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.
The living room was more like a passthrough on the way to the family room and didn't invite you to sit down and stay. Branca incorporated three sitting areas into the room and added a color scheme that is anything put predictable.
At the far end of the room, a steel gray damask-covered sofa, from Branca's own collection, is silhouetted beautifully against yellow silk curtains.
"Their furniture is very classical, but by juxtaposing it in different ways, we were able to give it new life," says Branca. "The room is sunny, joyful and a little modern in its own way."