House Call

by Editorial
Colorful pillows, throws, and a rug from India enliven the tv room.

Colorful pillows, throws, and a rug from India enliven the tv room.

During warmer weather, guests move outdoors to a large brick patio at the side of the property bordered by magnolias and evergreens. At one end, a raised flagstone terrace with a table used for informal entertaining overlooks a swimming pool tucked into the patio corner. Haseltine, who swims nearly every day, had the heated, 42-foot-long pool built with a gurgling fountain shaped like a frog. Other improvements include an exercise room and wine cellar in the basement, and an apartment for a live-in handyman.

Elegantly restrained, the décor inside the home could have ended up looking like any other traditional Georgetown mansion. Haseltine, however, took it up a notch by filling the rooms with rare treasures picked up during his frequent travels to Asia, Africa and Europe. The juxtapositions of these ancient and modern objects against the historic architecture make for interesting visual and cultural contrasts — and plenty of conversation pieces for guests.

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