Name: Jackie and Sam Hiersteiner
Location: Shaw; Washington, DC
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Owned
friends drop by Jackie and Sam Hiersteiner’s place for some of Sam’s home-cooking,
followed by a nip from his collection of small-batch bourbons; today
I’m there to snap photos, and in Sam’s absence — he’s at work — Jackie has prepared
a simple, lovely spread of fresh bread and cheeses. Beside it, champagne chills.
The couple’s Maltese mix, Pappy Van Winkle (named for Sam’s favorite
whiskey) hops into my lap. Their 1,200 square foot home in DC’s Shaw
neighborhood is flush with warmth and hospitality.
of it comes from the way the house is layered with things representative of the
couple’s wide range of interests and talents. Sam is a vice president at the Glover Park Group, a strategic communications firm, and moonlights as a food writer (follow his
adventures @SamsGoodMeats). He’s helped
to make the house a home with the stacks of cookbooks, curious kitchen
accoutrements, and swine-inspired knick-knacks that dot the décor. Jackie, a
former art gallery director, is pursuing a master’s degree in interior design
at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and works as
an independent art and design consultant. She’s used her designer’s eye to make
bold color choices, and to select paintings and other artwork to punctuate
their long, narrow space.
The result is an elegant combination of color and texture, gourmandise and
art; a preppy, eclectic (prep-clectic?) mix that’s traditional without being stilted,
and modern without being too smooth. It’s a pitch-perfect example of the thoughtful
things that can be done in a small house in Shaw, one of DC’s most talked
about up-and-coming neighborhoods.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style/Inspiration: I would say that we have an eclectic sense of style, as the hobbies and interests we have dictate the things that we have
in our home. When thinking about how to design our house, I wanted it to
be very DC, so there are references to colonialism, L’Enfant, patriotism, and
jazz. It sounds disparate, but it’s subtle.
Favorite Element: We have a nice little stretch of backyard that has mature apple trees, lavender beds, and hydrangea bushes where we
entertain from the moment the weather warms until October. I use a lot of color on
walls typically, but in this house I opted for a white bedroom, which is incredibly
relaxing and refreshing.
Biggest Challenge: Our house is quite small and narrow, so creating spaces that suit our needs has been a challenge. The dining room doubles
as my studio, as does the guest room.
What Friends Say: Friends love coming over to our house. They say they love the toile wallpaper and how cozy our home is, although I'm fairly
certain that they really just like coming over for Sam’s cooking or his delicious
selection of small-batch bourbons.
Biggest Embarrassment: Between the cheap vanity that is too short for us to lean over, to the strange tile with the grout that my dog pulls
up, to the medicine cabinet that I have to stand on my toes to see myself in, I would say
that our upstairs bathroom is the biggest embarrassment. I’m looking
forward to renovating it.
Proudest DIY: We redo most of the furniture that comes into our house, however, I would say that our proudest DIY is the garden that we
plant every spring. We grow four different types of English roses, twelve
different types of hot peppers, fruit, berries, and tons of herbs each year. Come June,
it is so lush and we're harvesting every day.
Biggest Indulgence: The XL Big Green Egg.
Best Advice: Get a tankless hot water heater if you have a small home! They only take up about 6 x 12 inches of wall space, compared to a regular
water tank which takes up at least 36 x 60 inches. It is also more energy
efficient, as you're not heating an entire tank of water all day long. Also: Invest in
good contemporary art from your city. Focus on emerging artists. They
have the best prices points, and they are the ones shaping the community.
Dream Sources: I dream about overhauling our bathroom with Waterworks everything, and I’d love to have a new Samsung transparent
Resources of Note:
Sofa - Mitchell Gold Bob Williams, Liam Sofa
Pillow on sofa - Thomaspaul Luddite Man Dove Pillow
Vase with white tulips on coffee table - Vintage store find,
tulips from Trader Joe’s
Coffee table/trunk - Purchased from a neighbor in my first apartment and
Curtains - Pottery Barn
Dalmatian print pillow - Furbish Studio
Chest of drawers with “X” pulls beside sofa - From my mom’s
garage, it was my grandmother’s from back in the day. It has been repainted many
Zebra head – Anthropologie
Lemon painting - I did a series of about 30 paintings that were
all quick studies of lemons. This is one of them.
Bar cart - Society Social, The Sedgewick
Curtains - Pottery Barn
- Dining room table - Miss Pixie’s,
Dining room chairs - Ikea
Horse prints - Nell Hills in Kansas City
Pig salt and pepper shakers - gift from a friend
Green ladder artwork - Joshua Wade Smith, Baltimore artist and Hamiltonian Fellow
Red owl pillow on bed - Yves Delorme
Hydrangea paintings - My great Aunt Coca painted these
Topiaries - Nell Hills in Kansas City
Green velvet curtains - World Market
White chest of drawers between curtains - I picked it up at an
antique store in Roanoke, VA.
Bedside lamp - Ikea
Thanks, Jackie and Sam!
(Images: Natalie Grasso)
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