Josh Hildreth infuses a new Arlington home with character and eclectic style

Touring the 2017 DC Design House with her daughters, a local economist fell for Josh Hildreth’s great room. She loved the mélange of furniture, art and mementoes he’d woven together, inspired by Givenchy’s chateau on the outskirts of Paris.

“When I walked into Josh’s room, it spoke to me,” she recalls. “My mother was an interior designer in Manhattan in the ’50s and she always took me to design houses. Josh’s space reminded me of her, from the color palette and combination of textures to an Asian screen resembling one she passed down to me.”

A couple of years later when the visitor and her then-fiancé, an attorney, bought a new Craftsman-style house in Arlington, there was no question who would outfit the interiors. “We needed a designer and I called Josh,” she says.

In the midst of

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Designer Nestor Santa-Cruz’s Cathedral Heights apartment perfectly reflects his sensibilities in art and life

Nestor Santa-Cruz does not like to move. After many years in a 1960s-era apartment near Washington National Cathedral, it was finding another unit in the same building about four years ago that finally persuaded him. “It’s on the fifth floor, so the view is great,” he says. “I can see the Cathedral from my bedroom and in the winter, the Washington Monument is visible in the distance.”

The compact one-bedroom, one-bath abode admits quantities of light through sliding-glass doors leading out to a 30-foot-long balcony. The small kitchen is an afterthought for the designer, who doesn’t cook. The living area offers plenty of space for his pride and joy: an extensive library of books on architecture, design, gardening, fashion and more. “I travel a lot so my place in DC is about cocooning, being with my

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Inspired by Napa Valley style, a design team evokes 
casual elegance in a meticulous Northwest DC renovation

A premium lot on a hillside in Northwest DC lured a businessman and his wife—despite the 1954 fixer-upper on the property. They intended a major redo to suit their lifestyle and family, which includes four children ranging in age from eight to 13. The couple turned to Monarch Interior Design Group to guide them through the process. East Coast principal Charlene Kennerknecht and Arch Williams, the firm’s West Coast counterpart, worked in close collaboration with Charlene’s husband, Jim Kennerknecht of Monarch Building and Development, to help the homeowners fulfill their dreams.

“We asked Monarch to create a home that felt like an Aman hotel in Napa Valley,” recalls the wife. “It was a lot to ask for, considering it was a Colonial-style house in a traditional neighborhood. But we really wanted to channel

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FRESH TAKE
Bassett McNab has unveiled its first fabric collection in 20 years. For the fall 2020 release of the Origins line, creative director Anne Hahn-Waddell has updated patterns and colorways in the 125-year-old company’s archives to bring reimagined chinoiseries, ikats and florals to life. Available at J. Lambeth. bassettmcnab.com; jlambeth.com

PATTERN PLAY
Lee Jofa’s Linford Weaves collection features seven jacquards in multiple colorways, including aqua (pictured). Patterns range from a stylized chevron, Elmley Weave, to Cambrose Weave, a modern twist on a classic flame stitch.
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OUT OF ASIA
Scalamandré’s Pacifica Collection takes inspiration from the traditional textiles of Indonesia and Japan. Pictured above: drapes in Satomi Hand Block Print, bench in Riva Moiré and pillows in Hana Embroidery and Risa Weave. scalamandre.com

AU NATUREL
Recycled cotton yarns are used to produce two of the three textured weaves in Romo’s Acara collection. One of these is Osumi, which

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BEFORE & AFTER: A renovation by Bonnie Ammon Interiors marries form and function

Once part of the estate where Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis grew up, Merrywood on the Potomac is an enclave of condos built in 1969. In one particular unit, the owners had tired of interiors that reflected a bygone era. They hired designer Bonnie Ammon to create a contemporary aesthetic that would refresh their abode. “The owners envisioned a tailored, modern space,” Ammon says. “We transformed it with metal stair rails, steel doors, paneled-metal walls and plaster cove moldings. Entertainment areas hold intimate and large gatherings.”

Ammon conjured drama with a high-contrast palette of light and dark. In the living room, original oak flooring was stained ebony and charcoal window treatments offset light-gray walls. A sleek limestone fireplace is a focal point against a dark-gray accent wall. A Vanguard sectional and wingback chairs from Jessica Charles surround the fireplace,

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