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September 4, 2009 By “De” Schofield

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The kitchen and family room are designed to be one flowing space.
The cabinetry, in gleaming burled walnut with copper accents, provides a counterpoint to the dining grouping from Riva1920 featuring a glass tabletop. Luxurious finishes include a copper-clad sink and stainless-steel refrigerator.
The master suite’s TV wall fronts and original brick wall, and therefore posed a wiring problem. Gramophone worked with the general contractor to create a niche that bumps out fro the brick and mortar.
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The billiards room houses the brains of the home’s AV system, which includes a Kaleidescape KPlayer 5000 Movie/Music Server.
The billiards room houses the brains of the home’s AV system, which includes a Kaleidescape KPlayer 5000 Movie/Music Server.
In the media room a lacquered Chinese table with swivel chairs and a foosball table compose the game area. The leather seating in front of the screen is complemented with ottomans and strategically placed accent tables.
Restoration Hardware Custom Installation
Restoration Hardware Custom Installation

A painstaking interior renovation combines with whole-house automation and a/v systems to redefine an 1853 Georgetown brownstone for the 21st century.

Lured by the urban lifestyle of Georgetown, a married couple fell in love with this majestic home in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s historic district. The stately 1853 brick-row house offered three floors of living space that, while nicely proportioned, were slightly outmoded. The owners decided to transform the 10,000-square-foot residence with an extensive interior renovation to change it from dated to dynamic.

The kitchen and family room are designed to be one flowing space.

“The owners envisioned a plan that was contemporary and elegant, yet still in tune with the building’s heritage,” says architect Anthony Barnes of Barnes Vanze Architects Inc. of Washington, DC, whose firm handled the structural architecture and interior detailing. “We reintroduced identity to the home, [which was] lost over the years, and collaborated with the owners to redefine the interiors with a classic European approach of juxtaposing old and refined with contemporary and rustic.”

Having tackled numerous renovation projects in the past, the homeowners understood the importance of assembling a solid design team. In addition to Barnes, they enlisted interior designer Therese Baron-Gurney of Baron Gurney Interiors of Washington, DC, and custom sales and design manager Mark Tabor of custom installation firm Gramophone in Columbia, Md.

Resoration Hardware Custom Installation“Each home has its own identity, and this home reflects the clients’ objectives,” says Baron-Gurney, who worked 16 years as a designer with renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen.

“The architect-designer dialogue is essential in building a high level of quality in any project, but this project’s complexity and precision required close cooperation among all of the design team.”

The catalyst for the interior renovation was the staircase’s redesign: The husband requested a more gentle-looking staircase.

“Taking out the stairs was like ripping out the lungs,” Barnes says, adding that the removal resulted in a floor-plan reshuffle and wood floor restoration on all three levels.


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