I'm fascinated with Barry Dixon's design of this Capitol Hill row house. I love the use of the cocoa brown and pink colours in the living room, a combination I don't remember having seen before in any home, and how beautifully the hallway echoes the space. I love the reading nooks on both sides of the fireplace and the unconventional arrangement of the furniture.
The designer said in an interview with House Beautiful that because of the size of the room they didn't want to block the fireplace with a sofa. "So we threw in a curve, literally, with that round ottoman. It's the nucleus of the room, and there's a feeling that those two chairs are in orbit around it, almost like a clock."
When the interviewer said it looked like "a modern version of a Victorian tête-à-tête," Dixon replied: "It is, in a way. This is a Victorian row house ... Those were called courting benches in their time—they were meant to keep a man and a woman from actually touching each other while they sat in a Victorian drawing room. It's an echo from the past."
The rest of the house is just as beautiful and you can view it by clicking the link below.
Have a wonderful day!
Jonny Valiant for House Beautiful