A 1950s Renovation Fit for European Antiques

Living room with metal accents and a soft palette.
Metal accents add interest to the living room’s soft palette and textures.

Text: Lydia Somerville | Photography: Gordon Beall

When Wayne and Gloria Knox called on the Washington, D.C., design firm of Solis Betancourt & Sherrill to renovate and decorate their newly purchased home in Arlington, Virginia, they tasked the team with two major objectives: to rescue the 1950s interior of the Tudor-style house and to provide an appropriate backdrop for their extensive collection of French and Swedish antiques.

The house was built in the 1950s and showed its age with a choppy layout, aggregate floors, and paneled walls. Wayne, who worked as an engineer for the U.S. Navy before becoming a residential developer, proved to be a dream client. Not only did he buy in to the design firm’s ideas for raising ceilings and opening rooms, he knew the engineering possibilities. “We’d suggest a skylight, and Wayne would say, “Let’s open the whole ceiling,” recalls Sherrill.

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