The Best of the Best DC Homes

From Margaret Everton on April 2, 2010 in Washington DC

True architectural wonders and design pipedreams don’t necessarily follow a formula. This collection of homes in Washington, DC serves as a reminder that good taste comes in infinite arrays of shapes and sizes.

#1 – Walls and Walls of Artwork

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Bonnie and Gilbert Schwartz’s bright, playful design style and interesting art collection can be found throughout their home. Their boldly colored contemporary art pieces come from all over the world, ranging from the Czech Republic to local DC galleries. Their favorite? The Maurine Littleton Gallery. They chose Walter Gagliano for the interior designer and Falcon Construction for their contracting work.

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#2 – Funky Townhome on Embassy Row

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Supon Phornirunlit’s townhome in DC’s Embassy Row was designed with the unexpected in mind. A graphic designer himself, Phornirunlit used such oddities as animal trophies, Buddhas, and fur-covered lamps to fill his space. Despite his unusual taste, the design scheme coheres phenomenally and his inexpensive taste allows for decorating to change with the seasons. Some of his favorite places to shop are the Georgetown Flea Market, Design Within Reach, BoConcept, and Waterworks.

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#3 – Cozy-Chic Family Home in Georgetown

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Contemporary chic meets comfy casual in the Georgetown abode of Ned and Toni Brody. After a year in renovations, the couple had dwindled down the home’s original six bedrooms to four, and flip-flopped the kitchen and living room spaces so they were exactly where they wanted them. With the help of architect and interior designer Patrick Sutton, they created a design scheme that allowed for relaxing in the daytime and partying at night. As if that weren’t enough, the home is now kid-friendly as well.

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#4 – Awesome Waterfront Views in Annapolis

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Like many homeowners, Steve and Mary Duncan had only intended to make “a few small changes” to their Annapolis home, like new kitchen cabinets. But after hiring architect Robert Gurney, they went ahead with an entire revamp that transformed their 1960s house into a modern two-story home with an open floor plan. The brick wall in the back was torn down and replaced with glass so the couple could enjoy a much-desired view of the waterfront. The decor was kept simple with select art pieces and furnishings from places like Contemporaria, Theodore’s, and Design Within Reach.

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