Karen McCooey Studios

Karen McCooey Studios

5.0 (7)
1 hire on HomeGuide
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

What began 55 years ago with my late-husband, Richard McCooey, creating the 1789, Tombs and F. Scott's restaurants in Georgetown, and then selling to the great Clyde's Restaurant Group decades later, has evolved into an entire world where you can participate and hire us to design memorable and transformative interiors for your home, restaurant, hotel, club and resort.

It is a privilege for me to be able to serve people through interior design, to be a part of this story and to "keep the party going", as Richard would say.

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Washington, DC 20007
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7 Reviews


  • Ebbie U.

    INTERIOR DESIGN: "Great experience working with Karen. I totally enjoyed working with her."

  • Arlene A.

    INTERIOR DESIGN: "Karen worked with us until she understood our likes and dislikes. She provided awesome ideas that truly made our house our home and an expression of who we are."

  • Larissa L.

    INTERIOR DESIGN: "Karen has great ideas. She is responsive and a talented designer. I definitely recommend her design services."

  • Maria C.

    INTERIOR DESIGN: "Karen was quick to get my ideas and incorporate them with exactly what I wanted and do better then I could have even imagined. She searched for different items allowing me to have more choices for my family room and was capable of doing what I thought was impossible. My family room looks as if it had just stepped out of a magazine. My neighbors could not believe the transformation. In my opinion Karen is a pleasure to work with and is very talented at what she does."

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

step one - client consultation

During the programming phase the client's needs and objectives are identified. Questions regarding the specific function(s) of the space, who will be using the space and furniture and equipment requirements will be discussed. Measurements and photos are also taken at this time.

step two - schematic design

In the schematic design phase, space planning and furniture layouts are developed. Circulation patterns and minimum clearances are considered and applied to the floor plan. Rough sketches and elevations are created, preliminary furniture and finish ideas are developed and then presented to the client for review and revision.

step three - design development

After final approval of the schematic design, the designer develops floor plans, elevations and other related items in greater detail. Colors and finishes are refined, furniture, fabrics and equipment are selected and cost estimates are prepared. The resulting design is presented to the client for review, revision and final approval.

step four - purchasingstep five - delivery / installThe designer is often onsite during "installation" to ensure items are received in good condition, installed correctly, and that documents have been followed properly.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

25+ years interior design, full-time.