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…

05/14/2019

I love my clients, that’s all.

Not every picture tells the whole story, like what went into the design decisions for this living room. Regardless of st...
05/11/2019

Not every picture tells the whole story, like what went into the design decisions for this living room. Regardless of style or budget, each project starts as a specific space - big room, small room, awkward space. That makes all the difference.
In this case, one long wall is what anchors the open concept plan after an addition eliminated the rest. (See BEFORE picture)
To anchor the space, a dark blue accent wall creates a backdrop for a transitional sofa and matching tables topped with blue and white lamps. Dads corner has a reading chair, ample bookshelves, treasured family mirror and proximity to a bar cabinet.

BEFOREs and AFTERs are always so fun to see!
05/08/2019

BEFOREs and AFTERs are always so fun to see!

A fresh take on a timeless blue and white inspired room! Mismatched blue and white plates, Pier 1 chairs, Queen Anne hos...
05/08/2019

A fresh take on a timeless blue and white inspired room! Mismatched blue and white plates, Pier 1 chairs, Queen Anne host and hostess chairs, custom silk embroidered drapes, and a practical indoor outdoor sisal rug all come together to create a casual elegance!

Love the fountains!
05/01/2019

Love the fountains!

It's Beautiful here in the Gardens of Southern Grace.

04/29/2019
Greenhouse Fabrics

Ever wonder what the difference between a well-made piece of furniture and a bargain piece of furniture is? The way it’s constructed. 8 way hand-tied springs vs foam that’s going to disintegrate quickly...

Happy Monday! Who is ready for a productive week? 🛋

Wonderful artist that created the perfect commissioned piece for my clients, Carol Herndon and Bennett. Pictures forthco...
04/25/2019

Wonderful artist that created the perfect commissioned piece for my clients, Carol Herndon and Bennett. Pictures forthcoming

I love custom work—and this horseshoe crab is no exception. Custom commissions offer unique challenges and encourage me to seek inspiration from ideas I never would have come up with on my own. This horseshoe crab will eventually join a whole Chesapeake scene on a house exterior.

Interested in getting your own custom piece designed? Drop me a line at [email protected] and we can start brainstorming!

Thanks Sarah Abderrazzaq!
04/19/2019

Thanks Sarah Abderrazzaq!

Look at these tiny lights on a paper thin strips - LEDs. They provide clean, bright light that doesn’t get hot like halogens. Perfect for lighting up the shelves in this custom builtin. (And you can put them on a dimmer for brightness control)

Project in the works: creating a PLAN to pull together a modern look in a new home with 10’ ceilings. My client wants ...
04/13/2019

Project in the works: creating a PLAN to pull together a modern look in a new home with 10’ ceilings. My client wants to use some of her existing furniture which is great. She needs help making the her gray cabinets and blue subway tile work in the open concept space. And mostly, she needs a vision for what her home will look like when it’s done - that’s where I come in. 💜
After our initial consultation where I find out what her goals for her home are, I made recommendations for drapes, paint color, striking chandeliers, storage cabinets, art and stone to upgrade the fireplace, as well as furniture layout and accessorizing. I’m especially excited about using a family heirloom oriental screen as the focal point of the foyer. (A house should always be personal) I always give my clients several great choices - that helps them figure out what their style really is. Only after we’ve made ALL the design decisions and have a complete DESIGN PLAN, do we move forward with spending any money. There’s nothing wrong with implementing your design project over time, as long as you have a plan in place and know where you’re going.

This is a stencil company out of the U.K. I I often use! Terrific alternative to wallcovering!
04/11/2019

This is a stencil company out of the U.K. I I often use! Terrific alternative to wallcovering!

I never tire of packaging this stencil and imagining what the customer might achieve with it. It's CH32 Willow Pattern, a large repeating stencil based on the popular 18th century designs for porcelain and ceramics. In the USA the pattern is more commonly known as Blue Willow. Traditionally, it features two shades of blue on a white background. ...it looks fab in any colour! #chinoiseriestencil #interiorinspiration #stencillibrary #bluewillow #willowpattern #willowpatternwall #stencil #mailorderstencils #blueandwhite http://bit.ly/2UrL0jD

Todays color lesson: PINK!Not just for little girls rooms anymore, pink is all grown up. The more confident sister of bl...
04/10/2019

Todays color lesson: PINK!
Not just for little girls rooms anymore, pink is all grown up. The more confident sister of blush, it works in both modern as well as traditional rooms. As a paint color, pink is fresh, soothing and warm. And as an accent color, it creates a fun and unexpected visual pop. Pillows, rugs, art and even just fresh flowers are all easy ways to add pink to your home. (That last layer of accessories is where your eyes goes when you enter a room.)
Help finding the right shade of pink is included in a design consultation.
And thanks for my assistant Sophie for posing on a lovely Persian area rug as well as on the Moroccan flat weave.

Sewing Den LLC
04/05/2019

Sewing Den LLC

After loosing all my photos from my phone (that's right! I said ALL my photos 😳) these are best photos I could find of the back tab curtains I made last year. The two outside pillows on the couch are also Sewing Den made. Design by Barbara Quast Interior Design.

if you're looking for a wonderful seamstress, The Sewing Den is terrific! Audrey has reupholstered chairs, made pillows,...
03/31/2019

if you're looking for a wonderful seamstress, The Sewing Den is terrific! Audrey has reupholstered chairs, made pillows, draper, bedding and more for my design clients. :)

After loosing all my photos from my phone (that's right! I said ALL my photos 😳) these are best photos I could find of the back tab curtains I made last year. The two outside pillows on the couch are also Sewing Den made. Design by Barbara Quast Interior Design.

03/28/2019

Blessed are the contractors who know what they’re doing, do it well and have patience! Undoing every single little package of capiz shells took much longer than hanging the actual fixture. They made a magical sound like wind chimes. Light fixtures are like a rooms piece of jewelry. 💕

Let’s talk paint colors: 8 do’s and don’ts!1) DO always pick out your paint color in the actual room where it will...
03/26/2019

Let’s talk paint colors: 8 do’s and don’ts!

1) DO always pick out your paint color in the actual room where it will go!
2) DON’T pick out your paint color in a store, or worse, online or in a friends house! Lighting makes a HUGE difference! A color may even look perfect in one room of your house and awful in another.
3) DO know that the color on those little paint chips will looker darker on the wall if it’s a light color, and lighter if it’s a dark one. 😳 confusing, no?
4) DO think about how you want your room to feel because the color of your walls makes a huge impact! Soothing = a green, teal or soft blue. Energized = a rich color like red. Happy = a warm tone. And yes, I give you permission to move past the gray trend.
5) DO consider an accent wall! It’s a great focal point and easy to change if you get tired of that color. (And no, they’re not dated)
6) DO make sure that the brand you selected is what the painter is actually using. If you selected a Benjamin Moore color and his buckets say Home Depo it may not be the exact same color. (I’ve seen it done)
7) DON’T panic if the color doesn’t look the same as the sample when it’s going on - it needs 2 coats and to dry. (I’ve had a few panicked client calls😉)
8 ) DO consider a professional color consultation. Money well spent, especially given the cost of the labor. We include them in our design consultations.

03/26/2019

A question I often get is how do I work. Great question, given there's so much confusion these days. And no wonder - there are stagers, decorators, designers, "free" design services. Yes, there is some overlap but no, they do not all provide the same services or value. As a designer, I meet with my clients at their home to find out what they like and what they need and often, what's not working. I then look at the spaces to figure out what also makes sense. For example, a small room needs a completely different plan than a large one. We talk about how long they plan to live in their home and if resale is important. We discuss budget. (and btw most people have a general, not specific idea of what they want to spend) At that point, I create a design concept and plan - the "this is what we need to do and here's why." It may include furniture layout and selections, lighting, accessories, window treatments, material recommendation like tiles or flooring, art, window treatments and more. Those recommendations aren't based on the latest trend or selling in order to get a commission, but rather that clients specific style and needs. From there, we decide the best way to implement the plan. We’ve figured out where we want to go - the destination, if you will. Now we need the roadmap. 👍🏼

A few pointers! 😉
03/22/2019

A few pointers! 😉

10 Decorating lessons:

1) Decorating is fun! Not easy, but fun.
2) Decorating can be messy. Like life 😳
3) You get what you pay for, mostly. Not always. (But still Invest in quality)
4) Having the right people is key.
5) Having a design plan is just as important as #4. So the right people know what the plan is.
6) Did I mention a design plan?
7) Think Rome. Wasn’t built in a day. Your project also won’t be built in a day. Patience.
8)Problems, yip there will be problems. (See #2) Whats important is that your right people will solve them!
9) Budget. Things cost $. Know what they cost before you set a budget, or be flexible. And remember #3.
10) Honor yourself. By that I mean don’t feel as if your home should be like every else’s. Be true to yourself and not the latest trends.

And at the end of the day, its all worth it! The mess, problems, time and money. You get to live in a place that’s yours and yours alone and makes that you happy! What could be better? 💕

Thank you Audrey!
03/22/2019

Thank you Audrey!

After loosing all my photos from my phone (that's right! I said ALL my photos 😳) these are best photos I could find of the back tab curtains I made last year. The two outside pillows on the couch are also Sewing Den made. Design by Barbara Quast Interior Design.

One of my favorite colors! The teal and aqua color family has such a fresh energy. They work well in every style - from ...
03/17/2019

One of my favorite colors! The teal and aqua color family has such a fresh energy. They work well in every style - from elegant traditional to today’s looks. Perfect accent with shades of gray.

03/17/2019
Stellar Engraving & Stellar Air

Inspired Design! Vents always seem like a necessary evil - nice to see a more attractive solution!

Turn air vents from dull to delightful

After almost 20 years, 3 kids and multiple dogs, it was time to update a clients seat cushions. Velvet fabric changes th...
03/11/2019

After almost 20 years, 3 kids and multiple dogs, it was time to update a clients seat cushions. Velvet fabric changes the look up a bit and adds a new texture, plus it wears super well.
The bones of this fun sectional are still in great shape. Spending smart and getting quality always makes sense in the long run. 👍🏼

New 10’ long crisp white linen drapes give the room balance and make it look finished. Having them custom made locally...
03/11/2019

New 10’ long crisp white linen drapes give the room balance and make it look finished. Having them custom made locally actually cost less then ordering them from a catalog. Awesome job by Audrey Lonsway 👍🏼

So sweet! It’s a lucky little girl that gets to sleep in one of these bedrooms. 💕
02/25/2019

So sweet! It’s a lucky little girl that gets to sleep in one of these bedrooms. 💕

I'm excited to see lots of color and pattern being used again! There's a new appreciation for both, and people really ar...
02/23/2019

I'm excited to see lots of color and pattern being used again! There's a new appreciation for both, and people really are drawn to the energy they create. In kitchens, people are bringing in contrasting islands, colorful tile and backsplashes. Wallpaper is hot again, especially bold, traditional patterns. Powder rooms are the perfect place for a making a strong statement with it. Colorful rugs, both traditional, as well as more contemporary patterns are very stylish now. And, rugs are perfect for bringing in a palette that can be picked up in the décor. Accessories like vibrant pillows and art work are a great way to enliven a space. The blue and white chinoiserie pottery is a huge trend at the moment (and always has been part of traditional décor). The boho-chic look that draws on bohemian and hippie influences remains strong.

Inspired wallpaper, thanks Starbucks
02/22/2019

Inspired wallpaper, thanks Starbucks

02/20/2019

Today I had a left brain victory - conquered my sales tax reporting to the Department of Taxation. 👍🏼 My oodles of creativity seems to come at a price. 😉
When I buy things wholesale for my clients, part of the job is collecting sales tax and paying it to Virginia. Not my favorite part of being a designer but I’m proud of myself for getting it done...

Spent the morning hanging a collection of blue and white plates in a wonderful clients dining room. The Blue Willow patt...
02/14/2019

Spent the morning hanging a collection of blue and white plates in a wonderful clients dining room. The Blue Willow pattern is a favorite. It dates back to the 1700’s and tells the sad tale of 2 ill fated lovers whose souls turned into birds when they were murdered.

INSPIRED DESIGN is taking something not so great and using it to your advantage. A very tall and narrow staircase is tra...
02/13/2019

INSPIRED DESIGN is taking something not so great and using it to your advantage. A very tall and narrow staircase is transformed when a new orb fixture casts playful shadows! A dead staircase becomes art. 💕

Yummy colors that compliment grays and bring in the lovely colors of Spring. You can’t rush Mother Nature but you tran...
02/07/2019

Yummy colors that compliment grays and bring in the lovely colors of Spring. You can’t rush Mother Nature but you transform your home with that last layer of accessories...pillows and throw, an accent wall and some new art change everything. Time to refresh. Schedule your SpringDesign consultation today!

02/06/2019
Kravet

You can never go wrong with quality!!

For more than 25 years, Kravet Furniture has offered luxury at every level with our made-in-America styles to designers ranging from traditional to modern designs and everything in-between.

Inspired Design! My rules for decorating - have fun, surround yourself with things that make you happy and always start ...
01/30/2019
LYCS Architecture-CATable

Inspired Design! My rules for decorating - have fun, surround yourself with things that make you happy and always start with a plan for your project!

LYCS Architecture, is an international practice based in Hangzhou and Hong Kong. As one of the most well-know new architecture and interior design office in China, the firm engages in cutting-edge architectural design as a pioneer of cultural and creative industries in China and internationally.

Inspired Design ideas for your furry family member! Love clever design solutions that solve problems, like no longer tri...
01/29/2019

Inspired Design ideas for your furry family member! Love clever design solutions that solve problems, like no longer tripping over a dog bed. And although using the space under the stairs to create a doggie room is a fun idea, be sure to consider how to clean it. 🐶🐶🐶

Don’t be like my Mom! My mom worries about her stuff getting worn, scratched, faded. She covers her dining room table ...
01/22/2019

Don’t be like my Mom! My mom worries about her stuff getting worn, scratched, faded. She covers her dining room table with a tablecloth, only uses her good china once or twice a year, and often closes the drapes to protect the rugs from the sun. (And blocks the most gorgeous view you can imagine) She loves her table but doesn’t get to see it (because she loves her table).
My philosophy is live boldly - let the cat sit on it, the dog sleep on it, uncover and enjoy your furniture today, and throw open those drapes!!

01/18/2019
Greenhouse Fabrics

It’s so important to get the right fabric for a project - not just how it looks but also how well it holds up overtime. Some fabrics have an abrasion rating called the Wyzenbeek double rubs test. (No I did not make this up) This is the Wyzenbeek machine that literally will double rub a fabric and count how many times it goes back and forth before showing wear.
Thank you Audrey Lonsway of the Sewing Den LLC for posting. Audrey’s workroom has assisted me on many a design project - both reupholstering as well as seeing drapes, pillows, bedding and more. She does fabulous work!

How double rubs are tested!

My wonderful fabric rep from Pindler and Pindler is like the mailman- neither snow rain nor heat...(Btw did you know we ...
01/17/2019

My wonderful fabric rep from Pindler and Pindler is like the mailman- neither snow rain nor heat...
(Btw did you know we have lots of wholesale fabric lines for your project?)

Look at these tiny lights on a paper thin strips - LEDs. They provide clean, bright light that doesn’t get hot like ha...
01/16/2019

Look at these tiny lights on a paper thin strips - LEDs. They provide clean, bright light that doesn’t get hot like halogens. Perfect for lighting up the shelves in this custom builtin. (And you can put them on a dimmer for brightness control)

01/16/2019

Ran an errand to get a LED dimmer switch my electrician needed for builtin lighting. Ended up being blinded by the bling. (in a good way.) I love lighting fixtures that make a statement. They’re like the jewelry in the room, where your eye goes. These are over the top for many spaces but perfect for the right space. A modern condo or elegant restaurant.

10 Decorating lessons:1) Decorating is fun! Not easy, but fun. 2) Decorating can be messy. Like life 😳3) You get what...
01/14/2019

10 Decorating lessons:

1) Decorating is fun! Not easy, but fun.
2) Decorating can be messy. Like life 😳
3) You get what you pay for, mostly. Not always. (But still Invest in quality)
4) Having the right people is key.
5) Having a design plan is just as important as #4. So the right people know what the plan is.
6) Did I mention a design plan?
7) Think Rome. Wasn’t built in a day. Your project also won’t be built in a day. Patience.
8)Problems, yip there will be problems. (See #2) Whats important is that your right people will solve them!
9) Budget. Things cost $. Know what they cost before you set a budget, or be flexible. And remember #3.
10) Honor yourself. By that I mean don’t feel as if your home should be like every else’s. Be true to yourself and not the latest trends.

And at the end of the day, its all worth it! The mess, problems, time and money. You get to live in a place that’s yours and yours alone and makes that you happy! What could be better? 💕

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(703) 431-2031

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