Meet The ASPIRE HOUSE McLean 2020 Designers: An Exclusive Interview With Katalin Farnady

Keeping in mind that the foyer is the introduction to the entire show house, Katalin Farnady of Farnady Interiors is designing the entryway at ASPIRE HOUSE McLean to complement the work of the other designers. Katalin shares more details behind her inspiration in an exclusive interview with Sherry Moeller.


Rendering of the entry foyer designed by Katalin Farnady in ASPIRE HOUSE McLean.

Sherry Moeller: Describe your room at the show house. How did you come up with the concept and what’s the backstory?
Katalin Farnady: My space is the entry foyer, which generally creates the feel for any home you walk into. It introduces the home’s personality and welcomes your guests. This entry is an introduction to the many rooms created by the show house’s group of talented designers. My entry foyer concept is neutral enough so that it complements other designs, but also represents me and my beliefs as a designer. Even though it is very light and airy, it will still have the unexpected elements and drama that I like to add to the interiors I create.

SM: What’s a favorite element you plan to incorporate into your space at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean?
KF: My favorite element is an unexpected hand-painted wall design that I’m incorporating into the space.


Katalin Faraday designed this foyer in another project to make a bold statement upon entry. Photo by Jennifer Hughes.

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?
KF: I have not done anything similar to the show house entry. I like every project to tell its own story and be unlike any other space I have already designed.

SM: Have you participated in other show houses and why?
KF: The last show house I participated in was the one I organized at a church in Annapolis, Maryland, which was turned into apartment complexes. I am a huge fan of art and had always wanted to create a show house where each designer is paired up with an artist to collaborate on the room and its finishes. That’s what we did and it worked.


This entry foyer in another project designed by Katalin Faraday provides a neutral introduction to the rest of the home. Photo by Jennifer Hughes.

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?
KF: I have a couple of wonderful projects going on right now where I was hired for what I represent as a designer, which makes me the happiest. In addition, my clients are such wonderful people to work with! My wish for the future is to collaborate on a design project in Budapest where I grew up.


About the Designer | Through a discovery-driven process and close working relationship, Katalin Farnady of Farnady Interiors strives to uncover her clients’ personal style and tell their unique stories. She believes in starting every project with a strong foundation, honoring design principles, architecture, and history. In doing so, she’s able to push boundaries while honoring traditional design aesthetics and her client’s design vision. Katalin’s work is inspired by art, furniture, fashion, and her world travels, resulting in sophisticated, functional design. Her bold approach with fabrics, patterns, and furniture will create an unforgettable journey in any room or space.

Born and raised in the capital city of Hungary, Katalin developed her interest for style, design and architecture at an early age. After graduating from business school in Hungary, she moved to the United States and has been designing residential and commercial interiors in the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas for the past 19 years. Katalin graduated with honors from Budapest Business School, AACC and Marymount University in Arlington, and became a member of the American Society of Interior Designers in 2002. Katalin has been awarded by and featured in many publications in the design industry. Attending various lectures on design development in the United States and outside of the country helps her monitor the continuous evolution of the design world.


Proceeds for ASPIRE HOUSE: McLean will benefit First Responders of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more, and purchase tickets for the event; opening August 21 through September 7, 2020.

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

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