A Grand Historic Home in Virginia’s Capital City

“We definitely wanted a somewhat feminine feel,” says Molster. “We also wanted to introduce elements of surprise.” Although a few cherished antiques now happily reside in the living room, Molster relaxed the mood with a patterned sisal rug with jute detailing, a contemporary Bradley coffee table, and a Lucite ottoman.

Always ready to embrace color and to experiment, Molster believes the palette can vary from room to room as long as the level of intensity and tones remain in harmony. The dining room deftly reflects that philosophy with its luxurious velvet ombre curtains and pink lacquered walls.

Even in less formal spaces, Molster mingles old and new and makes the most of another prized collection. “Kim had told me she had a few botanicals, but once we unrolled and organized them, I realized there were more than enough prints to make a statement,” Molster recalls. This time, an asymmetrical display of prints transforms the wall behind a stairway leading down to a sunroom.

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