Read more about Anna and Dan in The Louise Hand Laundry Loft: At Home With Old-Time Industry; A Laundry Building Near Logan Circle Cleaned Up Well (The Washington Post, March 21, 2009)
Our Style: bo-ho Moroccan disco
Inspiration: The building itself.
Favorite Elements: Dan: the flow of the place and one-level living with the courtyard right off the main room. With so much industry to the place, you can tone it down. Anna: the light, soaring ceilings, and neighborhood.
What Friends Say: when can we come back?
Biggest Embarrassment: the cat litter section. We plan to put up a beaded curtain or screen to hide it.
Proudest DIY: the way the plan was executed. The space spoke to us and we knew what to do next. The bathroom for Anna come out just as we wanted and the dressing room in the basement was a girlhood fantasy made real.
Biggest Indulgence: it's coming: peacock blue leather upholstery dining room chairs.
Best Advice: Make do with what you have and find and make it beautiful (from Anna's mother).
Biggest Challenge: getting the concrete floors right. We had a great architect but we had to keep everyone on the same page. We knew the building had great bones and a story, and we wanted to honor the place.
Paint Colors: Farrow & Cornforth White in the main space and Elephant's Breath in the den
Furniture and Accessories: couches from Craigslist, Knoll club chairs; the rest from estate sales and auctions
Wallpaper: Farrow & Ball
Appliances: Bray and Scarff; kitchen sink from The Brass Knob backdoor warehouse
Doors and Fixtures: doors from The Brass Knob backdoor warehouse; new HVAC duct from AWOYERA in Baltimore
Bathroom Fixtures: bathtubs, sinks, toilet from Vintage Tub; medicine cabinet and towel bars from Restoration Hardware
Lighting: fans and recess lights from Illuminations, Inc. We found the big lantern in the main room at an auction. Artisan Lamp in Cleveland Park hooked up all our finds and helped us with the hand-painted finishes and designs. The round fixture on the wall in the main space came from a bank in Philadelphia. The three pendants lights in the kitchen: the shades came from the Brass Knob, the black wire from Home Depot, and the spiders and caps from Artisan Lamp, who also put them together. The rest of the lighting is from Home Depot.
Floors: in the bedroom Brazilian walnut wooden from Lumber Liquidators
Tile: white stove tiles from Home Depot
Plants: Garden District
Art: the two portraits in the office are by Ken Marlow and Jose Mendez (from Miami); other art in the office by Matt Sesow, a local DC artist; the rest was bought at the Georgetown flea market and the Norfolk, Virginia museum's holding sale
Window Treatments: Pella Windows; see-through curtains from Island Blinds
Rugs: Capitol Carpets on 14th Street. The den rug is made from remnants that were sewed together. The other rugs we picked up at estates and auctions.
Thanks, Anna & Dan!
(Images: Rachael Grad)