A Sophisticated Mix of Old and New

Stacey Schwartz | Dec 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

We recently finished a row house in the super-hip H Street corridor in the District. Our client was downsizing from a large, traditional home filled with beautiful antiques to a narrow, recently renovated townhouse. She was looking for a fresh, sophisticated approach to match her new city home, but wanted to keep some of her beloved furniture. We worked closely together to identify what could fit in the new floor plan and carefully curated a fabulous mix of old and new.

The space above the sofa was perfect for a large piece of modern art. We selected original artwork from the Merritt Gallery in Chevy Chase that complimented our colors and modern Ikat drapery fabric. During a fieldtrip to the gallery, we worked with our client to identify what she liked, and then had our own personal exhibit! The lovely staff from Merritt brought the artwork to the house so we could see exactly how it would look in the space. This is truly the best way to select art for your home.

The space above the sofa was perfect for a large piece of modern art. We selected original artwork from the Merritt Gallery in Chevy Chase that complimented our colors and modern Ikat drapery fabric. During a fieldtrip to the gallery, we worked with our client to identify what she liked, and then had our own personal exhibit! The lovely staff from Merritt brought the artwork to the house so we could see exactly how it would look in the space. This is truly the best way to select art for your home.

 The townhouse is long and narrow, so we kept an open sitting area in the front to allow for ample walking space from the front to the back of the first level. A low bench (on right) acts as a divider between the living room and the dining area.

The townhouse is long and narrow, so we kept an open sitting area in the front to allow for ample walking space from the front to the back of the first level. A low bench (on right) acts as a divider between the living room and the dining area.

The client wanted a neutral background with color accents. We choose taupe with chartreuse and navy. A double treatment of shades and panels on the front bay window creates a more tailored look and provides privacy at night. The custom wool carpet runs the full length of the living room and dining room, unifying and enlarging the spaces.

One of my favorite architectural features of the house is the original exposed brick entry way, leading up the stairs. We juxtaposed the rough brick with this gorgeous brass and marble demi-lune from our client’s collection.

One of my favorite architectural features of the house is the original exposed brick entry way, leading up the stairs. We juxtaposed the rough brick with this gorgeous brass and marble demi-lune from our client’s collection.

 The dynamic blue fabric from the front bay window repeats on the back of the vinyl counter stools for a shot of color in this mostly white kitchen.

The dynamic blue fabric from the front bay window repeats on the back of the vinyl counter stools for a shot of color in this mostly white kitchen.

Upstairs, we converted a window-less space off the hallway into a cozy library lounge area with floor-to-ceiling built-ins, a sectional and grass cloth wallpaper.

Upstairs, we converted a window-less space off the hallway into a cozy library lounge area with floor-to-ceiling built-ins, a sectional and grass cloth wallpaper.

The metal grid on the built-in cabinets is reminiscent of old radiator covers and adds an industrial compliment to the exposed brick wall in the stairway, while hiding the electronics.

The metal grid on the built-in cabinets is reminiscent of old radiator covers and adds an industrial compliment to the exposed brick wall in the stairway, while hiding the electronics.

 Faux Bois is one of my many design weaknesses – that and the color teal. I’m so pleased with how this custom ottoman turned out!

Faux Bois is one of my many design weaknesses – that and the color teal. I’m so pleased with how this custom ottoman turned out!

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Even as an accent chair, this piece packs a punch with its teal leather and bronze base. It can also be moved as needed for TV watching or cozy conversation.

This is truly a project we are proud of; mixing the old and the new, incorporating original art and our client’s treasured antiques, and working in a beautifully renovated DC townhouse. Our client is thrilled with the results – and so are we!

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About the Author: Suzanne Manlove, owner of Arlington Home Interiors, a DC/Metro based interior design company, helps busy families create beautiful, personal and functional homes. Learn more at http://arlingtonhomeinteriors.com.

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  1. James

    Dec 29, 2016 at 02:58

    Excellent design inspiration here, I love the blue and yellow accent pillows on the couch in the first image listed. I recently had my living room furnished through Furnishr over at http://www.furnishr.com with a similar design, I was considering adding some colorful wall art as a bit of contrast and the first image with the large painting in the center definitely makes it seem like that’s the way to go!

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