CREATING A LIVING space for another human is hard enough. Conjuring one for someone who doesn’t exist is nearly impossible—unless a backstory is built upon the scaffolding of an imagined life.
That’s exactly what Keira St. Claire-Bowery and the team from Anthony Wilder Design/Build did for the young designer’s first foray into creating a room for this year’s renowned DC Design House. St. Claire-Bowery was chosen along with 22 other designers to transform the $10.28 million, 27,256-square-foot Potomac manse into a buzzy showpiece.
The muse for her creation is a stylish urbanite—a creative director for a digital marketing firm—who has an active work and social life, and craves a bedroom sanctuary. “She looks forward to coming home and unwinding in this serene, tranquil haven,” says St. Claire-Bowery, taking the conceit even further. “She has high-end tastes and appreciation for quality design and a need for balance and tranquility.”
All of this design balance began with a luxurious bed. “We originally saw it in the Mr. Brown showroom at the Highpoint Furniture Market and immediately fell in love,” says St. Claire-Bowery, who once worked as a photo stylist for projects that ended up in Elle and Vogue. She notes the bed inspired the vision for the room, which includes tables from Julian Chichester, a settee from Lee Industries, dressers from Hollis & Knight, lamps from Kelly Wearstler and window fabrics from Romo.
One shouldn’t be surprised that a single element sparked St. Claire-Bowery’s inspiration for an entire room. She says a lone fabric can also do the same, as can her hometown itself. Because DC has no skyscrapers, “there are many amazing views and light-filled spaces,” she says. “It feels like a small city even as it expands. I love how you can be in the middle of the city and still feel like you’re deep in the forest.” Through Oct. 29, $35, 9004 Congressional Court, Potomac, Md.
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