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Ron Blunt was into country living before it was cool—or at least before a pandemic sent thousands of his fellow urbanites skittering out of town and away from city crowds. He soon left Washington to them. A few years after that, inhe convinced his new girlfriend, Keleigh Swan, to consider ditching Kalorama, where she was condo-shopping, for the simpler life, too.

They eventually happened upon an 18th-century farmhouse 12 miles outside of town.

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It was listed for sale on, of all places, Craigslist. The five-acre property was architecturally interesting and had a rich history. It had originally been part of a 2,acre parcel granted from England for westward expansion. The house was built in about and remained in the same founding family until the early s, when a Maryland couple bought it and began restoring it. During the renovations, they found the original parchment land grant in the attic. By the time Swan and Blunt came across it, the place had been shored up structurally, but in their minds it lacked sophistication.

But we thought we could take it to the next level. The wood floors, which are almost entirely original, had been stained an orangey hue.

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The couple had them all refinished in a Scandinavian-style white glaze. The print inspired the palette of soft whites, pastel blues and greens, and subtle metallics throughout the rest of the house. In the kitchen, they were careful not to overdo things. The couple replaced outdated upper cabinets with open shelving from Etsy and a simple hex-tile backsplash. Laminate countertops were swapped out for classic Montblanc marble.

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The island was a vintage find at Lucketts. Fifteen years after they bought it, the property is finally just as Swan and Blunt always dreamed it could be. Not that they think a house with such a storied past could truly be owned by anyone. Marisa M. Kashino ed Washingtonian in as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in She was a Livingston Award finalist for her two-part investigation into a possible wrongful conviction stemming from a murder in rural Virginia.

Written by Marisa M. Tweet Share. The homeowners love watching deer and other wildlife on the five-acre property, much of which has been left natural. The couple renovated in phases. This article appears in the June issue. Or, see all of our newsletters. No Fireplace?

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