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Antiques Revived In Contemporary D.C. Home

Antiques Revived In Contemporary D.C. Home

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGIE SECKINGER

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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