Catrin, Chris and their two daughters
Woodley Park — Washington, DC
When we moved to our new townhouse in 2007 I was struck with its elegance. The ceilings are covered in ornate, delicate plaster moldings like the icing on a wedding cake. I knew that heavy, dark furniture and oversized upholstery would be too overpowering. To me, the house is inherently formal but I didn’t want it to be stodgy or serious. When I started decorating our home, I wanted to celebrate the age and history of the house (built in 1909) while also keeping the mood young, light and soothing.
The kitchen is decidedly modern, while the dining room is very Old School. Most of the furniture is one-of-a-kind vintage or antique found locally in the Washington DC metro area or brought over from Australia, where I lived for several years. My biggest regret in decorating the house has been my impatience, which led me to purchase some pieces from chain stores (with their seductively speedy delivery times!) when I could have waited longer and found more original pieces. I also think I need a little more modern to balance out the antiques.
My decorating style could be described as "new traditional". I tend to like pieces that have beautiful curves and lines. I think that the best style is that which combines high-end with low-end, modern with antique, boutique with thrift-store.
(Note: Catrin is trying out for a blogger position on Apartment Therapy, which is why we are posting this House Call - she submitted it as one of her sample posts. The full tour of her home from earlier this year can be viewed right here.)
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