Creative License: Empty Nesters' Stylish Dwelling
February 15, 2014
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGIE SECKINGER
After raising their two children in a sprawling traditional home in Potomac, Maryland, an active couple—he’s a prominent lawyer; she works in fashion and is involved in charity work—were itching for a change. They were ready to downsize and dreamed of being a bit closer to Washington, D.C., where many of their friends live, yet not in the midst of the city’s hustle and bustle. So when they found a second-floor condo in the Chevy Chase neighborhood—not right downtown, but close to restaurants, shopping and the Metro—that afforded lovely treetop views, they couldn’t pass it up.
What they didn’t love, though, were some of the home’s interior quirks. “It’s in one of those buildings that was built in the 1980s and the architecture was a little outdated,” says David Mitchell, the couple’s designer who was also responsible for the renovations of the home’s interior architecture. “So we cleaned it up to make it more linear.” This included removing some of the home’s existing walls. “We wanted it to have more of an open feeling to bring more light and air into the space,” Mitchell says. “But we didn’t want it to feel like a loft.”
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