Jamie Merida, whose parents ran a gallery and furniture business, grew up surrounded by art and antiques. It was not a reach for him when, in 2000, he founded Bountiful, a home furnishings store on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Clients began asking for design help, so Merida subsequently launched Jamie Merida Interiors, a design studio creating spaces that reflect homeowners’ interests, personalities and lifestyles. “We spend a lot of time getting to know clients before the process begins,” he says. “That helps us incorporate personal touches that make every design unique and special.”

A staff of 28 includes five interior designers and a CAD specialist whose renderings help clients visualize their kitchens and bathrooms before installation begins. “Our approach could be described as ‘traditional made modern,’” Merida reflects. “We have a deep appreciation for classic design but love finding ways to make it feel fresh.”

The team not only focuses on overall aesthetics, but also on small details that can make or break a project. “So many moving parts need to come together perfectly,” says Merida, pointing to his firm’s recent, top-to-bottom renovation of   The Oaks Waterfront Inn as an example.

A 16,000-square-foot building houses the design studio as well as the Bountiful Home and Bountiful Flooring retail stores. The designer has his own line of furniture and home accents: the Jamie Merida Collection for Chelsea House.

Merida’s work has been widely published locally and nationally, and has received many accolades. Most recently, he made Luxe magazine’s Luxe List; was named Best Interior Designer by APG Media; won an Accessories Resource Team ARTS Award for Best Home Accents Store Mid-Atlantic; and was once again named a Home Accents Today Retail Star.