Name: Maggie Handel
Location: Georgetown, Washington, DC
Size: 1,024 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; Owned
"Nothing says 19th century like three exterior gas lamps," said Maggie, who moved in to this mid-19th century home last year and promptly installed the lamps out front and in the side garden.
Though historical documentation is limited, Maggie has read that the house was financed and built by a woman, which would have been considered pretty progressive — if not scandalous — for the time. And indeed the house has a hard-to-explain but easy-to-sense feminine vibe; Maggie refers to it as "her" and that feels right. The house is also completely free-standing, a rarity along Georgetown's rowhouse lined streets.
Notable "smart moves" include a motorized TV lift that she's tucked into her bookshelves (see slideshow): "It’s so simple to install," she said. "Basically, secure it to the back of a cabinet, and the TV emerges from a hinged door on the top surface." And while she waits for the right time to fully renovate the bathrooms, these IKEA sink shelves make the perfect pinch hitters, providing extra storage and style for under $20.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Minimal eclectic.
Inspiration: The house, it’s all about her.
Favorite Element: Versatile entertaining and guest spaces, potential income space, and of course: location, location, location!
Biggest Challenge: The heat system on the lower level. Updating with hydronic floor heating would constitute a seriously “big indulgence.”
What Friends Say: Let’s meet at Maggie’s for HH!
Biggest Embarrassment: Dreadful tiles in the lower level present an opportunity to experiment with new materials. Chilewich in Purl Silver speaks to me and it’s saying, here’s your next DIY project!
Proudest DIY: Hanging the anaglypta embossed wallpaper in my bathroom. Shout out to my dear dad for passing down the family skill from his pop to me.
Biggest Indulgence: Nothing says 19th century like the 3 exterior gas lamps... worth every cent!
Best Advice: Get the best bang for your renovation dollar by pairing quality craftsmen and personal sweat-equity. Roll up your sleeves, grab the wood putty, sanding block, paint brushes, and get 'er done.
Dream Sources: Eric Mitchell, carpenter extraordinaire; Helen’s whimsical vintage what-nots at Georgetown Emporium on P @ 27th; Roxy’s treasure trove of textiles at Haute Fabrics, Marshall VA; Leang So Upholstery, Silver Spring MD; and WWW! Honestly, there’s no design dilemma you can’t solve on Google.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Living room – Benjamin Moore Classic Grey
- Dining room – Benjamin Moore Classic Grey
- Master bedroom – Benjamin Moore Blue Lace
- Guest bedroom – Benjamin Moore Great Plains Gold
- Media room – Benjamin Moore Classic Grey
- Gas lamps – Carolina Lanterns
- Zinc estate planters – Restoration Hardware
- Window box (self-watering) – windowbox.com
- 24K House numbers on transom – The House Number Lab
- Pewter Chesterfield Sofa – West Elm (online only)
- Bucket chairs & throw pillows – Haute Fabrics
- Narrow console – Wayfair.com; Hooker Furniture
- Tamile Horse Table Lamp – Zin Home
- 1880s Painted table – Red Schoolhouse Antiques
- Motorized TV lift – eBay; Touchstone Whisper Lift II
- Puff Stool – West Elm
- Quilted heated dog bed – CozyWinters
- Dog crate cover – Crate Covers & More
- Lions head bishop's chair – Inherited
- Dog head hooks (on front door) – Ballard Designs
- Sisal rugs – Crate & Barrel
- Tempered glass fireplace screen – Pottery Barn
- Biscotti's portrait (over fireplace) – Photo by Maggie; Printed and stretched by frameshop.com
- Botanical mushroom prints – Christine Andreae
- Stockholm Ink – Ink Cities by Sidney Lawrence
- Paris and Washington, DC Ink – Ink Cities by Sidney Lawrence
- Vintage 1969 Salvador Dali French railway prints – Georgetown Flea
- Native American Portraits – Atitlan, Guatemala
- Yellow lamps – HomeGoods
- Acrylic nesting side tables – CB2
WET BAR / OFFICE
- Iron stoneware collection – Georgetown Emporium
- French antique oyster dishes – Georgetown Emporium
- Blizzard white counter top – US Marble & Granite
- Narrow white table – Ikea
- English arm chairs – Bath, England
- Slim line reading lights – Restoration Hardware
- Custom closet – California Closets
- Church window headboard – Leesburg Antique Emporium
- Floor mirror – NYC Flea Market; Old Good Things
- Victorian table – Georgetown Emporium
- Melo sofa bed – BoConcept
- Chandelier – Lamps.com
- White cowhide rug – Prua
- Tibetan platform bed – Pottery Barn
- Anaglyptic textured wallpaper – Wayfair.com
- Frameless beveled mirrored medicine cab – Home Depot
- Wall sconces – Lamps.com
- Wrought iron sink shelf – Ikea RÖNNSKÄR sink shelf
- Burlap fleur shams and bed skirt – Ballard Designs
- Wall sconces – Restoration Hardware
- Velvet curtains – World Market
- Louis daybed – Ballard Designs
- Wicker bedside table – Georgetown Emporium
- French vintage table, 48" – Zin Home
- Dining chairs – Sloans & Kenyon; reimagined in white with pewter textured vinyl upholstery
- Blue painted cupboard and buffet lamps – Red Schoolhouse Antiques
- Alabaster bowl and pears – Voltaire, Italy
- Gold mirror over painted cupboard – Georgetown Emporium
- Pewter sisal rug – Sisal Rugs Direct
- Starlight tree – Restoration Hardware
- Crystal and wrought iron chandelier – Bermann's Lighting
- Trio of mirrors – Overstock.com
- White leather sofa bed – Overstock.com
- Wild hibiscus curtains – World Market
- Gray shag rug – Overstock.com
- Black lamps – HomeGoods
- Round nesting side tables – Crate & Barrel outlet
- 1850s Georgetown waterfront print – Christ Church Thrift Shop
- Carpentry – Eric Mitchell of EM Woodworks
- Plumbing – Max Lightfoot of Crescent Plumbing
- Stone – US Marble & Granite
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