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Lisa Bartolomei’s contemporary sofa pairs slender brass legs and velvet upholstery.

Marlene Weiss-Alexander's bedroom vignette boasts a bedstead in mother-of-pearl wallpaper. © Greg Powers

A dining room by Paula Grace Halewski featured her Stand Dining Table with chairs by Kristin Drohan upholstered in Kravet fabric. © Geoffrey Hodgdon

Creative Spirit

Four area designers showcase their own furniture collections at Atrium Interiors

Creative Spirit Beginning October 27, a stroll through Atrium Interiors’ showroom in Tysons Galleria will reveal four chic new room vignettes. They will showcase individual custom furniture collections masterminded by established DC-area interior designers Paula Grace Halewski, Skip Sroka, Marlene Weiss-Alexander and Lisa Bartolomei. The pieces are handcrafted for Atrium Interiors, which carries traditional and contemporary custom furniture, lighting and accessories. “The craftsmanship is unique,” says Halewski of the store’s wares. “The furnishings—including our collections—are all made in a small town in Portugal where each craftsman has their specialization.”

The vignettes will occupy 200-square-foot spaces in the 2,600-square-foot showroom. New collections will be introduced every six months, and the designers will rotate rooms.

Grace Notes  A sophisticated dining room vignette by Paula Grace Halewski of Paula Grace Designs will highlight her Away Dining Table, which will be paired with Ode to Thomas O chairs upholstered in Kravet leather. Halewski also designed the wool-and-silk Link Rug for the collection. Sculpted-glass chandeliers by Fine Art Lamps will be on display.

Approachable Luxury  Lisa Bartolomei of Bartolomei & Co. defines her collection as “luxury-minded items built at an approachable price.” Her living room vignette will feature case goods: a rosewood bar cabinet with a laser-cut brass front; a chest of drawers in Macassar ebony with brass accents; a marble-and-brass coffee table; and an end table of anigre and ebony. Upholstered pieces will include a slipper chair inspired by a 1940s French design, as well as a contemporary sofa.

Design Synergy  Skip Sroka of Sroka Design, Inc., designed his collection in response to a growing trend: clients requesting spaces that serve more than one function. Sroka’s library vignette “combines work and dining—it’s a synergy with what is happening to our homes,” he says. A buffet opens into a desk with storage beneath it and an étagère offers storage and display space. The Corey Chair—named for Sroka’s late, beloved pet—boasts whimsical dog legs that harken back to early Egyptian and Greek designs. All of the pieces are finished in lacquered mahogany.

Mother of Pearl  Marlene Weiss-Alexander of Weiss Alexander Design Group took inspiration for her bedroom vignette from a mirror she had designed for a client using a mother-of-pearl wall covering by Innovations. The iridescent surface now accents nightstands and a headboard covered in fabric from Great Plains by Holly Hunt. A dresser is made of pau ferro wood with wenge ebony accents and a bench of wenge ebony is upholstered in Romo fabric.

Atrium Interiors, 2001 International Drive, McLean, Virginia; 703-883-1134; atrium-interiors.com

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