Antiques Revived In Contemporary D.C. Home

Antiques Revived In Contemporary D.C. Home


Although they are nice to receive, family heirlooms can turn into weight as one moves into a smaller space and must decide what will stay and what will go. Such was the dilemma a long-married couple faced when downsizing from a 4,500-square-foot home in Northwest Washington, D.C., into a less spacious condo nearby. The previous residence was a study in formality, where the French Provincial, Victorian and many gilded furnishings the couple inherited over time looked right at home. The new space—clean-lined and in a midcentury high-rise—demanded something different. “Even though they were sentimental about the pieces they had in their home for many years, they didn’t want a replica of what they lived in before,” says interior designer Barbara Franceski. “They’re a fun-loving and creative couple, and the wife is artistic. So they wanted their personalities to shine through.”

Combining two one-bedroom corner units created the now two-bedroom apartment. One of the spaces had never been updated, and the other was renovated in the 1980s. The new layout—designed by architect Anthony S. Barnes and carried out over a two-year period by American Property Construction—now features a long hallway on either side of a newly fashioned center foyer.

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