I'm Shannon Lyle, the owner of Design Defined. I started designing and sewing window treatments and sewing years ago when I couldn't find the "perfect" draperies for my living room. After additional training to expand my sewing skills, I began designing and fabricating window treatments and soft goods for others in 2000.
After a life long fascination with interior design, I enrolled in the Residential Design program at Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2006. After graduating, I gained some experience working with a local designer. In 2009, I launched my own business. In 2010, I received my certification from IRIS as a Certified Redesign Specialist and a Certified Staging Specialist. Since then I've enjoyed helping homeowners in the DC Metro area transform their homes. My designs have been featured in the Washington Post. (See Portfolio)
I love finding the inspiration for beautiful design in the client's existing furnishings. It's fantastic when a homeowner has a keepsake, fabric, rug or piece of artwork to use as inspiration for a design plan. This helps ensure that the room reflects the client's taste. I love finding ways to incorporate existing furnishings into a design plan - you don't always have to start from scratch. If a client does want to start fresh, I love to find inspiration for the design in a new piece that really "speaks" to them.
I value working in a collaborative relationship with my clients; and my goal is to transform their words and vision into a beautiful space they look forward to coming home to.
Shannon Lyle is a member of the Interior Design Society and the National Association of Professional Women. She is a designer featured on Ava Living and Houzz. Shannon has also been been featured in the Washington Post.
Design Defined proudly supports the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Nephcure Walk.