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Town House with Great Personal Style

It's a little of this and a little of that in a Virginia townhouse that ignores the rules

Written by Krissa Rossbund
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    Area rug (Aubusson-style, from estate sale): owner’s collection.
    Sectional sofa (4800 series, small natural nailhead trim, Black Walnut leg finish); fabric (“Linato”/Linen); white throw pillows (“Boomer”/White): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150, leeindustries.com.
    Pillows with appliqued circles (“Layla Pillow”); bolster pillow (“Lulu Pillow”): Crate & Barrel, 800/996-9960, crateandbarrel.com.
    Bulls-eye pillow (“Bulls-Eye”/Blue Smoke): West Elm, 866/428-6468, westelm.com.
    Ottoman (“Roth,” discontinued): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com.
    Gold tufted cube by sofa: Three Hands Corp., 800/443-5443, threehands.com.
    Art (Mexican Family Tree, c. 1880, purchased at auction): GoAntiques.com, goantiques.com. 
    Square oyster shell mirrors (#1348): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428, curreyco.comFish plates on wall (vintage, “Fish,” by Johnson Brothers); fabric panel (“Kaivo,”/Orange and red, by Marimekko): flea market find.
    Painting in hues of red (Clingin’ Fire, 1972, acrylic on canvas): Modernicus, no longer in business.
    Lucite stool with white vinyl seat (vintage): flea market find.
    Tufted chair (“Jacqueline Arm Chair,” Gramercy Collection): Four Hands, 512/371-7575, fourhands.com.
    Trim on perimeter (#33132, color 9675): Houlès, 310/652-6171, houles.com.
    Pillow on chair (“Lulu Pilow”): Crate & Barrel, 800/997-9960, crateandbarrel.com.
    End table beside tufted chair (“Condotti Table,” by Lewis Mittman): Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, 212/888-5580, ef-lm.com.
    Lucite table lamp (vintage): Upscale Resale, 703/698-8100, upscaleresale.com.
    Octagonal lampshade: The Lamplighter, 703/549-4040, lamplighterlamps.com.
    Books, ceramic accessories: Home Essentials, homeessentials.com.
    Wall paint (“String” #8): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com.
    Trim paint (“White Dove”): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

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    Blue velvet chair (“Grenelle Arm Chair,” by Lewis Mittman): Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, 212/888-5580, ef-lm.com.
    Three-arm floor lamp (vintage Italian, chrome): Verdigris Antiques & Interiors, 703/505-9970, verdigris.bondandbowery.com.
    Mirrored accent table by velvet chair (“Parsons Mirrored Accent Table”): Arteriors Home, 877/488-8866, arteriorshome.com.
    Tufted chair (“Jacqueline Arm Chair,” Gramercy Collection): Four Hands, 512/371-7575, fourhands.com.
    Trim on perimeter (#33132, color 9675): Houlès, 310/652-6171, houles.comEnd table beside tufted chair (“Condotti Table,” by Lewis Mittman): Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, 212/888-5580, ef-lm.com.
    Lucite table lamp (vintage): Upscale Resale, 703/698-8100, upscaleresale.com.
    Octagonal lampshade: The Lamplighter, 703/549-4040, lamplighterlamps.com.
    Mirrored screen (“Sevigne Screen”): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979, niermannweeks.com.
    Portrait of girl; dress form (vintage, stretch wire on metal stand): flea market find. Area rug (Aubusson-style, from estate sale): owner’s collection.

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    Square oyster shell mirrors (#1348): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428, curreyco.comFish plates on wall (vintage, “Fish,” by Johnson Brothers): flea market find.
    Console table by window (“Lucia Console Table,” discontinued, shortened to custom height): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com.
    Abstract painting on console table (hides flat-screen Television): Verdigris Antiques & Interiors, 03/505-9970, verdigris.bondandbowery.com.

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    Abstract painting over mantel (by Brazilian artist Sayonara G. Oliveira): Upscale Resale, 703/698-8100, upscaleresale.com.
    Ceramic accessories: Home Essentials, homeessentials.com.

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    Table (distressed, ebonized finish): Upscale Resale, 703/698-8100, www.upscaleresale.com.
    Spiderback chair (vintage) with custom skirt: owner’s collection.
    Skirt fabric (“Garden Gate”/Key Lime Pie #4094/01): Pollack, 212/627-7766, www.pollackassociates.com.
    Fabrication: J.K. Drapery Inc., 703/941-3788.
    Dining chairs (#1927-01, small nickel nailhead trim, Black Walnut leg finish); fabric (“Wisdom”/Burlap); contrast border fabric (“Flanders”/Khaki): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150, www.leeindustries.com.
    Leather love seat (“Madison Loveseat”); fabric (“Bisque Leather”): Palecek, 800/274-7730, www.palecek.com.
    Pillow on love seat (“Bianca”/Celery, Citron, discontinued): Calico Corners, 800/213-6366, www.calicocorners.com.
    Chandelier (linked wood beads, copper frame): BoBo Intriguing Objects, 404/355-2309, www.bobointriguingobjects.com.
    Area rug (custom): fabricated by Carpet One of Alexandria, www.carpet1alexandria.com.
    Carpet border (“Dolce”/Wild Rice #207DL, color DL11, cotton surging yarn #93): Fabrica 800/854-0357, www.fabrica.com.
    Carpet field (Wilton carpet remnant): Stanton Carpet, 706/624-9385, www.stantoncarpet.com.
    Round mirrored tray (“Cinchwaist Tray”): Arteriors Home, 877/488-8866, www.arteriorshome.com.
    Mirror (“Bangle,” discontinued): Horchow, 877/944-9888, www.horchow.com.
    Striped umbrella artwork (created with 2 Totes umbrellas): umbrellas from Target, www.target.com.
    Decorative one-inch upholstery nails (color 499-03, French Natural): Furniture Restoration Tools & Supplies, 866/528-4170.
    Upholstered panels (“Tulip Embroidery” #DMOETU302): Morris & Co., www.william-morris.co.uk.
    Paper backing on wall fabric by: Custom Laminations, CLI Group, 973/279-9174, www.customlaminations.com.
    Paint above chair rail and trim (“White Dove” #OC-17): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, www.benjaminmoore.com.
    Paint under chair rail (“Churlish Green” #251): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, www.farrow-ball.com.

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    Cabinet (“Tall Circles Cabinet”/bleached oak with clear glass front): Julian Chichester, 336/886-2454, www.julianchichester.com.
    Drapery (“Merrick”): Fabricut, 800/999-8200, www.fabricut.com.
    Drapery hardware (Tantulo Collection, color 26, Ivoire Patine): Houlès, 310/652-6171, www.houles.com.

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    Drum light fixture (by Cindy Ciskowski): J. Lambeth, 202/646-1774, www.jlambeth.com.
    Tufted side chair (“Martine Dining Chair”): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, www.restorationhardware.com.
    Wall paint (“Elephant’s Breath” #229): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, www.farrow-ball.com.
    Trim paint (“White Dove” #OC-17): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, www.benjaminmoore.com.

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    Wood buffet with open shelves; vintage dinner plates (Upsala Ekeby Sweden Crown Dinner Plate”); portrait of Asian woman; assorted ceramics (found on travels): owner’s collection.

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    Drafting table (“Neolt Drafting Table”): owner’s collection.
    Italian nursery rhyme work table (discontinued); five-cabinet credenza (white, from original Home Office Collection): Ballard Designs, 800/536-7551, www.ballarddesigns.com.
    Painting (of Jackie O): Upscale Resale, 703/698-8100, www.upscaleresale.com.
    Inspiration boards (covered in linen/cotton remnants): Staples, 800/782-7537, www.staples.com.
    Five-drawer storage cart (“Elfa”); wall shelves: The Container Store, 888/266-8246, www.containerstore.com.
    Rug: owner’s collection.

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    A table from Ballard Designs bearing Italian nursery rhymes nods to Barbara’s part-Italian heritage.

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    In the master bedroom, a dynamic piece of artwork features a bird with a watering can on reclaimed boards.

    Bed (“Loire Canopy Bed,” Parisian steel finish with bronze accents): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979, www.niermannweeks.com.
    Upholstered headboard (“Calvados”/Blue #33725-4): Clarence House, 800/221-4704, www.clarencehouse.com.
    Round side table (“Tony,” antiqued mirror top, antiqued silver finish): Oly, 775/336-2100, www.olystudio.com.
    Wing chair (“Carter Chair,” with nailhead trim #324-005T) fabric (“Natural Denim”): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www.mgbwhome.com.
    Spiderback chair (vintage) with custom skirt: owner’s collection.
    Skirt fabric (“Garden Gate”/Key Lime Pie” #4094/01): Pollack, 212/627-7766, www.pollackassociates.com.
    Upholstered ottomans: owner’s collection.
    Three-light floor lamp: Verdigris Antiques & Interiors, 703/505-9970, www.verdigris.bondandbowery.com.
    Original screenprint on painted wood board (Jake Water Seeds): Branddave, www.branddave.com.
    Lantern (“Venetian Lantern”/Kent White and Rusted Gold Leaf): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979, www.niermannweeks.com.
    Acrylic console (“Peekaboo Clear Console”): CB2, 800/606-6252, cb2.com.
    Drapery (“Eleganza” #3064214); trim (“Bijan” #2450910): Fabricut, 800/999-8200, www.fabricut.com.
    Drapery hardware (Tantulo Collection, color 16, Blanc Mat for rods, and color 15, Bronze, for finials): Houlès, 310/652-6171, www.houles.com.
    Wall and trim paint (“Pointing” #2003): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, www.farrow-ball.com.
    Ceiling paint (“Pink Cloud” #887): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, www.benjaminmoore.com.
    Carpet: owner’s collection.

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    Above a chest of drawers with a distressed finish is a mirror with an inset of swirls. “I love waking up in the morning and seeing all the art and the way that it works in the room,” Barbara says.

    Dresser: owner’s collection.
    Composite head of ancient man: Upscale Resale, 703/698-8100, www.upscaleresale.com.
    Mirror (“Calligraphy Mirror” #11-2-09867, by Kathleen Koszyk): ArtDreams Home, 805/642-6444, www.artdreams.com.

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    A bouquet of fresh peonies sits on a mirrored side table from Oly Studio beside the luxurious bed.

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    Marble makes a grand statement in the master bath. A wreath made from white ostrich feathers hangs before the shower, as seen in the mirror.

    “I was incredibly fortunate when I found this house, and when I walked into the master bath, that sealed the deal,” Barbara says. “The beautiful marble and the animation of its pattern, the shower, the double vanity… How often do you move into a home and the bathroom is perfect?”

    Ostrich feather wreath (white): Angel Wreaths, 866/278-4183, www.angelwreaths.com.
    Art (charcoal nude, vintage): Sixteen Fifty-Nine, 202/333-1480.
    Parisian engraving: Verdigris Antiques & Interiors, 703/505-9970, www.verdigris.bondandbowery.com.
    Floor and shower tiles: Calcutta Gold marble.
    Wall and trim paint (“White Dove” #OC-17): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, www.benjaminmoore.com.
    Ceiling paint (“String” #8): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, www.farrow-ball.com.

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    A contemporary square vase filled with glass marbles from a floral shop makes a spiffy container for makeup brushes.

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    A vanity chair is reupholstered in a snowy white that matches the rest of the stunning master bath.

    Vanity chair (vintage): owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (“Seabreeze”/Water Ice White #10116-10): Donghia, 914/662-2377, www.donghia.com.
    Reupholstery: Spicer’s Upholstery, 703/751-0320, www.spicersupholstery.com.

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    Designer and homeowner Barbara Franceski.

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    Wanting a tranquil and cocoon-like feeling for friends and family enjoying her guest room, Barbara introduced an iron canopy bed from Niermann Weeks that creates a small room-within-a-room effect. Contrasting fabrics over the bed frame include the “Tamerlane” cotton print from Brunschwig & Fils, used for the outside canopy, and “Cardomon,” a geometric by Vervain that lines the canopy and repeats in the window treatment. A cream-colored matelassé quilt from Ralph Lauren Home softens the bed. The room’s statement fabrics, a green-and-white striped rug and sky-blue-and-white silk floor pillows by Schumacher, echo the colors of sea glass.

    Wall paint (“Pale Powder” #204): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, www.farrow-ball.com.
    Trim paint (“White Dove” #OC-17): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, www.benjaminmoore.com.
    Steel canopy twin bed (“Steel Campaign Bed”/Parisian steel finish): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979, www.niermannweeks.com.
    Canopy, bedskirt, bed and floor pillows: custom.
    Canopy fabric interior, and rectangular throw pillow (“Cardomon” #0562702): Vervain, 800/611-8686, www.vervain.com.
    Canopy fabric, exterior, and bedskirt fabric (“Tamerlane Cotton Print”/Aquamarine #BR-79759.249): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, www.brunschwig.com.
    Bed pillows (“Seabreeze”/Boogie Board Blue #10116-02): Donghia. 914/662-2377, www.donghia.com.
    Piping (“Garden Gate”/Key Lime Pie #4094/01): Pollack, 212/627-7766, www.pollackassociates.com.
    Floor pillow fabric (“Fern Tree”/Turquoise, Ivory #2643883, by Kelly Wearstler): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, www.fschumacher.com.
    Cream quilt: owner’s collection.
    Valance (“Cardomon” #0562702): Vervain, 800/611-8686, vervain.com.
    Piping (“Garden Gate”/Key Lime Pie #4094/01): Pollack, 212/627-7766, www.pollackassociates.com.
    Striped rug (“Birmingham Citrus Woven Cotton Rug” #RDA-08846): Dash & Albert, 800/658-5035, www.dashandalbert.com.
    Framed intaglio: Verdigris Antiques & Interiors, 703/505-9970, www.verdigris.bondandbowery.com.
    Campaign round side table (discontinued): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, www.restorationohardware.com.

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    The small mirrored shelf in the guest bedroom is actually a planter hung upside-down. “I love to look at things and see how to use them differently,” Franceski says.

    Sunburst mirror (“Bruno,” discontinued): Cooper Classics, 800/262-3453, www.cooperclassics.com.
    Mirrored shelf (planter, repurposed): Capital Consignment, 301/986-1414.
    Aqua glass vase; green glass decanter; framed print of young vicar: owner’s collection.

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    Barbara’s love of art is evident throughout her home. This watercolor complements the sea glass tones in the guest bedroom.

    Watercolor of woman; line drawing (by designer): owner’s collection.

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