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Established as an interior design firm in Old Town Alexandria in 1990, the founders were challenged by their clients' expanding projects. Interiors and kitchens became additions. Additions became new homes. Responding to these needs, the principals expanded their expertise and continued their education.

Maura Marshall Powell, Founder and Lead Designer, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Design from George Washington University. She is a Class A Contractor and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Jeff Pelto, Principal and Project Manager, has been with the company for over 15 years and has over 30 years of experience. As project manager – really the builder – of the Dominion Design Associates team, he is the critical link on every job between ideas, plans and final results. His customer service is second to none. 


"In addition to Maura's ability to rearrange spaces in older homes to fit modern living, she has a great sense of style, kept me on budget (!), and winnowed down the choices to things that fit the aesthetic best.  And we loved the staff.  They clean up so well sometimes we couldn't tell they had been there until we saw the progress in work.  Two years later and we still love the remodel and wouldn't change a thing."

"Your calmness and expertise in meeting the tasks plus the creative solutions you found reaffirmed our trust in you and your crew."

"Not only was the design and execution of the work perfect, we so appreciated your providing great materials and keeping a close eye on items that fit within our budget."

“A positive experience all around. Thank you. It's nice to know we can rely on you.”

“Today, 6 days after having put our house on the market, we have a ratified contract above the asking price. Thanks, in no small part, to your company.”

"The special attention to details and pointing out the value of some purchases over others continued the trust that we have come to expect from Dominion Design over the years."

“Thanks! Your team did a great job… very professional and courteous.”


“Thank you for all your hard work.”

“Always a pleasure working with you and your crew.”



201 N. Fairfax Street

Suite 11

Alexandria, Virginia 22314


Tel:   (703) 683-0263

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