DC House Tour: Marco and Margie’s Big Plunge

DC House Tour: Marco and Margie’s Big Plunge

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Maxwell Ryan
Apr 23, 2008

This is from our DC finalist, Sara. Comment away!

Name: Marco, an attorney and Margie, a landscape architect
Location: 14th and V, NW DC
Size: 1205 sqft
Years Lived In: 6 months

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After deciding to move in together, newly engaged couple Marco and Margie spent months looking for a condo that was within their price range but not your typical DC offering of a cookie cutter rectangle with a single window along the far wall. This proved to be a far more challenging task than expected but they finally found a place to call home in a new development along the vibrant U Street Corridor. Upon entering their home we were amazed at how well they have managed to merge their possessions to create a singular design style. Their home is sunny, warm and inviting without the blandness can often permeate new constructions...

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AT SURVEY

Style:

A merging of classic and contemporary styles. We want our home to feel light and airy with no clutter and clean lines.

Inspiration:

We drew inspiration from traveling and seeing well-designed spaces world wide. There is a universal appeal to good design. It results in clean, comfortable spaces that are easy to live in. That's what we were going for here.

Favorite:

There are really two. We love the fact that this is a corner unit with windows along more than one wall. That really brightens the place and opens it up. Also, the main living space is down a long hallway from the entrance. That separates our living space from the rest of the complex and provides more privacy. We love that our place is shaped like a mushroom instead of a boring cube.

Challenge:

Paring down possessions when we moved in together. For the most part our furniture complemented each other but we still had to get rid of a lot of stuff and try to coordinate furnishings. Also fitting adequate shelving between all the windows has been a problem. There is not a lot of wall space. Still, it's a nice problem to have…

What Friends Say:

Our friends universally love it. The space is great for entertaining. Most of our friends just can't believe we live here.

Embarrassment:

Living on a lower floor with many windows makes it seem like we are living in a fishbowl. We can't walk around naked or people would see!

Indulgence:

Probably the West Elm bedroom set. The other big indulgence was the dining room table from DWR than can expand to seat 8.

Advice:

Talk to you your moms! Both of our mothers came to visit while we were moving in and setting the place up. They helped with the furniture placement and the overall design. Margie's mom, Georgiana Cray Bart is a professional artist who painted all of the still life paintings in the apartment. Marco's aunt Cecy Colichon painted all of the abstracts in the space.

Dream Sources:

There are a lot of great shops in Georgetown that we can't really afford. Other than that I would say overseas venues, either in Italy or Thailand.

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RESOURCES

Artwork: Still Life – Georgiana Cray Bart, Abstract – Cecy Colichon

Living Room Couch: Rowe Furniture

Living Room Chairs:
Rowe Furniture

Coffee table: Belfort Furniture

Living room rug: family possession, from Syria

Hallway and Dining Room folding Shelves:
Container Store

Dining Room Shelving: IKEA

Dining Room Table and Chairs: Design Within Reach

Dining Room Chair: Design Within Reach

Master Bed and Side Tables:
West Elm

Master Bedroom Shelving: Ikea

Bedroom Lamps: West Elm

Master Bedding: Hotel Collection

Guestroom Bedding: Hotel Collection

Living / Dining room paint color: Benjamin Moore Wheat

- Thanks to Marco and Margie

- Sara

(Thanks, Sara!)

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