Paul Corrie Designs a Dapper Family Home in Washington, D.C.

The masculine chic color palette was inspired by a rug.

Tim Lenz

“They were dream clients,” says designer Paul Corrie of the owners of this gut-renovated row house in Washington D.C.’s Logan Circle. The gentlemen, a lawyer and a doctor, had been in the midst of their first surrogacy journey at the same time that they bought the home. “They had strong opinions about aesthetics and colors, but they trusted me,” he continues. I was always able to interject my professional guidance, and they respected that.”

Corrie incorporated a masculine palette of black, walnut, and blue. But because they were expecting a child (they now have two), they also wanted an element of fun. So, the designer started with a custom Kyle Bunting rug and let its color palette guide the rest of the project. As usual, he included a great deal of customization—such as the rosewood bar cabinet, which has built-in sconces that also light the adjoining dining room. The result is “integrated and versatile,” he notes.

Tour the whole home below.

Living Room

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Corrie let the rug direct him but wove in his “signature pops of color.” He also added custom shelves in a high-gloss pain for the couple to display their art.

Cowhide rug: Kyle Bunting. Chandelier: Lee Broom. Sofa: Cassina, with fabric by Manuel Canovas. Pivot sconce: Allied Maker. Coffee table: Pinch, from the Future Perfect. Armless lounge chair: Neri & Hu for De La Espada, from the Future Perfect, with fabric by Larsen. Toro lounge chair: Blu Dot. Turin side table: Arteriors. Lama lounge chair: Zanotta. Nodes floor lamp: Kelly Wearstler, from Circa Lighting. Blue art: Raul De La Torre. Art above mantel: Nathalie Boissonnault. Drapery fabric: Harlequin.

Dining Room

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The designer says his guiding principle here was to create something “edited but appropriate” with a good dose of “masculine chic and pops of color for the modern family.”

Dining table: Restoration Hardware. Dining chairs: Four Hands. Welles glass long chandelier: Gabriel Scott. Handwoven rug: Matt Camron Rugs. Drapery fabric: Manuel Canovas. Mirror above mantel: Half Moon Mirror by Ben & Aja Blanc, from the Future Perfect.


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The floor-to-ceiling storage was designed to be timeless, and the faux leather on the banquette provides durability for a family with small children.

Island Ellis pendant: Katy Skelton. Counterstools: BuzziMilk. Tri Cone pendant (above table): Allied Maker. Dining chairs: Resource Furniture. Roman shade fabric: Dedar. Small sculpture: Ben Medansky. Cactus sculpture: Paola Paronetto.

Primary Bedroom

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“It’s incredibly textural,” says Corrie, “but appropriate for who is using the space. It has a sophisticated, gentlemanly vibe.” The clients had some artists they were drawn to, and the designer complemented their works with others. The piece beside the bed, for instance, is by Andrew Mowbray, purchased from Corrie’s favorite gallery in Provincetown.

Coupe bed: GamFratesi, from Poltrona Frau. Bed pillow fabrics: Dedar and Zak + Fox. Art above bed: Ben Medansky. Perforated dome table lamps: Allied Maker. Nightstands: Skram, from Twentieth. Handwoven rug: Matt Camron Rugs. Drapery fabric: Hermès. Pruckel floor lamp: Lawson Fenning. Pillow fabric: Zak + Fox. Art: Andrew Mowbray, from Room 68.

Primary Bathroom

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The classic subway tiles from Ann Sacks, graphic flooring, and matte-black fittings echo the rest of the home's handsome look.

Wall and floor tile: Ann Sacks. Nye small bracketed sconces: Kelly Wearstler, from Circa Lighting.

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