Lets peak inside! The rear facing staircase is something I've never seen before. The home is the oldest in Washington DC so I'm assuming the stairs' position was apart of the original design. Things I am in love with: the intricately curved stair spindles, moldings, sconces & settee. I have been wanting a settee in our foyer for ages to take the place of the mirrored console table. When family and friends visit they hardly ever bother with the coat closet and I feel a settee would function nicely as a spot to rest purses & coats. As for the mirrored table there now I think would fit nicely in Belle's room as a desk/vanity with either a fabulous ghost chair or pink & gold french chair.
Back to the tour. The dining room….Oh Lawdy! It is divine; like being wrapped in a Tiffany's box! I go back & forth between a blue dining room or paneling, this is the best ever in my humble opinion. Paired with a double pedestal Duncan Phyfe table, fireplace & window seats (I may hold a slight grudge against my parental units for building my childhood home and not putting one in my room…I know, time to let it go) this room is quite the jewel box. The drapery fabric & rug aren't my first choice, but I would take the remainder of the room in a heartbeat.
Below are the library & master bedroom. Like many historic homes, there is a plethora of molding, fireplaces, sconces & window seats in nearly every room. What is not to love!?!
Despite being a very formal home, it is still feels quite livable and cozy. This house proves that solid, classic bones never go out of style and I certainly be referencing the foyer when the time finally comes to tackle that project. Oh and I'm already dreaming up a few window seats.
For picture sources and to read more about this house visit architectural digest.