House Tour: Crafty Kelly's Studio Apartment

House Tour: Crafty Kelly's Studio Apartment

Rachael Grad
Feb 12, 2009

Name: Kelly
Occupation: self-employed, consults from home
Location: Adams Morgan, Washington DC
Size: about 450 sq.ft.
Lived in: rented for 2 years


Kelly combines found objects and store-bought items with her own artwork and finishing touches. None of the furniture in Kelly's studio cost more than $200. Kelly is not afraid to make bold changes to her decor and furniture and is constantly replacing places and making them over. Since visiting Kelly last month, she has already changed the art in her bedroom and the arrangement of her living room. Full AT survey, more info, and pictures below the jump...


Kelly is one of the most creative and free-spirited people we've met in DC and her apartment shows it. We love how she uses magazine clippings, family mementos, and photographs to create artwork. Kelly made her coffee table by spray-painting two Ikea stools bright red and topping them off with a piece of glass. Always on the lookout for new decor, Kelly finds objects on the DC streets, like the white window hanging in the living room, and puts them to use as artwork and furnishings.

Kelly is creative, resourceful, budget-conscious, and inspiring. Who couldn't use a little of that?


My Style: Eclectic, non-traditional, hodge-podge.

Inspiration: Random! I like personal objects and found pieces. I personalize the place with accents.

Favorite Element: the space is great for a studio apartment. I never feel trapped here ... when single! I love the magazine art pieces hanging in the living room.

What Friends Say: They love my art, the apartment colors, and find it cozy. I'm used to hosting groups of friends for brunch!

Biggest Embarrassment: I'm not fond of the kitchen, which is a shame because I love to cook.

Proudest DIY: the vision boards. I let it all out for public viewing: my dreams, hopes, wants, needs.

Biggest Indulgence: Nothing was over $200. When my bike is inside, it's the most expensive thing here!

Best Advice: My design choices come from instinct and little fear to try something different. I like bold colors but blended with some neutrals. I'm never concerned if something matches but am more concerned if it blends. Like my new chair I picked up on the side of the road. I thought it could be cool but the yellow cover might be too much. I though about recovering and painting it. When I got it home I really liked it as is, especially all its flaws.

Dream Source: One element in Georgetown. I'd love a bigger bed with storage and new mattress. I want the bed to be eco-friendly and made out of sustainable wood.


Furniture: from Miss Pixie's: the screen, nightstand, chest of drawers, bench, and red trash can; coffee table made from two Ikea plant stands which I spray-painted red, and I ordered the glass is from Logan Hardware; from Ikea: white couch, chair, desk; I found: the crate and chair with arms in living room, Asian art in the bedroom, the white window hanging on the wall; from Pier 1: pillows, mirror on floor; bed from Urban Outfitters

Paint Colors: Taupe Rose in semi-gloss enamel

Lighting: ; bedroom lamp from IKEA; lamp in living froom from Target

Accessories: tapestry on couch from Peru; table cloth antique lace from Southern France; Buddha sculpture from Target; clock in kitchen from Ikea; vases and branches from Pier 1.

Art: I made the small pieces hanging in the living room by gluing magazine clippings on small wood blocks; I painted the large painting; the photographs I took while traveling; on the dining area wall are the "Vision Boards" that I make at the beginning of each year - these represent my dreams for the future; fishy from an art fair in Sun Valley, Idaho (the first art piece I bought); figure paintings above the bed by Rachael Grad.


Thanks, Kelly!

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