Shawna Underwood designed a nursery in Northwest DC, combining a classic Eames rocker and a daybed from Crate & Barrel.
An elegant yet comfortable living room.
A table from West Elm and chairs from Crate & Barrel create a breakfast nook.
Designer Shawna Underwood
A traditional kitchen is updated with modern lighting.
An Arhaus dining table is paired with Lucite Ghost chairs by Kartell.

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Shawna Underwood imparts clients' homes with a "traditional modern" aesthetic

“I enjoy working with clients to make spaces feel like home,” says Shawna Underwood, principal of Shawna Underwood Interior Design. “I want to make their vision into reality.”

Underwood is well equipped for the task, with a master’s degree in interior design from George Washington University and a lifetime interest in decorating. She takes a thoughtful approach, relishing the process of unearthing new materials for projects and incorporating old and new architectural details. 

“I believe in blending old and new, incorporating high and low,” she says. “I advise buying quality pieces as investments, and inexpensive ones to keep spaces relaxed and comfortable.” For example, Underwood recently redesigned the living and dining rooms of a new house, integrating older, existing furnishings with fresh, modern items. “The client was thrilled,” Underwood recalls. “The reward was interpreting her vision into a new design.” 

INTERIOR DESIGN: Shawna Underwood, Shawna Underwood Interior Design, Washington, DC. PHOTOGRAPHY: Edward Underwood.