Artisan is the number one custom home builder in McLean, Virginia. With each new project the firm brings an attention to meticulous detail and modern design, to create custom homes they’re certain no other builder is capable of. As a trusted source in the McLean community, the Artisan ethos is “Integrity First.”


Harrison Design specializes in high-end residential architecture, interior design and landscape architecture for clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. From traditional to modern, their body of work represents the full spectrum of scale and style. The firm opened its practice in Washington, D.C. in 2010 and has seven other offices in the U.S.

Mary Douglas Drysdale

Show House Design Chair

The signature style of Mary Douglas Drysdale is consistently recognized as both original and timeless, seamlessly bridging tradition with modern. From farmhouse to townhouse she provides architectural and decorative solutions crafted for the individual but appropriate to the project type.

The projects she undertakes carefully reflect her education, abilities, and interests: interior planning, detailing and decoration. Though often referred to as an American design icon, Mary’s personal style is relaxed and open; she is totally at home on a construction site, installing art or overseeing the decorative pointers. Unpretentious and comfortably casual with clients and contractors, her work is taut, thoughtfully developed, and memorable.

Her career and project work have consistently been honored by the design industry. Mary Douglas Drysdale’s projects have garnered over 60 career magazine covers both in the US and abroad. Drysdale was named 5 years running as one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 and was selected in 2011 as one of the members of House Beautiful’s Family Tree of American Design.

Viewed in its totality, the consistent recognition of her project work is a clear reflection of her commitment to the quality and successful outcome of any project she undertakes and to the practice of interior design at a high level.

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ASPIRE HOUSE: McLean In The News

Designer Show House Returns to DC!

The news is finally out! The DC region is getting a designer show house back, less than two years after the former DC Design House held its final event after a 10-year run.

In all, there will be opportunities for more than 30 designers to work on the home’s interior spaces and landscape. According to the construction schedule, the house should be ready for designers to do a walk-through in October

ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME Magazine’s Inaugural ASPIRE HOUSE Is Coming To Virginia In 2020

Located at 952 Mackall Farms Lane, McLean, Virginia, construction is underway on the 9,600 square foot home toward the May 2020 show house opening. Set on nearly an acre of land, the two-story, 17 room residence is inspired by the classical elements of Monticello and its historic style of 16th-century Venetian architect Andrea Palladio.

ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME is seeker and storyteller of the sublime in living. It is a global guide to in-depth and varied views of beauty and shelter that stirs imagination; that delights and inspires homeowners as well as art and design doyens. Collaborating with emergent and eminent architects, artisans, designers, developers and tastemakers, ASPIRE creates captivating content that savors the subjects and transports with stunning imagery and clever, thought-provoking writing. Through lush and unique visuals and a fresh editorial lens, ASPIRE explores what is new and undiscovered in art, interiors, design, culture, real estate, travel and more. ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME is an international narrative and resource for all seeking the sublime.