Creating Functional & Beautiful Homes During the Pandemic

By  Sandra Hambley |   | Posted in " interior decorating, Interior Design, signature design interiors "


New Year’s Eve feels like it was just yesterday. The SDI team was excited to begin the new year working with many new and returning clients on interior design and custom remodeling projects. January and February went by quickly and then suddenly in mid-March we were all facing the coronavirus pandemic. We had projects in progress at that time and knew it was important to manage schedules while implementing best practices on our job sites. Our designers began video consultations and online design presentations to kick off new projects, and keep existing projects on track.

In unprecedented times like these, having a functional and beautiful home provides comfort and happiness. We thought you might enjoy seeing one of the projects we’ve been working on this month. Here’s a brief story along with a few before and after photos and a video for comparison.

Our client bought a condo in Adams Morgan 18 years ago. After an unexpected move, the condo became a rental for much of that time. She recently moved back to Washington, DC and felt it was finally time to reclaim the condo as her own. Renovations started in March.

A simple paint job uncovered years of water seeping from the exterior brick through the walls, damaging the existing cellulose insulation and drywall. On behalf of the client, SDI negotiated with the property management company to treat the exterior brick and approve the removal and replacement of the insulation and drywall. We and our dedicated subcontractors worked around the clock to assure we met a 2-week deadline, despite obstacles, to maintain the move-in date.

Our furnishings and window treatment manufacturers, cleaners and delivery company worked magic. Some production and delivery delays impacted our ability to deliver a perfect master bedroom, so we supplied a temporary bed foundation, nightstands and a chair. The bedroom art looks high now, but when the headboard arrives it will be perfectly positioned.

Construction and design firms are essential for reasons just like this one. Extending her short-term lease or moving into a hotel room were not viable options. We helped create what the client says "is the first place that really feels like home.”

Please stay tuned for the final after photos to highlight a new kitchen backsplash, completed dining and living room areas, a new fireplace facade and a spectacular master bedroom.


  • A Touch of Glamour

  • A Touch of Glamour

  • A Touch of Glamour

  • A Touch of Glamour