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Spectacular Georgetown Renovation on Reservoir Road

April 5, 2017

3713 Reservoir Road (Photo by: homevisit.com) 3713 Reservoir Road

"We wanted a place that's Georgetown adjacent, large enough for a family, with room for an au pair suite ... and the in-laws, with parking," explained Washington Fine Properties' Daryl Judy as he enthusiastically gave The Georgetown Dish a sneak peek of this latest luxury residential renovation.


Together with long-time sales partner Kimberly Casey, VICI Investments and Akseizer Design Group, Judy and his stellar team unveiled "a new modern transitional which honors traditional elements and yet has a clean modern perspective." 

Pre-renovation (Photo by: homevisit.com) Pre-renovation


With over 3,300 square feet, this extraordinary property, listed at $1,850,000, has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and includes two-car parking. "It was a tiny house," said Rory Byrnes of VICI Investments, the developer who specializes in restoring historic homes and creating attractive functional spaces for urban living. "We blew out the back, created a vestibule and added a beautiful in-law suite." The renovation, which took under a year, is now the jewel in a block of charming homes along Reservoir Road.  

Kitchen (Photo by: homevisit.com) Kitchen


All the finishes were selected by Akseizer Design Group. We especially loved the matte black touches throughout the home, from the octagonal door knobs and hinges to the octagonal kitchen cabinet pulls and faucet. And that gorgeous Bianco Gioia marble kitchen countertop with waterfall finish and matching backsplash.


Integrated throughout the home are smart home products including Nest thermostats and Samsung SmartThings control lighting. There's also a bonus room on the third floor with 9' 4" ceilings and a wet bar.


Come by this weekend and meet Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy.  They're hosting an Open House April 8 and 9th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. For a preview, click here for the virtual tour.

Dining room (Photo by: homevisit.com) Dining room

Main level living room (Photo by: homevisit.com) Main level living room

Master bedroom (Photo by: homevisit.com) Master bedroom

Lower level au pair suite (Photo by: homevisit.com) Lower level au pair suite

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The Modern Landscape of Interior Design

March 30, 2017

Holly Hunt showroom at WDC (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Holly Hunt showroom at WDC

Washington Design Center's (WDC) day-long interior design event kicked off Thursday with a champagne breakfast hosted by DC Modern Luxury in the Holly Hunt showroom.

With all showrooms open to the public during WDC Spring Market 2017, guests perused stunning collections of designer furniture, fabrics and home accessories before and after attending topical discussions by leading designers.

The morning's keynote panel discussion featured Liz Levin from Liz Levin Interiors, Maria Crosby Pollard from crosby designs, llc and Georgetown-based interior designer Tricia Huntley from Huntley & Co. Tori Mellott, Traditional Home's senior style and market editor moderated the lively talk about the modern landscape of interior design.

Traditional Home senior style and market editor Tori Mellott (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Traditional Home senior style and market editor Tori Mellott

From working with first-time home buyers to embracing social media, each designer shared her unique philosphy and approach.

For Huntley, it's all about asking questions outside the box from the start to find out a new client's personality and preferences, everything from music to art. To deal with "shiny object syndrome," when clients constantly discover something new they want, setting guidelines for the number of presentations is key.

Crosby Pollard, known for her use of bold color, deals with not being pigeon-holed by showing her diverse portfolio, being open and finding "there's nothing I'd never use."

When Mellott asked the panel about what they've been drawn to lately that they'd never thought they'd like, Levin mentioned enjoying "decorating with the whimsical MacKenzie-Childs and faux finishing." On a recent visit to Kansas, Huntley described being enchanted with "a 1970's palette dining room with chartreuse, yellow shag carpet, and brown furniture. It just worked."  

Liz Levin and Maria Crosby Pillard listen as Tricia Huntley discusses designing for first-time clients (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Liz Levin and Maria Crosby Pillard listen as Tricia Huntley discusses designing for first-time clients

With a background in photography, Huntley was quick to share that she loves Instagram. "The trick is to make it cohesive. I also have a blog, which is a good way to curate but the more visual the better."  For Levin, "Instagram is an easy way to show work in progress."

When asked by the moderator what they've learned since starting their careers, Levin talked about learning to integrate the "husband experience" to avoid a project being torpedoed at the end without enough prior involvement by the "two voting parties." Huntley explained that she went a little too long on her own, for a year-and-a-half working 18 hour days before getting help. "With 10 years of experience, having had a good education, working for others, and a solid knowledge base, growing my business came organically." 

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Georgetown House Tour Organizers Prepare for Take Off at City Tavern Club

March 23, 2017

Wednesday evening, organizers of this year's Georgetown House Tour celebrated with sponsors and volunteers at City Tavern Club

Through the generous support of private Georgetown residents, eight to ten houses are opened to the public, this year on April 29th. The 86th House Tour lifts off once again under the direction of Jill and Scott Altman, Georgetown residents and members of St. John’s Episcopal Church Georgetown

JoAnn Zuercher, Kelly and Todd Stavish, Elizabeth Miller, Zana Metelski (Photo by: Judith Beermann) JoAnn Zuercher, Kelly and Todd Stavish, Elizabeth Miller, Zana Metelski

Capt. Altman is a veteran of four NASA space flights, spent more than 50 days in space and commanded the final two Hubble servicing missions. He also flew F-14s in the movie “Top Gun.” He is a member of the St. John’s Vestry and the first male church member to co-chair the Georgetown House Tour since it began in 1931. 

The Altmans are optimistic this year’s tour will be a special event, with some first time homes on the tour. 

Private homes and gardens will be open to Georgetown House Tour ticket holders from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on April 29, 2017.

Tickets for the House Tour include admission to tea and entertainment. Tickets may be purchased in advance online and on the day of the tour at St. John’s Georgetown Church at 3240 O Street.

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