Love of Entertaining

This project began with two delightful clients who had the following criteria- a home that blended furnishings from two previously separate households, her furnishings included stunning antiques and her love of “Fluffy and Flowey” while his furnishings included many very angular Stickley pieces. They had several adult children and grandchildren. They both were passionate about cooking and entertaining. Since many of their friends were older, they had concerns about step down areas in the house. And the last request was that the house have a lot of color, no bland off white walls!

Living Room and Foyer

This view from  the Living Room looks onto the foyer. In the Living Room, we recessed a small niche that could be used for family photos and small accessories. Since the space was very shallow, we curved the shelves to create more space. This niche becomes a piece of art on the wall. Note the beautiful antique pieces, secretary, and centuries old mantle clock. The floors are 3 1//2″ Oak from Mountain Lumber in Charlottesville Virginia with a Gunstock finish.

Family Room

The Family Room which is directly off the kitchen and a step down from the Foyer and Living Room is a casual area used for TV viewing and conversation. Slip covers were used on the seating and ottoman to make this a very user friendly room for guests, family, and extended family including the little ones. Note how the oriental rug compliments antique accents and traditional art.

Breakfast Area

The inspiration for this room was a zinc top table the client had purchased. It is deep enough to display the client’s extensive collection of serving pieces. The farmhouse table with wood planks has a  unique hand painted blue base with rubbing and distressing. We had an artist match the base of the zinc table. The hanging lights which were acquired by the client are reminiscent of copper kettles. The in wall fireplace gives quite a cozy ambience to the room on a cool evening and the tapestry above pulls together the copper color, the blues, and teals. The table can easily seat 8 with an extension leaf conveniently stored under the table.


The Den, which is adjacent to the Family Room houses the client’s Stickley furniture. It blends very well with the other areas because of the consistent wall color and the use of an oriental rug. The coffered ceiling in this area and a more ornate ceiling fixture carry through the mix of straight lines and more ornate antiques.

Dining Room

This stunning dining room is the jewel of the first floor with the fabulous antiques, a portrait of a relative, and an amazing collection of crystal and silver. The use of an intense color on the ceiling as well as the walls highlights the crystal chandelier. We were able to find the dining table at an antique shop and have it refinished to perfectly match the chairs.


This is the dream kitchen for a couple who love to cook with a main cooking area, a farm style Egranite sink, and a small sink for the sous chef in the center island. The countertops are impervious Cambria Praa Sands quartz and some of the countertop areas are zinc. The backsplash is of a beveled 3″ x 6″ brilliant white porcelain tile in a stagger joint. Note the vertical grab bars and tiny in wall lights at the step down. The floors have been stained a custom color which is a darker version of the main wall color used in the home. The stain was finally approved after many color samples were submitted by Sherwin Williams. At the bar area, there is decorative tile at the bottom of the wall that creates a design element and protection to the wall. In the upper cabinetry, we incorporated pull down shelves for our client who is very petite.

Bar Area

This fully equipped custom bar repeats the counter top material of the kitchen, the Quartz and Zinc but uses a wood stain for the cabinets to blend with the furniture in the Family Room. The silver pulls are in the shape of Sea Coral and were acquired at Old Luckett’s Store in Leesburg, Virginia. 

Second Floor Corridor

This hallway used ADA compliant light fixtures that protrude only 4″ from the wall. The oil rubbed bronze finish compliments the door hardware which is a striking contrast to the white doors and trim.


The ceiling medallion in the foyer was highlighted with gold to compliment the chandelier.

Miscellaneous Design Details

Two rooms on the second floor were set up for the grandchildren. The sunny nursery has a cloud ceiling with a whimsical frosted glass airplane. The boys room has a compass painted on the ceiling extending out from the light fixture in the precise direction west to east. This way the visitors can know which direction points to the oceanfront.

Children’s Bath

This bright sunny bath would make any child feel excited about a visit to the beach. 

Guest Bedroom

This room utilized an iron bed and wicker furniture that the client possessed. It was warmed up with the use of an oriental with blacks and creams. 

Master Bath

This elegant Master Bath provided two separate His and Hers areas separated by the entry door. Her side has a luxurious hotel style tub with stagger joint oversized white beveled subway tiles, accented with a tiny frosted glass teal accent strip. Note the grab bar on the wall next to the tub. Decorative mirrors have been used in this bath instead of a wall of mirror. In the center of the room is a makeup area that was designed to compliment the client’s accent chair. Doors on either side of the makeup area lead to the Master Closet. On His side of the bath, there is a repeat of the vanity with a convenient towel bar on the side. This side of the room has a large walk in shower with an octagonal white carrera floor and a repeat of the teal accent strips. The tile wraps the inside of the window as well. The same teal stained floors that were used in the Kitchen were used in the Master Bath. It is a translucent stain so the beauty of the hardwood shows through.


Tiny recessed LED lights were used ever few stairs to provide night lights and to visually highlight the changes in elevation from step to step.


This view of the Foyer from the second floor landing. A ceiling medallion was highlighted with gold to compliment the stunning chandelier from Corbett Lighting. The chandelier is on a lift system so it can be lowered to the bottom floor to facilitate easy changing of the candelabra bulbs. The artwork in the Foyer stairwell is by a quite talented former Navy SEAL. The top of the railing is painted a gloss black to repeat the color of the front door.

Master Bedroom

The clients’ Stickley furniture is being used in the Master Bedroom. The request was that this room highlight the simplicity of the furniture. We accomplished this with simple white linens and shutters for window treatments. The shutters are extremely practical for light control and insulation from the summer heat.