Arlene Critzos

ASID, President and Founder

Design visions have been a way of life for Arlene Critzos. She has a B.A. Degree in design from Mount Vernon College. She has earned Foreign Study League Art Degrees in the Decorative Arts from the University of Rome, Norwick College of Art, and St. Gabriels College. When Arlene founded Interior Concepts in 1979 she quickly realized that, by broadening the design capabilities of her company, she and her staff could work in multiple creative paths. This approach allows Arlene and her highly talented and tenured senior design group to create and complete work in the most professional manner. The firm creates a broad spectrum of design from well-appointed family homes, beach homes, mountain retreats, large flats and estates in some of the most prestigious addresses. Arlene and Interior Concepts have worked in England, Spain, the Middle East, Malaysia, China and the U.S. Arlene is an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and has been published in numerous national and local magazines.

Cindy Stranger


Cindy has a rich history in the Washington Metropolitan building industry. Before we found her, she was responsible for taking a home building corporation from $8 million in sales to $65 million in five years. She has a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Virginia and obviously has a head for detail and organization. A wonderful balance to all left brain designing women. With ICI since 1994, Cindy is our corporate vision and legal liaison with a cool head for details and a master at negotiation.

Catherine Belkov

Senior Director Residental Design

Cathy has been a part of The Residential Team at Interior Concepts since 1986, working in all facets of Residential Design from small condominiums to large grand residences located across the country. She has also worked in the commercial arena, including MCI World Headquarters and numerous commercial firms in the Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia area. Prior to joining Interior Concepts, Cathy attended Corcoran School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Webster College and graduated from The University of Maryland where she studied Fine Arts and Art History and Interior Design. Because of Cathy’s Fine Arts background, she approaches interior design with an artistic, eclectic blend combining elements from different classic periods and influences.

Joyce Pearl

Senior Residential Design Manager

A graduate from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, Joyce is a 32 year veteran with Interior Concepts and is experienced in both residential and commercial interior design. She does not have signature style, rather she strives to create unique interiors that are a collaboration of her clients’ diverse lifestyles, budgetary guidelines, project location, along with her professional knowledge and guidance. “Making a difference” in her clients’ homes or work environment is her commitment.

Andrea Blamphin

Senior Residential Designer

Andrea has been a member of the residential design team for 22 years. Her education began at the state University of New York at Cobleskill and then to Cazenovia College to study Interior and Architectural Design. Andrea joined Interior Concepts in 1993 after moving to the Annapolis area. With experience in all levels of residential design, she has been involved in large private residences in New York, vacation homes in Florida, private ranches in Montana, as well as residences in in Maryland and Virginia. Andrea creates comfortable, clean and functional spaces for her clients, tailored to their individual tastes and styles. With a broad range of experience in traditional design as well as contemporary, Andrea is committed to creating comfortable, unique interiors for her clients.

Courtney Griffin

Senior Residential Designer

Courtney began her education by studying Art and Art History and quickly developed an interest in interiors, obtaining a degree in Interior Design. She has been with Interior Concepts for 10 years and enjoys the challenge of creating a beautiful interior tailored to each client’s individual and personal style. Courtney has worked on many projects in various areas - beach homes in Sea Isle, New Jersey, luxury condominiums in West Palm Beach, Florida, mountain vacation homes in Big Sky, Montana, and many homes in the District of Columbia/Northern Virginia area. She is talented in all styles of design, from contemporary to Tuscan traditional. Courtney prides herself on putting the clients first and making the design process easy, fun, and rewarding for her clients.

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