I was honored to be commissioned by the Loudoun Arts Council – in collaboration with the Audubon Naturalist Society – to create the 2006 Designers’ Show House, the Council’s largest fundraiser. My mission: return to its former grandeur the Library of the Rust Nature Sanctuary – a historic mansion in Leesburg, Virginia. I composed the various elements of the room following a French-inspired interior design, beginning with a Louis XV hand-carved mantel and surround for the fireplace, which I donated. Next, I added two crescent-shaped sofas and an ottoman to complete the conversational seating area.
Nature-inspired motifs on regal fabrics and trims provided dynamic counterpoint to the lyrical color palette of yellows and gold, accented with blues and salmons. To complete the composition, muted gold was painted inside the built-in bookcases, echoing the color chosen for the rug. Finally, to strike just the right note for the gallery wall, I hand-selected works from local artists Ed Cooper and Libby Stevens. The end result was an elegant, warm, and inviting space that could be enjoyed by visitors for many years to come.