Interior designer Sally Steponkus is a native Washingtonian, so she knows how to network. “D.C. is a big city with a small town vibe, and the design community is pretty condensed, so I try to be friendly with everyone,” she says. That sincere Southern charm is reflected in her approach to interiors: a smart and spunky mix of bright colors and bold patterns, blended with preppy restraint and a gracious, personal touch. “I have all sorts of influences, from old to new, high to low,” she explains. And Sally’s lively look is refreshingly within reach – her own home (which doubles as her office) is filled with easy decorating tricks and surprising sources for her “updated traditional” style. Take note of these ten capital ideas, straight from a D.C. expert.