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Mary Douglas Drysdale for American Standard

New Luxury Bathroom Fixtures Styled by one of the Beltway's Best



Yesterday American Standard upped their game by adding a new line of luxury bathroom fixtures called the DXV Collection.

To showcase the new products they enlisted 6 notable design professionals to create rooms around them, including great friend-to-this-blog Mary Douglas Drysdale.

We chatted yesterday, and she shared some of the shots of the incredibly glamorous bath she styled, and told me a bit about the project….

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Architectural Photography: Ron Blunt

'Panorama' - A 25 Year Retrospective in Washington, DC

CJ Dellatore Ron Blunt Panorama


Tomorrow evening celebrated architectural, interior design, and landscape photography master Ron Blunt is hosting a party to celebrate the opening of ‘Panorama’ – a retrospective of 25 years of his work.

His dynamic clientele includes some of the world’s leading designers and architects, as well as cultural institutions and luxury brands.  He has the eye of a painter, using idyllic light and striking composition to create the foundation for his evocative images….


Point Of View: Mary Douglas Drysdale

on the relationship between interior architecture and decoration

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“After the satisfaction of working with others to realize a vision, my keenest interest in the practice of interior design is in making and enhancing the relationship between interior architecture and decoration.
Art, architecture and decoration is how I think of interior spaces.  I grew up building things, and today I express that as classical space plans, paneled walls, custom furniture, patterned floors, making pattern with fabric.  As a project advances I try to both create interesting detail, and to bring in other elements of design which establish harmony.
I like the first impression to be powerful; clean and uncluttered.  It is then that one can quietly discover the many layers of detail and connection.  I want a room to reflect my clients taste, make them feel special, and be the definition of what they find comfortable.”

Mary Douglas Drysdale



“POV” ~ Mary Douglas Drysdale

the inspiration she draws from the life of Thomas Jefferson

The doors to the worlds of architecture, interior design and landscape design as I understand them were opened to me as a child by the genius of Thomas Jefferson.  He was not only a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but also America’s architect president and founder of the University of Virginia.  His home, Monticello, at the top of a small mountain near Charlottesville, was my first encounter with a great and historic house.

My childhood recollections of Jefferson’s Monticello are many.  It was quite a bit nicer than my family home.  I can also remember marveling over the many clever structural ideas, including the wine trolley, and the bed which straddled two rooms with a closet above.  The typical out-buildings were ingeniously concealed within the retaining walls.  As for the furnishings, Jefferson’s taste was eclectic, some from France mixed in with American.  And there were skylights, and lovely colors.  I used to dream of riding to Monticello on a horse, a perfect world unto itself.

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