Joe Ireland and Julie Weber spread out carpet and fabric samples destined for a home in Potomac.
A chair illustrates upholstery treatments.
Sculptures from a design house occupy a console near Ireland's desk.
Screens and vintage chairs await the perfect home.

Work Space

J.D. Ireland's DC office provides a perfect backdrop for creativity

Joe Ireland and Julie Weber, principals of J. D. Ireland Interior Architecture + Design, could see beyond the mauve walls and gold chandeliers when they first laid eyes on the two-story Dupont Circle space that would become their firm’s offices. “We couldn’t turn it down,” recalls Ireland. “It’s so bright and airy.”

The partners, who launched their firm in 2003, immediately planned a makeover of the space, which occupies the second and third floors of a 1922 Connecticut Avenue row house. Before a mortgage company moved out, says Ireland, “A designer/architect actually lived and worked here.”

Today, the main level serves as a library. The walls are white, with architectural columns drawn in around the windows. “It was a playful way to add detail without taking away from the windows or view,” says Weber of the project Ireland surprised her with one weekend. 

A changing mix of furniture and accessories includes collected treasures waiting for a home and upholstered chairs illustrating unique fabric treatments. Ireland’s desk is also
on this floor, while the top level houses offices for Weber and three other staff members. 

The library provides an ideal environment for client meetings around a 10-foot-long wooden table. “We wanted a bright space that wouldn’t dictate one style over another,” says Weber. “Our studio is great because it allows the client to see their project and not
be distracted by what’s around them.”

Photographer Stacy Zarin Goldberg is based in Olney, Maryland.