This young couple didn’t bring a lot with them when they moved into their new house in McLean. The wife already had great taste, though, having identified pieces she liked through such venerable firms as Holly Hunt and Baker, but she needed help specifying the correct dimensions and scale for what would go in the living and family rooms. She also needed assistance placing the furnishings she already had.

We first chose rugs to set the stage. Our client had found a pattern she liked for the living room, and we helped choose the silvery-gray color, which works as a foil for the champagne coffee table, the gray slipper chairs, and the white, curved-arm sofa. The dark console, which we moved from another room, along with the smart end tables provide visual anchors to the natural light that floods this room.

We took color cues from the herring-bone brick pattern in the family room fireplace to select a Tufenkian rug with pale damask pattern over a cocoa background. A nubby tan sofa and taupe leather armchair play complement those colors and add texture.

She used her existing breakfast table and chairs in the kitchen, but needed something to dress them up. We introduced her to McLean artist John Matthew Moore, renowned for his floral artwork. Several of his paintings now highlight the wall behind the table, and reflect off a new, oversized mirror that enlarges and lightens the space.

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