The Designers

Cathy Haskell and Alyson Skinner met in 1991 as freshmen art students at Virginia Tech. After graduation, both ventured into advertising design and marketing in which they enjoyed successful corporate design careers for a combined thirty years.


While designing their own homes, the pair noticed a shortage of interior designers in the area who could execute stylish, yet comfortable family-friendly spaces. The whole process seemed unnecessarily complicated and mysterious. Filled with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, they transitioned their art and design talents to interiors, and The Suite Shoppe was formed.

Today, Cathy and Alyson enjoy the privilege of designing and delivering beautiful and functional residential spaces throughout the Washington metro area. Their biggest reward is seeing a family with renewed pride in their home.




An extensive list of exclusive trade relationships with quality manufacturers, vendors, artisans and contractors enables The Suite Shoppe to bring their signature designs to life. By selecting distinctive furniture, rugs and accessories that can’t be found in local retail stores, they create beautiful, livable spaces that reflect the client's personal style. The team values a fluid and collaborative creative process with one another, and especially with the homeowner.

The Suite Shoppe’s streamlined process includes:

  • A competent and honest design consultation

  • Up-front estimates with no surprise charges at the end of the project

  • Creative space planning and two unique Design Previews from which to choose

  • Client input and approval throughout the process

  • Room installation is typically completed in one day