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Barry Dixon’s designs for Arteriors include the Locust Thorn chandelier in gold leaf, $1,690.

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The Best of D.C. Design & Realty for 2019

By Faye Hadley, Kristen Schott and Maria Springs

Locust Thorn Chandelier photo courtesy of Barry Dixon for Arteriors

01.02.19

Luxe up your living space with the finest architects, interior designers and home style-setters in the District.

BEST DESIGNER TO THE STARS
Barry Dixon (8394 Elway Lane, Warrenton, Va.) The charitable celeb interiors guru works from coast to coast and has installed full-scale projects on a hilltop in St. Barts—but he prefers to work locally. This year, look for an expanded line with Arteriors, with new sizes and variations on mirrors and benches.

BEST HAUTE HOME STAGER
Masterpiece Staging & Design (by appointment only) Tiffany Hardgrave and her team recently landed on HGTV for their work, which centers on memorable art and high-end accessories (antique ostrich eggs), a trio of interior designers on-site for every staging, and a FIT-trained photo stylist. The result: A recent Northwest Colonial never made it to the open house; after staging, it sold for $75,000 over list price.

BEST HOME TECH ABE
Networks (12250 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, Md.) The tech integration firm once created a custom $1 million-plus system for a client’s second home—the lead programmer went halfway across the country to match the main abode. Then there’s the hidden wine-room cellar behind a panel in the living room.

BEST KID'S ROOM TAMER
Rachel Rosenthal Organizing Expert (by appointment only) The mom of twins is an expert in keeping kids’ rooms clutter-free (plus organizing pied-a-tierres). She’s even transported a 1,000-plus Lego creation to another state.

BEST PROJECT TO WATCH
1331 (1331 Maryland Ave. SW) Robert A.M. Stern was tapped by Republic Properties to design the 14-story residential apartment building near the Jefferson Memorial. A highlight: the rooftop, with a glassy pavilion with an infinity pool, two private club rooms and lounge.

BEST STARCHITECT
Forma Design (by appointment only) Architect Andreas Charalambous and his award-winning team are incredible, with recent work like a flat at 3303 Water St., with a custom sculptural fireplace and views of the Georgetown canal. Up next: an Adams Morgan penthouse renovation.