a piece of history
POPULAR FASHION BLOGGER Candace Ourisman was pregnant when she and her husband, Chris, who helps run his
family’s auto dealerships, were decorating their new home in Bethesda’s Edgemoor neighborhood with the help of designer
Erica Burns. “I wanted it to be sophisticated but different,” Ourisman says of the nursery that she and Burns designed for her
son, Van. “Something with whimsy.”
1. Use family photos.
Ourisman turned to the auto dealership’s extensive photo archives to decorate Van’s nursery.
She found a black-and-white photograph taken
in 1923 at the family’s original dealership on H
Street in Washington, D.C., featuring Van’s great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Ourisman. “I love
portrait photography, and these characters are
really neat,” she says. The old-time photo also
set the tone for the nearby chaise longue, which
was upholstered in a masculine fabric from British textile company Holland & Sherry.