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Date: September 29, 2003 (03-72)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952


Montgomery College Interior Design Team Creates a “Symphony in Blue”

Design on Display at the National Symphony Orchestra Decorators’ Show House 

              Students from Montgomery College’s interior design program designed the second floor hall bathroom in the 2003 National Symphony Orchestra Decorators’ Show House in Washington, D.C., which will be open to the public from September 30 through November 2 at the Susan F. Clark House, 2126 Wyoming Avenue, N.W.  The student team was invited to participate in the Show House by the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra, organizers of the prestigious annual event celebrating interior design.  The Montgomery College interior design team is the only student team participating.

“I am so proud of these students.  This is the first time the Montgomery College Design Team has had this opportunity to design a space on a budget overseen by the home’s owners,” said Professor Bhramara Heid, coordinator of the Interior Design program at Montgomery College and student project coordinator.  “This year’s talented team has truly made wonderful use of the allocated financial resources, bringing in the best products available in contemporary bathroom design to create a uniquely special space.”

               More than 15 interior design students were involved in various phases of the project, but a core group of eight students contributed their talents, and creativity – Kristin Corbett, Gaithersburg resident; Jackie Leighton, Germantown resident; Keisha Ameen, Rockville; Jennifer Lee, Gaithersburg; Marlan Ky, Potomac; Babita Banerjee, Germantown; Joseph Ellis, Silver Spring; Masha Kruskal, Derwood; Svetlana Casey, Laytonsville; Susan Leininger, Darnestown; and Mandira Sareen, Silver Spring.

The students spent weeks considering several designs, before presenting two final options to the home owners.  The chosen design, “Symphony in Blue,” transformed a small bathroom with a closet and tub into a much larger-feeling space by removing the closet and tub, adding a free-standing shower wall, and creating a water feature flowing from an overhead dome.

“Symphony in Blue” gets its name from the monochromatic color scheme of cobalt blue glass mosaic tiles accented by stainless steel and silver.  Cobalt blue suggests royal grandeur and elegance in a bold, modern design.  The bathroom’s main point of focus is its centrally placed shower that has water originating from the ceiling-mounted showerhead.  The pattern of silver and blue tiles on the shower wall creates the illusion of water splashes.  The shower’s glass enclosed walls enhance the effect of open space. 

The student design team selected a Louis XVI ghost chair by Philippe Starck to emphasize the bathroom’s light and airy feeling of space.  A cobalt blue glass sink by Porcelanosa follows the monochromatic color scheme set by the blue mosaic glass tile.  A stainless steel toilet by Neo-Metro breaks the mold of traditional home bathroom fixtures, since the style is typically associated with public restrooms.  The team wanted to blend the borders between conventional and unconventional spaces. 

Fyke Construction conducted both the exterior and interior renovations, carefully following the team’s detailed design.

For more information on the NSO Decorator’s Show House, contact 202-416-8149 or log on to: For information on Montgomery College’s interior design program, contact Professor Bhramara Heid, program coordinator, at 240-567-1718.

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