This family was turning over a new leaf—literally. They had moved from a Victorian home with lots of heavy, brown furniture to a modern new aerie overlooking the Potomac River and its vivid tree line. Barnes Vanze handled both the architecture for this new home and its interior design.
We took design cues from the home’s strong vertical lines and the wide-open views afforded by floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the front and back. Earth tones and rich texture abound on the furnishings and finishes, just as you’d find in nature, and the overall look leans masculine, just as the architecture does.
The design also had to be family-friendly. With two energetic young boys and a golden Lab, the owners didn’t want anything too precious. We chose mid-century-inspired furnishings for their clean, uncluttered profiles, and covered them in stain-resistant fabrics that will stand up to heavy use. The sleek Poggenpohl kitchen anchors the main floor, while the built-in shelving in the adjacent family room and living room provide a strong visual counterpoint—and plenty of room for the wife, whose mother owns a bookstore, to display a lifetime’s collection of literature.