Barbara Quast Interior Design

Barbara Quast Interior Design I provide complete interior design services. I specialize in creating homes unique to each client, working within their budgets.
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True style and good taste are timeless - they transcend the latest trends. For over 25 years, I’ve created spaces that are unique to my clients and stand the test of time. Whether traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, my projects are the result of a close collaboration based on close communication. I respect my clients’ individuality and honor it in the design process. For me, a well-designed home is an expression of who lives there, never of the designer. I provide complete interior design services which may include space planning, furniture layout, lighting design, color schemes, kitchen and bath design, window treatments, and furniture, accessory and art selection. My experience and expertise saves you time and money. And my clients tell me that the results are beyond anything they ever expected…

Special places are restorative. They take you away from your worries and make you feel better. Being in beautiful surrou...
06/08/2020

Special places are restorative. They take you away from your worries and make you feel better. Being in beautiful surroundings, especially in nature, is grounding and healing. I’ve felt this ever since I was a little girl living with my grandparents and taking walks in the woods. Maybe that’s a part of why my job is making people’s homes more beautiful. #findyourwhy #museumoftheshenandoahvalley #glenburniegardens #whyidesign #mywhy #gardens #winchesterva #quastinteriors #barbaraquast

We all deserve to surround ourselves with beauty. It makes life better. And fresh flowers are always the perfect finishi...
06/05/2020

We all deserve to surround ourselves with beauty. It makes life better. And fresh flowers are always the perfect finishing touch for any room! Lilies from the garden with a few hosta leaves thrown in to prop them up. I often use hosta leaves in that way.

When art and design come together! I painted a scale mockup of the tile design for an arts and crafts fireplace. So much...
06/04/2020

When art and design come together! I painted a scale mockup of the tile design for an arts and crafts fireplace. So much better for visualizing what the design will look like then just a computer drawing. Handmade tile from Portland, Oregon.

Excited to be able to visit my favorite places in the world again...how I’ve missed favorite gardens and museums
06/04/2020

Excited to be able to visit my favorite places in the world again...how I’ve missed favorite gardens and museums

BEFORE AND AFTER Whether it’s a traditional or a contemporary design, few things make a room feel more finished than win...
05/28/2020

BEFORE AND AFTER Whether it’s a traditional or a contemporary design, few things make a room feel more finished than window treatments. Since most furniture is less than 3’ high, they bring up your eye and give balance to a room. Done right, they frame the window, making it look bigger and letting in the light. Whether custom made like these for a country home or store bought, we always create the perfect design solution for both the look and the budget!

Today I’m in the design studio instead of the art studio! I’m excited to finally be able to use these cool textured tile...
05/27/2020

Today I’m in the design studio instead of the art studio! I’m excited to finally be able to use these cool textured tiles. My design creates a striking focal point in the niche behind the headboard in the master bedroom. And the wave like pattern is perfect for this lake front home in Reston. Textured tiles comes in a variety of materials: ceramic, molded plastic, gypsum. I did some research to find the right product with a seamless look and paintable. Can’t wait to see the room finished.

Detail of my playful mixed media collage - Dots, Stripes and Paisley Bouquet.  #mixedmediacollage #floralcollage #artand...
05/25/2020

Detail of my playful mixed media collage - Dots, Stripes and Paisley Bouquet. #mixedmediacollage #floralcollage #artanddesign #dintmatchyoursofa #barbaraquast #loudounartist

When you’re designing a farmhouse kitchen in a 100+ year old farmhouse, this is the view out the kitchen window. 💕 love ...
05/12/2020

When you’re designing a farmhouse kitchen in a 100+ year old farmhouse, this is the view out the kitchen window. 💕 love my job

05/12/2020

Finally done! Every Spring I’m awed by how fast flowers burst forth. Everyday seems new in the garden, like magic. That energy and life-affirmation is the inspiration for this mixed media collage, 12” x 36” Hollyhocks 🌸

Betcha you never thought about how traditional furniture was actually modern when it first came out. 😳 Here’s a favorite...
05/11/2020

Betcha you never thought about how traditional furniture was actually modern when it first came out. 😳
Here’s a favorite contemporary take on the classic wing chair. The original reason for the “wing” part was to be a shield from drafts. Like classical music, traditional pieces aren’t going anywhere in the long run. You can’t go wrong adding a piece or two to a room design.

Happy Mother’s Day!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day!

One of the many wonderful fabric lines we carry!
05/08/2020

One of the many wonderful fabric lines we carry!

Blue is the most popular color we carry and even surpasses neutrals. Whether you're looking for a calming scheme or one that’s big and bold -- we have every shade of this timeless hue. Call us for fabric research or shop online at greenhousefabrics.com.

Shop Here: http://bit.ly/Blue-Fabrics

Early to bed...
05/08/2020

Early to bed...

Before and After: A family heirloom gets a fresh new look! Furniture with a history brings special meaning to our homes ...
05/04/2020

Before and After: A family heirloom gets a fresh new look! Furniture with a history brings special meaning to our homes and deserves to be honored. And finding just the right fabric is so important. Because we carry lots of different fabric lines, our clients always have great choices. After all, the design process should be a fun collaboration. Our job is to guide, and not to sell something that’s just not right for them.

Appropriate accessorizing in the age of Covid. Brooches are a thing in my family, maybe a European thing, don’t know. In...
04/30/2020

Appropriate accessorizing in the age of Covid. Brooches are a thing in my family, maybe a European thing, don’t know. In any case, I think I picked the perfect one today - edgy, a little scary, unexpected but still sparkly and fun. Because, why not? Today is all we have so let’s lighten up a bit, be silly, be kind and know there’s a new day tomorrow.

Rugs rule! Rugs have been around for about 3000 years. Often a beautiful rug is the foundation for a room design. Orient...
04/29/2020

Rugs rule! Rugs have been around for about 3000 years. Often a beautiful rug is the foundation for a room design. Orientals in particular are timeless, whether they’re an affordable hand-knotted, an expensive investment or woven antique. They wear extreme well and don’t show dirt. This beautiful table, made by my clients father, now really stands out. Before you could hardly see it against the similar floor color. And remember not to make the common MISTAKE of too small a rug. A chair needs at least 2’ of space out from the table and never fall off it. That’s a rug rule. We’re here to help create the perfect design plan, source the perfect pieces and avoid those mistakes.

Decorating from a safe distance! I always love picking out the right granite slab for a project. Each one is unique and ...
04/28/2020

Decorating from a safe distance! I always love picking out the right granite slab for a project. Each one is unique and beautiful in its own way - a client described it as walking through a stone garden once. Sadly, no photograph ever really captures it. For this project we’re considering “Jaguar” from Brazil. It’s a nice mix of warm tones with some gray and black sprinkled in. It’s also more interesting than the more humongous common patterns but it’s not too grand for this sized kitchen.

Quirky and fun bowl! Love ❤️
04/27/2020

Quirky and fun bowl! Love ❤️

The fine art of mixing patterns and pieces. Start with an oriental rug, add a contemporary chair, throw in an antique ot...
04/25/2020

The fine art of mixing patterns and pieces. Start with an oriental rug, add a contemporary chair, throw in an antique ottoman and finish with a tabby! (Animal prints go with everything) Being an artist and a designer gives me a special insight in putting things together, balancing a composition and weaving everything together in a pleasing whole.

Sautéd apples with a touch of honey and cinnamon with spicy breakfast sausage...yum
04/24/2020

Sautéd apples with a touch of honey and cinnamon with spicy breakfast sausage...yum

Such fun learning new tricks! Been taking hand-building class in Leesburg with Amy Manson for a while. As a painter comf...
04/23/2020

Such fun learning new tricks! Been taking hand-building class in Leesburg with Amy Manson for a while. As a painter comfortable with a flat surface, it’s been a jolt to what I already know how to do because it’s so different. A whole other skill set. And that alone has affected all of my creativity- helped me see everything in a different way... @ The Clay and Metal Loft

Great design pieces never go out of style! The icon Egg chair is as cool now as it was 62 years ago when Arne Jacobsen d...
04/22/2020

Great design pieces never go out of style! The icon Egg chair is as cool now as it was 62 years ago when Arne Jacobsen designed it. After more than 25 years in the design world, we can spot a passing trend a mile away. Being able to guide our clients to spend their money wisely comes from years of experience.

Before and After: An impractical loft space gets an exciting makeover. The awkward opening  looks at nothing but a slope...
04/22/2020

Before and After: An impractical loft space gets an exciting makeover. The awkward opening looks at nothing but a sloped ceiling. Framing for shutters, a custom builtin and back painted glass countertop change everything! From drab to fab with a good design plan!

I’m toasting to CLARITY this afternoon. I was pretty much paralyzed for the last month as I watched so many some small b...
04/21/2020

I’m toasting to CLARITY this afternoon. I was pretty much paralyzed for the last month as I watched so many some small business owners “pivot” their business models. They moved online, perfected their videos, offered new products and services. Not me. I’ve always based my design services on really knowing my clients, who they are, what’s important to them and where they live. A personal relationship which doesn’t always translate to formulaic sales. I’ve become more clear than ever of my company’s commitment - highly personal service, a commitment to honoring each client and excellence.

Wonderful furniture made right here In Virginia! We love using American made pieces in our design projects and continual...
04/21/2020

Wonderful furniture made right here In Virginia! We love using American made pieces in our design projects and continually expand the companies we support. And we love knowing the real people who work hard, making quality products. In a time when imported furniture bought online, delivered to your doorstep with free shipping is common, we fully commit to supporting them.

It’s always important to have a good foundation. Hand tying springs for a (2) piece sectional sofa #stewartfurniture #customsofa #hardwood #americanmade #sustainableliving

When art meets food! Fabulous 💕
04/14/2020

When art meets food! Fabulous 💕

The sourdough veggie bouquets, from yesterday. The dough base has course corn meal, garlic, and colby cheese. The bouquet itself included scallions, asparagus, purple cabbage, the perpetually underrated BUTTON MUSHROOMS, purple potato, cherry tomatoes, multi-colored bell peppers, Castelvetrano olives, edamame, cilantro, and curly parsley •
👩🏻‍🍳@blondieandrye 🌹

Pressed leaves into wet clay hearts. 💚And the crosshatch pattern is the netting from the Easter ham.
04/13/2020

Pressed leaves into wet clay hearts. 💚And the crosshatch pattern is the netting from the Easter ham.

Happy Easter
04/12/2020

Happy Easter

Today’s pillow talk... pillows are often one of the things to really jump out and add pop to a room. That last layer of ...
04/10/2020

Today’s pillow talk... pillows are often one of the things to really jump out and add pop to a room. That last layer of accessories which is the first thing you see. They can pull together a color scheme. They can make a statement and the room feel finished. We love finding just the right ones for our clients. Remember to always buy zippered ones with a feather/down fill. Put them in the dryer with a tennis ball every few months to fluff.

Crocheting project interrupted...
04/09/2020

Crocheting project interrupted...

Butterfly dreams 🦋
04/09/2020

Butterfly dreams 🦋

Bold and Joyful!  Such a fun and uplifting room, thanks to the power of bright color and floral patterns. And great chai...
04/08/2020

Bold and Joyful! Such a fun and uplifting room, thanks to the power of bright color and floral patterns. And great chairs by Designmaster.

A breakfast area off the kitchen no more. Reimagining how to best use a space makes all the difference for our clients. ...
04/03/2020

A breakfast area off the kitchen no more. Reimagining how to best use a space makes all the difference for our clients. This cozy corner now invites unwinding at the end of the day over a glass of wine. #cozycorner #quastinteriors #barbaraquast #robinbruce #eclectichome #modernmix #novadesigner #loudouncountyinteriordesigner #interiordesignideas #interiordesigninspiration

Many of my wonderful vendors and trades people have let me that are fully committed to the health and well-being of both...
04/02/2020

Many of my wonderful vendors and trades people have let me that are fully committed to the health and well-being of both their employees and the public. They are actively doing their part to keep everyone safe. AND they are operational, although things may take a little longer.
I’m also working in my design studio at home and limiting appointments for the time being. However, I can be reached via email [email protected] to schedule a consultation.
Spending so much time at home makes it clear what needs to be updated, refreshed and finally made to feel finished. Slow down and pay attention how your home makes you feel.

Fresh flowers brighten today’s gloomy, overcast mood. On cloudy days, I need a little extra cheer. And I’m always sure t...
03/31/2020

Fresh flowers brighten today’s gloomy, overcast mood. On cloudy days, I need a little extra cheer. And I’m always sure to turn on all the lights in the house. It does make a real difference in how you feel. Too often clients will under-light their spaces or rely only on table lamps. A properly lite space has no dark areas. The new LED recessed fixtures are a wonderful solution, plus decorative table lamps as accents. And I always use dimmers for light control. #barbaraquast #brightside #extracheer #welldesigned #freshflowers #loudouncountyinteriordesigner #fromdrabtofab #winchesterdesigner #quastinteriors

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