Top 5 Design Posts of the Week – Women Led Design

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week – Women Led Design - Architessa


Architessa is a majority women-owned business ever since CEO Betty Sullivan received our WBENC Women-Owned license in November 2019. We’re proud to be a family-oriented team that “embodies its origins, desired social impact, and prominence in the A&D industry both locally and digitally.”

This week’s top 5 design inspirations focus on some of the most prominent and talented women in the design field. Check out this week’s top 5 design inspirations below, and let us know your favorite!


1. Lauren Liess’s Perfect Home Vision

How to Create a Comfortable Home According to Lauren Liess, Architectural Digest 


While many local to Architessa may have heard of Lauren Liess before, her creativity and dedication to design never fail to inspire us. While she’s been around the East Coast designing homes and even coming up with her own tile collection (check out the Habitat series here) for years, she’s also expanded into Real Estate brokerage and has even found the time to write a few best-sellers among raising five kids, three dogs, six chickens, and a couple of geese as well! While Lauren is an inspiration for women in the field of design on a daily basis, her outreach has even expanded into her own HGTV show, Best House on the Block.In this Architectural Digestarticle, Lauren goes over what shapes her vision when it comes to interior designing, offering an inside look at her process. Take a look and glimpse inside the mind of this design expert and see for yourself her creative process. Let us know your favorite part of her interior design tips and tricks below!


2. Zoe Feldman’s Historic D.C. Design and Rebuild

Bloomingdale Rowhouse, Zoe Feldman 


As the clock winded down and demolition was about to begin on a historic District townhouse, a young couple hired Zoe Feldman to save the day and create beauty from an almost blank canvas. While some might disregard the space saying it’s useless to try and rebuild around such a historic space, Zoe embraced the challenge with open arms and was able to bring back the character that once was, complete with modernization, eclectic art and design, intricate touches and sustainability. With over 20 years of experience in the design industry, Zoe has been featured in countless design magazines, and is known for her modernized classicism influenced by art, fashion, culture, and of course, the client themselves.  A true mogul in her own lane, Zoe is never shy to embrace a challenge like the D.C. Rowhouse, and you’ll see why when you check out her work above. If you’re on the East Coast and a design challenge awaits you, look no further than Zoe Feldman!


3. A Conversation with Mary Douglas Drysdale

Meet The ASPIRE HOUSE McLean 2020 Designers: An Exclusive Interview With Mary Douglas Drysdale, Aspire 


Founding her company Drysdale Design Associates in 1980, Mary Douglas Drysdale has since been a pioneer in the interior design industry, and for great reasons. A local East Coast designer with consistent honors and accolades, she was selected as the design chair and master bedroom designer at the Aspire House McLean, 2020. Her website is available here, and we highly recommend you check out her stunning portfolio outside of her amazing work for the Aspire project, as Mary has been providing architectural and design solutions for every type of residence, from farmhouses to townhouses and anything in-between. Her projects reflect her “education, abilities, and interests: interior planning, detail, and decoration”. Check out the full interview above to take a glimpse inside Mary’s creative process and thoughts behind her accolades above!


4. Female Designers, Best in Class

Female Interior Designers Who Changed The Industry, Lux & Deco 


While the list of talented and recognized female interior designers is endless, it can be hard to pick out the best of the best. While each bring a unique sense of style and taste to the table, Lux & Decohas provided their top seven female moguls in the industry and celebrates their accomplishments with high praise. With reasons to appreciate each one, you’ll be left feeling empowered as you soak up a drop of their inspiration and take in some of their best projects, such as Kelly Wearstler, who’s fearless design eye has dubbed her “the queen of Maximalism”. Known for her outside-the-box creativity, her interiors often feature unique shapes being utilized nowhere else, incredible textures, and color palettes that will make anybody’s jaw drop. These all define some of her most highlighted works, including Viceroy and Four Seasons resorts across the country. Check out the entire list of the top seven female designers from Lux & Decoabove, and let us know who inspires you the most!


5. Ellen Van Loon’s Creative “Off-White” Storefront Build

AMO designs Off-White flagship store as an "abstract reinterpretation of Paris", Dezeen 


A two-block distance from Paris’ Palace Vendôme, the Off-White Paris location dominates three floors of a 19th-century corner building. Designed by AMO, the creative thinktank of OMA, and led by architect Ellen van Loon who joined OMA in 1998, the space mimics Paris courtyards and flea markets while having the modern characteristics one would expect from the current #6 luxury fashion brand of 2021, Off-White. Ellen had a lot on her hands working alongside fashion mogul Virgil Abloh, and was able to create a space perfect for the brand’s creative direction. Now a full-time partner of OMA, Ellen’s profile can be found here, and again we highly recommend you check out more of her masterpiece designs for yourself, as her creative vision is enough to leave anyone gazing for hours. The striking color contrasts shown above, with the blue metallic clothes rails which are found throughout the store, showcase her vision and precision when it comes to designing standout spaces that don’t appear tacky or overdone. If only design was this easy for everybody, but that’s why women like Ellen are highly appreciated and respected in the industry. Check out the store project for yourself in the link above, and don’t forget to check out her entire collection on OMA’s website for yourself!


While we had a hard time narrowing down the selections for this week’s top 5 design inspirations as there are so many talented women who deserve to be featured, Architessa has done interviews with many notable local designers, including Laura Fox, Alison Giese, and Cathleen Gruver Cooley. Check out our website for more, and we look forward to seeing you next week for another top 5! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to appreciate some of the highly decorated and talented women in the interior design industry!










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