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Interiors of Maryland operating out of funkstown quarters

Interiors of Maryland operating out of funkstown quarters

July 12, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN - As an only child growing up in upstate New York, Natasha Arnall said she remembers rearranging and redecorating her room a lot.

"I also drew pictures of rooms," she said, which perhaps explains why choosing interior design as a career seemed a natural fit to her.

Arnall, 24, owns and operates Interiors of Maryland, which moved into quarters at 2 E. Baltimore St. here a few months ago.

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She and her associate and fellow designer, Kelly Edwards, also 24, have their offices on the first floor of the historic Josiah Williams house.

Arnall, who lives upstairs, also owns the building next door at 4 E. Baltimore St. Once the town post office, it now houses a payroll/tax preparation business.

After completing her B.A. degree in interior design at American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Arnall tentatively planned to stay and work in the Atlanta area. But a visit to a classmate in this area made her realize how much she enjoyed small town life.

"My business was on Mount Aetna Road before, also called Interiors of Maryland," she said. Looking around for just the right property, Arnall came across the historic building she now occupies.

Word of mouth, meeting new people and getting involved in Washington County helped the business grow.

"I joined Sunrise Rotary, found a church I liked and helped out at the Funkstown picnic," Arnall said. "That's what I wanted - to be part of a community."

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Edwards was educated at West Virginia University and got a job with the Health Design Group in Baltimore. She, too, was looking for a change.

Edwards and her husband, an art teacher in Washington County, realized they'd had their fill of commuting and big city life.

"I called Natasha on a whim and started working here in May," Edwards said, noting that she and her husband will soon be moving to Washington County.

Together they work on interior designs jobs in homes, businesses, offices, lobbies, community centers and some churches.

"We're working on a couple of jobs around Frederick (Md.) now," Arnall said. In one case, they are designing a bar off a deck and a home exercise room. A phased remodeling of a kitchen is also in the works.

Edwards said Interiors of Maryland acts as project managers in many cases so that the clients don't have to do anything. Arnall and Edwards hire and work with the subcontractors and arrange to be at the sites when deliveries come.

"We bring options to the table," Arnall said. "Making sure the client is happy means there are no rules that can't be broken."

Arnall and Edwards take on large projects as well as small jobs.

"We do window treatments, design consultations and even help clients pick out colors," Arnall said. "People like that we take care of the details."

Both women seemed pleased with the Funkstown location and enjoy the historic design features surrounding them in their own office/showroom which was extensively remodeled by the previous owner.

Perhaps that gives Arnall an insight into how her clients feel about the work.

"I love seeing people's faces when they see what you've done," Arnall said.

For more information, call 301-791-0807 or send e-mail to narnall@interiorsofmaryland.com.

The firm's Web site is at interiorsofmaryland.com.

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