Frank Underwood is back, with blood on his hands and on demand. Season 3 of Netflix’s hit series House of Cards drops today. As we clear our schedules and lay in wait for the next binge of dastardly politico deeds, the Underwoods are busy moving into their new digs on Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s the perfect time to take stock of the Georgetown townhouse that led them there. The confident and refined décor may just prompt you to do some plotting of your own—design wise, of course.
House of Card’s diabolically clever characters give way to unexpectedly serene and sophisticated interiors. The Underwood residence is full of restrained elegance and confident, traditional lines. It’s the kind of unassuming place one can hide in plain sight.
Chippendale Period Secretaire Bookcase ($22359)
Décor is executed with the same measured composure of Frank’s nefarious deal-making. The charismatic furnishings are star-spangled, All-American traditional.
Vintage Cast Iron Waffle Press with the Great Seal of the United States ($1950)
The sophisticated aesthetic draws upon celebrated stateside designs from Ralph Lauren to Colonial and Georgian classics. Get the look by pairing traditional, Chippendale furnishings with luxe, sterling silver heirloom accents.
Claire’s style is confident and austere. Nothing too ostentatious for this stone cold fox. A modern day Lady McBeth, she’s created a home that reflects her delicate blend of fine taste, cunning, and sophistication. The restrained palette of the townhouse is based in lush neutrals and icy blondes.
Ruthlessly edited, the living room is rife with rich mahogany details, wing back chairs, and an elegant, rolled sleeve sofa. Upholstery in time-honored materials from damask to stripes embodies intelligent style with a thoughtful nod to history.
Hickory Camelback Sofa ($765)
The Victorian architecture is all high ceilings, crown moulding, and beautifully framed windows. Floor-to-ceiling shutters provide all the privacy needed for plotting a takeover.
Vintage Set of Eight Chippendale Style Mahogany Dining Chairs ($9500)
Claire’s vanity and bedroom is rife with luxurious touches and tasteful, clean essentials. Sterling silver accents and geometric prints convey all the confidence and order of a proper femme fatale.
Restoration Hardware Sullivan Vanity Mirror ($125)
Claire’s interest in photography and contemporary art lends touches of industrial modernism. The kitchen marks a departure from the rest of the home. It’s sleek, edgy update is steely cool and no-nonsense.
Baxton French Industrial Modern Counter Stool ($214)
Quoizel Imperial Silver Emery 1 Light Pendant with Steel Shade ($259)
An oft-used smoking alcove provides a clandestine rendezvous point for pivotal dialogue exchanges between the Underwoods. Take the edge off with Frank's compact and efficient workout of choice - a rowing machine. Whether the congressman has blood on his hands or BBQ suace, this streamlined machine offers sanctuary.
WaterRower Rowing Machine ($945 and up)
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