"The finished product is a testament to Scott's professional expertise. He achieved the cohesive, clean,
contemporary look I desired; but also taught me, in a very subtle way, the art of restraint. "

About the Dupont Circle Condo Project

The space that this project involved is situated on the fourth floor of a building built in the thirties, overlooking Rock Creek Park, in Northwest Washington, DC. The client had purchased a sleek walnut dining table and gray leather dining chairs, a white leather sofa and two matching chairs, and realized he could go no further without the guidance of a professional.

Taking cues from the very contemporary furnishings, we started with establishing the background on which to build. We decided to "grow the space", and make it seem larger than it really is with the use of antique mirror and a high gloss ceiling. The client requested a "floating" buffet to be hung on the long wall, in the combined Living / Dining Room, and we had one ordered, and mounted on the wall with electrical installed inside for use on the buffet top.

We installed antiqued mirror around the buffet, to give the appearance of the buffet being mounted on glass. The mirror also turned the corner of the wall, and died into the entry wall. We also mirrored the end wall of the galley Kitchen, to enlarge that space as well. We removed the existing, undersized crown molding, and installed clean, crisp cove moldings throughout. We used C2' paint, in Archival, for the walls and ceiling, and painted the ceiling in high gloss to add a reflective quality. The working roman shades and draperies are of unlined pure white linen.

While in the midst of the project, we decided to purchase three deep turquoise mid-century glass vases, at auction; we met with the DC based artist Maryanne Pollock, and paired the turquoise of the vases with three of her grid paintings in turquoise and amethyst, and decided to purchase the group, along with four "splatter" abstracts to hang above the server.

The three large paintings were framed and hung on the mirrored wall, above the walnut buffet. Continuing with the use of turquoise and amethyst as accent colors, we ordered three hand blown platters in the same range, and mounted them on the wall above the sofa. In addition, we purchased several pieces of raw amethyst to be displayed on Lucite pedestals, as well as turquoise Murano glass pieces, used liberally in the space. The pillows for the leather set echo the color choice as well.

The client enjoys photography as a hobby, and as his son was being married in New Orleans, I gave him the task of photographing various wildlife and vegetation in the Quarter. The group of images the client came back with are haunting, and unique - perfect for use as a grouping in the foyer, in black and white. We used a total of 15 images, and used three types of coordinating moldings for the framing, creating a cohesive relationship between all of the images, while not matching exactly.

The resulting effect is a space that feels tranquil and elegant, yet modern and energetic. The sparkle of the glass, mirror and metal all work towards lending the space an aura of sophistication, without feeling excessive.

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Photo of Dupont Circle before project. Photo of Dupont Circle before project.
Photo of Dupont Circle before project. Photo of Dupont Circle before project.