Sharon McCormick designs a home in Washington D.C.

This award-winning home designed by Sharon M is the third project my clients and I have worked on together since 2008. After spending two years in Finland, they returned to the U.S. excited to build their dream home in charming Vienna, Virginia. Architect Rob Shutler proposed a Prairie-style exterior a la Frank Lloyd Wright, for its ability to both fit in yet stand out in this community of predominantly craftsman and bungalow homes. The home’s interior is classically detailed to dovetail with the clients’ transitional design aesthetic.

My clients were able to articulate their needs and wishes in great detail. Designing specifically to their program resulted in a home that is as functional for their lifestyle as it is an expression of their unique style. If a home can truly exemplify that “God is in the details”, this one is it! Step inside to understand why.

Foyer with Crocodile Wallcovering: The beauty of custom home is that niches can be incorporated to highlight special pieces of furniture or art. This wine server is an important piece purchased for the owners’ previous home, and needed to have pride of place in their new home. The server features decorative hand-carved patterns made of solid African mahogany. An accent wall of faux crocodile wall covering adds more texture, calling even more attention to the carved server doors.

This wonderfully intimate seating area is carved out of the spectacular foyer. The 12 foot ceiling height is a counterpoint to the small space, which is defined by a contemporary wool rug. The leather swivel chairs and suede sofa with leopard print pillows in shades of tan and beige add interesting textures. The living room is crowned with the same modern chrome and oak chandelier as the two story foyer for symmetry. Custom silk box-pleated drapes with wood beaded trim nod to the chandelier by using modern wood and chrome drapery hardware. Floor lamps add height and reader-friendly lighting.

This one-of-a-kind foyer is built into the half-round exterior silo-like feature. Large windows provide glorious natural daylight. The floating staircase reads like a piece of sculpture, crafted of oak and steel. The intimate living room is carved into the foyer space and provides a great vantage point to marvel at the staircase.

Sharon McCormick is a talented designer out of Connecticut. Sharon designed this home in Washington D.C. If you are interested in redesigning your home, contact Sharon today.

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