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.