House Tour: Ann's Colorful, Treasure-Filled Apartment

House Tour: Ann's Colorful, Treasure-Filled Apartment

Rachael Grad
Jan 29, 2009

Name: Ann
Occupation: graphic designer for the U.S. Department of the Treasury
Location: Columbia Heights, Washington DC
Size: about 700 sq.ft.
Lived in: rented for 2 years
House Style: Art deco building


Walking into Ann's apartment, you're struck by the a burst of color. Ann, a graphic designer and artist, has a great sense of color and style. She's also worked at vintage shops, where she picked up great home decor pieces and advice (see below). Ann introduced us to a number of stores in Maryland and and Virginia that we can't wait to check out. More info and pictures below the jump...


Ann has decorated her apartment with her own artwork (screenprints she made in college) and the artwork of her teachers and classmates. She has also framed vintage posters and keepsakes, including a poster given to her parents as a wedding present. We love how she combines modern and vintage pieces to make the apartment her home.


My Style: Modern.
Inspiration: I grew up surrounded by colonial furniture but loved the TV show "Bewitched". The show is where my style started. I studied art history and furniture design and worked in a vintage store.
Favorite Element: red chaise in the living room.
Biggest Challenge: there is no lighting in the living room area. I solved that with the arced lamp.
What Friends Say: they really like it but some are overwhelmed by the color and all the things to look at.
Biggest Embarrassment: the overhead lamp in the kitchen. I can't decide whether to change it because it's a rental.
Proudest DIY: the artwork (screenprints), which I made in college.
Biggest Indulgence: The shelf in the dining area from Goodeye.

Best Advice: When working at a vintage clothing store, my boss said if something is really unusual and you've never seen anything like it, and buying it won't make you broke, it's worth getting.
Dream Source: I love looking through old magazines, especially the furniture ads, and would like to go back in time and bring back furniture!


Living Room: red chaise from Baltimore store David's; tulip white table from Baltimore; silver Christmas tree and couch from Old Glory Antiques in Frederick, Maryland; coffee table from Canon Hill Antiques in Frederick, Maryland; tv stand, white table, and rug, fro Ikea, chair from Goodwill; I made the pillows from kimonos I bought at a yard sale; blanket and ashtray from a yard sale.

Lighting: metal lamps from Millennium; other lamps from IKEA.

Dining Area: table and chairs from Hess Furniture in Harrison, Virginia; table from friends; wine rack from eBay; art from family; mask from Ghana (where I studied abroad in college); pink phone from eBay; lava lamp belonged to my boyfriend's grandma and was given to me for Christmas; fondue set and Pachenko slot machine from Old Glory Antiques; Elvis art from my dad; small Elvis doll from Milagro in Baltimore.

Kitchen: table and chairs from Harrison, Virginia; bought a calendar on eBay and framed the artwork; clocks from Milagro

Living Room: record player and poster of two girls from Old Glory Antiques; record player table free on craigslist; chair found on Euclid Street (had a "free" sign); stereo from eBay; lamp: antique shade from a thrift store; music oster was a wedding present to her parents.

Bedroom: desk and chair from Hampden St. in Baltimore; Target lamp; dresser and side table from Goodwill; orange chair and mirror from IKEA; waster basket from The Container Store; my dad and grandfather made the bookshelf and I covered with stickers in high school; turquoise hamper from Richmond; I got the sexy Elvis art prints in college by trading my art with other people in my class; brown chair from eBay; heart from Tijuana.

Bathroom: fabric art from the Adam's Morgan Day festival; framed Wonderwoman comic - the "Womens' Lib Issue" from an antique store; art deco accessories in the cabinet (doesn't close because it's been painted too many times).


Thanks, Ann!

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