Interiors and Color Consultation

Design has always been an integral part of my life.   I recently finished a large interior design project in a beautiful home in Palisades in NW Washington, DC.   I worked with these clients to choose colors and oversee refinishing existing, and adding new, hardwood floors throughout the house; select fabrics and design and replace draperies; select lighting fixtures and refinish fireplace.  I oversaw the bidding processes, gathered recommendations and helped them select from numerous samples (fixtures, fabrics and hardwoods) that I collected, taking into account the look of their home and the design concept they want to further develop.  Getting the best pricing, arranging for professional organizers and movers, and other leg work for homeowners is also part of how I helped.  I frequently help with choosing colors (both interior and exterior), and a recent project was choosing colors from a historic palette for a 1923 Sears bungalow, adding some color (moving from grays to greens) while keeping the home in the context of the neighborhood and the craftsman bungalow period.  My work also includes painting furniture and refinishing hardware.  Below are examples of my work along with a few references:

“Patti Francis, an art spirit with a curatorial eye for color, assisted in creating rooms within my 1877 home sweet home that echo the past and embrace the present: a Farrow and Ball Cat’s Paw entry with Tanner’s Brown doors and trim are the perfect welcome home!” –Jo Mc.

“Working with Patti has been one of the wisest investments we have made in our new home. She has provided immense guidance on all of the considerations that go into a color scheme. Our home has undergone a beautiful transformation and we truly could not have done this without her. Thanks to Patti the colors we chose convey exactly what we envisioned for our home – a fresh, warm, inviting space filled with light.”  Ellie B.

 “Patti has helped me with a number of decorating projects, from selecting lighting fixtures, ordering custom drapes for a full wall of windows and arranging for refinishing and installation of hardwood floors for three floors of our house.  Her design sense is impeccable and she has made every project run smoothly, saving me countless hours researching contractors, searching through options and arranging for work to be done at the house.  She is the perfect decorator for the busy professional. ”    Mary Q. 

“We were delighted when Patti agreed to help us select paint colors to brighten up several rooms of our home.  Patti took the time to listen to our objectives, assess the challenges, and make our decisions manageable. Using her extensive technical knowledge of paint colors and how they work under various lighting conditions, she narrowed the infinite choices down to a manageable few that were consistent with our goals, making it easier for us to move forward.  She made insightful and practical suggestions along the way to ease the anxiety associated with making changes to your environment, gave us tips on available resources to validate our selections, and basically provided a guiding and respectful hand all along the way.  We recommend Patti without reservation to anyone who needs help with any decorating project, large or small.”    Pat & Bori C.  



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