October 24, 2020

2012 Homes Tour

Home Number 1

This historic home is located a half mile outside of the historic Clifton, Virginia. In the 19th century this property sat on 140 acres at the corner of Kincheloe and Yates Ford Road. This house was burned during the Civil War and rebuilt afterwards. The house burned again in 1900 due to a kitchen fire. The j1900 house is a two-over-two Virginia farm house - two rooms on the first floor and two bedrooms above them. The many handmade bricks found on the property from an earlier structure are used to edge the south facing old well garden.

You feel you are walking into a special place from the past when you walk to the front door up the brick walkway under the two old silver maples. You enter the home's main parlor with a wood burning fireplace, the original 1901 heart pine floors and staircase banister. A beautiful antique walnut drop front desk is located to the right of the fireplace. Antique fashion advertising prints for ladies' wear from 1899 to 1901 decorate the wall over the couch. A primitive bench sits outside the small coat closet under the stairs.

An addition with a kitchen, bath, and master bedroom was added in between 1920 and 1950. A large addition for a family room, master bedroom and mudroom was built in 1991. The kitchen was renovated in 2005. Additional upgrades and remodels were done to all the baths in 2014. Attention to detail and traditional design has kept these modern upgrades true to the period of the original home.

The old laundry room in the back now houses two furniture pieces from the great grandson of Robert E. Lee. This room exits to a charming side porch with a new slate floor. More pieces from the Robert E. Lee family can be found in the family room, a primitive trunk and a painted green chest. Jackie's black and white family photos, an antique tobacco knife from Richmond, 1935 radio, and miniature oil lamps also adorn the family room. The dining room is furnished with her grandmother's Kittinger set with its handmade needlepoint on the chair seats. It also houses her collection of antique teacups, crystal, and paperweights. Colorful hand-made Persian rugs can be found throughout the home.

The second story with its original banister and railing also boasts heart pine floors. Jackie restored the trim on the 1850's walnut Lincoln bed in the south guest bedroom. An 1850's "butter print" chest and Victorian frames complement this period room. Four antique German exotic bird prints hang in the upper hallway.

The new master bedroom and master bath have cathedral ceilings. The original master bedroom is now the master bedroom sitting room. A small French inlaid antique side table in the master bedroom is very similar to the one in the opening of the PBS series Downton Abbey. An early American antique dresser from a West Virginia estate sits opposite the bed.

The gardens underwent a renaissance from 2005 to 2014 to install deer-resistant foundation plantings including boxwoods, lamb's ears, English laurels, Goshiki false hollies and spireas. An abundance of birds, including a golden eagle, have been spotted. A renovated four-stall barn, circa 1940, with tack room and washroom sits at the end of the driveway. Jackie's herb garden is located behind the barn. A regulation size dressage ring is situated on the southeast side of the property. The Mulrooneys do not have horses but use the five acres to rescue and rehabilitate German Shepherds. Additionally, they have set aside 3 acres as a butterfly sanctuary. The milkweed and butterfly bushes attract twelve different species of butterflies in the summer.
Home Number 2

This impressive Balmoral home was designed and built in 1997. The homeowner is a builder and you will appreciate his mastery of classical eighteenth-century proportions and details in the timeless facade. Inside, he and his wife chose architectural ornamentation from the same period, such as large cased openings, Corinthian pilasters, Palladian windows, a broad staircase and warm hardwood floors-walnut on the main floor and cherry upstairs.

This is a home built with family gatherings and entertaining in mind. A recent renovation created one open space incorporating the kitchen, casual dining and family room. Here the furnishings are on a large scale, including a farmhouse trestle table with ladder-back chairs, the family room with coffered ceiling, stone fireplace and rich leather seating fit for a crowd. The new kitchen will make you swoon. It is as beautiful as it is functional. Soft cream cabinets, a stone accent wall, deluxe appliances, bell jar pendant lights, and a raised fireplace all surround the star of the show, which is a huge island topped by a dramatically patterned slab of granite and inset with a hammered copper sink. Nearby, the homeowner's study is replete with references to his favorite pastimes, most of which have to do with football, skiing and fishing. Pocket doors lead directly to the most inviting home gym, surrounded by three walls of windows overlooking the back yard. Even the couchiest of potatoes would be hard pressed to resist a quick workout here!

Another great family hangout is the lower level, which was just renovated this year. There is something for every generation to enjoy with a pool table, air hockey, media room, a portable sauna and a spectacular 1200 bottle wine room!

On your way out, stop by the pool which is beautifully landscaped for privacy. It includes a stone patio with fire pit, hot tub, built-in grill and a charming furnished pool house. This is just one more spot to gather for special times with family and friends!
Home Number 3

This classic Georgian manor commands a hilltop position in Glencairn surrounded by stately trees and sweeping lawns. A gracious foyer sets the stage for the rest of the house with its curved staircase, marble floors, exquisite Regency style Maitland-Smith furnishings, and a huge American Rococo gilt wood pier mirror made in Philadelphia in 1860 and still housing its original mercury glass. The adjacent cherry paneled library is clearly a masculine domain, filled by sentimental references to the family's heritage as Texas cowboys. It's all here-longhorns, found animal skulls, ancestral photos, and a large Frederic Remington reproduction sculpture. The homeowners also own and operate a natural beef cattle farm in Madison, Virginia, purveyors of excellent beef to all of us who shop at Wegmans!

Themes echo as you continue through the dining room and beyond. Look for palace Oriental rugs, elegant Maitland-Smith furniture, other wooden pieces crafted by E.A. Clore Sons (neighbors in Madison) and whimsical collections curated by the lady of the house - hands, teapots, miniature chairs. She also displays cherished heirlooms such as a delicate dress from her infancy, her mother's cut glass collection in the dining room display cabinet and perfume bottles on her dressing table, a large soup ladle from Lady Bird Johnson, and a magnificent silver tea service which was an engagement gift to her grandparents.

All these riches notwithstanding, the unique treasures of this home are on the walls and come from a resident artist's own hand. She is a master photographer and quintessential artist. She is the President of the Metropolitan Washington Colored Pencil Society. For most of us, this is the first time we will see this medium extensively exhibited in all its meticulous and vibrant artistry. Her works adorn each room in abundance, along with pieces by her similarly talented friends. Works by her sister-in-law are in a different style and just as distinctive-oils on wood panels with gold, palladium, and silver leaf. To get a glimpse into the mind and method of an artist, don't miss the studio, housing a large drafting table, thousands of colored pencils and other supplies, and "idea boards" that inspire her work.
Home Number 4

This Virginia Colonial Style home sits on an elevated property in Balmoral of Clifton. The homeowners fell in love with Williamsburg, Virginia early in their marriage while visiting Kingsmill on the James for a golf trip. They subsequently designed their Balmoral home in keeping with Carter's Grove, a historic home in Williamsburg also drawing inspiration from a home in their own collectible Department 56 Christmas Village.

Upon entering the home, love of Colonial Williamsburg is evident. Richly saturated paint colors and French reproduction Thibault wallpapers adorn the walls. Carefully selected Williamsburg tiles create the fireplace surround in the elegant living room. The large open family room at the heart of the home is a tasteful blend of Colonial Williamsburg and modern-day family life. The homeowner has a home-based baking business, Clifton Cupcakes. The generous kitchen with double ovens and ample counter space is home to many tasty creations. A restful seating area with a fireplace off the kitchen is the perfect spot for a cup of afternoon coffee and a good book. This area provides access to an outside patio with hot tub, dining area, and an outdoor fireplace and seating group.

The fully finished basement houses a custom bar, air hockey, pool table, media area, music room, guest room, and the homeowners' software business. Always the house where the kids like to go, this space is perfect for family fun and action-packed entertaining.

You can reach the second level by a front foyer staircase or via the back stairs from the kitchen. The master suite is adorned with a dramatic Drexel Heritage bed, chaise lounge and crystal lamps. An open walkway takes you to the adjoining boys' bedrooms and a girl's room with a private bath.

Attention to detail, bold use of color, and a true Williamsburg style make this an elegant family home.