Design is unquestionably who I am,” declares Laura Hildebrandt. “As a child, I hunted for antique finds with my dad and painted kitchen cabinets with my mom. As an adult, I expressed my love of interior design through decorating my own home and helping friends with theirs. This morphed eventually into decorating for clients.”

Founded in 2015, Hildebrandt’s firm encompasses herself, an office manager and her second eldest child, who is learning the ropes. “We are very client-centric,” the designer says. “I pay attention to where things are and how clients live. I look at Pinterest boards of what interests them—from travel and art to recipes, fashion and cars—for insights that help me design the perfect home for them.”

Before embarking on a project, Hildebrandt creates a cohesive design plan, laying out details for the entire process, including the construction plan. “Starting with a clear vision from start to finish allows us to easily make changes when hiccups occur,” she explains, “while guaranteeing that the project remains on track.”

Hildebrandt’s greatest inspiration is her late uncle, Arthur Porras, a renowned San Diego interior designer whose work was often featured in Architectural Digest. “The way he combined his Mexican heritage with modern design fundamentally shaped how I think of design,” she says, adding that she draws on her Mexican heritage to bring in beautiful colors and patterns.

Accolades include a 2023 ASID award and a profile in Designers Today. Her projects have been featured in Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping and Northern Virginia Magazine, and on News 4 Washington.