October 24, 2020


The Hull Home

Hull Home

The Hull Home in Balmoral of Clifton is located on Ivakota Farm, a historic Fairfax County site. This 264-acre farm was donated by Ella Florence to the Crittenton Mission. It was a home and school for unwed mothers and their children. The Historic marker is near the entrance to the neighborhood.

The home features a gracious, updated traditional style. The story of the Hulls begins as you enter the large two-story foyer. The historic table in the entry was exchanged for a purebred German Shepard that had belonged to Frank’s father. He had to get rid of the dog after it bit the mailman, an event which, according to him, the mailman provoked!

The Hulls are a 40-year military family. This is their 20th home! You can see items from their military travels abroad throughout the home. Debbie Hull describes her style as eclectic, early marriage, antiques abroad, and hand-me-down. It all comes together in a pleasing and inviting style.

The living room houses a beautiful circa 1776 secretary and an oak cabinet from approximately 1850 that converts to a bar. Both were purchased while the Hulls were stationed in England. The large dining room table was a recent purchase and a found “deal,” according to Debbie.
It accommodates holiday meals with their grown children and grandchildren.

Frank’s study is a treasure trove of military awards and keepsakes. A ceremonial headdress from West Point called a tar-bucket is perched on the built-in shelves behind his desk. There is also a display of decorative coins for the Commander’s Award for Excellence, a tradition among the branches of the military. A flag flown in Iraq to commemorate his retirement in the Army is also among the many interesting items.

The family room and beautifully tiled kitchen are a large open space for relaxing and spending time with friends and family. The two-story windows provide a beautiful view of the wooded backyard and flood the room with light. An original painting by Michigan artist Thomas Legault hangs over the kitchen table and is the view from the family’s Lake Michigan vacation house.

A curved staircase leads you to the upper level with the master bedroom and sitting room. A gorgeous window frames the wall as you enter the master bedroom. The dresser and linen press are both 19th Century, and the large master bed has been in their German homes and back to the United States.

The other upstairs bedrooms all boast special items from home and abroad. The grandchildren’s bedroom has a storybook German style walnut 3/4 bed. Amazingly, it was salvaged from a junk pile in a garage in the early 1900s by Frank’s great grandparent and was his childhood bed. A side table from Baumholder, Germany was a gift to Debbie from unit wives while stationed there. The other guest rooms have a mix of new and antique items to create a unique, inviting style.

The real fun takes place in the lower level of the Hull Home. A huge sofa for hanging out and relaxing with movies on the large screen TV is a favorite with the grandchildren. A sizeable bar and a full kitchen are perfect for entertaining guests. Frank’s pool table room is decorated with banners from all the golf courses he has played.

A beautiful floor plan, an eclectic style, and meaningful, collected antiques make this home a special experience.

Flower arrangements are designed by the The Garden Club of Fairfax.

Parking on the street.