There's no question that The Lindens in Kalorama is the oldest house in D.C. In the 1930s, the owners, collectors of 17th and 18th century artifacts had the 1750s Georgian home imported from Massachusetts since no house in D.C. was old enough to match the articles inside. Now that those collectors, Miriam and George Maurice Morris, have passed, Architectural Digest took a look at how designer Mariette Himes Gomez handled the redecoration of D.C.'s oldest house. There's definitely still a sense of the past in the design. The drapes give a sense of old grandeur and there are 18th century portraits over the fireplaces in several rooms. Also, there are other items, from the armoire to the chandeliers that seem like new items meant to present the illusion of age. But then there's the Impressionist painting of clouds and palm trees throughout the hallway and stairwell of the eight bedroom mansion which looks more inspired by 19th century France than 17th century America. Do take a look at the gallery and head to Architectural Digest for the full spread!
· Mariette Himes Gomez Decorates a Historic Washington, D.C. Home [Architectural Digest]