The house was built over the course of 18 months ending in 2005—a smooth process thanks to Mary Jo’s preparation. She laid out the floor plan and, just as she tells her clients to do, gathered images, like one of a Parisian doorway with a curved iron balcony above it. She sketched a stone fireplace mantel from a château they had visited. “I think you should teach yourself what you want your home to look like,” Mary Jo says. “It’s such a cliché, but it helps to sort through and organize your design philosophy.”
Light oak woodwork with a waxed finish gives the library a bright aura. The sconces over the fireplace mantel are from the cottage that originally sat on the property.
Chandelier: Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979, trade only.
Mantel: Old World Stoneworks, 800/600-8336,
Fire screen: owner’s collection. Brick inside fireplace (herringbone pattern): Potomac Valley Builders, 301/605-2803.
Tableskirt on table to left of fireplace (“Syosset’’/Ash): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777, trade only.
Table lamp: Jeff Littrell Antiques & Interiors, , 404/231-8662.
Chest to right of fireplace: Cote Jardin Antiques, 202/333-3067.
Lamp on chest: Gaylords Lamps & Shades, 301/986-9680.
Coffee table: Nancy Corzine, 212/223-8340, trade only.
Sconces on bookcases; sconces over fireplace; chair to right of fireplace; sofa; desk: owner’s collection.
Desk chair: MJ Interior Design Inc., 301/656-5370.
Fabric on chair to right of fireplace; pillow fabric on white chair (“Shirred Stripe’’/Antique Gold, Brick, Cream #121-009); sofa fabric: Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, trade only.
Drapery (“Canvas-06’’ by Silk Looms): MJ Interior Design Inc., 301/656-5370.
Drapery trim: Smith & Brighty, 202/488-9787.
Sisal carpet (from Carpet Impressions): MJ Interior Design Inc., 301/656-5370.
Area rug: Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000, trade only.
Paneling (quarter sawn oak, limed by Jim Marshall): Potomac Valley Builders, 301/605-2803.