In this new open plan, the sight
lines from the kitchen are key,
pulling the eye to the ceiling
lantern and then straight through
to the bay window.
SAMANTHA AND PETE VENTIMIGLIA
like older homes and are not afraid of
remodeling, having completed renovations on
two homes in Chevy Chase. More recently,
they completed a yearlong overhaul of a
classic 1940s Georgian Revival in Bethesda’s
Kenwood neighborhood in 2012, before they
moved in. “We enjoy taking houses with good
bones, updating them, and making them our
own,” Samantha says.
In the ;rst phase of the Kenwood
renovation, they updated four of the six
bathrooms, overhauled the kitchen and
removed a wall that separated it from the
dining room. “It made the house much more
livable, but we were still missing that large
family room,” Samantha says. Five years
later, their three children, now 15, 13 and 10,
were getting bigger, having more friends over
to the house and outgrowing the small den
they all used for TV viewing.
In 2017, the Ventimiglias embarked on
the second phase, working with Jones & Boer
Architects and Mauck Zantzinger & Associates,
both based in Washington, D.C. Opening up
the back wall of the kitchen created room
for an 18½-by-21-foot family room addition.
Three pairs of arched French doors added
architectural character and lead to a new
terrace, where they keep the grill.
Interior designer Marika Meyer of
Bethesda responded to the clients’
sophisticated sense of style with a soft
palette of grays and whites, and touches
of blue. Pulling the furniture grouping away
from the walls created a gracious space and
highlighted the windows, doors and artwork.
“We used large-scale furniture that would
ground the room and be comfortable for a
family of ;ve,” Meyer says of the ample sofas,
table. She likes to include something with a
little patina in an otherwise polished room, so
the gray wash ;nish on the table was subtly
distressed. “You are not stressed if the table
is distressed,” she says.
Meyer works with many families, so she’s
always thinking about how the upholstery
will wear. She used durable indoor/outdoor
fabrics on the sofas, and the chairs were
stain-treated. “Even in a neutral palette
like this one, you don’t have to worry about
spaghetti sauce,” she says.
The Ventimiglias often use the large
kitchen table to host dinner parties for friends
and family, and the entertaining always spills
into the family room and onto the patio. “The
house is so much brighter, open and more
livable now,” Samantha says. “It feels like a
completely different home.”
Room to Grow