Design Crush: A Washington DC Rowhouse by Lauren Liess

I just returned from a weekend in Washington DC where I was visiting my sister. Most of DC design is more traditional than New York design, but several designers manage to keep the traditional feeling while adding modern elements. Since I had a little taste of the town I thought I’d share some work by a Washington DC based designer today. I was searching through portfolios and came across Lauren Liess. I have a major design crush on her D Street Rowhouse, which embodies the traditional-fresh balance I mentioned.

Design Crush: A Washington DC Rowhouse by Lauren Liess

Some of the furniture pieces have traditional lines, such as the high back wing chairs in the living room, but the house overall is painted in a fresh coat of white, with black accents seen on the doors. The white against black is classic and timeless, and always feels in trend.

Design Crush: A Washington DC Rowhouse by Lauren Liess

I love exposed brick, which you see a lot of here in New York. In this DC home the exposed brick in the living room feels like an accent wall, only seen behind the sofa. I’ve never seen a brick wall used as an accent, or splash of character, so I was really taken when I saw it here.

Design Crush: A Washington DC Rowhouse by Lauren Liess

The dining room is interesting. It’s painted a pale green, and although it’s a slight color, it feels very colorful as the rest of the home is much brighter and whiter. I also love all the different textures seen in the dining area, including the textured lamp shade, hair hide chairs, suede bench and clear based lamp.

Design Crush: A Washington DC Rowhouse by Lauren Liess

I wouldn’t mind living in this Washington DC rowhouse at all! What do you think of this sophisticated home, designed by Lauren Liess?

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