With their classical and symmetrical facades, center-hall colonial homes are popular in the Washington, DC area. The majority, built in the 1920-30's, offer a pleasing floor plan.
Shortly after my friends and clients, Susan and Greg, purchased their renovated colonial, they asked me to help update the interiors. Susan loves Swedish painted furniture, but did not necessarily want a Swedish style home. Since all the walls had already been painted and window treatments completed, I suggested mixing in Swedish pieces that complemented the traditional furniture and existing warm palette of golds and taupes.
I hope you enjoy touring this elegant home:
Pair of Swedish blue demi-lunes from Tone on Tone flank the fireplace. Pair of club chairs from Lee Industries. Belgian wool sisal rug from Stark. Durable and soft, this low pile rug is also great as a staircase runner---I have it at our home.
The drawing is from artist and friend Jill Bateman. I restyled the mantel with mercury glass and shells for summer. The vintage galvanized wire screen I found in England.
To maximize seating in the long and narrow living room, I placed a Swedish settee at one end.
Jane Churchill's "Simla" cover the oversize pillows on settee. The blue and pale yellow work well with the existing golden maize silk curtains.
Swedish Gustavian armchairs, French zinc mirror, and iron console are all antiques from my shop. The brass chandelier is original to the house.
A corner of the new kitchen. Herbs are perched on the windowsill for quick access.
The rear family room with coffered ceiling is an addition to the house.
Instead of the ubiquitous black, I chose Farrow & Ball's "Blue Gray" #91 for the new front door. Lanterns are from McLean Lighting. Jardinieres from Restoration Hardware.
Many thanks to Susan and Greg for inviting us in!