Small Cool 2009: Lynda's Playhouse

Small Cool 2009: Lynda's Playhouse

Aaron Able
Apr 14, 2009

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Who Lives Here: Lynda Andrews-Barry + the mister + black lab Oto
Location: Kensington, Maryland
Size: 1,100 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My favorite element in this house is the amount of sunlight that flows in everyday. I switch out my accessories every few weeks, including the sheers covering the windows, and the different colors act as light lenses, completely changing the feel of the house depending on the scheme. The fuschia theme is like being inside Jeannie's bottle!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The biggest challenge in furnishing this house was dealing with my very opinionated and knowledgeable husband. I worked around it by nagging him, and then I eventually just did it my way. He has come around, though! We did buy a few pieces together at Georgetown Flea Market and Eastern Market, both in DC. Many of the tables, mirrors and accessories came from my grandmother, so he couldn't argue with that! The sofa and chairs are my design based on "I Love Lucy". I think we both relish the fact that they were handmade in North Carolina when there used to be a vibrant furniture industry there. The crazy "Peewee's Playhouse" paint scheme was a stretch for him at first, but once my paintings were hung, I think he got it: this is a happy and joyful place! I have had a few old-timers comment it would be a trip to drop acid here, though.

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