Design Team

Claire Schwab, A.S.I.D., I.D.S.
Founder & Senior Designer

Vanderbilt University
B.A., Communications
Northern Virginia Community College
A.A.S., Interior Design


Claire Schwab's exposure to design began while growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where her parents' home was decorated with several pieces from the shop of her grandfather, an Atlanta-based furniture maker and antiques dealer. After completing her undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University, Claire joined the design industry professionally at the Home Furnishings division of Laura Ashley in London, England. Through reviewing furnishings prior to customer delivery, she learned firsthand how to recognize the hallmarks of quality and craftsmanship.

After a move to Washington, D.C., she found her London experience dovetailing with her lifelong love of fabrics and sewing. While working as a communications director for a trade association, she once again joined Laura Ashley at their local branch, sewing soft furnishings and bedding, and gradually amassed a following. She soon left her full-time job to focus on her business and earned a degree in interior design.


Molly Patalita
Design Associate

The Catholic University of America
BA - Business Management

Molly Patalita joined Claire Schwab Interior Design in July of 2013 as a Design Associate. Molly’s responsibilities include the management of daily operations and implementation of the creative designs for Claire Schwab.

Molly is a regular at the Washington Design Center researching the newest trends in home design. Molly has lived in the Washington Metropolitan area for over 25 years. She obtained her degree in Business Management from The Catholic University of America after which she enjoyed a lengthy career in the marketing division of IBM. Recently, Molly worked in administration for Fairfax County Public Schools. As an active member of the community, Molly served as a volunteer for numerous organizations including: Chair of the St. Mary’s School acquisitions Committee, Member of The Board of Georgetown Visitation College Preparatory School Parents Association, and was Team Representative of the Waynewood Dolphins Swim Team.