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Before and After: Capitol Hill Renovation

A historic row house gets a fresh attitude in this smart remodel

Written and produced by Amy Elbert
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    Wall stripes (colors mixed on site and computer color-matched); trim paint (“Linen White”): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
    Glazed white chest (rustic Louis VI-style): Drysdale Gallery, 202/588-0700.
    Ceramic vases on chest (antique); antique books: Hines Inc., 202/484-8200.
    Mirror (“Sunburst” #7013S): Baker, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com.
    Sconces (“Relic Sconce”): Julie Neill Designs, 504/899-4201, julieneill.com.
    Stenciled walls with green flourishes and pale gray stencils within the crown molding; floor (custom, diagonal two-tone floor pattern): Billet Collins Studio, 301/670-5550, billetcollins.com.

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    Faux-painted risers on stairs: Adria Wright Decorative Painter, 404/423-7507.

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    Art above mantel (by Maryanne Pollock); watercolors flanking mantel (by Maryanne Pollock); iron horse (American folk art): Drysdale Gallery, 202/588-0700.
    Side chair; pillow on chair: owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (#32085-140 in Winter): Duralee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.

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    Wall paint (“Wales Green” #2028-50, 75 percent of original color): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

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    Wall paint (“Wales Green” #2028-50, 75 percent of original color); ceiling and trim paint (“Linen White”): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
    Secretary (custom); slat-back chairs; settee; painted side tables: Mary Douglas Drysdale Furniture Collection, The Drysdale Gallery, 202/588-0700.
    Settee and chair fabric (#32085-140 in Winter): Duralee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.
    Plaid pillow (“Prima Alpaca Plaid”/Lime): Sandra Jordan Collection, 707/836-9240, sandrajordan.com.
    Mirror; sconces; blue-and-white china in secretary: owner’s collection.
    Plates on wall (“Blue Canton”): Mottahedeh, 800/443-8225, mottahedeh.com.
    Wool and sisal rug (“Moko”/Canterbury, discontinued): Merida, 800/345-2200, meridameridian.com.

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    Cabinetry (designed by Mary Douglas Drysdale): Drysdale Inc., 202/588-0700, drysdaleinc.com.
    Countertop and backsplash (Spanish Crema Marfil marble): Marmara Corp. Marble & Granite, 202/635-4292, marmarausa.com.
    Range (“Professional Series Pro Grand Commercial Depth Dual Fuel Range” #PRD486JDGU, 48-inch): Thermador, 800/656-9226, thermador.com.
    Pot filler faucet (“Giardino Single-Handle Pot Filler” #KPT100): Giagni, 888/560-5222, giagni.com.
    Oven hood (GE Monogram Series 48-inch hood): GE Monogram, monogram.com.

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    Painted blue secretary: The Mary Douglas Drysdale Collection, Drysdale Gallery, 202/588-0700. Window treatment (linen sheer): Duraleee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.
    Valance, tie-backs, and chair fabric (“Biron Check”/Aqua, Teal, Off White #0566101): Vervain, 800/611-8686, vervain.com.
    Chair: owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (“Biron Check”/Aqua, Teal, Off White #0566101): Vervain, 800/611-8686, vervain.com.

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    Walls: grained by Tom Hickey Rising Tide Inc. Decorative Contracting, 443/204-4177, risingtideinc.us.
    Sconce (“Caroline Sconce”): Julie Neill Designs, 504/899-4201, julieneill.com.
    Table: The Kellogg Collection, kelloggcollection.com.
    Chairs: owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (“Biron Check”/Aqua, Teal, Off White #0566101): Vervain, 800/611-8686, vervain.com.
    Antique brass coal bin; hand-carved bowl: Drysdale Gallery, 202/588-0700.
    Art (by Cindy Kane): Cross MacKenzie Gallery, 202/333-7970, crossmackenzie.com.

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    Cabinetry (designed by Mary Douglas Drysdale): Drysdale Inc., 202/588-0700, drysdaleinc.com.
    Floor: vintage 200-year-old oak, 12x12-inch recycled structural beams re-milled into flooring and 1/4 sawn.
    Hand-woven rug (custom color): Claudia Mills Studio, 215/386-2347, claudiamills.com.
    Table: The Kellogg Collection, kelloggcollection.com.
    Chairs: owner’s collelction.
    Valance, tiebacks and chair fabric (“Biron Check”/Aqua, Teal, Off White #0566101): Vervain, 800/611-8686, vervain.com.
    Window treatment (linen sheer): Duraleee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.
    Painted blue secretary: The Mary Douglas Drysdale Collection, Drysdale Gallery, 202/588-0700.

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    Countertop and backsplash (Spanish Crema Marfil marble): Marmara Corp. Marble & Granite, 202/635-4292, marmarausa.com.
    Vegetable sink (stainless steel undermount bar sink): Whittington Collection, 866/855-2284, whittingtoncollection.com.
    Faucet (“Triflow Series Traditional Faucet,” discontinued): Franke Kitchen System Division, 215/997-3259, frankeksd.com.

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    Pine chest (antique); plates: owner’s collection.
    Large blue urns flanking pine chest: Maitland-Smith, 336/812-2400, maitland-smith.com. 
    Rug: owner’s collection.

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    Toile fabric and wall covering (#20754, discontinued); bed interior fabric (discontinued): Duralee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.
    Area rug (sisal ): Merida, 800/345-2200. meridameridian.com.
    Furnishings; art: owner’s collection.

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    Federal settee: owner’s collection.
    Settee fabric (“Ascot”/Mermaid #F0016-14, by Clarke & Clarke): Duralee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com. Available through Drysdale Gallery, 202/588-0700.
    Sconce: available through Maurice Electric, 410/560-2450, mauriceelectric.com.
    Quilt fragments; round leather drum table: American Eye Inc., 202/554-5744, americaneyewdc.com.
    Quilt for pillow on settee: Bellwether Dry Goods, 410/867-0665, bellwetherdrygoods.com
    Rug: Odegard Collection, 212/545-0069, odegardinc.com.
    Wall color (“Dartsmouth Green” #691): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

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    Desk (antique): owner’s collection.
    Quilt collection: Bellwether Dry Goods, 410/867-0665, bellwetherdrygoods.com.

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    Bed (“Fifth Avenue Bed” #2363-10, by Thomas O’Brien); upholstery (grade 30): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579, hickorychair.com.
    Pillows and throw (“Solar”/Chocolate #F0204/01, by Clarke & Clarke): Duralee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.
    Chest: owner’s collection.
    Accessories on chest: J. Lambeth & Co., 202/646-1774, jlambeth.com.

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    Table (“Center Hall Table”/Antiqued White #7687-70, by Mariette Himes Gomez): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579, hickorychair.com.
    Chairs: owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (#32085-140 in Winter): Duralee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.
    Pillow (“Solar”/Chocolate #F0204/01, by Clarke & Clarke); window treatment (#32085-140 in Winter): Duralee, 800/275-3872, duralee.comSconces: available through Maurice Electric, 410/560-2450, mauriceelectric.comSisal area rug (“Agave Superior”/Quarry, Textured Sisal Collection): Merida 800/345-2200, meridameridian.com.

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