A Grand Historic Home in Virginia’s Capital City

The structure is defined by an overscale portico that boldly announces the front door. Although the house had undergone numerous additions over the years, inside and out it is surprisingly true to form, starting with the traditional center hall flanked with well-proportioned living and dining rooms.

“It’s unapologetically elegant and sophisticated, yet the children and dogs have free rein,” explains Molster, who can relate. She also shares an appreciation for Gottwald’s personal collections and inherited family pieces and adds that her friend has a great eye for fine antiques. Gottwald simply needed help arranging them.

The two began the project by digging through Gottwald’s basement and storage unit and agreed that the impressive collection of Delft pottery needed to be highlighted. “The key to displaying a collection is strength in numbers,” notes Molster. The asymmetrical arrangement of 14 favorite pieces on wooden brackets takes center stage in the living room, and the soft blue tones of the pottery provided inspiration for lightening things up.

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