Mary Douglas Drysdale
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Mary Douglas Drysdale is an American interior designer whose namesake company, Drysdale Design Associates, was founded in 1980. Her areas of expertise are in commercial and residential interior design. Her offices are located in Washington, D.C., USA. The projects undertaken by Drysdale extend throughout the United States and abroad.
In addition to the practice of interior design, Drysdale has created over 100 custom furniture pieces for her clients. She is the recipient of design and achievement awards, and is a speaker on interior design. Mary Douglas Drysdale’s work often features the work of contemporary artists..
Mary Douglas Drysdale established Drysdale Design Associates, after having worked for several years with Creative Architecture and Design, a Washington, DC design firm. Drysdale’s drawings for the, "Fan of the Future" were selected as one of five finalists, in Emerson’s Fan Competition of 1989. The renovation of her own residence was selected in 1989, as the winner of Dossier Magazine's  "Home and Garden Award."
Among early commercial projects, the Morrison House Hotel , in Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded, by the National Travel Association , the “Best Inn of the Year” in 1991. Two of her restaurant projects included a renovation of La Fonda Restaurant , and the design of Café des Artistes’ Restaurant  in Washington’s fashionable Georgetown area.
Drysdale has participated in designer show houses throughout her career, in both Washington and New York City. Subsequent to the National Symphony Orchestra Show House in the fall of 1991, in McLean, Virginia, Drysdale was selected by House Beautiful Magazine , as “one of two young designers in the country to watch,” published in a story which featured her Show House room (April 1991). That same year, Southern Accents Magazine  the designer was named in their selection of “Leading Designers of the South” (June 1991).
By the mid 1990s Drysdale had developed a style of design expression which embraced both the classicism of traditional American architecture, and combined that with furnishings schemes reflecting the aesthetic of a more uncluttered Modernist aesthetic. In 1994, Drysdale was given an “Award of Excellence in Design and Innovation in the Traditional Style”, by Traditional Home Magazine (May 1994). For seven years running, during the time which House Beautiful Magazine selected their picks of the Top 100 designers in America, Drysdale was included on this list from 1996 to 2002.
In 2001, Drysdale was selected as one of the "Top 200 practicing Architects and Designers in America," by Interiors and Architecture Magazines, and was invited to attend the “Applied Brilliance Conference”  in California in 2001. In 2005, Ms. Drysdale was selected by This Old House Magazine, in the, "Top 40 professionals in America, Working with Old Houses." (October 2005). In 2006 the New York Observer featured her as one of “Five Hot Designers and Their Favorite Projects”. In 2007 Drysdale was selected as one of Washington ’s top Designers, by Washingtonian Magazine. In 2007, Spaces Magazine awarded Drysdale first place in the category of “Classical Kitchen Design” (October 2008).
Her colorful, painted, kitchens have become recognizable in the world of kitchen design . Some of these kitchens can be seen on the covers of shelter magazines, including: Kitchens & Bath (Vol.8 number 2), Traditional Home Magazine (January 2001) and Trends Magazine (Vol. 18 number 5). Drysdale was also selected by Kohler Company in 1999, to design a kitchen for their permanent design showroom in Kohler, Wisconsin: . Maytag Industries also commissioned Drysdale to design a kitchen for the 2001 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Florida. The kitchen was featured in the Washington Post article,“The Three Divas of Design, Barbara Barry, Anne Saks and Mary Drysdale,” and appeared in two books.
Her work has been published in the United States in Architectural Digest, Veranda , Traditional Home, Southern Accents, Metropolitan Home, The Robb Report and others. Her projects have been featured in international magazines such as Casa et Jardim , Espacod’, Living Brigitte Von Boch  and Arte & Decoracao .
Drysdale has appeared on television segments featured on HGTV including five of Chris Madden's shows , as well as with Lynette Jennings on her program.
She has written on the subject of design, often writing the stories for her own projects. During 2008 and 2009, Drysdale wrote a cultural column, featured in Capital File Magazine, a Niche Media Publication .
She has been a frequent public speaker on the subject of design throughout her career. She has spoken at various Museums, including the Smithsonian Museum and the Corcoran Gallery, as well as, in the venues of various design centers, including, The D + D Building in New York City, the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois, The Mart, in Atlanta, Georgia  and other design centers. She has also been the keynote speaker at various Antique Shows, including the Birmingham Antique Show.
Awards and achievements
- 1989 Finalist Emerson Fan Competition
- 1989 First Place Dossier Magazine, "House and Garden Award"
- 1989 Participated in National Symphony Orchestra Show House
- 1990 Participated in National Symphony Orchestra Show House
- 1991 Selected to show iron bed design in the "Applied Artists Show," Middendorf Gallery, Washington, DC
- 1991 Donated designed room Francois Xavier House for Children with AIDS
- 1991 Printers Association of Virginia, "Award of Excellence" for Drysdale Christmas card
- 1991 National Travel Association Award “Best Inn of the Year,” Morrison House Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia
- 1991 American Woodworking Institute Award of Excellence, category: cabinetry
- 1991 Selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of "Two young Designers to Watch"
- 1992 American Woodworking Institute Award of Excellence, category: cabinetry
- 1993 Professional Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra Show House
- 1994 Received award from Traditional Home Magazine for “Design Excellence and Innovation in the Traditional Style”
- 1994 Judge International Design Competition; São Paulo, Brazil
- 1995 Participated In the National Symphony Show House
- 1996 Judge 4th IIDA Will Chang Design Competition
- 1996 Selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of the Top 100 Style Makers in America
- 1996 Selected by Traditional Magazine and J. Lambeth Show Room to receive an award for "Distinguished Design"
- 1997 Recipient of an Award for Excellence from the Associated Builders and Contractors, for the design of the Tiny Jewel Box, a five story retail project
- 1997 Selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of the “Best of The Best”, one of the top 100 designers in America
- 1997 Participated in a Show House at the Washington Design Center
- 1997 Judge for House Beautiful magazine of the Top Show House Rooms in America.
- 1998 Recipient of Award of Excellence from Stone World magazine for the use of stone in a residential bathroom application.
- 1998 Selected by House Beautiful as one of the "Top 100"
- 1999 Selected by the Kohler Corporation to design a kitchen for their permanent design center in Kohler Wisconsin.
- 1999 Selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of “Best of the Best”, one of the top 100 designers in America
- 2000 Selected by Traditional Home magazine as one of the top 16 designers in the country to participate in a Show House in NYC to benefit Breast Cancer.
- 2000 Selected by Architecture and Interiors magazines as one of the Top 200 practicing architects and designers in America.
- 2000 Selected to attend the “Applied Brilliance Conference” for the top architects and designers in America.
- 2000 Selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of the “Best of the Best”, one of the Top 100 designers in America.
- 2001 Selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of the “Best of the Best”, one of the Top 100 designers in America
- 2001 Selected by Maytag Corporation to design a kitchen for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show
- 2002 Selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of the “Best of the Best”, one of America’s Top 100 designers.
- 2002 Selected by Robert Allen Corporation as one of the Top 15 Designers in America
- 2003 Selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of the “Best of the Best”, one of America’s Top 100 designers
- 2004 Selected by the American Craft Council to design a major display for the Baltimore Craft Show
- 2004 Selected to participate in the “Festival of Trees” to benefit Children’s Hospital
- 2005 Selected by This Old House magazine as one of the Top 40 design professionals in American working with old houses.
- 2005 Co-Chairperson of the “Festival of Trees” to benefit Children’s Hospital
- 2005 Selected by Fine Interiors magazine as one of America’s Top 10 designers, and to participate in an Advisory Board
- 2007 In celebration of Veranda Magazine's 20th Anniversary- Drysdale's room was selected as one of the Top Twenty rooms of the 20 years of Veranda’s history
- 2007 Selected by Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington’s top designers
- 2007 Selected by Artful Home, LLC (formerly The Guild, Inc.) to be the featured designer at The Artful Home Show, NYC
- 2008 Selected by Spaces magazine as winner in the Kitchen design competition, in the category “Classic Kitchen Design”
- 2009 Nominated for the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum Award of Excellence in the category: Interior Design
Background and education
Drysdale received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from George Washington University in 1974. In addition, she added course work at the “Ecole des Politiques,” "La Sorbonne Universite," and the “Ecole des Beaux Arts” in Paris, France during a three-year period in the 1970s. She also attended the Parson’s School of Design where she was selected to attend a tutorial and a Master Class in Industrial Design taught by Hans Kreiks.
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