Interior Design Case Study Celia Welch subscribes to the notion that less is more when it comes to interior design. “My style is grounded in simplicity,” she explains. “Ultimately, I believe that simple home design leads to ease of living.”
This philosophy underlies all of her projects, and it’s what attracted a couple building a custom home in the Middleburg area. They brought Welch in at the start of the process, asking her to work closely with their builder, Visnic Homes, to create an elegant yet comfortable abode that capitalizes on its bucolic surroundings; the kitchen and adjacent family room exemplify the team’s success.
The house is located on a golf course, so retaining unimpeded views was a high priority. The two-story family room and adjacent kitchen are flanked by windows and French doors; solar shades can be tucked away and draperies frame the window and door openings.
To delineate the kitchen and sitting area, Welch designed a granite-topped, walnut display shelf. The kitchen boasts custom Shaker-style cabinetry and Carrara marble counters and backsplash. The kitchen opens to a breakfast nook where a rustic roundtable is artfully paired with bright red Windsor chairs from Maine Cottage. Welch designed a cabinet that beautifully displays the couple’s pottery collection along one wall.
Most of the furniture is new to the house. An existing Baker sofa was reupholstered for the sitting area and Welch selected a metal coffee table and wood-framed chairs, both from Four Hands in California, to create “simple, soft lines with a touch of modern,” she says. A restful landscape by John Brandon Sills adorns the mantel.
Builder: Ted Visnic, Visnic Homes, Rockville, Maryland. Interior Design: Celia Welch, Celia Welch Interiors, Bethesda, Maryland. Photography: Angie Seckinger.
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