I am so grateful when clients ask for my assistance in furnishing and decorating their house. Imagine how thrilled I was when I had the opportunity to help my good friend and client, Linda, with another home. I had worked on the previous home, but what made the second experience so special and effortless were the following:
-We were able to reuse everything from the prior one. Curtains and hardware, furniture, rugs, etc. Nothing was wasted.
-The familiarity and connection had already been established, allowing us to move rather quickly.
-The house, built in 1928, has the most amazing architecture, bones and timeless details.
As this home was previously published in the Washington Post
and, featured also on Cote de Texas,
I’d like to share some new photos I took recently. Enjoy this lovely home from my perspective.
Hinson’s aqua-blue seagrass wallpaper in the library. Notice the tall floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors.
Antique French slipper chair is upholstered in Bennison’s Christmas Roses. The antique bench with nailhead trim is from Belgium. A George Smith sofa in chocolate mohair velvet gives the room a luxurious, masculine touch, and the wool carpet with its trellis design hints at the garden just beyond the French doors. I converted an antique marble urn into a lamp. It sits on a Swedish pedestal table from Tone on Tone.
Pair of original windows with leaded diamond pattern in the renovated kitchen.
Linda chose a classic look for the kitchen with white cabinetry accented with a farm sink and graceful gooseneck faucet. Notice the extra thick marble counter tops, which are very popular today.
We painted the kitchen floors in a checkerboard tone-on-tone gray.
Peonies from the cutting garden.
One of my favorite architectural elements in the house is the living room’s stunning limestone mantel with a tapered chimney breast (not shown). It looks especially handsome with the English polished steel fixtures from the 19th century. The French Napoleon III clubchairs I found in Paris. Pillow fabric is Shalmaz from Sheila Coombes.
ABOVE: A sculptural Swedish Mora clock in the living room with beamed ceiling, arched doorway and French doors.BELOW: The sunroom is very Swedish inspired with its antique Gustavian settee and Rococo tea table, both from Tone on Tone.
There is new radiant heating under the limestone tiles, which are laid in the Versailles pattern. I adore the window’s period brass hardware – so charming!
Antique French armchair / fauteuil in Chelsea Textiles small checks. The zinc rooster weathervane came from the family home.
An original forged and wrought iron gate.
I suggested a boxwood and gravel side garden when grass wouldn’t grow there.
The landscape was designed by the late Michael Bartlett, a renowned landscape architect. There are numerous boxwood, trained ivy columns, climbing roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and stately old trees.I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing more photos of this beautiful, timeless home. A very special thanks to Linda!