Location: Dupont Circle, Washington DC
I moved in to this tiny studio unit when my brother moved out. He had used an interior decorator, painting the walls a neutral color and finding appropriately matching furniture and carpets. When he moved out, he took everything except the couch, the carpet, and the book case / TV stand.
I use a West Elm daybed, which also has a dark-brown cover that can be placed over it for extra guest seating. The red desk is also West Elm. The coffee table is from Scan. I chose it because I liked how the curving profile matched the facing profile of the bookcase / TV stand.
The Wassily chairs were a casualty of my parents' move to a smaller place — they're almost a little too big for the space, but they're so comfortable and futuristic-looking that I just can't part with them.
The recessed bookcase in the hallway used to house an assortment of junk — I reorganized the two closets to free up space and create shelving for several boxes of books that had also come from my childhood home.
All the framed lithographs are by Jack Perlmutter, a late DC artist who was a friend of the family. Near the end of his life, he charitably gave away most of his collection to schools, museums, and friends; after they sat in a basement for several years, my parents decided to move from our family house into an apartment. I sorted through about 75 prints and found the ones that spoke to me. The Perlmutter print in my kitchen depicts two angels flying above a city. In the center of the city is the outline of an obelisk, a coy reference to our shared hometown.
The other artwork mostly consists of prints taken by my father — an avid photographer — in South Africa and India. Two other photographic prints include work by Dick Swanson.