Summer Cabin Style in Washington, D.C.

Boat blueprints, reverse printed in orange for gallery wall in summer cabin style home.
“Orange is a favorite color of mine, and I really enjoy using interesting objects as art,” says Mitchell. Framed architectural drawings of boats were transformed from blue to orange with reverse printing.

Mitchell, who believes in collections, has groupings of Danish pottery, chemical glass, and natured-inspired photographs. “I also have a penchant for architectural pieces,” he says. These include a brass and iron French architect’s lamp, a stool in the kitchen, and architectural drawings of boats grouped together on a wall in the TV room. “I bought these drawings for $12 each. They were blue and white, and I had them reverse printed in orange,” says Mitchell. He also filled a long space with 12 photographs, identically framed, to create a gallery hall in the living room.

Dining table in summer cabin style home.
The striking dining table pairs a curvy organic base from a cypress tree with a more industrial top in galvanized steel.

His home displays treasures that are not too flashy but still impressive. A rare Biedermeier clock—a birthday gift from his sister—and an equally rare Swedish art deco chandelier grace the dining room. A large wooden orb (only one of six made for a Chicago industrialist) has a place of prominence in the living room. However, everything, no matter its provenance, lends a hand in creating the myth of an eternal summer.

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