It can be difficult to navigate where to invest your home update and design budget to get the best results for your family. I’m here to help you make informed decisions and turn your vision into beautiful, functional living spaces.

Focused in the Alexandria, Virginia area, I work with homeowners, real estate agents, and contractors to provide interior design and consulting services. I collaborate with various architects, builders, suppliers, and interior decorators to manage a project from start to finish.


I love when you walk into a home and it tells the family’s story.

In our home, I hope you would feel comfort, laughter, and our deep love for family and friends (and probably our love for wine). Growing up in North Carolina, I was surrounded by design and art through the influence of my mother and grandmothers. Interior design is my passion. I graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Psychology. After graduation, I moved to the DC area, where my passion has led the way throughout my career.

My first job was with Ferguson Enterprises as a sales consultant. I was a part of the team that opened their showroom at the DC Design Center. I have also been a consultant for a local granite supplier and tile showroom. Most recently, I spent 10 years working for a remodeling company, where I was the lead kitchen and bath designer. I have over 14 years of onsite experience; learning products, construction, and design planning including 20/20 design layouts.

What is my personal style? That is always a hard question. What I do know is that my goal is to create spaces that are inviting, tell a story about the individual or family I'm working with, and having an unexpected element in the design. Kitchens are my favorite spaces as in our modern world it is often the “new family room.” Bathrooms are another favorite place of mine to design. I enjoy creating a place that is yours to relax in, and I welcome the challenge of achieving that feeling even in the smallest space. Oh, and don't get me started on color! I might be a little obsessed with the paint wheel! My purse is always big enough to carry one wherever I go.

My husband and two amazing young children (Truman & Maley = Truley) have given me inspiration in creating spaces that tell our family’s story. My goal is to offer that same storytelling space to my clients. That is really the part of the design process I love the most; helping real people make their home “Truley” theirs.

Truley yours,

Client Reviews visit me at Houzz to read more

We hired Kaki at the recommendation of our broker. Kaki helped us redesign the kitchen of our new 30yr old townhouse. Kaki not only helped us design a great kitchen but her oversight extended to work through the rest of the unit, including our master bath. Her price was reasonable, and her advice was exceptional.

– Wayne B.

Everything was on time and on budget. I adore the finished product and can't wait to work with her again on future projects.

– Kristen H.

Her ideas were brilliant, extra storage space - closets and cabinets and a laundry room that is the envy of all of our guests. She listened to all of our concerns and design ideas and put them on paper and made them a reality.

– Matt N.

Kaki Ernst in Alexandria, VA on Houzz
Kaki Ernst in Alexandria, VA on Houzz
Kaki Ernst in Alexandria, VA on Houzz