with homeowner Lair Roddey and Decorating Den Interior of Northern Virginia’s Jan Bertin, Allied Member, ASID
Set with backdrop of tall oak trees, exquisite floral landscaping, and a front yard that proudly states “a family lives here” (with a trampoline casually off to the side), the 1960’s-built Northern Virginia home of the Roddey household boasts distinct curb appeal, so much so, that it virtually beckons one to enter and feel right at home.
looking into the kitchen and wine wall
When I visited with Lair Roddey to inspect the latest and greatest project that Jan Bertin of Decorating Den Interiors of Northern Virginia had accomplished, to say I was impressed is on the modest side, especially after having viewed the “Before” photos.Ã‚Â As an avid viewer of HGTV, the Style Network, and Martha Stewart’s show (yes, I know, between those, the Food Network and Cooking Channel, one would think I was a Sally Homemaker-wannabe), “Before” and “After” scenarios are mesmerizing.Ã‚Â Like pure magic.Ã‚Â How did you go from this to that?Ã‚Â Is there a wand in your handbag?
the new kitchen look
Or perhaps the wand comes in the form of a long, strong professional turned personal relationship that Jan, Lair and the Roddey family have developed over the course of time.Ã‚Â “I found Jan in the phonebook, of all places, 13 years ago!” laughs Lair during our conversation.Ã‚Â At the time of the call, Lair was about to move from her former residence into a new home, which is now her current house and she well, needed help.Ã‚Â But, she also didn’t want to spend a fortune and found a lot of value with many of her possessions.Ã‚Â “I was in banking then and knew I could not accomplish a transformation alone. There was not enough time in the day,” the now pre-school teacher says.Ã‚Â “Even now I don’t have enough time!”
the living room with new and original sisal rugs
The busy mother of two girls and wife told me that it was the beginning of a beautiful trusting professional relationship when she met with Jan.Ã‚Â “She just knew me. I was really lucky.”Ã‚Â Jan, Allied Member, ASID agrees. “It’s best if you ‘click’ with the client.Ã‚Â The most beautiful homes with the best results are done with someone with whom you look through the ‘same lens’.”
All throughout the spacious open airy Roddey home, there is certainly a feeling of continuity and comfort.Ã‚Â With light golden, blues, and red tones, a variety of patterns and textures, each room melds to the next.Ã‚Â The space lends perfectly to casual entertaining and yet easily can transform to a more formal setting.Ã‚Â I am told that the house did a ‘flip-flop’ from the original floor plan, which I find phenomenal.Ã‚Â The large open kitchen and dining space, which is the fortunate recipient of morning sunlight through floor to ceiling windows outlined with soft window treatments, was once the living room.Ã‚Â The living room is now in the front, where the kitchen once was.Ã‚Â There is a fireplace on one end, the focus of a sitting area and on the opposing side, an entire wall is lined with cabinets that hold shelves, a desk, and more.Ã‚Â The living room’s furniture pieces are collected from years of antiquing, and more importantly, refurbishing and re-upholstering, something that both Lair and Jan appreciate.
the wall of new cabinets and original reupholstered furniture
“I’m always looking for ‘the find’, ” says Lair.Ã‚Â When she finds it, it’s with her forever, but it may go through several iterations of looks, with the help of Jan.Ã‚Â Refurbishing and re-upholstering isn’t just a trade secret, it’s a way of smart designing and decorating and it’s ‘green’, a tactic Decorating Den prides itself in executing on a regular basis.
an original wicker furniture piece, painted black with new patterns on the cushions
“I think my favorite thing about decorating and working with Jan over the past 13 years is seeing a new pattern.Ã‚Â Seeing the finished product is extremely pleasing too, especially since we are constantly modifying our home.” The Roddey’s two young girls’ bedrooms and shared bathroom is the current project.Ã‚Â “We are looking at pinks, greens, purples, yellows, and polka dots-fun colors and patterns for the girls,” a bit of a stray from the more classic and contemporary adult look in the dining room, kitchen and living room.
kitchen dining area rug, inspiration for colors
But how do you start? Where do you start? I inquire of Jan.Ã‚Â “I always start with the rug and draw from the colors there,” she says pointing to the elaborate piece we are standing on in the kitchen dining area.Ã‚Â “With the girls’ bathroom, I’m pulling from the shower curtain.”Ã‚Â I note the shower curtain has bright cheerful shades that state “tween”.
Lair shares with us that the various levels of the home are perfect for entertaining, but as the family grows and changes, the need for updated decor and furnishings will continue. For instance, the playroom, which is perfect for the kids now, will eventually be turned into another sitting and entertainment room for the girls as they get older.Ã‚Â Textures and materials that are more “kid friendly” and needed now, may have less of presence in the future.Ã‚Â “Jan has been with me since before I was married, so she’s seen a lot of change in my life and she’s adjusted with my family and me, and that’s really important. We consider her family now!”
the dining room
new glass shelves into the original cases
the dining room
a sitting area in the living room with original reupholstered original furniture
a sitting area in the living room with fireplace with reupholstered original furniture
the kitchen dining area
the new guest bedroom
a “Before” photo
a “Before” photo
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