To achieve this she painted the walls Navajo White, opted for plantation shutters instead of curtains, installed recessed lighting where that brass chandelier used to be, and put down simple oatmeal-colored sisal rugs throughout. Where mahogany might have gone, she used glass and Lucite.
“I wanted it to feel chic and open, yet accessible and comfortable for two little girls — and a burly black Lab,” said Page (their now 6-year-old Angus arrived shortly after the move). “Since the dining room also serves as base for homework and art projects, I opted for a glass table. It’s practical and feels spacious.”
Most of the house has been furnished with neighborhood finds: she found the Lucite dining table base at a local consignment shop, and had the thick glass top made at Columbia Glass. The rugs are from Georgetown Carpet, and the colorful landscape paintings come compliments of Page’s mother, Delaware artist Mary Page Evans, who shows at Georgetown’s Addison/Ripley Fine Art. Page’s favorite sources include neighborhood antique shops, HomeGoods and the Sunday morning Georgetown flea.
“It’s a mixture of old and new, high and low,” said Page. “Sometimes it’s more shabby than chic, depending on whether the girls’ schoolbooks and shoes are strewn across the floor. But it works for us. It’s comfortable and filled with light. Friends call it a happy house.”