Historic D.C. Townhouse Gets a Modern Update

Designer Andreas Charalambous gives this historic D.C. townhouse a modern makeover, while still preserving the home's rich character.

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon ©2012, Geoffreyhodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon ©2012, Geoffreyhodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Classic Townhouse With Transitional Interior

Located in Georgetown, this D.C. home gives off a traditional townhouse vibe from the outside, but the inside features a newly-redone transitional design, which incorporates modern style with classic design elements.

White Kitchen With Breakfast Nook

Featured in a traditional townhouse, this kitchen was given a contemporary edge with white walls and cabinets, a sleek kitchen island with silver chairs, and a breakfast nook with a basic white table and creative green chandelier.

Contemporary Kitchen With Farmhouse Sink

The far side of this contemporary kitchen features a large window over a farmhouse sink, white tile that adds subtle texture, and a stainless steel fridge surrounded by white cabinetry.

Green and White Breakfast Nook

A vibrant green and white breakfast nook is a fun touch to this contemporary white kitchen. A green bench seat is a comfortable addition that makes it easy for several people to dine at once.

Dining Room With Built-in Bookshelves

This transitional dining room showcases a fabulous pair of built-in bookshelves on either side of a piece of artwork that helps to anchor the wall. A basic wooden table sits on a neutral, textured rug, for a stylish, minimalist look.

Modern-style Dining Room With Classic Touches

The homeowners of this traditional townhouse hoped to give the space an entirely modern look, but some things were just too beautiful to change. For instance, the decorative plaster ceiling medallions may not fit into a classically modern aesthetic, but with the right pendant light, they blend seamlessly and contribute a lot of character to the space.

Airy Living Room With White Sofa

Off the dining room sits a light and airy living space, featuring a white sofa which contradicts beautifully with the dark hardwood floors. Minimal art and neutral colors contribute to the soft visual.

Living Room With Coffee Table Storage

A coffee table that houses board games is the perfect piece of furniture for a young family with children that values style and keeping a clutter-free home.

Entryway With Transitional Style

Upon entering the foyer, a view of the stunning traditional staircase is juxtaposed by clean white walls and contemporary lighting – the first example of the seamless transitional style found within the rest of the home.

Contemporary Meets Traditional

Contemporary elements like the pendant lights, white walls and artwork, combined with the traditional hardwood floors and stunning staircase give this entryway the perfect transitional design.

Hall Bathroom With Floating Vanity

This small hall bathroom features a modern, floating vanity which frees floor space and visually expands the room with sharp lines and a color that blends into the white wall.

Bathroom With Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters provide a stylish window treatment in this double-vanity bathroom that can be easily closed for privacy or left open for natural light.

Stunning Glass Walk-in Shower

A stunning glass walk-in shower features sleek tile covering the entire wall. The neutral shade complements the white vanity and cabinets.

Bedroom With Sitting Area

A sitting area by the bay window provides a cozy place to unwind in this relaxing upstairs bedroom. A built-in bookshelf nearby houses a few of the homeowner’s favorite reads within arm’s reach.