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Potomac Country House Tour

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The Rowe Home

Featured in 2014

This charming McAuley Park center hall colonial was constructed by the Bell family in 1979, and designed with fine attention to detail – both decorative and functional.  Before entering the home, note the historically authentic exterior cedar shutters – louvered on the top floor to allow air movement, and paneled on the main floor for privacy and security.  The traditional layout and colorfully elegant fabrics of the living room are warm and inviting.  Custom shuttered windows, removal of wallpaper, and neutral-colored Benjamin Moore paints serve the dual purposes of allowing the furnishings and oriental rugs to stand out while creating a healthful home for the homeowner who has chemical sensitivities.

Passing through the center hall to the Family Room, note the unique cabinetry built using green materials and low-voc paint.  Take in the custom designed armoire, modeled on a French original by Trouvailles, and constructed by three artisans – cabinetmaker, artist, and glazer.  The owner’s delight is a beautiful needlepoint rendering of the 17th C. painting “Madonna and Child,” by Florentine artist, Carlo Dolci.  Another favorite is the Italian watercolor, “Flirting with the Seamstress.”

Enter the sparkling and newly renovated Kitchen with its custom maple cabinetry, constructed of green materials and painted on-site with Farrow & Ball zero-voc paint, in a palette inspired by the owner’s favorite china.  Seeded glass inserts were chosen for the cabinet doors to display the antique glass and porcelain collections.  The Kitchen opens to a Breakfast Room with expansive views of the towering trees and charming custom-designed garden shed in the natural backyard.

Ascend the back stairway and enter a bright and charming double queen-bed Guest Room, followed by the owner’s favorite retreat – an airy and bright Sewing Room reflecting her artistry and love of handicrafts.  Collections of needlepoint creations, antique porcelains, and furnishings accent each living space.

Proceeding down the stairs to the lower level Recreation Room, spend a little time taking in the fascinating furnishings, including the Brunswick pool table covered in salmon-colored felt and its unique lighting fixture, the ottoman by English furniture maker George Smith, as well as the antique banker’s desk.  The love of trains is also apparent in the vintage train collection, accessories, and paintings by Alabama artist Dana Brown.  Exit this lovely home with a smile on your face and a mind full of creative, yet eco-friendly, decorating plans for your own home.