I met Marya when I was working at the design center a few years ago, and it was awesome to get back in touch in such a fun contex--photographing her lovely home! Marya is upbeat and totally unassuming, and it was a treat to see how she translated that into her design aesthetic. While I loved so many of the details, the most amazing part was her subtle fresh use of color. The house doesn't get a ton of natural light, but you don't notice it at all because her color choices are that good...light creating good, that's a feat! Rooms glowed! And it's funny b/c when I went through her source list I was expecting to see more of a high end paint listed (something that would make me go, "oh yes, of course, that's why.) but in the rooms that were most luminous she used Behr. Totally affordable, home depot Behr. Being especially smitten with Farrow& Ball and Benjamin Moore's aura paint I think I've become a little bit of a paint snob, but this has me rethinking my prejudice big time.
full tour for yourself, and if you are looking for a very talented designer to help you with your home then look her up, here's a link to her facebook page until she gets her website up and running. Having worked for one of DC's top designers for the past few years, and recently branching out on her own, she has plenty of experience and I can only imagine how great it would be to work with her.
Images are my own.