I have a story in today’s Washington Examiner about how designer Dolly Howarth made Lisa and Martin Standiford’s new house in Alexandria into their dream home. She served both their needs, from Martin’s love of pool to Lisa’s home office, where she designs jewelry under the name Lisa Latham.
“We wanted it to be so many things, but we just couldn’t make that first step in realizing our vision,” Lisa says in the article, right here. She adds: Dolly “is an amazing listener, and she just got it.”
The examiner only had room to use a single picture each of the billiard room and office, so here you can see all the other pictures of these spaces, which Dolly had photographed by Angie Seckinger and Morgan Howarth. I also have photos from the rest of the house, which illustrate the way Dolly extended Lisa’s love of jewelry into the living and dining rooms, and how she translated the couple’s mutual love of Italian villas in their contemporary kitchen.
The billiard room was the first room to be completed, and is a favorite of the couple’s guests, Lisa says. Martin liked it so much that it gave Lisa the license to decorate the rest of the house, starting with the office.
The rest of the house is filled with color, too. Every room contains a note of luminescence that echos Lisa’s jewelry.
The dining room glows with color, anchored by commissioned works from Laura Edwards, whose studio is in the nearby Torpedo Factory, and lush window treatments with fabric by Duralee.
The living room is a smooth take on mid-century modern. The riot of colors isn’t overwhelming — an effect we amateurs shouldn’t try at home!