Skip gave the library verve by using faux leather rather than wood for paneling. The coffee table is his own design, as is the lamp on the right. The delightful mod klismos chair is by Donghia.
A built-in desk is one of a pair in the library that pull out from the chair rail on either side of the doorway to the foyer. File drawers are concealed in the wainscoting.
A beguiling mix in the entry hall includes an antique mirror, bookends from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Shop, and chairs from Target.
A warm neutral wall covering by Schumacher sets the stage for relaxation in the living room. Skip designed the area rug; the coffee table is by Salvations Architectural Furnishings.
The handsome wood-trimmed chair to the left of the living room fireplace is by BSG; on the table beside it, an urn lamp by Sirmos nods to classicism. Antique sconces flank a mirror that conceals a flat-panel TV.
Skip's ingenious solution to avoiding the off-putting look of a bar in the living room: Now you see it . . .
. . . now you don't. The beautiful paneling conceals the bar when it's not in use.
"I think there are a lot of practical things we use in our lives that we need to hide," Skip says. "That's what I've done here."
A find from Paris, the dining room's colorful chandelier illuminates Limoges dinnerware and a mirror from Friedman Brothers Decorative Arts. The wall covering is by Paul Montgomery Studio.
The light and airy kitchen features Wood-Mode cabinetry and Electrolux appliances.
Crisp white shelving with a blue-painted interior showcases Skip's McCoy pottery collection.
Soft blues and greens envelop the guest bedroom in serenity. Linens on the inviting bed are by Frette, and the classic lamps are by Visual Comfort. The night tables and armoire are antiques.
The striped chair is part of the designer's personal collection.
A TV is hidden behind a painting that's positioned in front of the bookshelves in this serene, understated bath. The classic fixtures are by Kohler.
Skip designed the ottoman in his restful bedroom, where the focal point is a striking fireplace with tile by Michael Berman through Walker Zanger. Bed linens are by Frette, and the strié wall finish is by Monkton Studios. The round mirror is an antique.
Designer Skip Sroka's traditional new home.
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Designer Skip Sroka's Own Home
A designer’s D.C. home is filled with creative solutions to practical problems.