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Publication Date: 2015-05-14

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Inside an Interior Designer's Classical Virginia Home with Modern Accents

Interior designer Raji Radhakrishnan brings her fresh and creative design aesthetic to her Northern Virginia home where she uses a classical backdrop to highlight her impressive collection of vintage modern furnishings, art from around the world and her own custom murals. Designed to feel like a Parisian apartment and remodeled from an open plan to a more private series of semi-enclosed spaces, Radhakrishnan’s home has a comfortable, lived-in quality with a supreme sense of style.


The octagonal family room has multiple seating options that allow for both large and intimate gatherings. Most important for Radhakrishnan was creating a room where the family can relax and spend time together. She used some of her favorite colors in the room, such as the dark red velvet that covers the 1940s French sofa, which pops against the white of the walls and complements her large mural, Underground #3. A massive parchment coffee table from the 1970s anchors the large room, and a tabouret by Herve Van der Straeten adds yet another playful touch.

While the home started with an open plan, Radhakrishnan decided to enclose the rooms to give a little more privacy, using an enfilade to connect the spaces. Each entryway is framed in a millwork pattern, which she first saw and fell in love with at the Kensington Palace in London. The extra wall space became an added bonus that allows the couple to showcase more of their art collection. The new layout also enhances the garden views with a clear line of sight from the front to the back of the house.

Radhakrishnan stands in front of her plaster mantel in the family room below a set of serigraphs by the French artist Lucienne Olivieri. To the left, a set of two negative collages by the artist Doug Prince sit on a pair of custom made steel shelves.

The large kitchen originally had a sea of upper cabinetry, all of which was removed except for one cabinet. Radhakrishnan reimagined it as an everyday china cabinet and painted the background in Pratt & Lambert's King's blue. The two French 1970s suspension lights are by Max Sauze.

Panel moldings were added to the walls, creating the perfect backdrop for the family’s art and vintage furnishings. In the living room room, an 18th century French balcony is deftly used as the facade of the console, which sits below an Al Held Lithograph and a pair of Jean Perzel sconces. The Marc Newson chair adds a contemporary note to the room's mix along with the custom designed rug.

Radhakrishnan's Leopold's #2 mural is featured prominently in the living room, hanging behind a vintage modern sofa covered in sumptuous velvets and a Willy Rizzo coffee table. The red ceramic on the console is by French potier Pol Chambost.

Next to the sofa in the living room is a lamp by Maison Bagues and a black and white ceramic piece by Pol Chambost.

In a classic play of scale in the living room, Radhakrishnan juxtaposes a tiny wire sculpture propped on a small shelf with her massive mural. A Just Andersen lamp sits above a pair of vintage Knoll cabinets.

Perfectly aligned 14 inch deep doorways framed in custom millwork offer beautiful views from room to room. In the living room foreground, the small painting is by Antoni Tapies and red bullet is by artist James Salaiz. A glimpse of the dining room is seen beyond.

In the dining room, vintage lithos by Matisse, Yves Klein and Don Kunkel make an eye-catching group set above an Ettore Sottsass sofa. A turn of the century barley twist dining table is paired with four Jean-Michel Frank style modern chairs. The chandelier and sconces are by Sciolari, and the steel sculpture is by artist Adam Curtis.

The library is painted in high gloss black and filled to the brim with books. A hand painted swirl à la Richard Serra acts as a medallion to the vintage plaster light fixture by Arlus. The desk and chest are by Dominique.

The center painting is by Mircea Milkvotich and nestled below are a collection of ceramics made by the couple's children.

The main level bathroom sports a vintage mirror, a whimsical ceramic vase and a perforated metal chair—all set against a hand finished silvery backdrop.

The Louvre #1 mural from Radhakrishnan's line sets the scale and tone for the master bedroom—a luxurious suite to calm and rejuvenate the senses. A pair of Gio Ponti chairs flank a vintage bronze table by Philip and Kelvin Laverne.

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SHOP (Top Row): Walnut Sofa, Vica (price upon request) // David Chair, Homara (price upon request) // Anders Light by Pinch, The Future Perfect ($2,590)

SHOP (Bottom Row): Palafoxiana Dining Table 180, Alfonso Marina (price upon request) // Sloop Chair, Amy Somerville (price upon request) // 1960s Florence Knoll Credenza in Walnut with Chrome Legs, City of Z Design ($5,000)


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