ABOUT

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At Studio 39, we believe thoughtful design helps us feel and live better lives. Every space should tell a unique story that reflects your individualistic sense of style, history, and experiences. Creating a meaningful experience is at the core of our design approach. Through the juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage pieces, and a mix of materiality, color, texture, and light, Studio 39 creates one-of a kind spaces that are both functional and beautiful.

Why Studio 39? That's a great question! Our first project was a remodel of a historic lakefront home in Western New York. The home was originally built by Clement Studebaker and we were tasked with restoring the beautiful architectural detailing while modernizing the rest of the spaces and creating a comfortable and anything other than ordinary living space for the large family. This project launched our design studio...and it resided on 39 North Lake Drive. 

OUR TEAM

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Grace Messinger-Mellin

FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL DESIGNER

Claire and Grace are a mother-daughter duo who officially joined forces after Grace graduated design school. Claire made a name for herself in the DC design world over the past 20 years and has been published in Home and Design Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, among many others! We are available for travel. 

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Claire Messinger

FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Grace earned her BA in Interior Design from Marymount University. She has spent the last several  years in the industry working on residential projects for local designers, before deciding to join forces with her mother to create Studio 39. Her passion for the arts, and creating beautiful things has transformed into her love of thought-provoking design and helping others realize their home's greatest potential.

Claire holds her BA in Studio Art from Randolph Macon College and a BS in Interior Design from Marymount University.  She made a name for herself in the DC design scene over the past 25 years, and has been published in Home Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Arlington Magazine amongst others. An artist, designer, and athlete, Claire's passions take many forms. Many of her artworks hang in her client's homes. She has worked on both residential and commercial projects, which include the Marymount University Library, River Run Country Club,  Northern Virginia offices and hotels, and many homes in the DC Metro area, Florida, New York, and beyond. 

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PRINCIPLES WE LIVE BY

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THOUGHTFUL DESIGN IMPACTS YOUR LIFE

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DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

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THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

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YOUR SPACE IS A REFLECTION OF YOUR EXPERIENCES

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