For this stately three-story Georgian home, Gil Walsh of
Gil Walsh Interiors took a more informal approach at the request of the owners who wanted
a comfortable place to raise their child and entertain friends and business
colleagues. The décor does not follow the
strict dictates of the Georgian style but is slightly less formal, giving a
feeling of warmth and luxurious comfort to the public and private rooms. With 16 rooms, in addition to servant’s
quarters, Walsh reconfigured the third floor, creating
two additional guest suites and a home office.
The lower level was redesigned into a large entertainment room with
requisite walk-in wine cellar. 123
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A black and white diamond patterned marble floor is paired with garden statues and Grecian columns in the inviting entryway. A circular wrought iron center table with slate top completes the elegant entrance into this 1930s era Georgian house.
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Built during the Depression, dozens of craftsmen were employed to create irreplaceable sculpted ceilings and moldings throughout the
home. The home features seven magnificent sculpted fireplaces, including the
one seen above in the living room. Walsh designed the white wood mantel to
fit with the original architecture. The oil
painting above the mantel is by Evert Pieters.
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The entire living room is built upon the Oriental carpet, pulling the colors of cocoa, burgundy and teal up through the soft over-stuffed furniture for
maximum comfort. The same colors are used for the scalloped valance and
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Painted cabinets in the kitchen showcase the owner’s china and glassware. Italian pottery is used as decorative accent pieces
throughout. The hutch is a reproduction of a Country English piece and a
whimsical chandelier highlights the beamed ceiling.
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The original wood paneling in the dining room is enhanced with a silver Jacobean chandelier from one of the great estate houses.
The dining table is a Jansen French mahogany with extensions allowing for large
dinner parties The table is surrounded by black Regency dining chairs.
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Original wool paneling sets the tone for this masculine library anchored by an Oriental carpet. Striped draperies and various
fabrics and patterns add warmth to the room.
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The wrought iron and mahogany railing gracefully sweeps to the second floor landing, which Walsh transformed into a sitting area
with a Stark floral pattern carpet, circular multi-colored ottoman and Georgian
Chandelier. Authentic Pittsburgh leaded glass casement windows with stain glass
inserts are seen throughout the house.
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Doubling as a dressing room and office, Walsh added custom-built closets in celadon green, which are complemented by an English
desk, twin Regency chairs in striped fabric and a tufted ottoman.
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Walsh created a cheery bedroom that is both feminine and masculine using a fabric with various tones of blue across the matching
headboard, ottoman and antique wicker loveseat. The walls are painted in
a restful green.
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Walsh had an artisan hand paint a mural in the foyer to enhance the beauty of the intricate architectural details of the staircase, the
wrought iron balustrades and the floor.