It’s not uncommon for designers to partner with great photographers to shoot their projects. In this case, designer Sue Burgess married hers. Gordon Beall, whose work can be seen in Architectural Digest, The Washington Post, and Darryl Carter’s book The New Traditional, has taken pictures of the town and country homes they share in Chevy Chase and Upperville, Va.
I profiled both houses in the current issue of Bethesda Magazine in the wake of a new book out this year called Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America’s Top Designers by Michele Keith.
In the story (which sadly is not online), Sue describes how her Chevy Chase house is decorated to the hilt in fine antiques and tailored looks. She wanted the Upperville house to be more relaxed, and filled it mostly with items taken out of storage in Chevy Chase. She plans a major renovation of the Upperville house in the next year or so, so she didn’t want to use anything that she didn’t mind parting with later on.
Gordon expertly shot both houses — Sue insists that the country house is merely populated with castoffs, but her trash is our treasure, as you will see below.
Sue is the only DC-area designer featured in Designers Here and There. Other notables that are included are Barclay Butera, Eric Cohler and Vicente Wolf. You can get it right here.