Meet Maria

My passion is improving one’s quality of life through graceful interiors, inspiring writing and intellectual & spiritual mentoring.


Maria defines her signature designs as CLASSIC, MODERN LIVING mixed with a bit of Southern charm. Classic in terms of ever-lasting, classy, and timeless. Modern in terms of present day, advanced, on-trend but not trendy. Living in terms of amazing quality of life. Classic, Modern Living is a way of life, not just a design style.

Maria believes that the spaces we live in are incredibly important. Poorly designed houses can negatively impact our lives in ways that we’re often not aware. Disorganization, dimly lit rooms, worn out furniture, and non-functioning spaces are not only unsightly, they’re actually blocking and draining energy, stopping you from living life to the fullest.

Maria designs strategic spaces that align with your lifestyle, your needs, and your dreams. The vibe, the flow, and the feel are astonishing. The sights, the sounds, and even the smells are improved after Maria installs a full-service project.

Great design is all about identifying how you want to feel in a particular space, translating that into Classic, Modern design elements, so that you’re Living in a place that’s beautiful, functional, and that feels like a natural extension of you.


With over 15 years of interior design experience, Maria first discovered her talent and passion for design in high school during an elective design course.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from UNC-Greensboro with a dual major in Interior Design and Sociology. During her collegiate years, she worked as a Design Assistant at Watkins Interiors and an assistant manager in the Art Department of Adams Bookstore. She continued her studies and experience as an intern with Pat Avram Interiors and Anderson Development, Inc. Shortly after graduating, Maria joined Sprintz Furniture and Design in Nashville, TN as a staff interior designer. She gained extensive experience with designing and remodeling high end residential homes. With a secondary major in sociology, Maria was led to a career as a Senior Sales Consultant for School Specialty Planning and Student Development featuring Premier products. For a decade Maria worked with over 500 schools in North Carolina regarding student development programs. She has been trained in multiple disciplines of goal setting and time management courses and has facilitated over 100 professional development workshops for administrators and educators.


Maria combined her experience and talent as an interior designer with her savvy business skills as a successful consultant and launched her firm, Interior Design Solutions by Maria, Inc. in January 2011. Because of Maria’s expertise as a designer and entrepreneur, IDS by Maria rapidly grew into a thriving interior design firm. Maria then launched Maria Adams Designs in June 2015.  Maria Adams Designs focuses on full-service design, consultations and other related services. IDS by Maria is converting to a web store offering high-end designer products, curated room packages and e-design services.

Maria is an award-winning designer recently accepted into the prestigious Southern Living & Coastal Living Designer Network. Maria was vetted and certified by the Southern Living editorial team, making her the only Southern Living Designer in the Triad and the only designer partnered with a Southern Living builder, Southern Evergreen.

As the author of her blog, Maria writes topics about design, entrepreneurship, and spiritual development. She currently has 2 book series in the works, the first one geared to the home-based mom-preneur, combing basic business principles with inspiring home office spaces. This book is slated to publish in 2016.

Maria mentors young adults by providing internship opportunities and one-on-one coaching about the design industry, entrepreneurship and spiritual discipleship.


Maria’s most important job is being a devoted wife to Jon and loving and supportive mother to sons, Matthew and Christopher.  Her faith and her family are the inspiration to living life to the fullest and appreciating every day. The other members of the household include Bella, a Brittany Spaniel and Sampson, a Chihuahua-mix.

As a principle-centered Christian, Maria and her family are members of Catalyst Church and volunteer in various ministries. Because she values community involvement, Maria served as Secretary for her neighborhood HOA board for 4 years and volunteers in many community events.


Maria Adams Designs commits to CLASSIC, MODERN LIVING by helping clients design, create and implement spaces that align to one’s lifestyle, needs, and dreams. Aesthetically inspiring as well as practical and functional, each space is unique to the Client.  Exceptional customer service is of the utmost importance, therefore clients will receive the highest level of professionalism, personal attention and incredible design. Maria Adams Designs supports locally-owned small businesses and seeks resources from these community-based businesses in its initial search for products and services.  We value community involvement and donate goods and services throughout the year.

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