12 of the Coolest Home Designs Around Washington

For 41 years, Washingtonian has joined the DC chapter of the American Institute of Architects to recognize outstanding work from local residential architects. To ensure an unbiased process, none of the jurors—architects from around the country—are local. Here are 2022’s winning designs.

Photographs by Paul Warchol.

Bronze House on Chain Bridge Road

Firms: David Jameson Architect

Spec houses are typically designed to appeal to the masses. But this one, clad in patinated bronze, with walls of mahogany-framed windows and a garage for a car collector, is highly customized. “It’s totally unique in the market,” says architect David Jameson, who designed it for a parcel in DC’s Kent that used to contain a tennis court. Also unusual: It doesn’t have a basement. Functions that are often subterranean, such as a game room and an in-law suite, are instead on the third level. As of press time, the home was still for

Read more

Febreze Elevates Home Design with Scent Styling

Febreze partners with actress and home décor expert Garcelle Beauvais to share how to follow your nose to the perfectly curated home


From the perfect pillow placement to arranging furniture for good energy flow, interior design is paramount to creating your dream home. We instinctually focus on the colors, materials, and textures that look and feel good, but often overlook one key element: smell. Enter “Scent Styling,” the freshest new design concept from the fragrance experts at Febreze that marries the sense of smell with the visual art of interior design to elevate your living space. Studies have shown that smell – both good and bad – can have a profound impact on your mental and physical wellbeing. By thoughtfully incorporating scents throughout your home, you can curate an atmosphere for every room.

Febreze partners with actress, TV personality, and home decor designer Garcelle Beauvais to help introduce its new fresh new design concept “Scent Styling.”  (Photo: Business Wire)

Febreze partners with actress, TV personality, and home decor designer Garcelle Beauvais to help introduce

Read more

Home design ideas: Adding a modern edge to a nautical lake house

Designer Vanessa Helmick updates the classic beach theme in the guest room of this Maine lake house.Sean Litchfield

Vanessa Helmick’s clients weren’t kidding when they asked for a strict blue and white palette in the Maine lake house that is a gathering place for their extended family. “I wanted to incorporate other colors, but they had always dreamed of blue and white,” says the owner of Fiore Home. So, the interiors of the Sebago Lake home lean heavily nautical. To keep the lofty guest room from seeming kitschy, Helmick chose a modern platform bed as the centerpiece and popped in a graphic block-print pillow with a dash of terra cotta.

1 Helmick used Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace paint for the millwork and Oxford White for the walls. “Accentuating the architectural details helps a high-ceilinged space not feel cavernous,” she says.

2 Blackout roller shades made from navy blue fabric

Read more

Fall trends 2022: decor looks for a fall home

While trends are not something that many people like to follow for their ephemerality, timeless fall trends are offering a new way to style your home for the cooler seasons.

US interior design trends emerge to meet the demands we are making of our homes, fall decor ideas and design trends in 2022 are looking towards creating a cozy, warm home for friends and family to gather and relax together after a difficult few years.

Here, designers have offered their insight into the top fall trends for 2022 so that you can create the ideal space when the time to start decorating for fall is upon us.

Incorporating trends into your home does not need to be about fleeting decor items that might not have a place in your home the following year, instead, implement these timeless decorating ideas for schemes that will stand the test of

Read more

Ten residences with deliberately unfinished interiors

A holiday home in northern Italy that was decorated on a budget and a Hackney apartment with exposed concrete walls are among the residences in this lookbook, which showcases interiors that have been left purposely unfinished.

Peeling wallpaper, floors that have been left untreated and hanging cables give character to these interior design projects, which look as though they’ve been abandoned halfway through decorating.

By stripping back the properties down to their shells, the interior designers have given the occupants of these homes the chance to complete them according to their own tastes and resources – whether that be filling them with quirky items or keeping them minimalist.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring colorful living rooms that make a statement, homes with walk-in wardrobes and beautiful brutalist interiors.


Interiors of the Lapa Apartment designed by Studio Gameiro
Photo is by Tiago Casanova
Read more