Danziger Design in Home and Design Magazine’s Portfolio – 100 Top Designers

It’s out and we’re in it. Home & Design Magazine’s Portfolio: 100 Top Designers came out this month and we wanted to share it with you. It’s exciting to be a part of this publication featuring Interior Designers in MD, VA and DC.


When you pick up your copy, turn to pages 194-195 where some of our projects in West Chester, PA, Potomac, MD, Bethesda, MD, and the 2012 Showhouse in Washington, DC appear. In the meantime, we couldn’t wait to show you…



Interior Design in McLean and Chevy Chase

We wanted to share some of our recently photographed Interior Design projects with you…

The first pictured below is a transitional family room in McLean, VA. This favorite hangout incorporates new furniture, rug from C.G. Coe & Son and window treatments with treasured family pieces such as framed pieces, sculptures and musical instruments. This blending creates a warm, inviting and user friendly space to gather, play games, or spend quiet down-time.

Family Room - Interior Design - McLean, VA

This sunny spot serves as an area for conversation or a great place to curl up with a good read. The addition of plants truly brings the outdoors in.

Family Room - Interior Design - McLean, VA

An area next to the the sofa welted in royal blue provides a metal and glass console with clever basket storage tucked below. The baskets add a dimension of texture to the room while being highly practical at the same time. Not shown in the picture is a custom cabinet built into a former closet and a game table with chairs.

Family Room - Interior Design - McLean, VA

Traveling the beltway to Maryland, the family room in this Chevy Chase home provides a completely different feel. The furniture style and clean lines give this room a more contemporary look than the previous family room. The sofa features a rich looking tobasco colored Pollack fabric. The custom-made, decorative-painted bookcases store a bevy of books and family collectibles. The smartly designed Randolph and Hein table blends raffia panels with rich mahogany.

Family Room - Interior Design - Chevy Chase, MD

Enter through the door on the far left to be greeted by the sounds of piano music. Aside from the handsome piano, this light-filled elegantly appointed music room features custom draperies, a klismos-style chair by David Iatesta and a bench by Michael James furniture covered in a textured cream fabric by Calvin.

Music Room - Interior Design - Chevy Chase, MD

Thanks for taking the time to view these projects!

The Layering Process – A Bedroom Takes Shape – Interior Design in MD, DC and VA

The design process can be likened to the layering of a cake or a lasagna. In Interior Design, layers usually begin at the bottom and work their way up until the final product is achieved.

In a recent Falls Church, VA bedroom project, we began with a navy and cream area rug from C.G. Coe & Son, Inc. as the room’s first and stabilizing layer upon which all other pieces would be added.

Area Rug

Next came the bed, or more specifically, the custom headboard we designed and had fabricated by Oliver’s Furniture and Delivery. We selected a neutral gray tweed fabric for the headboard. The shape and button trim adds to the personality of the headboard.

Headboard fabric

Upholstered Headboard

In order to keep decorating costs lower, the client purchased ready made bedding. We gave the bed a custom look by having a pillow fabricated in a stylized floral patterned fabric. And although not seen in any of our photos, the window treatments have been fabricated in the same fabric.

Stylized floral fabric

Side tables were selected from the American Eye Showroom in the Washington Design Center for each side of the bed, and to keep things interesting THEY DO NOT MATCH, but are both made with metal and painted wood to make them congruous.

Night table with drawer

Night table

Next, we again enlisted the skills of Oliver’s Furniture and Delivery to fabricate the bench at the end of the bed according to our specifications. It is upholstered in a sturdy vinyl and adorned with polished chrome nail heads.

upholstered bench with nail heads

And a closeup of the nail head detail…upholstered bench with nail heads

But the layering does not end here. The room still needs accessories which can be likened to the chocolate shavings on top of a cake or the asiago cheese sprinkled on lasagna. Lamps, artwork, a throw blanket and other accessories will give this room a finished look.

Home. Work. This MD, VA, DC Interior Designer Knows How to Blend the Two.

We recently worked with a lovely repeat client to help her better blend and yet separate the lines between home and work in her Chevy Chase, MD home.

TRANSLATION: Very busy wife, mom of twins, and business executive needed a space in her home to become an office for some serious work. Her previous office was off the mudroom in a busy and noisy part of the home – this was not at all conducive to work.

We looked to a guest suite in the basement complete with a large room for an office, an adjacent room for storage and a bathroom across the hall. A door can be added later to make this a true “office suite”.

We started the process by presenting the client with three floor plans and together we determined this one would best suit her needs…

Office Floor Plan

After new recessed lighting was installed, we began with a new wall to wall carpet from C.G. Coe & Son in a sturdy and attractive nylon, perfect for a lower level room.

Fabrica carpet

A large workspace with plenty of surface area and cabinet storage was a must. We looked to our commercial office sources for a combination maple desk, cabinets, and bridge. The look is transitional and chrome hardware complements the look.

desk, cabinets, bridge

satin chrome hardware

We added two schoolhouse style sconces with clear Edison bulbs on each side of the back wall with a dual purpose in mind: to provide light and to provide visual interest. The third benefit was the very attractive ambiance these lights provide. The client plans to place a chair she already owns in this corner.

Schoolhouse style sconce

A TV was mounted above a shelf unit purchased from a popular catalog retailer. The piece provides a place for accents and accessories.


A sleep sofa was placed directly opposite of the desk unit and provides a comfortable place to catch up on reading materials or even grab a rejuvenating cat nap. We know the client will laugh when she reads the nap part!

Queen sleep sofa

Three custom made pillows adorn the sofa; two square in a floral fabric welted in taupe, and a self-welted rectangular pillow in a chain-link pattern. The sofa has a pull-out queen mattress to accommodate guests when necessary.

Custom made pillows

The large and small windows were casually treated with faux wood blinds in a finish that brings everything together.

Hunter Douglas Everwoods

The bathroom directly across from the office was given a partial renovation. The tub/shower, toilet, and tile remained as is. We designed a simple painted wood vanity with shaker-style doors fabricated by our cabinet maker.

Bathroom vanity

The vanity received a quartzite top (that was a remnant), undermount sink and graceful faucet.

quartzite and undermount sink

The final touch in the room was a wall covering with a grey trellis pattern on a white background.

Trellis wall covering

A new silver and wood framed mirror and chrome square knobs will soon be added.

The same taupey faux wood blinds in the office adorn the window in the bathroom.

Hunter Douglas Everwood

During a recent conversation, the client expressed her delight with the office space and at being able to close the door during a recent business phone call; a simple act that further helped separate work from home.

The (mostly) finished product…


MD, VA, DC Interior Designer Goes to NYC

I just got back from a 2-day whirlwind design meeting with a lovely couple whom I have worked with just recently on another project. They recently purchased a penthouse condo in Tribeca and I was so excited that they asked me to come help them with the design of the space.

I stayed at at charming luxury boutique hotel called Duane Street Hotel, and that got me thinking more and more about good design in small spaces. My room was small, and when space is at a premium, it is important to make every square foot count.

The bathroom was compact, but that did not deter the designers from making the most of it. The floor, vanity and shower tile were all on the dark side which made the space feel cozy, but not cramped. Yes, I wear my Interior Designer hat all the time, and I love taking everything in when I am in new spaces!

Duane Street Hotel

Mirror with slim lighting built right in

Duane Street Hotel

Dark vanity cabinet with open storage

Duane Street Hotel

Darker tile in the shower with a concrete look

And my favorite feature in the bathroom – one that I will be tweaking and using in the future…

Duane Street Hotel

Convenient shelf storage in the bathroom is functional and good looking

The built-in wood look continued in the room…

Duane Street Hotel

Lastly, the bed, with it’s leather upholstered headboard had a geometric mirror perched directly above to assist with providing more light into the room.

Duane Street Hotel

I hope to bring you pictures and information about this wonderful NY project soon!