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Episode 401: Lorna Gross


After over a decade in the field, Lorna Gross has become one of the top “go-to” designers for luxury clients seeking an individualized, custom approach and aesthetic.  Her design is referred to as layered, dynamic and highly personalized. She attributes her creative sensibilities to her New York and Louisiana roots. She is known for her intricate attention to detail and her firm’s concierge-like customer service. Lorna’s design expertise spans new construction to renovations to home furnishings in residential and hospitality arenas.  Her work graces the homes and estates of multinationals, C-level executives, celebrities, and ambassadors in the U.S. and London. Lorna is NCIDQ certified and has won numerous awards for her exceptional design. She was chosen as one of DC’s top designers by her peers and received the prestigious Designer of Distinction Award from the American Society of Interior Designers for her exemplary work.  She was also named to the AA Top 20 Interior Designers list and she shares her expertise via regular appearances at design seminars, panel discussions, and business forums. As a leader in the design field, her work has appeared in Home and Design, House Beautiful, Canadian Home Trends, The Washington Post, Capitol File, and Elle Décor, amongst other periodicals. She has also been a featured design expert for media outlets like, Fox News and BET.


Armed with a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, Lorna started her career in the corporate world.  She spent her previous career as an award winning pharmaceutical marketer where she was responsible for promotions and branding of multi-million and multi-billion dollar products. After 10 successful years, she decided to change course and follow her passion for design. Upon completion of a B.A. in Interior Design from Marymount University she started Savant Interior Design, (now LORNA GROSS Interior Design).

Lorna participates in charity show houses and is passionate about empowering women and children domestically and abroad. She was inducted into the elite International Women’s Forum and she enjoys mentoring aspiring female entrepreneurs from emerging and developing countries. She is also an avid supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and A Wider Circle, an organization dedicated to assisting impoverished families. She is a former board member and active contributor to the Cinderella Foundation, a charity which supports underprivileged girls from the DC area and Sierra Leone.

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