Meet The ASPIRE HOUSE McLean 2020 Designers: An Exclusive Interview With Jodi Macklin

In her debut show house, Jodi Macklin of Jodi Macklin Interior Design challenged herself by incorporating a bold wallpaper pattern with coordinating sofa in the second floor Home Office in ASPIRE HOUSE McLean. As work from home spaces take on new meaning this year, Jodi creates an inspirational, energized space. Read more about her daring design in an exclusive interview with Sherry Moeller.


Rendering of Jodi Macklin’s Home Office in ASPIRE HOUSE McLean. Rendering by Martie Stewart of Jodi Macklin Interior Design.

Sherry Moeller: Describe your room at the show house. How did you come up with the concept and what’s the backstory?
Jodi Macklin: We’re infusing energy, excitement and warm into the Home Office on the second floor. By incorporating luxurious materials that are beautiful, functional and easy to maintain, this home office setting will adapt to the future owners’ lifestyles.

SM: What’s a favorite element you plan to incorporate into your space at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean?
JM: A bold, graphic Lindsay Cowles wallpaper brings a vibrant, yet warm feeling to the space. We added an eclectic sofa with the same dynamic color and used white to soften the rest of the room.


Jodi Macklin designed this dining room with fun pops of color in art and furnishings. Photo by Gordon Beall.

SM: What projects have you done in the past that most resemble or relate in some way to what you plan to design at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean? Or is this a completely different concept?
JM: This is unlike anything we have ever done. We wanted to be more daring and challenge ourselves with the use of such a bold color

SM: Have you participated in other show houses and why?
JM: This is our first show house. We are excited to be a part of this venture with so many other talented local designers and to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.


Jodi Macklin designed this eat-in space with complementary fabrics on the seating and window treatments. Photo by Gordon Beall.

SM: What’s next for you design wise—are there some projects you’re particularly excited about? Are there any projects you’d love to tackle, sort of a design bucket list?
JM: We are in the process of designing a couple second homes: one on the water and one on the Cape. These new projects give us the opportunity to create a safe retreat away from the challenging times facing all of us today.

Proceeds for ASPIRE HOUSE: McLean will benefit the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME Diversity in Design Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more, and purchase tickets for the event; opening August 21 through September 14, 2020.


About the Designer | Jodi Macklin of Jodi Macklin Interior Design, is known for her original approaches with texture and color. Her work reflects her clients’ lifestyles and provides graceful harmony of form combined with luxurious materials. The result is lovely, functional and easy to maintain living environments; spaces that have great beauty in isolation and great warmth filled with family and friends. Equally skilled at interpreting the clients’ wishes for an intimate bedroom or a sophisticated living room, Jodi translates the homeowners’ visions to create beautiful, livable homes. Jodi’s work has been featured in House Beautiful, Southern Living, Home and Design, Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, and The Washington Post.


Sherry Moeller is a contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine.

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