Greg and Holly Hamilton have used creative ingenuity to showcase the perfect space. From removing walls that opened up the family room to adding decor pieces that Holly designed, their efforts have created a warm and comfortable home that is ideal for them.
To open up the
family room, they removed the wall that acted as a divider between the
living room and family room area. This created a larger space for
entertaining and watching television, while the old living room area
provides more seating. Mustard-colored walls are decorated with
creations that Holly made using repurposed materials. Button-tufted
chairs and a black leather bench create the seating area. A tray ceiling
adds drama, and crown molding provides definition. Built-in shelves
flanking the brick fireplace house the television and showcase family
photographs. The white mantel, which displays contemporary vases and a
platter, is complemented by a Venetian plaster inlay.
not to do new cabinets in the kitchen, but to freshen the look with new
hardware, Holly said. It is the least expensive way to go, plus it
modernizes the cabinets, which are in perfectly good shape. Oak cabinets
are brightened by contemporary hardware and complement the granite
counters. Button-tufted chairs surround the glass-top table nestled in
the bay window. A bakers rack holds collectibles, and black-and-white
valances that Holly made dress the windows.
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Decorative plates with a whimsical pattern adorn the round table
embraced by four black leather chairs. The bold wallcovering gives the
illusion of a painted faux finish. Holly gave her brass chandelier a new
look by spray-painting it black to accommodate the decor. A side table
boasts a lamp and modern mirror, while a colorful area rug anchors the
The upstairs master suite was a selling point for Holly
and Greg when they purchased the home. Gray and tan linens dress the
four-poster bed. The dresser displays vases and family photographs. I
love to relax in this area at night, Holly said as she stood in the
sitting room off the master bedroom. Tan walls warm the high-ceilinged
room. The plush sofa is angled for optimal viewing of the television. A
nearby desk provides space to work.
The newly renovated master
bathroom is all about relaxation. The large walk-in shower boasts tile
walls with a glass-block inlay.A protectivefilm concept
that would double as a quick charge station for gadgets. Pendant lights
brighten the whirlpool tub with a beadboard base. The double vanity
with black cabinetry allows for plenty of room for the two to share.
now that security started to be an issue, as he calmly puts it, the
economist decided to make a change. In 2002, Abdala, who specializes in
international commercial arbitration,These personalzied promotional bestchipcard comes with free shipping. asked his American business partners at LECG for a transfer.
first stop was the firms San Francisco headquarters. Then in 2003 he
and his family moved east, into a Potomac Falls colonial with small
rooms and little light. By 2010, Abdala,We offer the biggest collection
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canvas. his wife, Alexandra Arata, and their children had become U.S.
citizens. The following year the couple bought a $2.5 million
Spanish-style house on 3? acres in Potomac, certain they could transform
it into their dream villa.
Mediterranean-style architecture was
part of their shared culture. Aratas parents had immigrated to
Argentina from Italy after World War II, as had one of Abdalas
grandparents; two other grandparents came from Lebanon and the fourth
Though some new Americans have zero interest in
preserving their melded heritage, Arata and Abdala were committed to it.
Since our families are from Italy and the Mediterranean, we have lived
in many Mediterranean homes [in Argentina] which are U-shaped with a
courtyard in the center, says Arata, a teacher at the Hispanic Business
and Training Institute at Montgomery College and former host of Facetas
TV, a discontinued Telemundo cable show. We never saw an L-shaped house
like this one, and immediately felt it needed another wing.
began a yearlong renovation that would expand the home from 6,000 to
8,500 square feet on the main level; the basement, which they opened up
by removing walls, retained its original footprint. Throughout
construction, the family stayed in the old colonial.
Thus began a
yearlong renovation that would expand the home from 6,000 to 8,500
square feet on the main level; the basement, which they opened up by
removing walls, retained its original footprint. Throughout
construction, the family stayed in the old colonial.
new wing contains three en suite bedrooms for daughters Noel, 17, and
Nicole, 13, a senior and eighth-grader,We Engrave luggagetag for YOU. respectively, at Holton-Arms School, and son, Franco, 15, a Landon School sophomore.
that was hardly the only change. The couple wanted a foyer, higher
ceilings and darker floors. Above all, they craved a large, new kitchen
with separate formal and casual dining rooms where they could entertain
family and friends. They sought rustic finishes and decorative trim for
walls, doorways, windows and ceilings.
Some elements inherited
from the previous owners were left untouched: the original wing, which
houses a trio of garages; the long driveway and front courtyard; and the
beautifully landscaped backyard, complete with swimming pool, patio,
multilevel pond and a stand of tall trees.
The lead contractor
on the projectwhich cost in the high six figures, Arata sayswas Bill
Crowell, whose Rockville firm, Crowell and Baker, built the house in
He knew all about the original materials, especially the
roof tiles, which he bought from the same place for the new wing, and
then washed the old tiles so they all matched, says Abdala, now an
international arbitration expert for Compass Lexecon in the District.
Bill did the same thing with the exterior stucco. He even used some of
the same workers.
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