One Room Challenge: City Living…Understated elegance…Warm and gracious hosts…

Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas // October 7, 2020 // Challenge

Our room is in a Washington DC home tucked quietly on McArthur Boulevard, overlooking the Potomac River.  The owners of this stately brick home are a professional couple in their mid 40s with no children.  The husband is a prominent DC lawyer who is a partner in one of the most highly prestigious law firms in the city.  His wife is a political science professor at nearby Georgetown University. In the spring and fall, she often walks to the university for early morning classes.  Both the husband and wife are prominent “influencers” in the DC political community.  While the entire home is just under 3,200 sq.ft., the main rooms are generously sized. 

Pre-Coronavirus, the couple entertained regularly, hosting dinners for six guests or larger wine tasting events with a combination of Caribbean and New Orleans cuisine for appetizers.  Both husband and wife can be found in the updated and well-appointed kitchen.

The room that the couple has retained Interiors by Design to redecorate is the original living room that they are re-casting as their “great-room” for more intimate and much smaller entertaining post coronavirus.  They have relegated their large den to their joint office where they can both work at home and still share time together.  Both the husband and wife are spirited but sophisticated and full of individual style.  Fortunately, they have similar tastes and the husband defers to his wife in most instances.

Our mood board reflects our initial design considerations that include color, textures and materials that will be used for seating, accessories and window coverings.  The couple wants to keep everything light in color with contrasting woods for furniture.