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CIRCLE Design Studio

CIRCLE is a full-service interior design and architecture firm offering custom solutions for commercial and residential interiors. Watch this video about our design process and get to know our designers:
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
See CIRCLE co-owners John and Theresa's July highlights on the blog today!
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
We are excited to be partnering on another amazing renovation with VMAX LLC in Richmond, VA. Stumped on how to open up your kitchen to create a "great room", WITHOUT sacrificing your TV wall or fireplace? CIRCLE has the answer! Stay tuned as construction begins...👌⭕
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
#FBF for our fellow #designdorks out there! CIRCLE made the trek to Columbus, Indiana this summer. If you have never visited, you are missing out on some pretty amazing architecture, I.M. Pei, Saarinen (Eliel AND Eero) and a host of other icons of design. 😍
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
Hello, Maryland friends! CIRCLE Design Studio is now licensed to practice architecture in your great state. Let's collaborate on some great projects! 👌⭕
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio is with Theresa Camp Dorlini and John Dorlini.
CIRCLE Design Studio is going back to school! Principals John and Theresa Dorlini have accepted a 2019-2020 position at Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture and Design teaching third year studio that focuses on small and medium contract/corporate projects. They are excited to work with studio sponsors Haworth and DIRTT, industry leaders in modular environments, to infuse practical experience to an interior design program ranked Top 10 in the country.


“When you hire an interior designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create a space designed specifically to meet your needs….Whether new construction or remodeling, a design project involves numerous choices and decisions. You want someone knowledgeable and experienced to advise you and make everything come out just right. Someone you can trust to listen to your ideas, understand your needs and help realize your vision. You want a professional.”

Source: “Selecting a Designer”. ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)

“Many people use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways. Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.”

Source: “Differences Between Interior Design & Decorating”. NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualifications)

Our fee is developed on a project-by-project basis using one of the following fee structures: 1) Fixed fee (or flat fee) 2) Hourly fee 3) Percentage of project fee 4) Cost plus 5) Per square foot, plus reimbursable expenses.

A fee proposal is developed following an initial, complimentary meeting to visit the site, meet the client, and establish the scope of services, and determine if we are good fit for the job. Actual design work does not commence until after an agreement is signed.
CIRCLE Design Studio is not a retailer but we do have discounts to select suppliers.

In Virginia, “‘Interior design by a certified interior designer means any service rendered wherein the principles and methodology of interior design are applied in connection with the identification, research, and creative solution of problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment. Such services relative to interior spaces shall include the preparation of documents for nonload-bearing interior construction, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public….No one may call himself a certified interior designer without obtaining a valid interior designer certificate from the APELSCIDLA Board”

Source: “Background of Board & Regulants: Interior Designers”. Virginia DPOR. APELSCIDLA Resource Guide, p.9-10

CIRCLE Design Studio is a licensed Class A Contractor, so we are able to provide a truly “full-service” or “turn-key” experience. But the client is also welcome to have other contractors price our designs. We develop a drawing set that is detailed enough for accurate bidding and construction by all contractors. For clients who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable working with contractors, we provide additional services to assist with the bidding and negotiating process, as well as construction administration and final inspection to ensure that the work was built in accordance with the intended design.
The scale of the project determines the process we use but whether big or small we start by interviewing the client and researching his or her inspirational imagery, developing a wish list, and documenting and inventorying the existing space and furnishings. We like using 3D software like Trimble Sketchup to help our clients visualize our design, accompanied with actual samples of finishes, e.g. tile, paint, cabinetry, etc.

Once a concept is approved, the design matures in stages that are based loosely on Architectural Practice: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding & Negotiating, and Construction Administration. This process is ideal for clients that require attention to details, cost control, quality control, and oversight, which yields the best result in the end.

Upon completion of construction, we return to the site to place furniture and accessorize. Most clients do not experience the “WOW factor” until this phase is complete.
Because we are Certified Interior Designers we are competent in all aspects of residential and commercial design and have a wide range of experience. Although our portfolio showcases a lot of modern design, we are capable of executing many “styles”. Our projects reflect the desires and tastes of the client. Each client is unique, therefore, each project is unique.

Yes, when the client requests it. A member of our design team holds the LEED AP BD+C credential which is defined as: “the demonstration and exceptional expertise of green building professionals in the design and construction phases of sustainable, healthful and durable buildings, including those serving the commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors. Those who hold the LEED AP BD+C credential are vanguards in green building, with thorough knowledge of the LEED rating systems and a commitment to a more sustainable built environment.”

Source: “Getting to know LEED BD+C”. GBCI (Green Building Council Institute).