Delaware Home: Chateau Country for City Chic
Explore this 3,500 square foot, two-story condo that overlooks Brandywine Creek.
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Equally important was the floor plan. An open concept living area was ideal for gatherings—a priority for Varsalona, who is devoted to community service as well as academia.
“I could see that it was a great house in a great location, well worth my investment,” he says.
An essential element in his personal appraisal was identifying what to keep and what to replace. Because he didn’t need to expand the footprint or knock down walls, Varsalona was able to complete his renovation in a six-week flurry of buzzing power tools. Soon, he was riding his bike to nearby Rockford Tower, making three round trips to the landmark daily.
That’s a lesson the educator can share with anyone who is undertaking a renovation.“If you get rid of everything, your project will take a lot longer and cost a lot more money,” he says.
Lights, Camera, Decorate
Varsalona has always loved the glamour and style of films from the 1930s, when Art Deco was in vogue.
“For as long as I remember, I’ve been captivated by black and white, both photography and film,” he says. “I like the angles and shapes of Art Deco style.”
When it came time to decorate the house, he passed along most of his furniture to his two adult daughters and started nearly from scratch, keeping just a sofa and a pair of end tables.
He worked from the ground up, lightening oak floors stained chocolate brown to their pale, natural shade. That provided a crisp contrast to a curved, free-standing bar stained black. The mirrored wall behind the bar makes the space appear even more expansive.