The Best Designer You Don’t Know…Yet

KIRSTEN ANTHONY KAPLAN is one of Washington’s rising talents in interior design. What makes her work noteworthy is what she brings to the table: an extensive background in construction, Board-room professionalism, and experience managing work teams. A natural talent for design (she cut her teeth in San Francisco designing for Silicon Valley moguls) and modern influence infuse her projects with elegance and energy. And on top of all that, she has an MBA from Yale.
Here’s a sampling of some of her recent projects:

Dining roomPhotography: Helen John Photography

THIS DINING ROOM was inspired by a painting of women harvesting wheat which was a creation of the client’s mother. The golden palette migrated from the painting to the wall color, the chair fabric and the floor covering, and the steel gray blues of the harvesters’ clothing found a home on the contrast chair backs. The light fixture is from Circa Lighting, a favorite resource.

Guest bathroomKids bathroomPhotography: Helen John Photography

THESE CHEVY CHASE bathrooms took on a whole new look without changing their tiny footprints. Floor tile consistent with the period of the house, white cabinetry, and Carrera marble combine to create inviting and clean bathrooms: one for the kids and one for guests.

Master bedroom Photography: Helen John Photography

A MASTER BEDROOM fit for relaxing gets a splash of color. Soothing white and sand tones echo throughout, evoking the beach this client is fond of. A gorgeous, rustic oyster shell mirror is highlighted by its juxtaposition with a high-gloss white lacquer desk and smooth leather chair.

Family room Photography: Helen John Photography

UPDATES AND bold color create an energetic family room with lots of seating for entertaining. With two young children and loads of friends, this client needed kid-friendly fabrics and refinement without formality. A glow-in-the-dark chart of the night sky is framed and reflected in the weathered wood mirrors.

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