Maria Crosby Pollard
Crosby Designs, LLC, is a full service interior design studio in Alexandria, Virginia. Our projects are primarily high-end residential design. Our work includes a creative use of color and furniture in every style and period. The range of our projects is a little bohemian & family-friendly, to very elegant & sophisticated with fine antiques, to edited and minimal without sacrificing warmth. I believe in tailoring our interiors to reflect the personalities of our clients: modern. traditional. neutral. colorful. casual. formal. I like it all, with a twist and a creative approach. Our use of custom “one-of-a-kind” touches set our projects apart as curated rather than instant. Our projects typically encompass an entire home, or at least a significant part of the public spaces.
I have young children, as do many of our clients. We endeavor to bring an elevated since of style to family living. I believe that children and beautiful interiors are not mutually exclusive: we use fine things in ways that don't limit our clients’ fun. Fine doesn't have to mean formal, at all. What I love most about my own living room coffee table is that we can dance on it!
My background in drawing and painting and the decorative arts, heavily influences our process and the composition in our designs. Our recent work includes projects in Washington and Virginia as well as Aspen, Sea Island, Locust Valley, Cashiers, NC and Rehoboth Beach. I enjoy extensive collaboration with architects on ground-up construction as well as total renovations. Before starting my studio in Old Town, Alexandria in 2007, I worked in New York for 10 years with some of the better-known firms in the country: Cullman & Kravis, David Easton, Charlotte Moss, and Katie Ridder, all regularly listed in the shelter magazines’ “top designers.”
My team is the best. My colleagues, Emily Vaughan & Jenna Rupp bring their experience and enthusiasm to everything they do. They help me to realize my vision in each and every project and contribute their ideas, their organization and their wonderful energy in a way that makes my job as a designer a joy and my job as a mother possible. We have incredible accounting staff and many beloved vendors who I have worked with for years. We have collaborated with some of the finest architects and contractors wherever our projects have taken us. These industry relationships enrich what we do at every step.
Our clients are phenomenal. They are typically enthusiastic, involved and trusting. Some love "the process" and some love that they can chose to hand it all off to us. We are on 2nd and 3rd projects with several of our clients. As their lives or families grow and change or new traditions are embraced, they include us in their journeys with the privilege of helping to create their homes. Our new work has been all word of mouth. Happy clients and their completed homes are the bedrock of our success.
My husband supports our whole family in everything we do. He won't like this section of my bio! However, it's true that he makes it possible for me to thrive as a small business owner AND a mother to [generally!] happy children. Along with the loving and intelligent women who share the roll of nanny to our 3 children, he encourages me to travel for exciting projects and to hunt down special treasures whenever I get the chance. I have marvelous friends and family who never hesitate when carpools or playdates or a hug are required. We flourish in a community that really is our "Village."
Emily joined Crosby Designs in 2013, seeking new challenges and adventures after starting her career in the investments industry at Cambridge Associates. As a Designer and Project Manager, Emily enjoys that her role at Crosby Designs requires her to use both her creative interests and business background. Emily spends her free time tackling a never-ending list of renovations with her husband at their 1905 fixer-upper in Washington's Petworth neighborhood.
JENNA VanSANT RUPP
Jenna started her career on The Hill while pursuing an MBA at Georgetown University. Finding that D.C. had more to offer her than politics, she decided to pivot and pursue her love of design. After stints at Lauren Liess & Co and Stuart Nordin Home & Design, Jenna joined the team at Crosby Designs, LLC in March of 2017. Along with her husband, Jenna shares love of travel and a patience with an...evolving renovation of their Mid-Century home in Alexandria, Va.