My Favorite Posts from 2016

I still don’t think I’m ready for 2017 (as I write this on the third day of 2017). But my kids went back to school today, we all must press forward. But indulge me while I take just a quick look back at some of my favorite posts from last year.

I was most delighted that more designers stepped forward with their own guest posts. Nobody describes a project better than the designer who created it, like

Liza Jones:


Laura Fox:


and Andrea Houck:

Client dining room after

If you are a designer, architect or builder in the DC/MD/VA area, I hope you will consider a guest post here to show off your own stunning befores and afters! Just write to me at the email at the bottom of the home page.

Moving right along (pun intended), 2016 was also huge for our family, because we… moved. I’ve been documenting the slow progress of our work to make this new, funky contemporary house our own—and there will be more posts on this topic soon, but I was most surprised to look back at my very first post after we closed on the house — it gives me nostalgia for what we had before,

and what we were contemplating just a mile down the road, where the furniture in the above picture now lives, along with gorgeous floating shelves around the walls and warm, textured wallpaper:


I was also lucky enough to blog about some truly memorable, high-end design, such as the stunning revamp of the Finnish ambassador’s residence:

Alvar Aalto pendant lights and arm chairs pop in the lounge.


an art-filled Kalorama home by Mary Douglas Drysdale,

A painting by Capitol Hill resident Tati Kaupp highlights the dining room.


and Gibson Island designer Erin Paige Pitts’ new Florida digs:

The foyer is anchored with a giclee from Leftbank Art in California.


I also enjoyed writing about architects, where I learned something substantial about the history of architecture and design, such as the classical underpinnings of Mark McInturff’s modernist work:


And the inspiration for Eero Saarinen’s design for Dulles Airport—recognize this swooping roof?

Yale University’s Ingalls Rink (New Haven, Conn.), designed by Eero Saarinen. Credit: Eric Saarinen, ASC / Peter Rosen Productions, Inc.


I also learned that hobbies can provide powerful inspiration for design, such as growing bonsai.

And speaking of plants, I could just weep for the beauty of Walnut Hill, a Baltimore-area private garden that landscape photographer Roger Foley shot for a book on the family that cultivated it:

The Baltimore, MD garden of Penney and A.C. Hubbard, May 2014.

I’m hoping for bigger and better things in 2017, starting with a new guest post later this week. I’m wishing all of you a happy and successful new year!