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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