen, we used a round, 2″ thick, edge grain Peruvian walnut counter for the eating area.

The second project where a Grothouse wood surface was used was in Wendy’s own kitchen. Her small Bethesda kitchen has grey-green cabinets, wood floors, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances as well. Wendy decided upon a walnut table top that would be nestled between two pantry style cabinets.


Both projects with Grothouse solid wood surfaces are shown below:

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Wood counter top

Grothouse was kind enough to feature the project above in their Wood Innovation book…

Wood counters

Our thanks to Grothouse! We hope to see you in the near future!



Bathroom Design

We’ve recently completed two very different Master Bathroom Projects and would like to share them with you here. For each bathroom, we used the same approach from an interior design perspective, however, based on the materials selected, the final outcomes are very different.

The first is a Master Bathroom in Bethesda, MD with transitional look, a traditional backdrop and spiced up with an ethnic flair.

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Custom Master Bathroom Vanity – Bethesda, MD

The second is a transitional Potomac, MD Master Bathroom with a contemporary backdrop spiced up with Asian flair.

Bathroom Design, Potomac, MD

* Custom Master Bathroom vanity – Potomac, MD

Bathroom Design – How We Achieved These Results

In the first approach, we began with an updated floor plan that removed the large, seldom used tub, enlarged the shower and provided for ample storage in the custom vanity cabinets and linen closet. Next, easy maintenance porcelain tiles made to look like slate were chosen for the floor and shower. Accents were selected for the shower with the look of bronzed metal.

Master Bathroom - Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

* Master Bathroom – Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

The clients knew they wanted wood cabinetry, so we honed in on a slightly traditional Shaker silhouette in cherry wood with a warm honey brown finish. Timeless fixtures in polished chrome were chosen and work began.

Master Bathroom - Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

* Master Bathroom – Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

Fast forward to post-construction, we selected ethnic-inspired accessories to compliment the couples’ love of travel.

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A framed ethnic print was selected to liven up the far wall.

Bathroom Design, Bethesda, MD

Hand-made baskets from Uganda add color to the wall across from the vanity.

A custom niche trimmed in the same bronzed metal tile used in the shower graces the back wall of the separate toilet room.

Master Bathroom Niche - Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

* Custom niche trimmed in tile.


In the second Master Bathroom, we began very much the same way as the first. An updated floor plan made better use of the existing space… a large tub was removed from the room which allowed for a comfortable shower, large vanity, separate toilet room, loads of storage, a fireplace, and something the client really wanted in the room – space for a comfortable chair to watch television.

The shower tile was selected next – the highlight –  round tiles that resemble water droplets were used along the entire back wall of the shower.


Bathroom Design, Potomac, MD

* Walk-in shower – Potomac, MD


Bathroom Design, Potomac, MD

* One wall of the shower boasts a textured circular tile that looks like water droplets.


A neutral colored stone resembling bamboo was selected for the TV/fireplace wall. We love the look and texture of this tile!

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Textured fireplace tile made to look like bamboo.

With all the tile in place, it became evident that something different was needed for the bathroom floor. After much research, a natural teak was decided upon. With storage as the primary goal, the vanity/linen cabinets were designed, and a grey-green similar to the shower tiles was selected as the millwork paint color. The wall color is a ginger tone that provides and unexpected punch.

Bathroom Design, Potomac, MD

* Even the family dog likes to snuggle up near the fireplace/TV wall.


As the clean Asian-inspired look was subtly coming together, the addition of custom wood-framed soji screens to enhance a large window made perfect sense. The feel of the room is very spa-like and the warmth of the teak floors keep this bathroom from feeling stark.

At Danziger Design, we bring a two-fold approach to Master Bathroom Design. First we look to provide maximum efficiency in your space while meeting all of your functionality needs and wants. Secondly, we guide you through the many selections that will ultimately give you the look and feel you are seeking to achieve.

*Photography by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg

Interior Design: Creating Custom Furniture

Custom furniture design allows both client and Interior Designer to experience design without limits. With Interior Design, if we can envision it and put it on paper, it can be built. Built-in furniture and custom furniture pieces are very popular in the MD, DC and VA area. Custom furniture allows you to express your individuality while meeting needs such as storage and display. We recently made a visit to Steve’s shop in Silver Spring. Steve is the owner and cabinetmaker in this impeccably clean shop where designer/client visions are sawed, sanded, stained and delivered. We visit the shop when visuals are needed and details need to be ironed out.

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Wendy and Steve review the intricate details of an entertainment unit for a client.

How Does the Process Work to Create Custom Furniture?

How does the process work? Once we’ve assessed a project will involve custom furniture, we begin with a myriad of questions for the client. Let’s say the piece in question is a media cabinet. We would ask questions such as:

What size is your television?
Will it be wall hung or rest on the piece of furniture?
What are your storage needs?
Do you want to display any items?
Do you prefer the piece to be stained or painted?
Etc., etc.

The questions vary based on the piece being created.

Once we have a good idea of the desires the furniture needs to fulfill, we begin with a rough drawing in AutoCAD. That rough drawing is tweaked and modified until we have come up with a concept drawing that performs two functions: 1.) it meets the needs of the client and 2.) it is aesthetically pleasing.

Custom Furniture: AutoCAD DrawingNext, the drawing is shown to the client for approval or input. If changes are needed, we implement those changes. The beauty of an interior design studio using AutoCAD is that changes can be readily made and a new copy of the drawing printed out for the client to approve.

Once the drawing has been approved by the client, we email it to our cabinetmaker for pricing. Once pricing has been approved and a deposit has been received, we send the final concept to our cabinetmaker. He then submits shop drawings to us for final approval. Back at the shop, the item is built and then transferred to the finish department for painting or staining. When the piece is complete, we schedule delivery and installation with the contractor or client, depending on the scope of the job.

We have designed countless pieces of furniture, built-ins, vanities, desks, fireplace mantels and more over the years. Some of the finished products are shown below. If you are considering a custom piece such as built-in cabinets on either side of your fireplace, CONTACT DANZIGER DESIGN FOR A CONSULTATION TODAY.

Custom Furniture

Really Living in your Living Room

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Your living room is the area of your home where life takes place. It’s where you relax after a long day at work, entertain your friends, and spend time with family. As arguably the most-used room, it ought to be your most-loved room as well. The living room should be a space that not only reflects your individuality and aesthetic, but also welcomes others with open arms.

Whether you’re designing your living room in a new home or redesigning your existing one, it is vital to keep two things in mind: functionality and flow. Blending the two takes a good amount of imagination and inspiration.



To emphasize functionality in your living room, you must prioritize your needs. Ask yourself: what functions does this room need to serve? If you have limited area, maybe you need to think about combining the living room with a home office or other multi-functional space. Maybe your main priorities are to create a space for entertaining guests and design an elegant, welcoming atmosphere, or maybe you just want a room that serves one purpose: relaxation. Whatever your main concerns are, they are the fundamentals in creating a functional space. You shouldn’t have to adjust your space constantly to meet your priorities; instead, the perfect design will reflect your needs. If your priority is relaxation, group cozy seating together in a nook with a prime TV view. If your concern is for entertaining guests, there should be plenty of seating options grouped to optimize conversation. Outline your goals beforehand to develop a functional design for a flawless home.



A flowing living room is one that considers balance, empty space, and traffic.  Make sure your room is not an obstacle course. There should be clear paths to pass through the space without bumping into any furniture or fixtures. Keep entryways clear and furniture a safe distance from them. Pull your seating options away from walls and let them float. This will create a more inviting and comfortable space and keep the traffic flow outside of the seating area. Balance solid heavy furniture with light and airy. Consider the connection between the pieces of furniture in relation to one another. Use your room’s functions and focal points to maximize the flow.


Your living room should be a space you actually want to live in. At Danziger Design, we can help you transform that once dull area into a functional and flowing atmosphere. To learn more about our interior design services, contact us today!

Artfully Display Your Travel Finds

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Postcards from Rachel/postcardsfromrachel.com


Purchasing souvenirs while traveling always seems like a great way to keep the memories from the trip alive. However, when you arrive back home, a distinct challenge awaits you – how can you incorporate them into your home without creating dust-collecting clutter and eyesores? Here are some inspiring ways to showcase those travel finds that will effectively keep your vacation memories alive without deranging your home.


Memory Jars


Filling glass jars with your travel treasures give you a way to display your trinkets, photos, currency, etc. without taking up too much space. Line up the jars on a shelf or display them sporadically throughout your home. You can update or rearrange the items as frequently as you want with little to no effort and they will always serve as a great conversation piece for company.




A similar – but more intricate – way of exhibiting your mementos is to arrange them in a shadow box. Use photos or postcards, or cut letters to spell out the destination as a backdrop and place your souvenirs as you desire around the box. Create a new box for each vacation and fill it with your favorite treasures. Hang them on your bedroom or living wall, or all throughout the house to create a gallery-like environment.


Coffee Tables


Glass-top coffee tables with hollowed centers allow you to showcase your travel knickknacks in a casual, but attention-grabbing way. If you’re feeling particularly artistic, you could even fill it with sand from your trips before laying the trinkets and photographs along top. Not only will this give you a way to incorporate your mementos into your home aesthetic, but will also give you a storage place for your finds. Gallery coffee tables make an excellent centerpiece for your living room and allow you to constantly relive the memories of vacations past.


Vacation Box


Use wooden boxes to store away your souvenirs in an adorable and organized way. Paint your box in a creative fashion and stencil the name of the destination on the side to display on a shelf or table. Stack individual boxes as your vacation mementos increase and explore the contents easily whenever you’d like. Vacation boxes make for, not only great storage for your mementos, but also a very subtle, yet chic display on a bookshelf or side table.

Gallery Wall


Frame your paper keepsakes rather than pile them up in a drawer or hide them away in a scrapbook. Maps, postcards, photos, brochures, currency, etc. can easily be positioned into frames. You can combine all of your items in a large frame and make one all-inclusive collage, or you can frame items individually in matching or mix-matching frames to hang in a gallery-type way on walls in your bedroom, hallway, or other spots that you walk past on a regular basis. Not only will your personal travel gallery look stylish, but will also remind you of all of your journeys with a sentimental smile.


Rather than let your travel finds clutter up your home, make the memories part of your décor. At Danziger Design we can help you turn your nostalgic souvenirs into tasteful and effective art displays for your home. Contact us today for a design consultation so your home vision can be brought to life.

Multi-tasking Lives Call for Multi-tasking Tables (Functional and stylish tables)

Family RoomThe selection of tables in a particular space can transform not only the personality and mood in the room, but also the productivity. In a world dominated by multi-tasking, our furniture should be able to serve the same purpose. Your tables should be as practical as they are easy on the eyes. Fortunately, there are countless options for functional and stylish tables available for every area in your home!

When you think of tables, there are generally three main types that come to mind: coffee tables, dining tables, and bedside tables.

Coffee tables are often used as a surface for food and drink, magazines, remotes, etc. Imagine if your coffee table also served as extra seating, a bookshelf, an ottoman, doubled as a side or end table if you needed to rearrange the furniture, or even provided you with that much-needed extra storage space! These are all potential capabilities that modern coffee tables include, all while embracing a striking design that demands your attention in your living room.

TableDining tables are obviously only used for dining, right? Wrong. Dining table options not only provide distinctive and eye-catching designs, but also plenty of multi-functional concepts for transforming your home into a brilliant and versatile space. There are foldable dining tables that provide smaller homes and spaces with a solution for a permanent long table. These have the ability to act as smaller surfaces when not in use, and expand to full size only when needed. There are also split-use dining tables, in which the concepts are limitless. Some have one end that can be used as a desk by a built-in separator, while others double as game tables with some quick and simple folding. You could even try a dining table that folds into a wall fixture, such as a full-length mirror or a bookshelf. Before you choose a dining table for your home, consider the multi-functional designs and the incredible usefulness they can bring to your space.

So you’ve found the perfect bed and linens for your bedroom, now you need a space to set your lamp, book, glasses, and your glass of water. You want a stylish table to compliment the room, but you also need to consider storage, seating options, and your limited space for other furniture. Lucky for you there are bedside tables that help with these things individually, and some that incorporate all of the above while still providing you with that sleek and attractive style you desire.

Not long ago, furniture served only one purpose – a table was just a table. In the creative and inventive world we live in today, tables are capable of providing us much more than simply a surface to place things on. Of course, the design and material are vital in your selection, but practicality and usefulness should also be fundamental factors to consider when transforming your home.

Contact Danziger Design to learn more about functional and stylish table selections and tips. We can help you transform your space into a productive, practical, and tasteful atmosphere. An expert eye can help your vision come to life!

Contact Danziger Design to learn more about our interior design services today!