Whether it’s through an eye-catching light
fixture or an unexpected splash of color,
a good interior designer has a knack for
making a room feel unique and memorable.
“You’ve got to shop frequently to happen
upon the best stuff,” Bethesda-based design-
er Kelley Proxmire says.
And that’s exactly why we turned to top
local designers to help us find the area’s best
home shops—they are always out shopping
and they know where to look.
Many of the designers we spoke with said
that good design is all about creating the
right mix: blending Etsy finds with items from
a high-end art gallery; mixing traditional and
modern pieces; and adding interesting and
unusual accents. The key is to keep things off
balance. “You can find an item at Target that
will really work for a client,” Bethesda-based
designer Marika Meyer says. “Small shops
are great for accessories—pillows, lamps,
vintage and more artisanal items.”
To help us come up with the list of shops
below, we asked a handful of designers who
work in the Bethesda area where they go
to find unique, well-made pieces that make
a room stand out. Here are the local stores
that came up again and again.
By Christine MacDonald