Delaware Home: Chateau Country for City Chic
Explore this 3,500 square foot, two-story condo that overlooks Brandywine Creek.
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The main living area is wide open with a large leather sofa in front of a fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases where Varsalona displays his favorite volumes, as well as ornate figurines from Italy handed down from his parents.
“They aren’t contemporary, but I still love them because they’re from my family,” he says.
A cupboard to the left of the fireplace once contained wood. Varsalona repurposed it as storage space after he converted the fireplace to gas. “It’s much easier to get a nice fire going when you don’t have to lug around a lot of wood,” he says.
The big leather sofa is tufted in geometric squares, a style he discovered in Florida, where he maintains a small get-away. A shag area rug in various shades of brown is loomed from wisps of leather.
“People always want to touch it and they are almost always surprised to find it’s leather and not wool,” he says.
A fountain in the spacious entry way was removed. In its place, Varsalona set up an intimate seating area reminiscent of a hip lounge, with a curved leather sofa. “It’s a nice place for people to have a conversation during a party,” he says.
Recipe for Success
The scarlet solid-surface countertops in the kitchen weren’t Varsalona’s style. But he appreciated the look and quality of European-made cabinets in solid oak painted a sleek black.