The Good Eye - Washington, DC What inspired you? Our inspiration is Best Addresses by James M. Goode which portrays the long lost art of gracious apartment living. In 2005, after living in our apartment for seven years with a sparse assortment of leftover college furniture, we decided to become adults. Besides, we had just celebrated our eleventh wedding anniversary and we were ready to make a home.
...We started by studying our space carefully. We knew we didn't like the dining nook as a dining space so we furnished it to be a den with a reading area and a sideboard for storage. We arranged the table and chairs in front of the window and defined the seating area with an area rug and a large color block on the wall. The mix of small old and new furniture gives the room plenty of seating without feeling crowded. We got rid of our desktop computer and replaced it with a laptop which can be used anywhere in the apartment.
Design Tip: Purge purge purge!
EXTRA: ....The lack of closet space is a good reason to keep "stuff" to an absolute minimum. A nice second hand bachelor's chest with abundant storage helps to keep the bedroom feeling spare and organized. We stash an air bed in the linen closet and the wishbone chairs in the living room can easily be moved to provide a comfortable sleeping area for guests. With our balcony overlooking the National Zoo, we tend to get a fair amount of spring and Summer visitors and now we have a space that is comfortable for everyone.