A Look Inside Designer Kelley Proxmire’s Home

The living room offers an abundance of decorator details, such as white grass cloth-covered walls, a pale blue ceiling, and lampshades that Kelley spray-painted navy blue.

Written by: Lydia Somerville

Sometimes, a designer’s personal style can prove to be a surprise. Kelley Proxmire of Bethesda, Maryland, is known for impactful show house displays and gracefully composed houses for clients. So it comes as something of a shock to visit her own home of 21 years and find charming flea market finds alongside her important antiques. In addition, the designer sees her interior spaces as always evolving.

The kitchen, which Kelley admits sees little use, adheres to its historic roots with a faux-painted floor and black painted beams.

Kelley and her husband, Theodore, previously lived two doors down from the stately property, which was built in 1934. They had long admired its handsome slate roof and large yard defined by stone walls and romantic statuary. “It was an easy decision to buy it when it came on the market,” Kelley says. The Proxmires added boxwoods to the garden scheme but otherwise left the plantings in place. Mature cherry trees now form a green oasis of shade accented by statuary.

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