Home Tour: Basil’s Eclectic, Art-filled Condo

Modern Reston will be showcasing homes of the people who define the New Reston. We’ll see how they live and how they have creatively transformed their spaces to reflect who they are. We are dedicated to finding homes with a modern sensibility mixed with a bit of quirk. We hope these tours will inspire you in your own homes and to give you the inside scoop on where to buy the cool things you see.

This month we toured resident Basil Shakarchi’s newly remodeled condo. Basil is originally from London and lived in DC for a stint before moving to Reston in 1997. He brings an international flavor and a man’s perspective to home decor.

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The moment we stepped into Basil’s home we were gobsmacked by the amount of art on the walls. Everywhere we turned there was something new and interesting to look at. Paintings, sculptures and trinkets collected from travels around the world come together to create a warm, comfortable space. The modern lines and contemporary furnishings create a minimal backdrop for the main attraction — the art.

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Directly off the richly colored living room is a sleek and stark-white Ikea kitchen filled with Italian accessories from Alessi and La Pavoni.

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Le Creuset enamel cookware in flame orange picks up the vibrant tones in the artworks on the walls.


La Pavoni espresso machine and an Alessi colander — works of art in their own right.

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A sculptural faucet from Ikea is as beautiful as it is functional.

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Demitasse cups, salt and pepper grinders and a Moscow Mule copper mug artfully arranged on a shelf.

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The dining room is a showstopper with its lake view, large-scale abstract painting of New York and antique bird house. The dining room table and chairs are from Bo Concept and the rug is patchwork cowhide.

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An antique bird house from Pennsylvania Amish Country that Basil purchased from dealer Marston Lucce in Georgetown.

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The powder room is equally as offbeat with art in place of a mirror and smooth bent wood cabinets from the European company Keuco.


The master bedroom features floor to ceiling windows and warm earth tones.


Unique lighting and futuristic fixtures take this master bath from mundane to fantastic. The Duravit toilet is wall mounted and the vanity is from Keuco. Keeping it in the Reston family, the painting of Venice over the comode is by local artist Karen Danenberger.

A big thank you to Basil for sharing his home on Modern Reston. If you have a home you’d like us to feature please contact us here.