In Washington, D.C., designer Alessandra Branca turns tradition upside down, giving a 19th-century town house a bright outlook and a modern-day attitude.
A Slow Reveal
Branca's challenge was to make the interiors as pleasing as the exterior. "We looked at each space as a sense of place. It had previously been the home of a gentleman -- and it was beautiful -- but we needed to warm it up and add some spice," she says.
Starting in the entry, hints that you should expect the unexpected include coral linen velvet on a classic bench and curtains in a sedate Rose Cumming silk ticking banded in sunny yellow.