Jason Hodges is no stranger to construction sites. He grew up in his family’s Charlotte, North Carolina, real estate and construction business, watching houses take shape and sketching imaginary plans on a drafting table. However, it wasn’t until he was halfway through business school that Hodges discovered interior design. “Business wasn’t working for me. I realized I wanted to be a designer,” he says.
Hodges left business school to earn a master’s degree in fine arts and interior design at George Washington University and founded his own DC firm, J. Hodges & Associates, in 2009 after nine years working for other designers. Today he strives to make every project unique based on a client’s style and needs. To create a cozy TV room in Dupont Circle, he paired an oversized chair with two ottomans from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in durable wool upholstery (left, bottom). Stainless-steel tile and appliances lend an edge to the wooden cabinetry and quartz countertops (left, top) in a recent kitchen project. And he juxtaposed modern furnishings and period details in the living room of a historical DC home (above).
“I tailor all my work to the client so my projects look pretty varied overall,” says Hodges. “As a designer, you can make any style beautiful. And if a room is beautiful, it’s beautiful no matter if it’s what [the designer] likes or not.”