Design Project: Vintage, Colourful and Eclectic Pieces Bring This Historic Townhouse To Life

Designer Zoe Feldman Design helped a young couple breathe new life, soul and character back into the rooms and walls of this historic Washington D.C. townhouse...

PROPERTY

This historic townhouse in Washington D.C. had been recently bought by developers bent on modernising the space. A young couple in their 30s came in at the eleventh hour before the demolition was complete – they had other plans for this property and wanted to bring the house back to its old glory days. They brought on interior designer Zoe Feldman Design to help them breathe new life, soul and character back into the rooms and walls. The result is a stunning home that’s full of colour, vintage furnishings, sculptural shapes, interesting finds, eclectic art and quirky touches.

HALLWAY

Feldman wanted the hallway to give a powerful and memorable first impression, so she added vintage sculptural table lamps and a colourful abstract piece of artwork from Jenny Prinn to add personality.

Get the look: the Directoire Style Marble Top Console Table is from Chairish and the artwork from the homeowners’ personal collection is by Jenny Prinn. The Kelly Wearstler Phoebe Stacked Table Lamps are from Circa Lighting and the vintage brass umbrella stand is from Goodwood Antiques.

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An antique console table with a marble top from Chairish was central to this the design scheme. The homeowners were especially intrigued by its aged look. The console’s edges are a bit worn. Feldman could have restored it, but the couple liked the lived-in feel. The couple love vintage pieces that are not 100 percent perfect – even better when they have a little nick or dent in it, as the pieces become more alive, more interesting, and tell a story. This was one of their traits that Feldman says made this project so enjoyable for her and her design team, as it meant they got to hunt for some really interesting finds.

Get the look: The hands are from Global views. Original art above hanging hands is by artist Tenley Masson, framed by Framebridge

Hands acts as hooks by the door, a fun and quirky touch.

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LIVING ROOM

Feldman incorporated vintage finds to honour the home’s history, and then layered one-of-a-kind eclectic pieces, art and personal items to add colour against the vintage pieces.

Get the look: Get the look: Light Pendant – Lawson Fenning, the Radial Chandelier in brass and black. Sofa is Kara Mann for Baker, Brute Sofa upholstered in an ochre performance velvet by Elitas “Opus Pain d’epices”. Vintage Rug is from Old New House. The French Directoire Daybed from 1stDibs is upholstered in a Pindler & Pindler “Jovan” fabric in Eclipse, and painted in Farrow and Ball: Railings. The Daybed Pillows are from Old New House. Side table by Daybed is from Chairish, Coffee Table is a Vintage Bernhard Rohne for Mastercraft Acid Etched Coffee Table, via 1stDibs.

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While neutrals ground the home, it’s enlivened with colour – like this ochre velvet sofa by Kara Mann for Baker, which steals the show in the living room.

Get the look: Art above Chest is by Bess Cutler, the vintage Hermes Bust is from Chairish.

A vintage drinks cabinet was also woven into the design, and takes pride of place by the staircase – painted in the same black lacquer paint.

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Feldman also took the couple’s rescue dog into account, adding practical solutions like vegan leather chairs, low-pile rugs, and performance fabrics around the house.

She also found an old Biedermeier games table for in the bay window, serving as a spot for the couple to enjoy their morning coffee, read the newspaper, or use when entertaining family and friends.

Get the look: Get the look: Light Pendant – Lawson Fenning, the Radial Chandelier in brass and black. Sofa is Kara Mann for Baker, Brute Sofa upholstered in an ochre performance velvet by Elitas “Opus Pain d’epices”. Vintage Rug is from Old New House. The French Directoire Daybed from 1stDibs is upholstered in a Pindler & Pindler “Jovan” fabric in Eclipse, and painted in Farrow and Ball: Railings. The Daybed Pillows are from Old New House. Side table by Daybed is from Chairish, Coffee Table is a Vintage Bernhard Rohne for Mastercraft Acid Etched Coffee Table, via 1stDibs.

DINING ROOM

Feldman wanted there to be a clear distinction between the dining room and the living room and kitchen, so she made two bold design moves; painting the ceiling black and installing a textured neutral wallpaper in a geometric print from Pierre Frey. Feldman then punctuated the space with vintage oversized table lamps, artwork by St. Frank, and a green Roman shade.

Get the look: This is Pierre Frey’s “Indus Tise” wallpaper, and an Andrew Neyer pendant. The vintage the sideboard and dining table are both from 1stdibs, the Hoffman dining chairs are from Design Within Reach. the vintage lamps are from Chairish, and the pendant is from Andrew Neyer.

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The dining room features Pierre Frey’s “Indus Tise” wallpaper, and an Andrew Neyer pendant. The vintage the sideboard and dining table are both from 1stdibs. Above the sideboard is a print by St. Frank.

Get the look: Sideboard is from 1stdibs, above it is a print by St. Frank.

KITCHEN

The kitchen features more green (the wife’s favourite colour), with Farrow & Ball’s Card Room Green on the cabinetry, emphasising the elegant curves in the space.

Get the look: Brass tap from Waterworks (Orleans One Hole Gooseneck), Cabinet Hardware from Siro Designs. Original Art by Tenley Masson, framed by Framebridge. Splash-back Tile from Waterworks. Antique Oushak Rug from Old New House.

Feldman also added brass fixtures, a plaster hood, and a vintage Oushak rug to pull the design together. It’s a significant departure from the former bare, all-white kitchen.

Get the look: Brass tap from Waterworks (Orleans One Hole Gooseneck), Cabinet Hardware from Siro Designs. Original Art by Tenley Masson, framed by Framebridge. Splash-back Tile from Waterworks. Antique Oushak Rug from Old New House.

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POWDER ROOM

Feldman enveloped the powder room in Farrow & Ball’s Bancha (did you know that it’s one of the world’s most popular paint colours?).

Get the look: Pendant from Allied Maker. Carrara Marble Floating Sink from Signature Hardware.. Wall Mounted tap from Waterworks. Original Nude Art by Tenley Masson. Misc. art from 1st Dibs, including a Joan Miro Lithograph. Framed Black and White Wallpaper is Pierre Frey wallpaper “Le Couple” pattern. Mirror is from West Elm.

Above the loo is Pierre Frey’s “Le Couple” wallpaper which features as a framed artwork – an idea that we’re definitely stealing.

Get the look: Pendant from Allied Maker. Carrara Marble Floating Sink from Signature Hardware.. Wall Mounted tap from Waterworks. Original Nude Art by Tenley Masson. Misc. art from 1st Dibs, including a Joan Miro Lithograph. Framed Black and White Wallpaper is Pierre Frey wallpaper “Le Couple” pattern. Mirror is from West Elm.

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GUEST BATHROOM

Schumacher’s “Leaping Leopards” wallpaper wraps around the guest bathroom. At first glance it looks neutral, then a closer look reveals the leaping leopards.

Get the look: Wallpaper is Schumacher’s “Leaping Leopards” in Sand. Artwork is by Raoul Ubac. Medicine cabinet and vanity are both from RH. Tap is from Waterworks. Vintage Rug is from Old New House. Tiles are from Waterworks. Wall light is from Shades of Light.

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MASTER BEDROOM

A floral William Morris wallpaper stretches across the whole of the master bedroom. The paper feels neutral and quiet, despite the zany all-over pattern.

Get the look: Get the look: Wallpaper is William Morris’ “Blackthorn”, installed by Michael DiGuiseppe. Rug is a Modern Indian Boho Rug from 1st Dibs. Upholstered Bed is Lee Industries upholstered in a COM camel coloured fabric by Brentano “Atelier” in Deerskin. Bench is a Mid-Century Modern Tufted Bench from 1st Dibs, upholstered in a Holland & Sherry wool damask “Carleton” in Natural. Pair of Paolo Buffa Inspired Mid-Century Italian Side Tables from 1stdibs. Art of owner’s dog, Judy, hanging over bedside tableis by Tenley Masson. Mirror over bed is from West Elm. Bedding is from Matouk. Front bed pillow is S. Harris Ankara Mohair Amber Velvet. Middle bed pillow is from West Elm. Back bed pillows are Lulu & Georgia. Throw is West Elm.

Built-in wardrobes were installed as well as a generous built-in window seat and day bed.

Get the look: Get the look: Wallpaper is William Morris’ “Blackthorn”, installed by Michael DiGuiseppe. Rug is a Modern Indian Boho Rug from 1st Dibs. Swing Arm wall lights flanking bed are from Hudson Valley. Custom Roman Shades from Workroom: Pilchard Designs. Wall lights flanking built-in daybed are from Circa Lighting. Custom Daybed Cushion is by Workroom: Pilchard Designs. Daybed pillows are Lulu & Georgia. Custom Wardrobes and Daybed Frame are by Kelvin Veney of The Craft Custom Cabinetry.

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Everything looks well thought-out, from the skirting, the cabinetry and the bespoke day bed to the brass wall lights and cleverly disguised see-through light switches (visible above, to the left of the day bed).

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MASTER BATHROOM

The master bathroom features a striking navy herringbone patterned floor tile, which complements crisp white walls.

Get the look: Get the look: Wall lights and washstand are from Waterworks, taps are the Easton Vintage with Oak Lever Handles, also from Waterworks. Vintage Wood Chair is from Chairish. Recessed Medicine Cabinets from RH. Navy Blue Floor and Wall Tile from Waterworks. Floating Wood Shelves from West Elm. Shower Fixtures from Waterworks. Vintage Rug from Old New House.

The taps feature oak wood lever handles.

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The shower space was an interesting challenge for Feldman as the window forced Feldman to take a risk by installing the shower’s plumbing right on its glass door. She’d never done this before, but it actually ended up working out beautifully because you walk into it and see the back of the plumbing and this beautifully exposed shower.

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All photography by Stacy Zarin Goldberg, @stacyzaringoldberg on Instagram

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