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Insight: Victoria Sanchez

Insight: Victoria Sanchez

After 14 years of shopping for her clients, interior designer Victoria Sanchez has just become her own source—opening a new home furnishings and design boutique in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. “I use the store as a calling card for potential clients,” Sanchez says. “But I also felt a void in the area for quality home goods in a retail setting.” Her store, Victoria at Home, offers a carefully curated collection of fabrics, furniture and accessories customarily available only to design professionals, and her stock includes a mix of traditional and transitional lines by Hickory White, Circa Lighting, Arteriors Home, Kravet, and Stark Carpet. “I only buy what I love for the store—every item here is a direct reflection of my design aesthetic,” says Sanchez, who describes that style as “modern classic,” with a touch of femininity and bold color. When is a home finally done? “Never!” Sanchez says with a smile. “We’re constantly being exposed to new ideas. Interior design is always evolving, and as we do the same, our surroundings have to reflect that.”

LX: Trend you’re excited by...
VS: Wallpaper and chintz!

LX: Period you find most engaging...
VS: Anything French. Think a 17th-century apartment with a view of the Seine.

LX: dream collaboration...
VS: New York designer Alexa Hampton. The classic details she brings to her designs are flawless, and I love her use of antiques so they always look fresh.

LX: What do you collect? VS: Daylilies, peonies and hydrangeas. LX: I’m reading...
VS: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, In with the Old: Classic Decor from A to Z, by Jennifer Boles, and Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, by Bob Spitz.

LX: Most people don’t know...
VS: I own a 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite, totally restored and painted a custom red to match my lipstick!

LX: Entertaining dos and don’ts...
VS: Don’t ever take flowers to a hostess that aren’t already arranged. Do take your best smile and a beverage.

victoriaathome.com;
703.836.1960

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