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 apartment buildings, built in 1922 by architect Appleton P. Clark, Jr.–demonstrated irresistible. Krewson along with also his spouse, financial analyst Richard Feuring, purchased a 1,700-square-foot house from the building. “I had been eager to customize it for us exactly the same manner I do for clients,” says that the designer about his update of the two-bedroom abode, which had been touched since the 1990s.
Apart from opening up the kitchen into the dining room and remodeling the baths, his changes were largely cosmetic as opposed to structural. Still, there was much to be done.
“The older hardwood flooring were a wreck, with nail heads poking through an outdated foam conclusion,” remembers Krewson, who substituted them using wide-plank, walnut walnut. For architectural polish, he added new baseboards which balanced the ceiling moldings, also gave the latter a shiny, antiqued finish so they’d stick out.
Nonetheless, it is that the foyer that really packs a punch, having its brand new, blackandwhite checked marble floors. Because of lack of natural light and duct work which was concealed behind awkward ceiling beams, the distance was unquestionably a struggle. Krewson solved these dilemmas by painting the whole space in Benjamin Moore’s Fairmont Green. “which makes it all exactly the exact rich colour visually dried the cluttered beams,” explains the designer, who included large-scale 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 lack of windows.”
Really, paint became Krewson’s best friend as he sprayed on a dowdy lavender color that had adorned each one of the apartment’s walls. He painted your kitchen, living and dining spaces–that join via receptive doorway casements—at Benjamin Moore’s Marlboro Blue. And for that den, located adjacent to the family space, he selected a bright canary yellow.
“I am a color man–not just a beige individual,” he notes. “I’m especially partial to yellowish. It’s bright and cheerful during the day, and it deepens to develop a gold ambience through the nighttime”
In the small master suite, Krewson embraced a comfy vibe having a soft-gray ceiling and also coral-toned walls–that the latter enriched with a faux-bois stenciled pattern. The effect is hot and simmer in the same time.
“After living for years in a little New York apartment, which was the first time Richard and I were able to pull all of our furnishings out of storage and then integrate them,” says Krewson. “We now have a mix of inherited bits from our families as well as others that we’ve obtained together through recent decades.”
In addition to additional collections–including an impressive selection of contemporary art–that the designer has long been fascinated with fabrics and it has amassed many that come in handy during this undertaking. “I re-upholstered everything,” he recounts. “We’ve got Otto (a wire haired dachshund), therefore our furniture needed a refresh rate; the movement was the perfect excuse”
While Krewson used springy indoor-outdoor fabrics just like the grim couch’s shagreen-textured blend, he also pulled from textiles he already owned. A vintage Stephen Sprouse cotton with Declaration of Freedom wording functions as either a window valance and also armchair upholstery in the livingroom. The Diningroom’s server chairs are covered at cut-velvet damask that used to hang as drapes within the couple’s New York City home.
“I love mixing weaves, colours and layouts,” Krewson observes. “One of my favorite pieces may be the one-arm Victorian fainting couch in yellow felt” Exactly the same yellowish felt also trims from the back part of a stenciled, cowhide-upholstered mid century Modern chair in the livingroom.
Despite the eclectic character of the furnishings, which interval different styles and schedules, everything is harmonious–a tribute to Krewson’s vibrant palette and smart design approach. “Everything must be a piece of sculpture in thoughts,” he says. “I like to leave breathing room between matters, so nothing is too preoccupied. It’s important to be able to move, have flow and also be comfortable.”
The couple picked the flat to get its open design, while they love to entertain. Along with formal meals around the dining table –which expands to seat 10 professionally–they sponsor cocktail parties for larger numbers. One thing is sure: There is never a lack of design topics for guests to mull over in this curated home.