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Wood cast the dining table’s concrete base himself to evoke the look of an architectural relic; behind it, a framed panel of Pierre Frey wallpaper makes a bold statement.

In the main living area, a painting by Petra von Kazinyan hangs above an RH sofa; vintage end tables were updated with a black-lacquer finish and Michael Aram hardware.

In the bedroom, Wood showcased an elegant Maitland-Smith desk.

A streamlined CB2 bed is paired with a gold-framed Valentino scarf for a dash of color.

Whitney Wood embraced “modern romance” in his glamorous yet restrained DC apartment. Portrait: MIchael Ventura

Hot Talent: Whitney R. Wood

Family heirlooms, art and antiques filled Whitney Wood’s childhood home in Charlottesville. “Thinking back,” he recalls, “I was always rearranging my room.” So it wasn’t a stretch when, right out of high school, he landed a job with Middleburg interior designer Shoshana Datlow.

“She taught me the intricacies” of the business, Wood affirms. Four years later, he moved to Washington, DC, where he worked for a special-events design company before launching his own firm in 2018.

Wood likes to channel tradition while bringing a fresh, modern sensibility to his work. “I grew up surrounded by items that were passed down in my family,” he explains. “So I love using things from a client’s past in their home—it’s basically like telling a story.”

The designer is currently finishing up a Charlottesville abode and orchestrating interiors for another residence breaking ground in Gainesville, Virginia, this summer. And he recently wrapped up the chic apartment he and his fiancé share in DC’s West End. “This project was fun because I incorporated more neutrals and modern elements than in our prior home, which was very traditional,” he notes. “I wanted to challenge myself by going outside my comfort zone—and not overdoing it.”

Interior Design: Whitney R. Wood, WRW Interiors, Washington, DC. 

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