264 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
LINES AND PANES
Born in Sweden, Jonas Carnemark loves Scandinavian furnishings. His wife, Wendy Ann Larson, was born in Japan
and leans toward Asian pieces. ;e two styles dovetail in their
Carderock Springs home.
“Jonas and I sort of blended our taste,” Larson says, “and as
our taste grew together, we noticed the similarity of the lines
of Swedish things and Asian things and midcentury things.
It’s sort of fun to play with.”
Carderock Springs was built by developer Edmund Bennett
in the early 1960s, with homes designed by Keyes, Lethbridge
& Condon, an architectural firm inspired by Charles Goodman.
;e homes have lots of glass to let in light, but wide eaves to
block the summer sun. ;ey are tucked into hillsides and forests
along winding streets. ;e neighborhood was designed without
sidewalks, and it’s considered the first subdivision in the country
to have underground power lines, all in an e;ort to let as little as
possible get between the homes and the natural setting.
“You drive in and it’s like magic,” Larson says. “You’re sort
Carnemark, 55, owns an eponymous Bethesda design/
build firm. When he and Larson bought the home in 1994,
they set out to open its open floor plan even more. ;e couple
renovated the living room in 2000, removing the dark wood
paneling, adding skylights and knocking down a wall. ;ey
took on the kitchen in 2009, bringing down a wall that divided
it from the living room. A bathroom remodel was done in 2012.
“I enjoy clean lines,” says Carnemark, who then invokes
the philosophy of late German architect Walter Gropius by
adding, “the deliberate lack of arbitrary ornamentation.”
“I like that,” he says. “And the views.”
Natural-stained oak floors fill the living room. Danish
modern chairs that used to belong to Larson’s parents sit
by the window wall. “Every family picture we have, they’re
in those chairs,” Larson says. ;e blue upholstered sofa and
ottoman come from ;rive Home Furnishings, a Los Angeles
company that specializes in midcentury modern reproduc-
tions. ;e house is ringed by a wraparound deck where the
couple hosts Swedish summer crayfish parties. Downstairs,
Carnemark, a guitarist, has a professional studio where his
band HüsBand records.
When the couple remodeled the kitchen, they added
German Konst cabinetry, porcelain tiles on the floor and walls
and Caesarstone countertops. “It’s been a journey,” Larson, 55,
says of the couple’s merging of tastes. “And a nice one.” PH