Inspired by the chateau architectural style, Lauren Fisher-Nagia framed the entry area with classic orangerie boxes and lush potted greenery.
Embracing French classical details—the fireplace and Beaux Arts ironwork outside—Wedderburn fashioned an elegant living room that still cuts the formality with traditional mouldings painted a crisp white, and the careful deployment of contemporary art, and a few modern elements.
It’s a tie between the custom Roux Bling Bling wallcovering from the Bridget Beari line and the mid-century barrel chairs upholstered in blue Osborne & Little velvet. Both are statement-makers in this very Parisian dining room where principal Susan M. Jamieson has deftly mixed antiques and clean, crafted pieces like the Julie Neil –Winters chandelier to dramatic effect.
Designers Cindy Grossmueller McClure and Jenna Randolph David elevated what could have been a quiet passageway into an architecturally sophisticated gallery space. By wallpapering the double barrel ceiling vault and installing LEDs (hidden in the mouldings), the designers created a memorable area.
Academy Award-nominated film Nocturnal Animals provided the moody starting point for Amons’s design. Drenched in sleek finishes like textured crocodile, black wallpaper, black flat-finish paint trim, a glossy ceiling, and lighting from Circa Lighting, the look is on point.
Proxmire calls this space a “Study in Blue.” Brooke Astor, New York’s famed philanthropist had a classic and coveted library designed by the noted designer Albert Hadley. Proxmire summoned some of those references, namely the same La Portugaise fabric by Brunschwig & Fils, for this room but deployed blue and the rule her own way: designed as a tech-free space, Proxmire is meant to “emphasize the lost art of conversation,” she says.
A well-appointed retreat just beyond the library, Gross envisioned a space for an avid reader or a good brainstorming session surrounded by luxury. Hand-painted walls and the arched windows give the room an Italian or Spanish sensibility. The designer even included two gold Sgabello chairs, which were popular in the 16th century Venice.
Meyer had a well-traveled client in mind for the Lady’s Retreat, with textiles that reflect that idea. Outfitted in a blend of vintage furnishings like the velvet Milo Baughman chairs and luxury accessories, the framed Hermes scarves, the concept comes together in a luminous setting.
Hildreth looked to the masterful Hubert de Givenchy, not for fashion inspiration, but to the couturier’s own residence, Château du Jonchet in Beauvais, France. He translated the look in his Collector’s Cabinet space with a very confident rendition: A host of materials in wood, iron, hide, leather and horn complemented by antiques and stately furniture. The custom draperies are a particular highlight.
Finding an artful line between tranquil and soft, designers Keira St. Claire-Bowery and Dana Schwartz found room for both. A canopy bed from Mr. Brown London makes it a strong focal point. Deliberating pulling geometric forms and contrasting them with a soft palette, the pair included a few faceted moments like the Arteriors flush mount.
With a pumped-up palette in orange, mint and aqua, Cramer created dynamic guest bedroom tempered by strong black accents. Moroccan and Nepalese rugs, upholstered walls, planked beds—the entire space is bold, risky, and invigorating thanks to the designer’s execution.
For the upstairs family room Burns found comfort in neutrals. A natural paper-weaved wallcovering and Manuel Canovas fabric on the sectional, along with a faded Oushak rug stay within her vision of cozy and light.
Importing some impressive undiluted graphic zing, the French designer fashioned Le Boudoir with heady black and white moves. Hand-painted walls, a Cappellini chair, and Art Deco Nubian candelabras—it’s not a typical mix and one that begs for the expert touch. Referring to the space as an “invitation of deliberate daydreaming, idleness, arts and contemplation,” Baty delivers the quintessential wow moment.
Designer Karen Snyder featured Beacon Hill fabrics in her Traveler’s Retreat. The Maurice pattern offers graphic verve as drapery, while the rest of her room was kept quiet and soothing with the kind of creature comforts she expects her clients would want to come home to.
A laundry room with high-end trappings—this space was given custom touches, as Grace’s philosophy is to banish the banal even in the case of daily chores. Custom tiles with shimmer and cabinet hardware from Nest Studio achieve her purpose. She also included a dog bed, naturally.
Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas aimed for glamour with her master bedroom design and turned to companies like Doris Leslie Blau and Century Furniture to help achieve the look.
A chiaroscuro effect dominates the lounge created by designers J. Allen, Michelle Borden, and Mark Borys. It’s a dramatic turn from the rest of the home, which is precisely the point of this parlor.
The aptly named Jewel Box Bar was given a complete revise by designers Allie Mann, Elena Eskandari, Alex Hubbard, and Hope Hassell. Painted cabinetry, a marble and glass backsplash, Kohler fixtures, and quartz countertops were selected to give polish, says the team who sought a “harmonious blend of rich, handsome finishes.”
Passing from the bar area into the Jewel Box sitting room, Saum highlighted the power of color in her space. A custom paint treatment on the walls and strong furnishing choices like a vintage Italian glass block table and Bauhaus-inspired cantilevered chairs display the designer’s interest in creating an experience not simply a room.
Yellow is a challenging color to master, but designers Susan Nelson and Todd Martz took up the cause enlisting the bright and unmistakable punch of the Sigourney wallpaper pattern from China Seas through Quadrille Fabrics. Chinoiserie porcelain accents play willing companions in a family room that showcases the energetic, updated side of traditional.
While she was limited to only cosmetic changes (not a dramatic overhaul) in breakfast room/kitchen, Friedman turned her attention to transitional trappings and textural impact creating custom window treatments with fabrics by Vervain and Fabricut and a Stark rug.
Keeping a focus on the mission of the DC Design Show House, painter Lisa Tureson decorated the walls with children’s artwork created via the Art Therapy program of the Children’s National Health System. This foyer grants access to the pool and garage areas, so her interest was on creating a living art installation.
Furniture Kimberly Asner of Country Casual Teak selected the brand’s Vista lounge cabana as the centerpiece of this vignette. The composition includes lounge chairs and patterned poufs, which are ideally suited for conversation.