House Tour: Katie's Bohemian Abode

Rosslyn, Virginia

Name: Katie Brophy
Location: Arlington County, VA
Size: 675 sq. ft.
Years Lived in: 6 months
Rent/Own: Rent

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When Katie and her husband moved to DC last July, they knew they wanted to live close to the action while still preserving some peace and quiet. They found the perfect mix in Rosslyn, Virginia in a rental that features a fabulous view from the living room balcony and is just a short walk across the Key Bridge to Georgetown...

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Katie manages the home department in the Anthropologie in Georgetown where she finds a lot of inspiration in the displays she creates. She worked very hard to create a bright and cheerful home to create warmth during these cold winter months. Though the apartment is small, Katie and her husband are delighted with the cozy nest they have made here in DC. Thanks Katie for sharing your home with us!

AT Survey:

Style: Ecclectic Bohemian

Inspiration: Matthew Williamson, Moroccan textiles, IKEA catalogs, Anthropologie and Jonathan Adler.

Favorite Element: Our deck and the kitchen bar-like seating.

Biggest Challenge: The living room and bedroom are so small. We probably can’t have more than two guest stay with us at a time.

What Friends Say: Friends think our place is colorful and cozy. Those two words totally describe what I was going for so I'm happy with that.

Biggest Embarrassment: I'd have to say the popcorn ceilings. If I didn't watch so much HGTV, I wouldn't even know they were such a bad thing. I wouldn't say I'm "embarrassed" by them so much as put-off by them.

Proudest DIY: My attempt at a salon-style art wall over the couch.

Biggest Indulgence: Pillows! I love bright colored pillows and have spent way too much money on them over the years. With our new apartment being so much smaller than our last, my husband thinks it resembles a make-shift fort at times.

Best Advice: My advice to those who recently moved into new apartments is to unpack as quickly as possible. Start hanging that artwork and moving your furniture around to find the right place. It's depressing to be surrounded by boxes, especially during these winter months. So make your house (apt) a Home!!!

Dream Resource: William Sonoma Home, ABC Carpet & Home and the Wisteria catalog.

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