When interior designer Charles Krewson, a DC native, returned to Washington after 30 years at Manhattan, ” The Presidential–certainly one of those town’s oldest flat buildings, built in 1922 by architect Appleton P. Clark, Jr.–proved irresistible. Krewson along with his spouse, financial analyst Richard Feuring, purchased a 1,700-square-foot residence from the construction. “I was excited to customize it the same manner I do for clients,” says the developer about his update of their two-bedroom abode, that had been touched since the 1990s.
Apart from opening the kitchen to the dining room and remodeling the baths, his changes were largely cosmetic instead of structural. Still, there is much to be accomplished.
“The wood floors were a mess, together with nail heads poking by an aged asphalt end,” recalls Krewson, who substituted them using wide-plank, walnut walnut. For architectural polish, he included new baseboards which balanced the original ceiling moldings, and gave the latter a glistening, antiqued finish so they’d stand out.
However, it’s the foyer that really packs a punch, with its brand new, black and white checked marble floors. As a result of scarcity of pure light and ductwork which was concealed behind awkward ceiling beams, the distance was definitely a struggle. Krewson solved those difficulties by painting the whole distance in Benjamin Moore’s Fairmont Green. “which makes it all exactly the same rich color visually erased the messy beams,” explains the designer, who added large navy polka dots onto the walls for a “wow” factor. “Now, the light bounces off the floors when you walk and also the dots compensate for the absence of windows.”
Indeed, paint Krewson’s companion as he covered over a dowdy lavender colour that had adorned all the apartment’s walls. He painted the kitchen, dining and living rooms–that connect via open door casements—at Benjamin Moore’s Marlboro Blue. And to get the den, located next to the family space, he selected a bright canary yellow.
“I’m a color man–not a beige individual,” he notes. “I’m especially partial to yellowish. It’s cheerful and bright during your daytime, and it succeeds to generate a gold ambience at nighttime”
From the little master bedroom, Krewson adopted a comfy vibe using a soft-gray ceiling and also coral-toned walls–the latter enriched using a faux-bois stenciled pattern. The result is warm and simmer in exactly the exact same moment.
“After living for years at a tiny New York apartment, which was initially Richard and I were able to pull all of our furnishings outside of storage and incorporate them” says Krewson. “We have a mixture of inherited pieces out of our families and many others that we have obtained together over recent many years.”
Along with additional collections–including a remarkable variety of contemporary art–the designer has long been fascinated with textiles and it has amassed many that come in handy during this undertaking. “that I re-upholstered everything,” he recounts. “We have Otto (a wirehaired dachshund), so our furniture needed a refresh; the move was the perfect explanation.”
While Krewson used springy indoor-outdoor fabrics just like the grim couch’s shagreen-textured blend, he also pulled from fabrics he already owned. A vintage Stephen Sprouse cotton with Declaration of Independence wording functions as either a window valance and arm chair upholstery at the family area. The living area’s server chairs have been covered in cut-velvet damask which used to hold as curtains in the couple’s new york home.
“I enjoy mixing colours, colours and patterns,” Krewson observes. “Among my favorite pieces may be the one-arm Victorian fainting couch in yellow felt.” Exactly the exact same yellow felt also trims out the back of a stenciled, cowhide-upholstered Mid-Century Modern seat in the family area.
Inspite of the diverse character of the furnishings, which span different styles and schedules, everything is harmonious–a tribute to Krewson’s vibrant palette and clever design strategy. “Everything must be a bit of sculpture on your mind,” he states. “I love to leave living room between things, so nothing is too preoccupied. It’s important to be able to maneuver, have flow and be comfortable.”
The couple also picked the apartment for its spacious layout, as they would rather entertain. In addition to formal meals around the table –which extends to seat 10 comfortably–they sponsor cocktail parties for bigger numbers. One thing is sure: there was never a shortage of design topics for guests to mull over in this curated home.