Private Paradise

Plush with personality, and designed to be as easy for entertaining as it is for respite and child’s play, designer Angela Bromenschenkel created a vibrant, verdant and personal oasis

Designer Angela Bromenschenkel wasn’t looking to move ten years ago, but when she and her husband happened upon a quaint, French Normandy-inspired abode located just two streets down from where they lived in Haynes Manor, something ignited. Maybe it was the way it was perched atop a hill, trees dancing around, enveloping the home in a sea of green and offering the privacy that the Bromenschenkel’s then-home lacked. Or perhaps it was how the 9,500-square-foot home, though sizable, still felt approachable and welcoming—somewhere they could envision raising their twin boys. No matter the reason, it’s rightful to suggest the Bromenschenkels didn’t find their new home, their new home found them. “We thought, ‘Let’s just be wild and spontaneous,’” she explains. “The house had wonderful bones, a beautiful layout and so much potential for our family. We knew we could take it to the next level.”

And it didn’t take long for the homeowners to hit the ground running. After selling nearly everything from their former English cottage, the Bromenschenkels enlisted their new home’s original architect, Keith Summerour, for individualized updates, including the addition of a screened porch and enclosing a grill patio, which became a sunny breakfast room. With a colorful blue-green grasscloth wallcovering and white banquette, it’s reminiscent of weekends at the beach. “Our happy place in the summer is Nantucket, so I wanted to have a bright, fresh, happy place to start our day in,” says Bromenschenkel.

Though all of the spaces flowed well together, Bromenschenkel still wanted each room to have its own personality. The light and bright screened porch is a napping spot by day and date-night location by evening. However, the library leans masculine with tufted furniture and Benjamin Moore’s Witching Hour, a gray-blue, on the walls. “I got a kick out of the name and said, ‘This is the room where I’ll sip wine and tell quiet secrets to my girlfriends,’” says Bromenschenkel.

Outside, a major landscape renovation by landscape architect John Howard—which included the creation of a parterre garden featuring pea gravel paths with cobbled edges, dwarf boxwoods and hydrangeas—allows the gardens to become part of the interior storyline. “This garden space is now an inviting entry, a lovely place to sit and a major focal point from the adjacent interior rooms,” says Howard.

And with 10 years now passed, that moment of spontaneity resulted in everything the Bromenschenkels didn’t know they were looking for. “It’s so wonderful to reminisce on when we first came into this home and made it our own. We’ve raised our boys here and it has carried us through a magical time in our life.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Angela Bromenschenkel, (404) 993-9922 ARCHITECT Keith Summerour, Summerour Architects, (404) 603-8585; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT John Howard, Howard Design Studio, (404) 876-7051;