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Retired Dem. Senator's 'Stately' Home Profiled and Praised in 'Home & Design'

1:21 PM, Feb 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Retired senator Byron Dorgan, a Democrat who left office in 2011, has his home newly renovated profiled and praised by Home & Design. The North Dakota senator's "stately" home was purchased 20 years ago, according to the magazine. 

Almost 20 years after purchasing their stately McLean, Virginia, home, former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan and his wife, Kimberly Olson Dorgan, had grown weary of its less than optimal spaces. The two-story family room was a case in point. “There was nothing warm and cozy about it,” Kim reflects. “It was cold and you felt like a little speck in this very tall room.” 

The home’s spacious but poorly designed kitchen and run-of-the-mill finishes also left room for improvement. So after their two kids departed for college, the Dorgans decided it was time for an overall lift, and turned to Washington designerAndy Staszak for help. 

“There was no flow to the house,” recalls Staszak, who came recommended by a friend of Kimberly’s. “It was just as the builder left it. They wanted to step it up.”

Taking cues from Kimberly, who, he says, has “fabulous personal style,” Staszak got busy defining a continuous color palette of sage, terracotta and warm yellows and conjuring a look that would give the interiors a “European edge.” 

Now, ochre walls and new hardwood floors warm up the family room and an oversized chandelier “brings the focus down to the level in which you live,” saysStaszak. He covered the windows in “matchstick” bamboo shades that act as a scrim, letting in natural light during the day and providing privacy at night. A painting by North Dakota artist Walter Piehl hangs above the sofa; it once graced Byron Dorgan’s Senate office, where he served his home state from 1992 to 2011. He is now a senior policy advisor at Arent Fox and founder of the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. 

Republican Joe Pounder says, "The Home&Design profile of a Democrat senator's residence you only see when he becomes a FORMER Democrat senator."

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