A retired couple embarks on a new life in an airy Chevy Chase condo boldly reimagined by designer Sandra Meyer

The prospect of downsizing from a grand, Shaker-style home to a two-bedroom condo was daunting enough. But a couple relocating from Connecticut also had to contend with woefully outdated interiors in their new Chevy Chase digs. So before moving south, the twosome hired designer Sandra Meyer to overhaul the entire residence and outfit it in fresh, modern style.

“It was a gut renovation,” recalls Meyer. “We took the apartment down to the studs and replaced all the floors, doors and trim.” The makeover focused on creating comfortable yet chic spaces that could play multiple roles. A game table and reading nook add functionality to the living area, while the TV room houses a sleep sofa to accommodate overflow guests.

The owners envisioned a streamlined departure from the traditional look of

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