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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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  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.