Virginia Estate

The design for this new house, created for a well-traveled, newly-married couple, was inspired by the work of classical Southern architect William Lawrence Bottomley.

The couple’s amazing collection of American antiques was a wonderful starting point for the project but didn’t reflect the European wife’s love of Continental pieces. Over the three year design and building process, we assembled an impressive collection of English, French, and Italian antiques, along with some important 20th-century pieces, that come together to create a refined, but livable, mix.

We conceived the house’s floor plan to maximize light and flow, with a long, art-filled entry gallery that opens to graciously-proportioned living and dining rooms—perfect for a couple that often hosts large parties. The kitchen wing includes a double-height room that’s suited to more casual dining and entertaining, with windows that look out over the vast Virginia countryside, making it the perfect spot for watching deer and other wildlife.

One of the favorite rooms in the house, the breakfast room, has a romantic, garden feeling, with custom painted, trellised Gracie wallpaper panels, painted shell-backed chairs that pull up to a 19th-century, burled-walnut dining table, and a Swedish corner cupboard that houses a collection of porcelain.

Architect: 3north