Name: Holley Simmons and Audrey Matthias
Location: Mt. Pleasant; Washington, D.C.
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Rented
In September of last year we introduced you to the beautiful decor and fashion sense of friends and roommates Holley Simmons and Audrey Matthias. The duo recently remodeled the dining room of their apartment in Mt. Pleasant, NW D.C, and we can't help but admire the mix of modern textiles and vintage furniture.
Wanting to freshen and brighten their dining room space, Audrey and Holley sold most of the previous items that filled the space, and replaced the dining table, its chairs, and bar stools with an equally cool vintage items from local second hand furniture stores.
The previous emerald green paint on the wall has been replaced with white paint for a clean finish, and mixed seating at the dining room table further reveals the ladies' affinity for whimsy and playfulness. Various textiles like a faux sheep skin rug and black and white runner enhance the dining room table, along with milk glass and succulents created by Holley for accents.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Open-air markets in foreign countries, Audrey’s mom (an artist), homes that make you feel immediately comfortable.
Favorite Element: The location. Mount Pleasant is a really special community, and we love that we can see the library from our kitchen window. Also, with the exception of the rugs, the map and the desk in the foyer, every item in the apartment cost less than $100.
What Friends Say: “Are there any open apartments available to rent in the building?”
Biggest Embarrassment: We’re lacking on modern appliances: there’s no dishwasher and the washer/dryer is in the basement. Also, Holley teaches terrarium classes out of the dining room, and sometimes you can find a little dirt on the floor.
Biggest Indulgence: The kilim rug in the living room. It was a Christmas gift from Holley’s grandmother. She bought it in Richmond at a store that was going out of business.
Best Advice: If you see something you love, buy it. Don’t worry about where you’ll put it/if you have space for it. If it really speaks to you, you’ll find a way to make it fit.
Dream Sources: Locally, we love Off the Beaten Track Warehouse (the city’s best kept vintage secret). Abroad,we’d love to take home a few textiles from Marrakech and Mexico.
Table: Estate sale
Blue chairs: Off the Beaten Track
Red chairs: Flea Market Store in Bloomingdale, Washington D.C ($7!)
Rug: A textile shop in Richmond, Va
Fluffy "sheep" pelt: Ikea
Table runner: Target
Vases: Thrift shops
Bar cart: Ruff & Ready
Mirror: Audrey's grandmother
Shelf: Estate sale
Black and white boxing photo: Off the Beaten Track
Blue rug: West Elm
Cabinet (holding all the glass bowls): Good Will on H Street NW (Washington)
Blackbuck head: Off the Beaten Track
Table holding the sewing machine: Good Wood
Wall tapestry: commissioned by a local weaver named Linny Giffin (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Orange stools: Off the Beaten Track
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