Moving on up heritage townhouse remodel by Therese Baron Gurney

Heritage townhouse remodel by Therese Baron Gurney
Story by: Colleen Hawkes
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This house was remodeled by architect Ankie Barnes of Barnes Vanze Architects, its interior design was done by Therese Baron Gurney. This is the staircase and hallway.

Townhouses in historic city precincts have invariably been altered many times over the years, with each family putting its own stamp on the interior.

This townhouse in Georgetown, Washington DC had been through many such renovations by different owners, including Senator John Edwards and his wife. But the latest project has made the most dramatic transformation.

The owners commissioned architect Ankie Barnes of Barnes Vanze Architects and interior designer Therese Baron Gurney of Baron Gurney Interiors to substantially remodel the interior a job that entailed removing numerous old renovations on the principal floors.


This house was remodeled by architect Ankie Barnes cabinetry, ceiling, flooring, furniture, hardwood, interior design, living room, wood, wood stain, brown
This house was remodeled by architect Ankie Barnes of Barnes Vanze Architects, its interior design was done by Therese Baron Gurney. This is a view of a grand piano, a chair, a fireplace, a small table, a bookshelf and a painting. There is a rug over wooden floors.

In remodeling the interior, Barnes opened up the hallway to create a large, double-height volume with a dynamic, sculptural steel and wood staircase. Plaster accumulated over more than 100 years was stripped from the spine wall to expose the original brick.

A series of living spaces on the first floor was reconfigured and openings realigned to create an enfilade of rooms with a seamless flow.

Baron Gurney says the design team worked closely with the owners to create an interior well suited to formal and informal entertaining.

This house was remodeled by architect Ankie Barnes ceiling, dining room, furniture, home, interior design, living room, table, wall, window, gray, brown
This house was remodeled by architect Ankie Barnes of Barnes Vanze Architects, its interior design was done by Therese Baron Gurney. This is a view of a dining table with chairs, a characteristic brick wall behind it, wooden floors and a rug on top of that. In the foreground, a chair and coffee table can be seen.

"It's a classically modern interior in terms of the symmetry and layout, but the look is softened by the spice tones and earthy finishes. And although each living space is different, you can move a chair from one room to another and it will look right."

In keeping with the modern feel, Baron Gurney introduced key furniture pieces from modern designers, including Wendell Castle, Dakota Jackson, Ted Boerner and Matt Decell.

Other key features include area rugs custom designed to accentuate specific architectural elements. Suspended ceilings were also specified, to bring an intimacy to the formal dining room and kitchen, and to accommodate lights.

Oct 25, 2011

Credit list

Interior designer
Therese Baron Gurney
Builder
Recom Services
Wallcoverings
Maharam Textiles; Knoll Textiles; faux painting by Jen Reyes, Elements Designing Interiors
Lighting
Lightolier
Drapes
Twill Textiles
Home automation and audiovisual equipment
Gramophone
Structural engineer
Robert Silman and Associates
Flooring
All heart American walnut
Paints and varnishes
Benjamin Moore
Heating
Minnicks Mechanical
Area rugs
Tufenkian Carpets
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