Bethesda Magazine | March-April 2017

Inside 4 Beautiful Bethesda-Area Homes

From channeling the French countryside to bringing home the African plains, these stunning pads are filled with punch and personality.

Middle Ground: “She prefers a softer aesthetic and has more feminine sensibilities,” Gross says of 13-year-old Savannah. “I was trying to give her enough individuality—as a middle child myself, I’m sensitive to that.” Gross populated the room with organic patterns, such as Suzani drapery fabric by Fabricut and custom bedding by Echo Design. The commissioned artwork over the bed is by Christine Barnette, and the white lamps are from Worlds Away.

Photo by Angie Seckinger

True colors: Gisellah, 15, “was the daughter that had zing,” Gross says. “She’s active and independent, so I gave her graphic patterns and strong, bright vivid colors.” Gross went high-low on the design, placing custom draperies with fabric by Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa against retail purchases—a settee from Pottery Barn over a bright rug from Safavieh. “You don’t have to spend a fortune,” she says. “Just put them together well, and you can make them special.”

Chez Chef

Photos by Michael Ventura?

Robert and Polly Wiedmaier had long admired an old clapboard house in Kensington, its yellow siding with white trim both cheerful and inviting. So when it came on the market—the owner’s agent was a regular at Marcel’s, the flagship of the couple’s RW Restaurant Group—the planets seem to have aligned. Robert snapped it up on Christmas Eve in 2002 before Polly could see the inside of the 1930 Cape. “The house inside was pure white,” Polly recalls. “I love color.” So she embarked on a mission to fill the rooms with the saturated colors of Provence, the namesake of the restaurant Robert originally purchased and renamed Marcel’s.

Here comes the sun: “I took paint swatches from room to room, waiting for the sun to hit them in certain places,” Polly says. That’s how she landed on Benjamin Moore’s warm Stuart Gold for the living room. Over the years, the Wiedmaiers have incorporated various pieces from their restaurants into the décor, such as the chest, the painting above it, and the piano. “We have a lot of Marcel’s hand-me-downs,” Polly jokes.

Photo by Michael Ventura

Photos by Michael Ventura?

Farm fresh: To reinforce the farmhouse feel in the kitchen and dining area, Polly placed a plate rack from Marcel’s atop a sideboard from the long-gone French Country Living store in Great Falls, Virginia. She ordered a custom-made farm table from the Great British Pine Mine in Kensington, and completed the look with chairs and pendant lights from Pottery Barn. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Caliente.

Photos by Michael Ventura?

The chef’s den: “I call this room my box of chocolate,” Polly says. She and Robert curl up in plump leather chairs to read or watch television. A chest from Kaboodle Home Gallery in Rockville holds Robert’s cherished collection of chef-signed cookbooks, and a vintage safe secures his hunting guns. The Nina Campbell Amati wallpaper on the ceiling adds a warm glow to the walls, which are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Hasbrouck Brown.