Name: Jayne Howell
Location: Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Size: 580 square feet
Years lived in: 1
When Jayne returned to DC after years overseas in Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, she was determined to live within walking distance of nightlife, work, and all the action the city has to offer. She rented her tiny one bedroom a stone's throw from Dupont Circle after falling in love with the convenience of the neighborhood, and then faced the monumental task of compressing the contents of a much larger house into the available space.
Jayne's apartment may be small, but it is filled with wonderful reminders of her years overseas. Though a few of her largest pieces (like the handcarved Zanzibar bed) had to go into storage, she was able to incorporate some of her favorite pieces into the home she created in the heart of downtown. The space gets very little natural light because of its location in the building, but Jayne used colorful pillows and accessories to make it seem warm and bright inside. More warmth comes from Jayne's wood furniture which glows against the pale green walls — though the dining table is large for the space, it's handcarved beauty adds to the character of the home. The kitchen is large given the size of the apartment, and Jayne is even lucky enough to have a washer and dryer tucked away behind a curtain. Finally, it is Jayne's curated collection of African art that really sets her space apart; we especially loved the scattered rhino sculptures tucked into various nooks and crannies.
Apartment Therapy Survey
My Style: International post-colonial
Inspiration: My travels and my Southern roots
Favorite Element: Antique Zimbabwean farm armoire
Biggest Challenge: Small rooms and lack of natural light
What Friends Say: "I can't believe how much stuff you fit in here" and "It's not as small as you said it was!"
Biggest Embarrassment: The little girl blue and white color scheme in the bedroom.
Proudest DIY: Adapting a leaning bookshelf as bedside table.
Biggest Indulgence: The handmade, full-size teak dining table
Best Advice: You don't have to have give up your full-size pieces in smaller space, just edit.
Dream Source: The antique Ottoman pieces at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
(Images: Colleen Quinn)