Location: U Street Corridor, Washington, DC
Size: 1878 sq ft condo
Years lived in: 2 years, owned
A sense of calm overtakes you when entering Joe's loft. It's hard to believe that the condo is located in the heart of the busy U Street corridor. When designing his home, Joe extensively researched art deco design. Everything from the paint colors to the home accessories was carefully picked to fit art deco style and also create a calm, comfortable home...
In the 1920's, Egypt was in vogue so Joe created an Egyptian-themed bathroom. He included animal prints in the carpets to echo the art deco taste for exploring world travel. Joe collected tie clips, coins, Egyptian artifacts, vintage posters and other items from the 1920s. He then framed these finds to hang on his walls.
Joe renovated the condo and incorporated the silver doors which are exterior doors and soundproof. He also completely redid the closet and included a laundry room inside of it. The second floor of the condo was made into a bar and reading area. Stepping out onto Joe's large private terrace, you feel like you've entered a secret garden. Joe added fountains, lounge chairs and lots of plants and trees to create a private and very green outdoor space.
Style: nouveau art deco
Inspiration: simple yet beautiful shapes
Favorite Aspect: the space feels big
Proudest DIY: the faux marble finishes on the pillars, the artwork
Biggest Embarrassment: too much stuff in the office
What Friends Say: it's fabulous!
Best Advice Given: surround yourself with things that you love. Make your home beautiful and comfortable.
Dream Resource: a third bedroom and bathroom and a bigger balcony.
Paint Colors: all accent colors are primary colors including American rose red and a customized midnight blue, eggplant in the office, cool ice grey in main living room area
Furniture: Humphrey Bogart line from Ethan Allan, French dining room table and chairs, upstairs furniture from Urban Essentials
Rugs: Horchow deco rugs, upstairs rugs from Reincarnations
Lighting: Urban Essentials
Artwork: from my travels, wall sculpture from Bed, Bath & Beyond
Accessories: phone from Sturbrige, framed old shoe clips and coins from the 1920s