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Sanford complemented the existing beamed ceiling and white oak floor in her concept for open-plan great room..

Comfortable Wesley Hall seating beckons in the living area.

Sanford's kitchen revolves around a Lacanche range and cabinetry of her own design.

The island is topped with soapstone while glazed-ceramic tile clads the backsplash.

Casey Sanford merged warmth and rustic sophistication in her redo of a residence in the Palisades. PORTRAIT: MICHAEL VENTURA

Hot Talent: Casey Sanford

After growing up in Mississippi with an architect mother and contractor father, CASEY SANFORD decided to study business in college. However,
she soon pivoted to a degree in interior design, which felt like a natural fit. Sanford worked for several design studios before moving to Northern Virginia in 2014 with her husband, Houston. “I was with a small boutique firm less than a year when I decided it was time to go out on my own,” she recounts. “I started out in our one-bedroom apartment in Alexandria and the company just grew through word-of-mouth.” After a year, Houston joined the firm to handle business, marketing and communications.

Today, Casey Sanford Interior Design occupies a building the couple purchased on Main Street in Warrenton, Virginia; a junior designer and an operations manager also work in the firm’s 1,000-square-foot studio. Sanford, whose portfolio has grown to include renovation design and interior architecture, says current clients extend “from Santa Rosa to Nantucket.”

The designer calls her aesthetic “laid-back luxury,” explaining, “It’s a mix of rustic and classic elements that stand the test of time. There’s a warmth I like to bring to my designs.” She adds, “I want to create a sense of home.”

Interior & Kitchen Design: Casey Sanford, Casey Sanford Interior Design, Warrenton, Virginia. Photography: Stacy Zarin Goldberg (kitchen); Jennifer Hughes (living room).

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