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Looking Outside to See Our Way Inside

This program is the fourth part of the Great Homes and Gardens Series.

Designer fads and trends come and go, but the intrinsic beauty of nature is constant…and here to stay. Barry Dixon explores how the eternally inspiring natural world around us influences modern and not-so-modern interior design.

Event Timeline
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mansion and The Artistic Table open for self-guided touring
6-6:30 p.m.: Members-only wine-and-cheese reception
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Lecture
7:30 p.m.: Book Signing. Barry Dixon Interiors and Barry Dixon Inspirations are available in the Museum Shop

About the Speaker
Inspired by acres of lush Virginia countryside, Barry Dixon is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends Western styles with global influences from a childhood spent abroad in India, Pakistan, Korea, New Caledonia and South Africa. With projects spanning the world, Dixon imagines interiors that infuse artifacts and antiques with present-day motifs—all preserving the history and personality of the home’s owners and their treasures. His exclusive collections include furniture, lighting and accessories for Arteriors; showroom design and products for Fortuny; custom furniture and lighting for Avrett; fabrics and trims for Vervain; upholstery for Tomlinson; and The Naturals Color Collection by Barry Dixon for C2 Paint. This year, Dixon will introduce his first collection of wallcoverings with Vervain.

Dixon’s work is featured in Barry Dixon Interiors and Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, both by Brian Coleman (author) and Edward Addeo (photographer) and Barry Dixon Inspirations and Fortuny Interiors, both by Brian Coleman (author) and Erik Kvalsvik (photographer). Dixon lives and works in his 1907 Edwardian estate, Elway Hall, located on over 300 acres of farmland in the heart of Fauquier County, Virginia’s horse country.

About the Great Homes and Gardens Series
Escape the cold Washington winter and immerse yourself in the stories of luscious garden estates.

Tuesday, February 6: Marshall Watson, From the Inside Looking Out: A Dirt Gardener’s Journey to Elegance

Thursday, February 15: Timothy Corrigan, The Elements of French Style

Tuesday, February 20: Alex Papachristidis, A Family Country Home

Wednesday, February 28: Barry Dixon, Looking Outside to See Our Way Inside