December 16, 2013

A Peek at an Interesting Project…

Last week, while visiting our clients’ under-renovation home, I was able to get a few photos of the progress and wanted to share with you.  Their house is the former Portuguese Consulate.  Immediately upon purchasing it this year, they ripped out drop ceilings and began reopening the floor plan so that it could be livable for a family again.  My clients have renovated several homes and are working with Smith Thomas & Smith Design/ Build.  When my client first called me- in late Spring/ early Summer- I remember being so excited about where it sounded like the design of the house was headed.   My client grew up in Hawaii, travels extensively, collecting things along the way, and she has a really unique & refined style.  She loves white and wants the home to feel sophisticated and happy and fresh.  The floors will all be stained a warm white.  Our goal is to create a home that’s full of whites & ivories, with touches of her Louis XVI & collected pieces and is appropriate for its Washington DC setting yet that is laced with a bit of that bold, colorful tropical feeling that my client grew up loving.  So, something like this…


{design by Darryl Carter}


…mixed with something like this..

{banana leaf wallpaper …  we’re not using it but just to give you an idea}

Paint & floor staining is happening and I’m so excited about the progress!!  My clients will move there in a month or so!!  Here’s a quick tour:

The foyer is a large room that connects all of the others…


 These pics don’t show the final coats of paint but you can see that we used a deeper color on the trim than we did on the white walls.  (Which still look a little unfinished/ bluey in these pics.)  It’s different from what I normally do and we went with darker trim because with the house being so white, we wanted to add a little bit of warmth & age to the woodwork.   The living room (below) will be furnished with a pair of newly reupholstered tufted velvet sofas facing each other in front of the fireplace.  Ivory curtains will soften the room but keep it breezy feeling.



The dining room (below) is massive and will host large parties.  We’re having the walls covered in a chartreuse grasscloth and curtains are in a bold white & china blue print.  It’s one of the bolder rooms in the house.



One of my favorite spots is the stairs where the original paneling is in place…  A painted bench will probably go here:


From the foyer, you can see back to the kitchen. (below)  You can also spy the gorgeous vent register cover in the foyer ceiling by Pacific Registers (Thanks Brooke!! Am now addicted 😉 😉  The island in the kitchen is painted taupe and the cabinetry (along with most of the woodwork in the house is in Benjamin Moore’s Seashell.)


Honeycomb-shaped ivory backsplash will be going into the kitchen in 6 weeks.

The palette will be warmed up by touches of unlacquered brass throughout.  Here’s a peek at the hardware for the cabinet doors:

The unlacquered brass will develop a patina over time.  (My client is more patient than I am and plans to let the brass age naturally…  I used oven cleaner in my house to speed up the process.)

And finallyhere’s one last peek at the upstairs library, which will be a complete departure from the lightness of the rest of the house in that it’s going to be black.  The trim’s already there and the walls and ceiling are soon to follow with grasscloth accents behind the shelves and in the ceiling (in black for subtle textural interest.)  You can spy the first two coats of white on the floor in the study which are still showing a little pink from the red oak beneath. (The third coat, which is down in some of the other rooms, is right on- phew! 😉

I’m off for the day but hope you liked this little pre-installation peek at our project!  Thanks again to everyone for visiting this weekend- it was so much fun meeting you!!

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