Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Feather Hill Interiors

Genevieve Wilner and Ashley Mutch form the design team behind the full-service Feather Hill Interiors firm based in Stevenson, Maryland. Wilner and Mutch bring their sophisticated and organic aesthetic to their clients’ homes throughout the East Coast and beyond. The core of Feather Hill Interiors is “luxury designed for real life.” Their work is founded on the belief that luxury is a relative concept, and that great design is found in the details that make your home authentically yours. Get to know the Maryland duo for this week’s Designer Friday.

A beautifully beaded chandelier dangles above the soft hues mirrored by the dining room table and chairs below.

A beautifully beaded chandelier dangles above the soft hues mirrored by the dining room table and chairs below.

Andrew Joseph: How would you define your work in three words?
Genevieve: It’s hard to narrow it down to three words! But I would define my work as an interior designer as challenging, exciting, and above all else, rewarding.

Andrew: What is something you hope to see trending in design in the future?
Ashley: While I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “trend” I would hope that the current spotlight on wallpaper, especially hand-painted wallpapers is here to stay. Whether creating a more modern Art Deco interior or traditional Chinoiserie-inspired space, the right paper can be a powerful element in bringing a design vision to life.

Andrew: How would you describe your personal style?
Genevieve: My personal style is minimal and effortless. I’m at home in neutrals, cute tops and distressed denim, and I have to admit that I love a good handbag! I genuinely believe that clothes can make the mood, so my style definitely gravitates toward comfort and ease with a touch of chic.

Andrew: What’s your design pet peeve?
Ashley: For me personally, a good design is composed of multiple layers. My design pet peeve would be when a client undervalues any of those finishing layers, whether it be window treatments, a custom art piece, or a fantastic wallpaper. These elements are often the crown jewel to the space!

Traditional yet modern, architectural yet organic, this family room sitting area is drenched in sunlight.

Traditional yet modern, architectural yet organic, this family room sitting area is drenched in sunlight.

Andrew: Are you a pet person?
Genevieve: I am most definitely a pet person! I’m the crazy dog lady and totally okay with it. My dogs are a huge part of the family and adored by all of us. I honestly can’t imagine not having a house full of dogs!

Andrew: Are you a good cook? If so, what’s your specialty.
Ashley: Not to toot my own horn, but I’d have to say that I’m a pretty good cook! This past winter braised saffron chicken was high on the list of seasonal favorites. I also love to bake with my kids – brownies, cupcakes, homemade apple crumble – if it’s sweet, we will bake it!

Andrew: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Genevieve: I’m not sure if this counts as a superpower, but if I had one, I think I would be a human level. This is probably more of a curse – but I really don’t need a level to straighten anything. It’s very helpful when we’re hanging art!

The rounded blue couch sitting center stage is no doubt the stand-out piece in this retro and chic living room. But we can’t discount the gorgeous golden chairs that sandwich it, nor the awesome semi-circle coffee table in front.

The rounded blue couch sitting center stage is no doubt the stand-out piece in this retro and chic living room. But we can’t discount the gorgeous golden chairs that sandwich it, nor the awesome semi-circle coffee table in front.

Andrew: If you had one more hour in the day, what would you do with it?
Ashley: If I had one more hour in my day I would read a great book. There are few greater escapes than getting lost in a novel. This isn’t in the cards with a busy project schedule and three little ones, but one day I plan to get back to reading!

Andrew: Favorite piece of clothing you own?
Genevieve: I don’t get super attached to my clothes, but I do love my bags and right now I’m obsessed with my Chanel shopping tote. It’s great for work and I love that it elevates any outfit, making even the comfiest athleisure look stylish.

Andrew: What are you most proud of?
Ashley: I am a mom to three little kids and I am so proud to show them every day that you can be a full-time business owner and still be a superstar in their eyes. Finding balance is not always easy, but is something that we all seek, and I am delighted to be an example of entrepreneurship for my children.


About The Designers | Ashley Mutch is best known for her ability to combine enduring style with comfort and customization. Her intimate understanding of interiors has been cultivated by her diverse travels and time spent living in iconic cities—places like Nashville, New York City, and Florence, Italy. Her international travels have led her to countries like Thailand, Peru, Israel, and France, providing a unique exposure to diverse people groups, places and cultures. These opportunities have profoundly influenced her aesthetic, which favors quality, craftsmanship, and connection over rigid style distinctions. A Baltimore native, Ashley holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she honed the business expertise that she brings to the firm. After completing several home renovations, she took the creative leap, pursuing her passion of interior design and co-founding Feather Hill Interiors. Each FHI design is injected with her layered style and cultured sense of home.

Every space Genevieve Wilner touches is a subtle nod to her childhood on the southeast coast of Florida. From an early age, she was captivated by the beauty of transformation and found herself regularly dreaming of new ways to rearrange, paint, and decorate her childhood bedroom. She carried her fondness for design to each of her dwellings at the University of Maryland and after, to her own homes, where small projects became large renovations over time. Eventually, Genevieve’s love of home led her to become a real estate agent with expertise in high-end properties as well as a Certified Interior Decorator, positioning herself as a valuable resource for both her investment property and home-buying clients. Upon co-founding Feather Hill Interiors, she completely transitioned from real estate to interior design, and her passion became a treasured career. Genevieve’s signature style is best described as livable luxury, a casual take on sophisticated interiors. Every space she designs is a reflection of her penchant for curating an environment that is collected, comfortable, and aspirational.

The Feather Hill Interiors team offers a comprehensive room design experience. Genevieve and Ashley specialize in the thoughtful creation of timeless spaces, marrying effortless livability with a distinctly elevated feel.


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