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  The Art of Thoughtful Design



Watkins Interiors is a full-service interior design firm providing the highest quality of design excellence. Located in Charlotte, NC with continued service in Washington, DC. Client projects range from Florida to Rhode Island. 

Watkins, a native to North Carolina, holds a BFA in Interior Design from the University of Georgia, and is a graduate of the Winterthur Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. With over 20 years in the field, working with award winning and residential and commercial firms in Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC, Mary Elfreth launched her own firm in 2014. 

Mary Elfreth is a seasoned interior designer with a transitional style where modern compliments tradition. Her projects are filled with color, optimism, and luxury, creating a curated and comfortable environment. Watkins Interiors works closely with homeowners, architects, and contractors on remodels, and custom-built homes to bring a shared vision to reality. Her approach is a thoughtful collaboration with clients to establish a schedule, a project budget, a scope of work and an understanding of their practical needs and their aesthetic inspirations. Mary Elfreth is known for her innate attention to detail, informed decision-making, and her steady project follow-through. With innovative design ideas and experience in custom home builds, Ms. Watkins provides a seamless and attentive execution to all projects.

Mary Elfreth Watkins is a past President and Board Member Emeritus of the Washington Mid Atlantic Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.  





  • Full service interior design 

  • All-inclusive projects

  • New custom-built homes and remodels

  • Second homes

  • Pre-construction material selections 

  • Project management

  • Site measures and space planning

  • Color palettes and art gallery walls

  • Lighting plans

  • Millwork drawings

  • Furnishings, lighting, art, bespoke drapery and area rugs



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