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Drawing Board Audio/Video + LightingAfter severe flooding destroyed a McLean, Virginia, basement—including a home theater designed by Integrated Media Systems in 2005—the owners decided to overhaul the space. IMS reconstructed and updated the theater area, collaborating with designer Barry Dixon, who selected its elegant furniture and finishes.

Then Now
The theater was state-of-the-art for 2005 but needed its audio/video systems upgraded for today’s technology. The new A/V package allows for ultra high-definition resolution and audio-encoding formats. The system is integrated with the existing whole-house Savant Control System, operated via iPad.
The projector was ruined and other components had to be removed and reinstalled later. IMS installed a new Sony receiver and video projector. Undamaged components, including the speakers and screen, were reinstalled.
Theater-style seating limited the room’s functionality. The owners wanted a space that would feel more like a regular room, decorated in a timeless, inviting style. Barry Dixon created a multi-purpose area with Tomlinson sofas of his own design and swivel chairs from Coup D’Etat. Phillip Jeffries grasscloth on walls and ceiling define the space, lit by Apparatus sconces.


Home Automation: Tom Wells, Integrated Media Systems, Sterling, Virginia. Interior Design: Barry Dixon, Barry Dixon, Inc., Warrenton, Virginia. Photography: Bob Narod.

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