This 18th-Century Home Mixes Boho Flair with Southern Tradition

Designer Janie Molster brings the drama to this classic Virginia space.

Janie Molster living room
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A 1700s Virginia home leaps into the present with a gutsy update that respects the past but feels decidedly right for today.

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janie molster family room
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Family Room

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.

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janie molster dining room
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Dining Room

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.

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janie molster corner of dining room 
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Corner of Dining Room

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, .

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Janie Molster living room
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Living Room

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, .

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janie molster study 
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Study

“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, .

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janie molster staircase
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Staircase

The narrow back stairwell is thought to have been pulled from another house that predates the construction of this one.

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janie molster master bedroom
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Master Bedroom

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.

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