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Window seat niche in entry foyer.
Window seat niche in entry foyer.

A window seat tucks into a niche in the entry foyer.

Acrylic console with Phillip Jeffries grass cloth in dining room.
Acrylic console with Phillip Jeffries grass cloth in dining room.

An acrylic console pairs with Phillip Jeffries grass cloth in the dining room.

Kitchen, Walker Zanger backsplash tile, blue and gray cabinetry
Kitchen, Walker Zanger backsplash tile, blue and gray cabinetry

Walker Zanger backsplash tile complements blue and gray cabinetry in the kitchen, designed in collaboration with Montgomery Kitchen and Bath.

Mikell Rice
Mikell Rice

Mikell Rice on Ligne Roset’s Vik stool. Portrait: Michael Ventura

Living room with Lee Industries sofas, American Leather armchair and a Vanguard coffee table.
Living room with Lee Industries sofas, American Leather armchair and a Vanguard coffee table.

Rice furnished the living room of a circa-1880 home with Lee Industries sofas, an American Leather armchair and a Vanguard coffee table.

Hickory Chair console in foyer.
Hickory Chair console in foyer.

A Hickory Chair console stands in the foyer.

Hot Talent: Mikell Rice

An entrepreneurial spirit runs in Mikell Rice’s family—along with creativity.

Raised in the DC area by parents who owned a graphic design company, Rice embraced her affinity for interior design after the loss of a close friend 10 years ago. “She was a person who was always chasing her dreams,” Rice recalls. “I always loved design, but until then, hadn’t thought I could do it as a profession.”

Leaving a job at Lululemon, Rice enrolled in the master’s program at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. She subsequently worked for the Alexandria firm Ivy Lane Living, then took time off to have her son before going out on her own in 2016. “With my parents as mentors, I’ve always wanted the freedom of working for myself,” she observes.

Growing up in the DC area has made forging connections and getting referrals “an organic process,” notes Rice, who hopes to take on an assistant this year. In fact, the home pictured on these pages belongs to the daughter of Rice’s fourth-grade Spanish teacher. “I really value relationships,” the designer says. “The joy for me is in creating spaces for people—they care so much about them and I love that.”

Interior Design: Mikell Rice, Mikell Rice Interiors, Bethesda, Maryland. Architecture: Manion + Associates Architects, Cabin John, Maryland. Builder: Omenitsch Brothers, Inc., Frederick, Maryland.

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