Carolyn Thornton

Thornton Designs


I live on Capitol Hill and work in the Washington, DC area with a focus on Capitol Hill.

I've done projects big and small from working with the architect and providing the design services for the entire house to picking out a wallpaper for a bathroom to room arrangements. Budgets have ranged from enormous to "challenging". Time frames range from "it has to be done next month" to working with the client sporadically for years. I have had clients where I've provided design services for a newborn child's room, redecorated it several times as they grew up, and that child is now married and I'm working with her and her husband. That's my favorite type of working relationship: long term. I am an expert at Paint Selection and charge a nominal fee for just that service.

The bottom line is that I'm flexible. I'm here to provide design services and products to you to make your life easier, more comfortable, and to help you find whatever you're seeking.

As an Interior Designer I can provide you with a full range of design services and products including furniture, carpet, wallpaper, window treatments, room arrangements, custom picture framing, accessories, etc. As a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Washington Design Center, and Furniture and Design Markets throughout the United States, I have access to many resources. My design studio is available by appointment and contains wallpaper books, fabric samples, furniture catalogs, window treatments, art work, custom framing services, etc.

I have been a continuously practicing professional Interior Designer for over twenty-five years with clients and work in eight different states. I do both commercial and residential design, although I particularly enjoy the one-on-one relationships with my residential clients. Some of my past commercial work has included condo lobbies and public areas, law offices and dentist offices, oil executive offices, etc.

Styles have ranged from Traditional to Neoclassic to Contemporary to Eclectic. I feel I excel at taking a client's existing furniture, artwork and accessories and incorporating them with new pieces into a smart new look.

My design philosophy is to LISTEN to my client's wants and needs and bring back to them good design options for their selection. My design goal is to be able to work with a client and have an enjoyable working relationship and good results for my clients. Customer satisfaction means they like what we've done five to ten years later. I deal with many clients on a continual basis for years. Most of my work is through repeat business and word of mouth. My resources and expertise are considerable and I love to share it with my clients to create a comfortable and satisfying environment for their busy lives.


Once you contact me, we'll discuss by phone or e-mail the generalities of your project. Then I'll come to your location for an INITIAL CONSULTATION to determine what your project entails. At that time we'll also discuss fee structures. There are many different fee options and we will then discuss these and we would decide which is most appropriate to the situation. If you want only a consultation where you won't be purchasing any products or further services from me (i.e., you want my ideas and input), the fee starts at $95. If it's a more full scale project where you'll be needing room arrangements, design plans, color schemes, etc., the design fee will be discussed candidly and openly and we will agree on an amount.

If you have any additional questions about my Interior Design services or fees, call me at (202) 544-2521 or e-mail me with no obligation and I'll address your questions.

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