Photo by Sarah Crowder

Welcome to # 23 Lenox Place, a grand Edwardian-style home designed by renowned architect Guy Mariner. Built in 1904, the three-story house features restrained elements that were, at the time of construction, a major deviation from the over-opulent Beaux Arts period that was coming to an end. Along a private street in a coveted neighborhood, No. 23 is one of twenty-three homes that were built between the years of 1903 and 1906. Its most recent owners, Dr. Coy and Rachel Fitch, made this their home for the last quarter of a century, where entertained friends and family, as well as gathered with colleagues and community leaders to raise money for civic causes that were important to them. Now, take a deep breath and enjoy your step back in time, while each designer brings you aesthetically to the present.

As you enter the home’s Foyer, designed by Kim Taylor, you notice the updated drum shade ceiling fixtures are the perfect compliment to the original painted wainscoting that lines the room. Even the hand-screened wallcovering that was installed more than 25 years ago takes on a fresh feel.

The Grand Hall represents a true salon! David Deatheridge has masterfully taken his love for Mid-Century design and created the perfect gathering place for friends. Using the original palace-size Persian rug as his jumping off point, he has blended the shades of color, texture and whimsy perfectly. Oh, to hear Cole Porter at the piano!

The Sun Porch is a symphony of blue and white. Teddy Karl has taken what is considered an old standard color combination and breathed fresh life into it. The mix of patterns lures you to sit down and read a book on a lazy afternoon and admire the gardens.

The Dining Room is the ideal combination of high drama and glamorous elegance! Steve Toedebusch and Gigi Lombrano created the ideal transitional environment. The crystal chandelier dances off of the gilt frames on the contemporary art, and faux bois mirrors guard the hall entrance, while the neutral silk wallcovering is the ideal backdrop for the colorful personalities of the dinner guests.

Ascending the stairs, Tom Manche took his cue from the color and Asian style in the existing wallcovering to dress his windows and design the Upstairs Landing. Collectors will love this!

The Master Suite, executed by the team at I. O. Metro, also used the existing hand-screened wall covering as their guide. Using the 19th-century four-poster bed and armoire (both original to the home), their team skipped a century and introduced 21st-century elements to complete the design transformation of the bedroom, bathroom and dressing room.

The Library, designed by Tamsin Mascetti and Jacquelyn Morrison, mix and layer pattern and periods. As Diana Vreeland would say, The eye has to travel; and in this space, it couldn’t be truer. Bookshelves are full of interesting notions amid a backdrop of water-hued stripes.

The Guest Room and bath designed by C J Knapp and Kimberly Kowalski of Savvy Surrounding Style takes on a metropolitan feel as a tribute to urban living. The Asian-inspired screens create the perfect window treatment so that the guests can gaze out onto the garden, while earth tones help to create a Zen experience.

Last, but not least, the Nursery created by Anne Smith and Liz McGovern of June Roesslein Interiors is inspired by the recent royal birth of Prince George. The pale blush walls serve as the backdrop to enhance light fabrics and wood tones. This little princess’ starter room is for the girlie girl!

Don’t miss the gardens: The front and west garden designed by Rand Rosenthal, and the rear and east garden space by Jim Graeler of Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

You may not like every space, but I can bet you will find something in every space you like!