In the living room of a 1950s-era home, Studio Mod(ish) contrasted wine-colored walls with white furniture and accessories.
In a dining room, a barn-wood table is paired with a chandelier from Flos.
In a co-op, bold wallpaper was used to define the entry.
A houndstooth-patterned armchair from Room & Board reflects the colors in the space.
A kitchen picks up citron and navy blue in Eames chairs and a light fixture from Room & Board.
Darlene Chimaliro (left) and Caty Tillman.

Hot Talent: A Fresh Twist

Darlene Chimaliro & Caty Tillman

It was while working as design associates at Room & Board in DC that Darlene Chimaliro and Caty Tillman first found each other. With the discovery of their similar design sensibilities, they decided in early 2012 to launch Studio Mod(ish), a Silver Spring-based interior design firm. One year and six completed projects later, they are busy and thriving, sharing both an aesthetic and a similar philosophy. “We want each client’s house to be unique and we would like to help them have what makes them happy in their homes,” Chimaliro says. She and Tillman often start by asking clients about their passions; this gives them a vision for the type of space they’d like to have. “Each room should have a life of its own, and reflect the personality and character of the owner,” Chimaliro explains.

The look Studio Mod(ish) strives for is “uncluttered, fresh, well-thought-out and carefully edited,” says Tillman. Their projects result  in youthful spaces that are fun, yet livable. “Our designs take a step towards a more classic look,” Tillman observes. “But with a fresh twist.”

Studio Mod(ish): Darlene Chimaliro, Allied ASID, and Caty Tillman, Silver Spring, Maryland. Photography: Misheck Chimaliro.


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