A 1700s Virginia home leaps into the present with a gutsy update that respects the past but feels decidedly right for today.
Organic patterns and earth tones mingle in the family room, where the ikat-covered love seat is by . A Seabrook grass cloth envelops the walls all the way up the pitched ceiling. The room’s trim is painted in Ozark Shadows.
In the dining room, Molster amped up the drama with floor-to-ceiling curtains in a charcoal linen velvet by . A chandelier by hangs above an antique English table. The artworks are portraits by William and Mary de Leftwich Dodge, distant relatives of the owner’s.
In a corner of the dining room, a grouping of women’s portraits hangs over a Biedermeier settee. The sideboard is an English family antique. Wall paint, French Canvas. Rug, .
In the living room, 11-foot-tall curtains in a shimmering pumpkin silk taffeta offset the patina of the wainscoting. A contemporary painting of three nudes by is mixed into a gallery wall hung with historic oil paintings. Wall paint, Collingwood. The sofa under the gallery wall is topped with pillows. Nesting coffee tables, .
“Saturated colors balance the strength of the architecture,” says Molster, who opted for Mill Springs Blue in the study. Lamps by and a chandelier add a modern touch. Rug, .
The narrow back stairwell is thought to have been pulled from another house that predates the construction of this one.
In the master bedroom, landscape paintings surround the custom headboard. Duvet and shams, .
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This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of CQ.