Design Scheme Interiors Transforms Home for "Design on a Budget" TV Show

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The "dynamic duo" from Design Scheme Interiors transformed a home in Gaithersburg, MD, for under $5,000. Their design was featured on WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.

She spent a little and got a lot, the home of her dreams

Sherry Burton-Ways and Susan Featherstone-Schemm of Design Scheme Interiors, LLC, were featured in a special segment of "Design on a Budget" on Washington's WUSA Channel 9 Thursday, October 2.

The segment was presented by WUSA's Anchor Lesli, Foster, head of the station's Consumer Unit. She featured the results of a two-month project during which the two designers transformed Vikki Robertson's home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, into "the place she always wanted." They worked the transformation on a budget of less than $5,000.

"She spent a little and got a lot, the home of her dreams," said Foster. "It's beautiful; really, it is! You'll save the most when you work with a designer if you do some things yourself. And big savings come when you buy sales and off-season items. Also, think small when it comes to paint. Accents here and there can make all the difference."

Vikki Robertson, the client, had a small budget. However, the single mother with two daughters wanted BIG impact. The designers of Design Scheme Interiors delivered!

The two-person team from Design Scheme Interiors painted the formerly-white walls with warm vibrant colors and shopped the discount stores for accent pieces to give the four rooms on the first floor a new look.

They transformed the kitchen for $2,000 with granite countertops and a new stove. A new table and chairs for the eating nook cost $800.

For $2,000, the team redesigned the family room with a red accent wall and yellow base colors.
Paint, sheer silk draperies and new accent pillows for the sofa came in just under $500 for the living room.

Homeowner Robertson's reaction: "I love it! I love it!'

About Design Scheme Interiors:
Sherry Burton-Ways and Susan Featherstone-Schemm created Design Scheme Interiors, LLC, in 2005.They serve residential and commercial clients in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Ways is a self-proclaimed holistic designer, drawing from Feng Shui and Color Therapy in her interior designs. She holds a BS and a Master's Degree with additional training in Interior Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and the American Feng Shui Institute. She has been practicing interior design for eight years in the Washington metropolitan area.

Schemm has a degree in Interior Design from Bradley Academy and ten years of professional experience in residential, commercial, hospitality, educational and healthcare design.

In addition to residential and commercial design services, Design Scheme Interiors provides its clients with originally commissioned fine art, sculpture, furniture, accent pieces and accessories not available to the general public. Ways and Schemm present workshops and seminars on home décor and design in the Baltimore-Washington area.

For more information on Design Scheme Interiors, visit or call 202-582-5555.


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