Bay Window Area

At one end of the living room, a painted table and chairs create a Swedish-inspired design moment to frame the beach view. “It just feels right here,” Sallie says of the Swedish style.

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Bay Window Area Details

Unique artwork and mementos add personal touches throughout the home. A metallic heron takes in views of the bay in the living room.

Living Room

Glazed, striated walls add depth, patina, and a sense of history to the living room.

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Living Room Details

The palette was inspired by the charming blue-and-white Brunschwig & Fils fabric—a gift from designer Sallie Giordano’s mother—used on the sofas.

Exterior

“What this place is really all about is creating sweet memories for our children,” says homeowner and designer Sallie Giordano.

Dining Room

For consistency, Sallie installed limed-oak floors throughout the downstairs. The dining room wallpaper from Schumacher is “very pale and old-fashioned,” she says. Dining chair fabric is from Monica James.

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Dining Room Details

Sweet details like embroidered linens and seashell place card holders keep the dining room feeling light and feminine.

Dining Room Details

An antique painted demilune table offers additional serving space when needed.

Dining Room Details

A glittering chandelier resembles morning dewdrops high above the antique dining table.

Library

The carved mantel and beams hint at the home’s history, while an enchanting fabric from Georges Le Manach (available through Claremont) used on the windows adds the perfect dash of pattern.

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Library Details

The dark palette acts as a warm counterpoint to the home’s sunny spaces.

Desk Area

A simple desk area adds a studious touch to the library.

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Desk Area Details

Tiger stripes on the desk chair provide a powerful counterbalance to the delicate furniture.

Colorful Accents

Personal mementos on the one-of-a-kind wooden desk tell their own stories while adding unexpected pops of color.

Staircase

Curving upwards, a graceful staircase mimics the flight of birds on the beach just outside.

Sun Porch

Sallie kept the furnishings simple so as not to distract from the view of the bay.

Hallway

A small bar is tucked behind antique mirrored doors in the back hall. The original beams on the ceiling were discovered—and wholeheartedly embraced—during the renovation.

Kitchen

Pistachio-hued cabinets and limed-oak floors make for a pretty palette.

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Kitchen Details

A farm sink in the kitchen nods to the home’s historical significance while promoting its rustic charms.

Portrait

Designer and homeowner Sallie Giordano.

Master Bedroom

Sallie mixed gingham bed curtains with embroidered bedding and an upholstered headboard to create a formal yet comfortable getaway.

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Master Bedroom Details

A club chair and painted pedestal table offer a cozy nook for reading. Wallpaper is available through Zoffany. Canopy and curtain fabric is from Chelsea Editions.

Guest Bedroom

A guest bedroom incorporates floral patterns with a carefree palette to create a relaxing getaway for visitors.

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George Washington Slept Here

Designer Sallie Giordano's historic home is irresistible—and all about family.

Written by Lisa Cregan
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