Traditional List Directory Member, Marika Meyer, takes us on a tour of her own home just outside of Washington, DC.

Photography by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

What do you do when your home is built in the late 1940s and the rooms reflect the relatively small proportions that were common at that time? Embrace vintage furniture pieces of that era and give them a fresh look with textiles in a modern color palette, many from my own collection.

Marika Meyer Design

Our living room welcomes you to the home so I wanted the color palette to be soft and inviting. The furniture is a mix of new and vintage, but there’s nothing too precious about it. With two growing boys in a smaller home, no room is really off limits so even our living room can’t be too formal. The sofa and vintage club chairs are both covered in performance fabrics. But, the design is elevated with carefully placed trim and the choice of velvet for the chairs.

The drapery and many of the pillow fabrics were all sourced from my textile collection, Marika Meyer Textiles.

This room, like every space in our home, has evolved over time with pieces coming together over the years. It’s important that your home reflects your personality, so elephants, a personal favorite of mine, appear throughout our home.

From the living room, there is a pass-through space that has taken on many uses over the years, but it has always been part library, with custom bookshelves painted in black from Fine Paints of Europe. Like every room in our home, we mix vintage and new, precious and real life, with both family heirlooms and special pieces of art created by my sons on display. The vintage table is currently set for board games, but it has also been a dining table, an office space, and my son’s classroom!

The dining room is probably our most formal feeling space, but it still follows the same design rules as the rest of the home. The proportions are key, and it has to work for our family. Farrow & Ball’s Lotus wallpaper was an all-time favorite, so it definitely set the stage for this room. A vintage dining room table sourced from a local antiques shop fit the proportions of this space perfectly. I then used one of my tried and true dining chair design strategies so we could all feel comfortable – performance fabric on the seat, plus a decorative pattern on the chair back. It’s the best of both worlds, practical and beautiful.

The kitchen lives at the center of our home in more ways than one. Flanked by the game room, the dining room and our family room, you will always find yourself passing through the kitchen. With a husband that loves to cook and a budding chef in my son, it sees no shortage of use.  A vintage runner in a forgiving color palette was a practical choice, but it also reflects the high energy of the space.

Marika Meyer Kitchen

The breakfast nook and family room are part of an addition completed in the 80s and the style was a clear departure from the rest of the home.  To pull a common thread through the home, I added a v-groove ceiling, a simple change that brought more of that vintage charm to the space.

Marika Meyer Breakfast Nook

The breakfast nook is all about functional beauty.  The classic windsor chair in a favorite shade of green from Serena & Lily and a tulip-style table are some of the most used pieces in our home.  The color and style are fresh and modern, but they are also incredibly practical. And, of course, a bit of vintage was necessary to tie it all together, with a pagoda chandelier that I scooped up for a steal and spray painted myself!

Marika Meyer Living Room

The biggest challenge in designing our family room was that there are only windows on one wall of the space.  A lesser known print from Slim Aarons was the solution.  The poolside shot adds plenty of sunshine and green. For the color palette and furniture, I decided to go more Palm Beach than DC, and welcomed the opportunity to incorporate bright pink and bold patterns.  The rug, pillows and fabric on the vintage tub chairs are all from my own textile collection. It was so much fun to go all out with color and pattern!

Marika Meyer Bedroom

Upstairs, the bedrooms are petite in scale again, so I used simple tricks to open up the space.  In the master bedroom, a mirror placed above the bedside table reflects the glow of the window and lends an airy lightness.  Two favorite patterns from my original fabric collection were chosen for the shams and bolster pillow on the bed.


Marika Meyer Interior Design

A menagerie of animals was the perfect choice for my younger son.  I love that the illustrations of animals in this wallpaper from Scion have a vintage feel.  Sophisticated choices for the rug, by Erin Gates, bureau and roman shade, a favorite from Lucy Rose, ensure that the rest of the space doesn’t feel too juvenile.  My love of elephants is unmistakable here with the woven storage basket and gilded vintage pieces on the bureau.  

Thank you for joining me on this tour of my home!

Marika Meyer Interiors is a full-service design firm specializing in residential interior design and construction. Founded in 2007, the firm has quickly grown to be known as one of the best boutique design firms in the Maryland, DC and Virginia areas.