BEFORE & AFTER: A renovation by Bonnie Ammon Interiors marries form and function

Once part of the estate where Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis grew up, Merrywood on the Potomac is an enclave of condos built in 1969. In one particular unit, the owners had tired of interiors that reflected a bygone era. They hired designer Bonnie Ammon to create a contemporary aesthetic that would refresh their abode. “The owners envisioned a tailored, modern space,” Ammon says. “We transformed it with metal stair rails, steel doors, paneled-metal walls and plaster cove moldings. Entertainment areas hold intimate and large gatherings.”

Ammon conjured drama with a high-contrast palette of light and dark. In the living room, original oak flooring was stained ebony and charcoal window treatments offset light-gray walls. A sleek limestone fireplace is a focal point against a dark-gray accent wall. A Vanguard sectional and wingback chairs from Jessica Charles surround the fireplace,

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The six-light Apollo Chandelier from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams pairs a clean-lined brass frame with smooth, matte-black plates that direct light upward with understated warmth. The fixture is approved for use in covered outdoor areas. Available at MG + BW locations in DC and Tysons.

Designed by Aviva Stanoff for Currey & Company, the Forest Light Gold Chandelier resembles a tree limb, with irregular crystals dangling from wrought-iron branches in which 10 chandelier bulbs are nestled. Finishes include Washed Lucerne Gold (pictured) and Natural. Available at area Dominion Lighting locations.;

Designer Marie Christine Dorner conceived the versatile Azabu for Ligne Roset with three functions in mind: It’s an occasional table with a removable lid, a storage container and a ball-shaped light fixture. A mouth-blown Murano glass globe sits atop the wire structure, which comes in various sizes and finishes. At Ligne Roset in Upper Georgetown.

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Richmond lighting designer Wendy Umanoff conjures modern creations, often made from vintage finds

Wendy Umanoff’s first big lighting commission was a dream assignment. Asked to design a chandelier for The Valentine museum store in Richmond, she searched through the museum’s archives. Among historical objects donated by local families, Umanoff gravitated toward the toys. “I wanted it to be playful, an inviting focus for people walking in,” she recalls.

The chandelier she designed in 2014 continues to charm. Like a lighthearted scaffold, it furnishes a perch for painted-wood cardinals—alighting on top, surrounded by swirls of crystal and seen through a metal frame resembling a wire cage. The piece hints at Umanoff’s characteristic style with its blend of vintage and new parts and pieces assembled as in an airy, illuminated sculpture. “My sensibility is eclectic,” says the designer. “I love combining reclaimed and industrial pieces with modern.”

In The Valentine’s whimsical chandelier,

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Joe Ireland elevates a 1925 Northwest DC home with transitional flair and fresh, unexpected touches

When a couple with two young children bought a vintage home in DC’s Observatory Circle neighborhood, the Tudor-style dwelling was move-in ready, having recently undergone a major update. A new, marble-clad kitchen opened to a rear addition housing a light-filled family room with a master bedroom above. The 3,566-square-foot abode already included five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths.

The owners, both lawyers, lived in the house for a couple of years without making any changes. But they knew from the start that the tastefully neutral interiors were missing something: a sense of character that would make the home their own. Eventually, they tapped DC-based J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture & Design to transform it by introducing the bespoke touches they desired.

“My clients liked what was there and wanted to stick with the bright, neutral palette, yet

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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser blends family and civic life in the camera-ready main floor of her home in the city

Washington’s mayor granted several television interviews from her home in Colonial Village in 2018, all in the wake of adopting her baby daughter, Miranda Elizabeth. Each time, she used her living room’s blush walls and contemporary furnishings as a backdrop to discuss the importance of balancing work and motherhood. “I love my home, I love my neighborhood and I love that I’ve made my house really work well for my daughter and me,” Muriel Bowser says of the renovation she orchestrated the year before Miranda arrived. Since then, she’s welcomed a steady stream of family, friends and guests through the main level, which includes an open living/dining room and an adjacent TV room.

Bowser credits DC designer Trystin Kier Francis with remaking these spaces, replacing what she calls a “hodgepodge”

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