Interior Design: Drawing Board

New Traditional

Interior Design: Drawing Board When the owner of a historic Georgetown row house married, he and his wife hired Ame Gold to turn his thrown-together bachelor pad—including the living room—into a space that would merge their tastes and feel like a home.

Then Now
The fireplace wall was dated-looking, with niches for art that took up space but were not useful. The niches have been closed up and wood shelves display accessories, with a built-in cupboard on one side.
A black-painted fireplace surround was dark and boring; plain white walls didn’t help. Mother-of-pearl mosaic tile surrounds the fireplace, while the interior was lightened with white paint. A grasscloth wall covering draws the eye.
A sparse mishmash of furnishings left the room feeling empty, with no place to gather. An existing sofa was repurposed in the living room; coffee tables from Lexington Home Brands and a Century armchair make the space inviting.
A ceiling fixture and undressed windows left the room cold. Recessed lights and Kravet draperies convey warmth.


Interior Design: Ame Gold, Patricia Gold Interiors, Inc., Fairfax Station, Virginia. Photography: Gwin Hunt.