The forever home that wasn’t…Potomac
I met my sweet husband in New York on a blind date in 1990 and married him in my dream wedding in 1992. We spent the next 7 years in NY renovating 2 homes and welcoming 3 little boys into the world. Weeks after our youngest little guy was born, we packed up the Chevy Suburban and moved to the DC suburb of Potomac, Maryland to be closer to our extended family. After buying our forever house, we spent 5 years renovating and furnishing it and planned to live there until our boys were grown. Here are a few after pics of our first home in Potomac.
Much as we loved the house, an opportunity to buy an adjacent property presented itself just as we were getting comfortable in that forever home and in 2005, we started all over! (And yep, this was at the same time that we were renovating Lombardy!). With both of our homes in Potomac, we enlisted the services of architect David Neumann from Neumann, Lewis and Buchanan and Potomac builder O’Neill Development.
Renovating our current home was a two-year journey and we’ve now been here for ten years. We loved the house, but it was the land that sold us on PRL. The property is 42 acres, already subdivided, and our family (especially the dogs!) really takes advantage of this land. We can hike, swim, ride bikes and play golf, tennis, basketball, and volleyball without ever leaving home. I love having a garden and I can keep cut flowers in the house from spring through fall from our yard. Having a few extra acres also allows us to have a handful of outbuildings, which is super handy. We have a pool house, guest house, two apartments, several garages and sheds, and a large barn. The prior owners kept horses on the property and the beautiful barn is a fully equipped stable.
In designing and decorating our Potomac home, I wanted to have spaces that are welcoming and elegant for guests, but at the same time practical for a busy household that includes 3 boys and 2 big dogs. After 10 years, I think that we accomplished our mission. We entertain frequently and we use every inch of this house – and it’s held up quite well!
Slipcovers on some of the seating help to keep upholstered pieces clean. So does hardwood flooring throughout the house and wool (naturally stain resistant!) area rugs. My design aesthetic is fairly traditional with a modern twist and never stagnant. I’m always moving things around! I love having art, antiques, and furnishings with beautiful fabrics and finishes. And I’m a big believer in high/low design and scouting fun finds from Michael’s and Target or a local flea market is one of my favorite things to do. Creating and designing homes for my family has been my passion for as long as I can remember and I can’t imagine that ever changing!
- Paint | Linen White and Black Forest Green (shutters) from Benjamin Moore
- Outdoor Furniture | Restoration Hardware