A new home hewn from organic materials respects its pristine setting on the banks of the Potomac River, overlooking Mount Vernon

Inspired by the natural beauty of the Potomac River, George Washington once wrote that no estate in America was “more pleasantly situated” than his beloved Mount Vernon.
Today, Jennifer Brooks can make that claim from a sparkling retreat directly across the Potomac from the first president’s Virginia farm. Though a storybook view of Washington’s white-columned porch is prominent, her shingled residence on the Maryland shoreline disappears into the pines and cedars. This self-effacing design was the genius of architect Greg Wiedemann, who knew “blending in” would suit his client while ensuring approval by powerful stakeholders controlling development in Mount Vernon’s historic viewshed.

“It was a challenge,” the architect acknowledges. “We wanted to build in a way that really blended in with the landscape.”

Wiedemann’s portfolio includes splashy waterfront homes,

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Vines, by Sonneman—A Way of Light, is characterized by its gracefully curved branch design. Hand-blown glass pods illuminate the fixture, which comes in varied configurations. Available in black, white or bronze, with white or amber glass, through Dulles Electric in Sterling, Virginia. dulleselectric.com; sonnemanawayoflight.com

Park Harbor Lighting capitalizes on the current craze for all things blue with its Van Noord pendant, which features a curved frame in aged brass and a deep-blue velvet drum shade. The 26-inch-wide fixture includes five candelabra bulbs. Available locally at area Ferguson showrooms. fergusonshowrooms.com

Globe-shaped glass diffusers rest on polished-nickel frames in the mid-century-inspired Everett collection from Kalco Lighting. The line includes chandeliers, pendants and sconces. Pictured: the Everett Medium Foyer 2+2+2 light, available at Annapolis Lighting in Rockville and Annapolis. annapolislighting.com; kalco.com

The Solaris chandelier from Crystorama is defined by a series of rings forming a

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