I’m Heather Bates, an award winning Interior Designer, Allied ASID and Member of NKBA, happily serving clients in and around the Greater Northern Virginia area since 2008. I run my Design-Build firm to obliterate boring interiors, I bring them back to life in full, glorious color! My clients want to live, work, and play in spaces that inspire them, calm them, and bring them joy. Adept at solving my client’s design dilemmas, your feeling of overwhelm and pain points, I am your Design Doctor.



My family has a long line of service to the military, so our home and the homes of my aunts and uncles were filled with treasures from all over the world. And we moved around a lot, so I still have pieces that are important to me from their travels. Because I was surrounded by this and aware of design from a very young age, I realized the best design is a timeless merging of fabrics, furniture, great art, and color – plus life experiences.

My family, Cockalier Pups, travel, and wine keep me happy, as do my best clients! On vacations, if there is a 3000+ puzzle around, you’ll find me working on that. I’m a whiz at finding the exact piece needed very quickly.