In the heart of a private woodland glen in the countryside of Clifton, VA, architect and builder Mark Kohler and designer Barry Dixon collaborated to build a house that would not disturb the forest but blend seamlessly with its surroundings. The owners, America Online co-founder, Ken Huntsman and his wife, Marci, wanted something that would preserve the tranquility and privacy of the site. In spite of its 12,000 square foot living space, the Huntsmans were seeking a feeling of coziness and comfort in which to raise their family and entertain friends.
"The sensibility of the Arts and Crafts Movement was right for the couple who wanted something uniquely organic on their woodland site," Dixon remembers. His interiors reflect a bespoke quality, naturally incorporating handmade materials, luxurious fabrics, custom-designed furniture and antiques from around the world that will all convey to the new owners — fully intact and immediately ready for comfortable living and world class entertaining.
Soothing colors and warm earth-tone furnishings add to the organic and natural feel everywhere:
A striking limed-oak gothic staircase with hand carved Newell posts leads upstairs to the splendor of the master bedroom suite. Its sitting room is upholstered in “Hydrangea”, the same woodsy English fabric used in the private residence of Prince Charles. This natural motif is carried through to the bedroom on the walls, curtains and upholstery.
A lobby on the lower level leads to the theater, seating as many as twenty comfortably. The lobby boasts a portable bar and dance floor. The house is controlled indoors and outdoors by a computerized system by Savant that maintains and orchestrates climate, energy and digital media. Other lower level amenities include:A