“We infused this historic Washington, D.C., house with modern Parisian style,” says Sybille Schneider, founder and director of interior design at Leroy Street Studio. “We developed rich layers of decorative lighting in collaboration with lighting designer Ernest New York, including a rare pair of 1960s Giò Ponti chandeliers for the double-sided living room that were originally designed for the Hotel Baita dei Pini, in northern Italy. The lights were the first items purchased for the project and set the tone for the sophisticated and whimsical interiors, where contrasting design elements from different regions and periods create a feeling of studied informality.
“The hall is an addition to the original house,” continues Schneider. “We wanted it to be resolutely modern and bright, as it only has two small windows and a skylight. We used Chantilly Lace from Benjamin Moore — a warm white with maximal light reflection — and a deep-wire-brushed black-stained oak floor to contrast with the walls, as well as touches of gold to elevate the palette.” Photo by Nicole Franzen