Five Decorating Lessons to Learn from Sarah Bartholomew

Apparently, 116 is the new 50. This 116-year-old, 1,200 square foot townhouse in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. is quite the charmer, isn’t it? It is the second home of a California couple who called upon interior designer Sarah Bartholomew to redesign their space in soothing neutrals. We can all learn a thing or two from Sarah, let me tell you how…

Window boxes add instant charm and character to an exterior. And a black door is always stylish. In fact, I have a whole board on Pinterest devoted to beautiful black doors and previously did a post about black doors here. 
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This home does not have a foyer as the front door opens right into the living room. When you are tight on space, the use of a small console table right near the door can be a great solution for creating an entry area where one does not exist. It’s always great to have a landing space near the door for keys, etc.
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Decorating a wall behind a sofa can sometimes be challenging. Here, a cohesive grouping of antique bird prints successfully address a large blank wall in style. sarah bartholomew 5sarah bartholomew 7When looking for chairs, seek out the unusual. Chairs can be functional as well as decorative. When not in use, they serve as great design elements. Add a stack of books and a potted plant or arrangement of flowers and you have instantly created a stylish vignette.
sarah bartholomew 9Use non-upholstered dining chairs in a tight space. The open weave of these wicker chairs adds a quality of “visual openness” to this combined kitchen and dining area.
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When in doubt, always add fresh flowers. They are particularly lovely on a bedside table. I even devoted a whole post about it here. If you missed it, be sure to read it since it’s one of the few very personal posts I’ve shared to date. Happy decorating!

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