With over 25 years of experience, Betsy Barmat Stires, principal of Frog Hill Designs, brings professional and personalized service to Interior Design projects helping clients achieve their design goals.  Betsy is an Allied Member of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers.  Focusing on clear communication and transparent budgets, she delivers comfortable and stylish spaces for her clients.  Betsy works in all styles and prides itself on close collaboration with clients.  She works with a team of dedicated trades people and highly skilled professionals to make each project unique and custom tailored. Frog Hill Designs considers every job important; a small bath renovation or an entire home.  Betsy carefully curates beautiful spaces in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Mount Desert Island, ME, or where ever any project develops.

My Story

Betsy Barmat Stires is a professional Interior Designer and Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) based in Alexandria, VA. Her design focus is trained on classic style with a fresh perspective. She creates unique environments that are beautiful to look at and relaxing to be in. Her favorite projects end with a successful mix of symmetry, quality furnishings, interesting finishes, personal art, and a sense of architecture. She loves multi-layered interiors that are rich in texture and patina. Her goal is always to find the essential elements of clients' taste and then create inviting and comfortable environments.   


For more than 25 years Betsy has helped clients with all aspects of residential home design. Kitchens, baths, libraries, bedrooms as well as living and family rooms.  She is often involved in the planning and construction phases in addition to decoration of a wide range of projects types- -- small or large in scope.  Often, her role is exclusively as Manager for the construction aspects of a project; often acting as a General Contractor or liaison between client and Contractor.  Recently Betsy completed her first commercial project; the public rooms for a boutique hotel, the Bayview Bar Harbor on Mount Desert, Maine.


Betsy's design practice is based on several important pillars of value: First, a trusting client/designer relationship that insures she can meet objectives. Second, she will bring a spectacular group of tradespeople and artisans to your project.  Third Betsy and her team will protect your home and the design vision. Betsy prides herself on bringing all of her extensive experience, sound design judgement, and transparent business practices to each project; resulting in personal results


Betsy looks forward to collaborative design projects with a profound focus on quality products, materials with integrity, and timeless design within many different style vernaculars like "fresh traditional or contemporary.  She always hopes that finished projects look like clients homes; not her own.  


Frog Hill Designs fees are based on work by the hour or project. 


Photographer Francois Gagne

It was my pleasure to be one of the designers who contributed to the spectacular DC Designer Showhouse that benefited Children's National Health Center. The Washington Post recognized the kitchen I designed as one of the six spaces with great ideas. The room was complemented by the work of many of my design partners who routinely bring excellent work, energy, and creativity to my projects.

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The beautiful La Rochelle, a gilded age  1903 mansion in Bar Harbor, Maine, became a gorgeous Designer Showhouse in 2019.  I brought the formal dining room back to life with the expertise of a technical painter who created a jaw dropping shell pink "strie" wall treatment combined with a collection of beautiful furnishings and art, both old and new.  This vignette shows an 1800 Century French oil painting depicting lovers on horseback.  The lucite lamps bring a fresh look to the period antiques displayed.

La Rochelle

Photographer Angie Seckinger

Photographer Irvin Serrano

The Bayview Bar Harbor Hotel was a design collaboration between myself and the Swan Hospitality Group.  The Bayview is a 26 room boutique hotel planted right next to Frenchman's Bay on Mount Desert Island, Maine.  It is located near the the entrance to Acadia National Park and has only ocean front guest rooms.  The hotel design is based on the needs of a "Modern and Luxurious" Rusticator.  The Rusticators were the first visitors to the Island known for their deep appreciation of the local natural surroundings and their use of creature comforts from home.

Photo credit : Swan Hospitality Group

Photo: Francois Gagne

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