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Now featuring: Raji Radhakrishnan, principal of noted interior design firm Raji RM & Associates. Known for her love of architectural details and exceptional craftsmanship, this DC-based designer deftly blends lofty styles to create exceptional spaces that feel luxe yet lived-in. We quizzed Raji on her personal design inspiration as well as her fave DC hotspots.

What do you love about designing with vintage decor? 
The character it brings to a space.

What was your best vintage score?
A Line Vautrin poudrier I bought for a song!

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{Photo by Rikki Snyder}

What are you most inspired by right now?
The Art Deco period particularly in France – Ruhlman, Ratteau, et al.

What is your golden design rule? 
Always use vintage as much as possible. Good for you, good for a lot of small businesses and good for the earth.

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{Photo by Rikki Snyder}

What’s a design rule you love to break?
Scale and proportion – Love turning a room’s scale on its head with massive murals or playing with proportions in a room by using considerably smaller or tiny (but special) objects or art and juxtaposing them with fairly large scale items.

Best way to add drama to a room?
My murals of course!

What’s your design signature?
A balanced mix of furnishings and art that tell a story.

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{Photo by Marco Ricca}

What’s your dream project? 
Working on them right now!

Designer you most admire? 
Le Corbusier.

Space you can’t get out of your mind? 
Le Villa Savoye.

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{Photo by Rikki Snyder}

What’s your favorite local escape?
The National Gallery of Art (both East & West buildings).

Favorite local hotel?
The Jefferson, Washington D.C.

What is your favorite neighborhood restaurant?
Le Diplomate – their divine cheese omelette!

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{Photo by Rikki Snyder}

Where is your best local perch for people watching?
The cafe at Dean & Deluca, Georgetown.

Vice you will never give up?
Wine & cheese.

What is it that you love most about your city?
How old and rich with history it is yet young and thriving at the same time.

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{Photo by Rikki Snyder}

No room is complete without…?
Art.

A big thanks to Raji for sharing some of her design inspiration and favorite Washington, D.C. spots with us.

December 8, 2016

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