Organic Modern Family Home

McLean, Virginia

Photography Mary Pat Collins

The scope of work for this project included redesign and furnishings for the foyer, living room, and dining room of this young family’s 1970’s Colonial home. One of the owners works in environmental policy, and is passionate about sustainability. Her request in the design of their home, was for sustainable, natural products, which are not only healthy for the planet, but for the people living in the home. We coined their style “Organic Modern”, and let those words be our guiding principle for the design.

The foyer greets guests with a Moroccan-style wool rug, vibrantly patterned chairs, and a bone-inlay console table. A large mirror hangs above which reflects light and gives owners a “last look” on their way out the door. Potted plants bring life and clean air to the entry, as well as to the rest of the rooms.

In the dining room, we started with a few inherited items which the owners wanted to update and incorporate into the design – one of our favorite challenges! There was a colorful, oversized, abstract painting, which we re-framed, and took inspiration from its vibrant splashes of color as the jumping-off point for our color scheme. The vintage, black, chinoiserie, china cabinet got a modern update with a white lacquer finish on the outside, navy blue interior, and sleek, new lucite and brass hardware. Grandma’s antique dining table got the biggest makeover, with a brand new fluted wood base, and stained black top, which we paired with refinished, mid-century modern dining chairs, reupholstered in a kid-friendly performance fabric. Custom brass light fixtures echo the MCM chairs, and the walls were covered in a pale blue grasscloth, and navy linen drapes were made to create an elevated, yet cocoon-like, natural feel in the dining room.

Apart from a pretty, inherited mirrored console, the living room needed all-new furniture and window treatments, and although the owner’s use the space for mostly adult entertaining, they wanted it to be open and safe for their toddler as well. We chose rounded silhouettes for the sofa and swivel chairs, and maximized seating with a custom window seat cushion and pillows, and wicker stools which tuck underneath the console, and can be used as extra seating or as footrests. We brought in more texture with the custom embroidered curtains, wool rug, and bone inlay and brass coffee table. Smaller accents like the cork lampshade, and handwoven baskets
enhance the organic modern vibe.