Drawing Board: Fine Furniture + Art

Garden Spot

Skip Sroka was tapped to design the interiors of Norton Manor, a newly constructed estate in Potomac. He and the owners decided to embellish the interiors with decorative faux finishes and murals; Sroka worked with Lenore Winters Studio to create a trellised conservatory that feels like an extension of the garden.

In the newly built house, the room was a mundane space overlooking the yard through bay windows. There was nothing distinctive about it.Sirocco designed a mural with a trellis at its center as a focal point to the room. Lenore Winters embellished it with clouds, flowers, and vines to create a sense of the outdoors coming in.
The moldings and trim were unremarkable.Winters incorporated the trim into her mural to make the art part of the architectural space.
Bare windows and a lack of furniture made the room feel small.A handmade carpet from Nepal in a classical style, custom furniture, and custom window treatments impart a sense of expansiveness and light.


Interior Architecture & Design: Skip Sroka, CID, ASID, Sroka Design Inc., Washington, DC. Contractor: Jim Gibson, Gibson Builders, Washington, DC. Decorative Painting: Lenore Winters Studio, Bethesda, Maryland.