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Morven Park’s Christmas Decorations Receive a Designer’s Touch


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Morven Park’s Christmas Decorations Receive a Designer’s Touch

LEESBURG, VA – The elegant Great Hall of the Davis Mansion at Morven Park has a designer look this holiday season. Renowned interior designer Barry Dixon generously donated his services this year to Morven Park, a 1,000-acre historic estate, located in Leesburg, Va.

Dixon created a harmonious blend of classical and natural elements that reflect the period décor of the Morven Park estate. His work has been featured in magazines such as House Beautiful and Southern Accents, as well as on ABC’s Good Morning America and the HGTV network. He was also named “2010 Master of Design” by Veranda magazine. His work is also featured in Barry Dixon Interiors and Farrow & Ball, both by Brian Coleman (author) and Edward Addeo (photographer), as well as Barry Dixon Inspirations and Fortuny Interiors, both by Brian Coleman (author) and Erik Kvalsvik (photographer). His own estate home and designs were featured in The Gentleman’s Farm by Laurie Ossman, Deborah McClane (authors), and Walter Smalling (photographer), which also highlighted Morven Park’s historic mansion.

The design for Morven Park’s Great Hall merges classic reds, golds, and silvers with the rustic natural charm befitting a largely-wooded Park estate home. Visitors to the Davis Mansion this season will see a unique mingling of colors and textures, much different from years past.

“Barry Dixon has a wonderful sense of tradition and whimsy, transforming Morven Park’s Great Hall into an elegant setting befitting of our iconic, four-pillared mansion,” said Stephanie Kenyon, Executive Director of Morven Park. “As one of Northern Virginia’s most popular tourist destinations, Morven Park certainly shines this year.”

Starting with this year’s redesign of the holiday décor in the Great Hall, plans for the coming years include reworking the holiday designs one room at a time so that visitors can witness the unfolding of what is sure to become a must-see destination year after year.

A resident of Fauquier County, Va., Barry Dixon draws inspiration for his designs from both the rolling lush landscape of his home, as well as global influences from a childhood spent in India, Pakistan, Korea, New Caledonia, and South Africa. He is known for combining antique and present-day motifs to create interiors that preserve the history and personality of each home’s owner and treasures.

Morven Park, once the home of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis, welcomes 200,000 visitors each year. Tours of the mansion are offered every Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas, as well as the full week between Christmas and New Year’s (December 26-30).

Morven Park is a nonprofit that relies on donations to fund its work in historic preservation; the world-renowned Morven Park International Equestrian Center; youth sports and athletics; and a unique civics education program that partners with Loudoun County Public Schools. To learn more or to donate to Morven Park, visit