A Capitol Hill Beauty

January 14, 2013

 

 

Made another visit over to Capitol Hill over the weekend and snapped a photo of one of my favorite exterior projects. It usually takes forever for things to get wrapped up and tweaked to “perfection” but my client had finally replaced a light fixture and refinished her beautiful mahogany door (with marine varnish). The entry, completed:

 

 

 

 

Before (tired, peeling, blah…blah):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And after (Benjamin Moore Dorset Gold  HC-8 on the body/ Dark Walnut BMCC 1358 as accent):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh how I adore the eclectic architecture in this neighborhood.  Many of these  ”pressed brick” townhouses date from the late 1800′s and  have “Italianate” ornamentation.  The paint treatments are all over the map, some more traditional and others really funky and irreverent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there is the lively Eastern Market, in full swing on weekends. Check it out, enjoy the stroll and… and be sure to look up while you’re walking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Market

 

 

 

Transformed Rowhouse Exterior ~Redux

July 27, 2012

 

 

I just returned from a completed row house exterior project in Old Town, Alexandria and had to share.

 

 

 

The  row house, dating back to the 1800s, is situated  in a block of  houses that are much the same. Many have been remodeled but most retain the original “facade”. In this particular block, many of the homes are set back with a small front garden and white picket fence.

 

 

When starting to pull together color options for exteriors I always take into consideration the color schemes of neighboring houses. This pretty blue one sits directly across the street.

 

 

And this saturated red exterior is directly next door.

 

Entrance before

 

So here is the entrance of my project.  The house was painted an “anemic” gray with darker trim and a faded  blue door.  Not enough contrast. Very tired. Very bland. Fabulous bones…much room for improvement.

 

 

Exterior before

 

With such a small slice of exterior, three window boxes looked too busy.   Because all houses on the block had white painted fences, I didn’t consider changing that, but the white didn’t relate to anything else on the house.  The door treatment was all wrong. I usually paint the storm to match the door rather than the surrounding trim.

 

Exterior after

 

Here is the house with its new colors.  The facade is now more snappy and ordered.  There is nice crisp contrast with the fresh white trim on trim and window sashes (which now relates to the fence).  After testing with large samples, we settled on one of my favorite mid-tone neutral colors for the exterior- Benjamin Moore’s Briarwood. Trim is Brilliant White; shutters and door are Black Forest Green. I limited the colors to three only to keep things clean and simple on this tiny plane (restraint– this is Virginia).  The house sits nicely with its neighbors and is ~ much improved.  All it needs is a spot of  color in that one little window box. Another happy client!

 

Benjamin Moore Briarwood

 

 

Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green

 

 

 

 

Spring….and a Little Color in Georgetown

April 16, 2011

 

Spring has arrived in D.C …. finally. Headed across the river to Georgetown this morning  for an exterior consult. I have lots of work in the historic districts of Old Town and D.C.- mostly townhouses. I’ve always loved the idea of tightly designed little spaces.  That is what you get with city townhouses…the canvas of an exterior is relatively small.  The landscape  here is somewhat conservative, dignified and restrained. Natural brick, off-whites and neutrals reign with pops of  ”color”  expressed  on a tiny scale.   A small cluster of brilliant pink tulips against a putty gray exterior; a high gloss navy door  and crisp white trim on brick; a tiny side gate  painted a sunny yellow… powerful in context.