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Designer Skip Sroka's Own Home

A designer’s D.C. home is filled with creative solutions to practical problems.

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
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    Mantel (designed by Skip Sroka): Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Fireplace screen: Decorative Crafts, 800/431-4455, decorativecrafts.com. Available through Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Sconces: antique.
    Chair left of mantel ("Washu Chair" #PB9930, by Powell & Bonnell): Dennis Miller Assoc., 212/684-0070, dennismiller.com.
    Glass-top end table: Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Floor lamp (by Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
    Chair to right of mantel: BSG, Buying Service Group Inc., 301/263-9300, buy4designers.com.

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    Sofa ("Ariel Series" #6884): R. Jones & Assoc., 214/951-0091, rjones.com.
    Sofa fabric (discontinued): Arc-Com Fabrics Inc., 800/223-5466, arc-com.com.
    Pillows: Clarence House, 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com.
    Coffee table (custom, by Skip Sroka): Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Chair at left of sofa: BSG, Buying Service Group Inc., 301/263-9300, buy4designers.com.
    End table left of sofa: Eric Brand, 650/259-0207, ericbrand.com.
    Lamp on end table (discontinued): Donghia, 914/662-2377, donghia.com.
    Art on end table (from Prague, Czechoslovakia): owner's collection.
    End table to right of sofa: Global Views, 888/956-0030, golobalviews.com.
    Lamp on end table: Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Drapery ("Lavish"/Chocolate #26837-6); drapery trim ("Soho Braid"/Subway #TA5361-6): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
    Woodwork (designed by Skip Sroka): fabricated by Metropolitan Woodworking, 301/322-3417, metropolitanwoodworking.com.
    Wall upholstery (designed by Skip Sroka): fabricated by Al Soussan, Custom Furniture & Wall Upholstery, 301/216-1520, wallsupholstered.com.
    Light fixture (vintage Orrefors, by Quotient); area rug (custom): Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Chair at right ("Anziano Chair" #90002): Donghia, 914/662-2377, donghia.com.

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  • Werner Straube

    Chest; pair of vases: Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Pair of chairs: Target, target.com.
    Mirror: antique.
    Flower holder: Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979, niermannweeks.com.
    Small bookends: Metropolitan Museum of Art Shop, 800/468-7386, store.metmuseum.org.
    Paint ("Print Room Yellow" #69): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com.

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    Wall covering ("Fidenza Ground"/Natural #528940): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
    Upholstered sofa; blue pillows on sofa: owner's collection.
    Gold-patterned pillows on sofa: Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Burgundy pillow: antique.
    Coffee table ("Greek Key Coffee Table" #CT10): Salvations Architectural Furnishings, 301/445-1400, salvationsaf.com.
    Bowl on coffee table (blue with gold); footed bowl (antique); box (antique); pair of chairs (antique); right end table (antique): owner's collection.
    Left end table: La Barge Inc., 336/812-2420, labargeinc.com.
    Table lamps: Grant Antiques, 301/215-9292, grantantiques.com.
    Drapery (cream linen): Norbar Fabrics, 800/645-8501, norbarfabrics.com. Drapery trim (Tweeded Braid"/Camel #TA5214-16): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
    Shade fabric ("Ravenna Embroidery"/Bone #64742): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
    Area rug (custom): Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Art behind sofa (by David Shapiro): Bill Lowe Gallery, 404/352-8114. lowegallery.com.

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    Mantel (designed by Skip Sroka): fabricated by Concrete Jungle, 301/874-1001, concretejungleonline.com.
    Mirror: custom.
    Sconces: antique.
    Lounge chair; pillow on lounge chair; floor lamp: owner's collection.
    Chair to left of mantel: BSG, Buying Service Group Inc., 301/263-9300, buy4designers.com.
    Round table (antique); chair to right of round table (antique): owner's collection.
    Urn lamp (Siramos); rug (custom): through Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Daybed; pillow on daybed: owner's collection.
    Armoire/bar cabinet (designed by Skip Sroka): Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.

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  • Werner Straube
  • Werner Straube

    Wall covering: Paul Montgomery Studio, 540/337-6600, paulmontgomery.com.
    Table: owner's collection.
    Chairs: BSG Inc., Buying Service Group Inc., 301/263-9300, buy4designers.com.
    Buffet (Lucien Rollin Collection): William Switzer & Assoc., 212/207-8332, lucienrollin.com.
    Mirror ("The Cottingham Park" #6804, Traditional Collection): Friedman Brothers Decorative Arts, 800/327-1065, friedmanmirrors.com.
    Chandelier (from Paris): owner's collection.
    Sconces: antique.
    Blue-and-white urn on pedestal; blue vase on table; chargers (Limoges); dinnerware (Limoges); salad plates (vintage) owner's collection.
    Napkin rings (discontinued): Dransfield & Ross, 212/741-7278, dransfieldandross.biz. Yellow glassware: antique.
    Crystal candlesticks: Tiffany & Co., tiffany.com.
    Crystal candlesticks: antique.

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    Cabinetry: Wood-Mode, 877/635-7500, wood-mode.com. Cooktop: Electrolux, 877/435-3287, electroluxappliances.com. Hood: Vent-a-Hood, 800/331-2492, ventahood.com. Countertop: Durango marble.
    Chandelier over island: vintage.

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    Wall paint ("Harbor Haze" #2136-60); ceiling paint ("Hollingsworth Green" #HC-141): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
    Table ("Dakota Glass Dining Table"): Julian Chichester, 336/886-2454, julianchichester.co.uk.
    Chairs: owner's collection.
    Chair fabric ("Shira"/Citron #P9080): Pindler & Pindler, 805/531-9090, pindler.com.
    Chair trim (2-inch Flat Tape #7242-84): Duralee Fabrics, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.
    Pottery collection (McCoy pottery): owner's collection.
    Dinnerware: Bloomingdales, bloomingdales.com.
    Green glassware: Crate & Barrel, 800/996-9960, crateandbarrel.com.

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    Bed (custom, by Skip Sroka): Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Bed linens: Frette, 212/299-0400, frette.com.
    Decorative pillow on bed: owner's collection.
    Night tables: antique.
    Table lamps (by Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
    Art over bed: owner's collection.
    Armoire: antique.
    Carpet: Godfrey Hirst, 800/480-7134, godfreyhirst.com.
    Mural panels: Kay Jones, 310/347-7877, kayjonesmurals.com.
    Striped chair: owner's collection.
    Blue chair: antique.
    Wall color ("Simply White" #OC-117); ceiling color ("Whispering Spring" #2136-70): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

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  • Werner Straube

    Tub; fixtures ("Pinstripe"): Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com. Tub surround: Wood-Mode, 877/635-7500, wood-mode.com. Blinds: Hunter Douglas, 800/789-0331, hunterdouglas.com.
    Trim and ceiling paint ("Mink" #2112-10): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
    Flooring: Crema Marfil with Emperador Brown.

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    Bed: Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Headboard fabric: leather. Bed linens: Frette, 212/299-0400, frette.com.
    Upholstered bench; art over bed; night table; table lamp: owner's collection.
    Fireplace tile ("Marquis Octagon & Rectangle," Studio Moderne Collection by Michael Berman): Walker Zanger, walkerzanger.com.
    Carpet: Masland, 800/633-0468, maslandcarpets.com.
    Wall finish (strié): Monkton Studios, 410/343-0238, monktonstudios.com.
    Pair of chairs: Beachley, out of business.
    Pillows on lounge chairs: Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Ottoman (custom): Sroka Design, 301/263-9100, srokadesign.com.
    Ottoman fabric: Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Round mirror: antique.

  • Werner Straube
  • Werner Straube

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