Location: Georgetown; Washington, D.C.
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned
Downsizing is good for the soul (less clutter, less time organizing, less stress), but so is light. So when Mary moved from a five-bedroom house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to a two-bedroom, garden-level condo closer to the city, she was eager to part ways with excess stuff, but concerned about a lack of daylight. She brought in an interior designer to brighten up her space, which now makes her cheerful, she says.
Emily of M House Designs, chose a bright green for the walls in the main living space, which includes kitchen, dining, and living area, and "hung as many mirrors as I could get away with," she says. She kept the backs on the sectional and chairs low, so that the room seems open and spacious.
The bedrooms are also bright and cheerful— with lilac and blue walls, and fabrics in happy shades of blue, orange, purple, yellow, and green. Emily is a master at picking out such pretty-patterned fabrics in complementary colors, but since Mary has a puppy, everything is washable, and thereby dog friendly.
Now that her space—and her life— is bright, Mary can't wait to entertain &mdsash; she's looking forward to big gatherings in her calm, but cheerful, new digs.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Cottage eclectic
Inspiration: Nature and color
Favorite Element: Color
Biggest Challenge: Using furniture from former home in new space
What Friends Say: Love it! Good energy
Biggest Embarrassment: Still looking for the right artwork to go above the sectional
Proudest DIY: Organizing my life and space to fit a much smaller home
Biggest Indulgence: Fabrics and bedding
Best Advice: Make your space a place that calms and makes you happy
Dream Source: M House Designs
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Images: Katie McCurry
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