Tour T.J. and Lauren Oshie’s Polished Virginia Manse
The charmed residence that T.J. Oshie—forward for hockey’s Capitals in Washington, D.C.—has scored with spouse Lauren Oshie was destined to be photographed: The gorgeous duo has close to 500,000 Instagram followers between them. The home that the Oshies share with their three children (and two dogs) features fashionable choices that promise to influence, such as bronze fixtures and lush plants in cream-colored rooms. To realize this, the Oshies hired Marie Flanigan Interiors’ Marie Flanigan. T.J. says: “Lauren would always show me Marie’s Instagram and the things that she loved. I’m not extremely interested in home design and things like that, but she really did a fantastic job. It was a dream come true for Lauren to be able to design her home.”
The five-bedroom manse in McLean, Virginia, is traditional and French-influenced. The gardens contribute to the sense of romance, featuring climbing roses and hedges. In the back, multisectioned seating—perfect for entertaining T.J.’s NHL team and their families—has been created from teakwood chairs from RH. The Oshies have considered a putting green, but T.J. says, “It’s an ongoing debate, a work in progress.”
Inside, furnishings honor the home’s bones but with a careful eye to feeling fresh and modern. “The house is provincial, sort of French countryside,” says Flanigan. “But on the inside, we wanted to keep a modern aesthetic—almost organic modern.” (Lauren’s design references included the 1 Hotels brand.) The decorative scheme is largely monochrome, and texture has been introduced largely through the fabrics, which range from leathers to linens. “Doing an all-white interior is harder than one might think, because you need to add that depth and texture and layering,” notes Flanigan. “Velvet can show a saturated tone like no other fabric.” The collection of Oushak rugs throughout the house, all sourced in Houston, ground the rooms. So, too, do the linen curtains from Pindler.
From the beginning of the process, Lauren relied on Instagram for design inspiration. That was where she discovered Flanigan—and it was where she sourced the brand that designed the cabinets in the kitchen (O’Brien Harris, based in Chicago). “As you know, Instagram is such a great tool for interior design. I find a lot of my inspiration through Instagram,” Lauren says. “I knew that I wanted everything to be very neutral and light, and I love adding texture and layering texture to add interest rather than adding a lot of color.”
So, is there room for T.J.’s sports memorabilia in this polished home? The Oshies have chosen to house these items in the basement den, which is decorated with framed jerseys and a recliner from RH. “I really wanted a reclining chair, which was something that my grandparents always had,” says T.J. “I think Lauren did a great job of selecting one.” Reflecting on the overall project, Kelsey Grant—Marie Flanigan Interiors’ creative director, who managed this collaboration—says: “Above all, [the Oshies] wanted to create a relaxing environment that would be enjoyed comfortably with their friends, families, and teammates.” Goal!