Name: Peggy A. Simpson
Location: Dupont Circle — Washington, DC
Size: 4,000 square feet
Years lived in: 32 — Owned since 1975, with a decade out for work overseas
As a journalist, Peggy has done a lot of travels, and even lived abroad for 10 years in Poland. Her studies, travels, and friends have resulted in an impressive collection of art and crafts tucked away in her three-floor town home near Dupont Circle.
After buying the home in 1978, Peggy decide to give the narrow place more light. She took out a floor and put in top-floor French doors, but kept the original door and window moldings, and the original oak flooring and staircase. On the top of the building, Peggy even created her own place to enjoy the light: a rooftop garden. From the lush garden, one also has a good view of D.C
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Eclectic contemporary
Favorite Element: The feeling of space and light, and lots of space for hanging art in the atrium and on the walls.
Biggest Challenge: Redoing house after painters caught it on fire, at the end of the rehab process.
What Friends Say: Too much to see, can we meander around?
Biggest Embarrassment: Falling down a flight of stairs because of debris on the landing.
Proudest DIY: Mixing old oak patterns with contemporary furniture and folk art from Mexico and Poland.
Biggest Indulgence: A third-floor deck with planters for alpine plants and perennials, plus a rich maroon wall-to-wall carpet on first floor.
Best Advice: Trust but verify contractors, and interview the house owners if you're tempted to hire their architect.
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