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Potomac Country House Tour


Hye Land House

Subtle elegance defines this French Provincial home, designed to accommodate sophisticated entertaining and the needs of a growing and loving family. Ascend the steps to the landscaped terrace and enter a grand foyer. Palladian windows and a striking Schonbek Empire-style chandelier illuminate the elaborate floor medallion and broad central staircase, set in white marble.

The Formal Living Room, set in French Empire style and perfect for the most sophisticated gathering, reflects understated elegance. The floors are mahogany with parquet border of maple and cherry, the fireplace is marble, and accent seating is done in Empire-style French fabric. Artwork includes Jansem's “Masquerade Party”, and pieces by Armenian painters. The warm mahogany Lebanese Living Room is a testament to harmonious Middle Eastern culture. Decorated richly with rugs and fabrics of the region, the room is a showcase of fascinating collections - blue stone amulets, coffee servers, and perfume bottles. Note the ornate 150-year old mirror, handmade in Damascus with mother of pearl inlays.

The Master Bedroom Suite is discreetly tucked away through double doors. The pastel mauve of the carpet, walls, and crown molding create a calm, private space while the raised sleeping platform, atrium ceiling, American bird's eye maple furnishings, and artwork add splashes of texture and color. Note the decorative transoms above the doors to the Bed, marble Bath, and Dressing Rooms. Exiting the Suite, view the Gentleman's Office, filled with natural light from the Palladian window. The desk is bird's eye maple with a metal base. The artwork reflects love of family, as well as the owners' Mediterranean heritage. Follow the intricate hallway flooring to the two-story Library, featuring rich cherry woodwork, upper-level stacks, and a striking stained glass ceiling.

A set of stairways leads to the expansive Lower Level, featuring an intriguing display of the owner's couture clothing and a wine cellar tucked away to the left. The Party Room opens to a beautiful marble-top bar, slate fireplace, and the setting for a 175-guest sit-down dinner, bandstand, and dance floor. Paintings of women dancing, recessed ceiling, and French doors reflect airiness, and a more modern art deco style.

Returning upstairs to the Formal French Empire Dining Room, note the subtle elegance of the custom Italian table and chairs. The window valances are designed to match the table's apron pattern. The green marble-top cabinet is built-in beneath a mirrored wall reflecting light from the antique chandelier brought from Lebanon.

The private wing of the house exhibits a more modern style. The Family Room's ceilings soar more than 20 feet, and grand mullioned windows allow maximum light. Woodwork is bleached almond, and granite on the bar is “blue pearl”. Proceed through the Lady's Office, with atrium ceiling and Palladian window, to the Kitchen. This functional space, with grey marbled linoleum floor, glass tabletop with granite bases, and dramatically curved “blue pearl” granite countertops is the most modern in the home. Note the curved overhead lighting following the line of the countertop, and the lowered height of the cooktop. Clearly, this home showcases the perfect design for seamless transition from warm family home to elegant evening event!

Featured in 2015