I have added Anne Decker to my list of favorite architects. She worked with a Bethesda, Maryland couple to build their 4,000+ square foot home and I am in love with every bit of its quiet elegance. The metal framed doors and windows showcase the beautiful views of their landscaping so the owners can enjoy the outdoors from almost every room in the house. If the owners ever intend on selling I will be happy to call this place home.
A beautifully detailed archway leads you from the entry into the living room. If you look closely, you will notice the jib doorways hidden away along the walls of the arched opening. Jib doors are a great architectural detail to incorporate when you want doors to disappear into the wall since the doors are actually flush without moldings or hardware. I love the mysterious “secret door” mystique the have, plus they are a great hiding place!
The kitchen is large enough to be able to ditch upper cabinets in favor of windows that show off the lush landscaping and outdoor fireplace. The staggering amount of natural light in this space is amazing, not to mention the vast amount of counter space.
Everywhere you look there’s a window that pulls the outside in. –Anne Decker, architect
I am a fan of mixing and matching dining room chairs. I like how the formality of leather chairs are paired with a more casual slipcovered chairs for the head of the table. It keeps the room from feeling too formal.
The bedroom looks like a comfortable retreat. That bed is one I would never want to get out of. Breakfast in bed…yes, please!
I would love to be able to relax in a freestanding soaking tub while admiring the views of the outdoors. I like the fact that they incorporated artwork in the bathroom. Some people fear that it will get damaged from the steam and humidity. In our last home we had an original watercolor painting framed and behind glass in the area right next to the shower for over ten years. It held up well without any damage.
Morning coffee on the patio nestled along the back side of the house would be a great way to start the day.
I could already envision an intimate evening cocktail party for a few close friends on the back patio with the outdoor fireplace taking center stage.
There you have it…a tour of a wonderful Maryland home. Was there anything about the house in particular that you liked the best?