About the Company
Nicole Lanteri Design was founded in 2009 and is built on Nicole's self-taught experience creating fresh, lively and tailored-but-lived-in spaces for today’s modern family.
Nicole Lanteri Design is a small, interior decorating firm that specializes in decorating for clients with busy lives who want to make smart and stylish choices for their homes. Nicole and her team's priorities for their clients are to create functional and happy spaces, to be thorough in detail and thoughtful in selection and to manage the decorating process and expectations effectively between the client, vendor, trades and her own team.
Aesthetically, she mixes colors, styles and sources to create original and unique interiors that reflect each client’s particular lifestyle, personality and budget. Nicole and her team love mixing new pieces with what clients already have and sourcing local and vintage sources to reduce the impact a redesign has on the environment.
We believe that your home should be a reflection of your personal style, but that can be hard to define, especially if you’ve never decorated before or are negotiating style differences with your partner. Our projects generally lean more modern, but always express the client’s style versus our own -- and always focus on being comfortable in your home. Each project has unique parameters that we are experienced at working with and love solving for — an oddly-shaped room, an inherited piano, four kids, two dogs…you get the idea!
We offer practical, beautiful solutions for your home. We help educate you on product offerings, costs, and caring for your items. We never markup furnishings, and are transparent about our costs and time. We'd love to work with you to make your home something you are really proud of!
Nicole grew up in South Florida and has lasting impressions of the awesome grasscloth-papered walls, paisley sofas and Marimekko bedding that filled her childhood home.
Nicole studied Latin American Studies and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, Nicole spent her free time working in a local frame shop and enjoyed every minute of it. Her study abroad in Sevilla, Spain and travels to London, Paris and Barcelona that semester started the influence that travel continues to have on her aesthetic and way of life. She continued her studies at the University of Virginia and earned a law degree in 2004, moving to New York City after graduation and practicing law at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP in New York City and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York City and Washington, D.C. until she decided to start her new career as an interior decorator in July 2009.
She has loved owning her own small business for over ten years now and is happy to talk with anyone thinking about a career change and the trials and tribulations that come with that.
Nicole and her husband recently moved from a modern loft to a 1939 colonial house in Arlington, VA that they love and are currently updating to be comfortable, modern and fun.
About the Team
Katharine Spreen, Assistant, Interior Design
Katharine claims North Carolina as her home state, but also lived in Michigan, Texas, and Florida while growing up. Like Nicole, she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, and moved to Washington, DC to become the next C.J. Cregg before taking a left turn to work in corporate training while her now-husband earned his doctorate in Bloomington, IN.
After moving back to DC, she was rescued by Nicole from her corporate training world in February 2019.
Katharine has traveled extensively across the U.S., U.K., and Europe, and always admired beautiful spaces — no matter what style they adhere to. She loves creating perfectly eclectic spaces for our clients.
She shares a mid-century rambler with her husband in Hyattsville, MD, and is thrilled to watch the transformation along Route 1.
Jessica Mueller, Assistant, Project Management
Jessica hails from the beautiful Hudson Valley, New York. She was lucky enough to grow up in a quaint town surrounded by nature, but also just a short train ride into New York City to experience art, culture, and chaos!
With a background in costume design and visual merchandising, she navigated her way into the interior design world as a custom window treatment specialist and then, like Katharine, was fortunate enough to have Nicole take her under her wing!
Jessica cannot go to a hardware store without coming home with a new plant, and believes they are a must for every home! When not working, she loves to spend time with her dog, Sassafras, and pester her boyfriend to do more home improvement projects in their home in NE DC.
She is so excited to be part of this supportive and awesome team of women!