Name: Zoe Feldman and Trey
Location: Georgetown — Washington, DC
Size: 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 2 half baths. Approx: 1200 sq ft
Years lived in: almost 2 years — owned
Seeing what tricks designers use in their own homes is always a treat, but getting to peek into the home of an interior designer as unique as Zoe Feldman is a total thrill, especially since she was so open about sharing tips and resources. She and Trey have mastered the art of eclectic decorating, but in a way that is not the least bit haphazard…
They've paired refined furnishings with bold artwork, reworked vintage finds with glossy finishes, and came up with some sweet ideas for masking their home's less desirable features and highlighting its good ones. It's the type of home that entices you to examine every last detail, which is exactly what I did!
It's not surprising given her profession, but Zoe definitely has a way with paint, and knows exactly how to use it to make even her least favorite aspects of the house seem purposeful. Case in point: the upstairs bathroom that sports an earthy pink tile and a grainy granite vanity top. Rather than rip out these "updates" she made them look intentional and took the focus from them by painting the walls with a wide chevron stripe in a coordinating earthy pink. When you look in, you focus on the pattern right away, but you hardly notice the tile at all. Likewise she tied the preexisting kitchen counter tops in by painting the cabinets and laying down a rug in complimentary colors. But my favorite paint job is on the doors. Left untouched, the doors would be nothing special, but Zoe turned each one of them into a decorative focal point— most are a glossy black, the powder room's is a stunning an unexpected high gloss red, and the den doors are a soothing but high contrast gray and white. She's applied the same transformative spirit to reviving old pieces of furniture, turning them from ho-hum to showstoppers with a can of paint in bold colors and brilliant finishes.
To see more of her home and to get a better sense of its flow check out the captions in the full house tour gallery. And if you are interested in learning more about Zoe's design services, be sure to check out her website.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Style: This is such a tough question. As a designer, I am endlessly inspired therefore my style is constantly evolving. If I try to define it I'd say that my personal style is rooted in modernism then layered with the luxe of Old Hollywood and the unexpected of vintage finds.
Inspiration: My childhood. I grew up in a contemporary home filled with pop art, mid-century modern furniture and Oriental rugs. My family owned a contemporary art gallery until I was about 8--artists, art, design was abundant. Today, I still have the pleasure of living with some of the art, rugs and furniture that I
grew up with. It continues to inspire me.
Favorite Element: I love that my home is a true reflection of my style, personality and history. Like my home, I am laid back yet deliberate-- stylish but not fussy. I have moved around quite a bit collecting and acquiring pieces along the way. Much of it has been with me from my first apartment or even as far back as my childhood. Some of the furniture has stayed the same in each new place while others have been re-invented to maintain freshness. It's incredible how adaptable furniture really is. And when it isn't so adaptable it's just as amazing what a can of paint or a couple of yards of fabric can do.
Biggest Challenge: Letting Trey have an opinion!
What Friends Say: "It's so you!" And...they always love discovering the black and red powder room.
Biggest Embarrassment: That I have almost no window treatments-- that can be very embarrassing.
Proudest DIY: To be honest, I'm not a big DIY-er. However, I am a HUGE vintage/hand-me-down fixer upper. I am obsessed with flea markets, vintage shops and shopping in my grandmother's basement! I rarely purchase an older piece without modernizing it a bit. I am probably, most recently, proudest of how the
vintage campaign chest turned out. It was originally painted ivory which did nothing to enhance the neutral room or the actual piece. Painting it Kelly green rocked the chest and rocked the room. *Decorators Tip: we used an amazing primer--no sanding, dries in 45 minutes and even sticks to anything--even the Formica top!
Biggest Indulgence: I love lush towels, linens, and fabrics. And on a simpler note, my mother taught me the importance of fresh flowers in a room. I always try to have fresh flowers.
Best Advice: learn the "rules" so that you can feel comfortable breaking them. What I mean by this is educate yourself before you start to decorate. Make an inspiration book filled with pictures of different rooms, art, fashion, objects. Discover what you love. Remove the fear. Then remember to have fun. Don't take it so seriously-- it's just decorating!
Dream Sources: The Paris Flea Market--I have never been and am DYING to go.
Other Inspiration: I find inspiration everywhere--from the obvious to the unusual. Nature offers some of the most beautiful textures, shapes and colors. Art museums and fashion inspire amazing color palettes and composition. A trip to a flea market or vintage shop will almost always yield a new idea. I love other designers--Jean-Michel Frank, David Hicks, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler and Alexa Hampton, whom I had the privilege of working for earlier in my career and who inspired me to dig deeper then what I knew and to open my mind to a new idea of beautiful and chic.
Resources of Note:
• Vintage mirror & console: Good Wood, Washington, DC
• Rug: Timothy Paul Home & Bedding, Washington, DC
Walls: Ben. Moore "Seapearl" Finish: Eggshell
Trim: Bejamin Moore "White Dove" finish: semi-gloss
Door: Benjamin Moore "Black" Finish: High Gloss
• Butcher block table: Good Wood, Washington, DC
• Faucet: Laura Kirar for Kalissta
• Love/Hate/Joy/Anger Canisters: Jonathan Adler
Walls: Ben. Moore "Seapearl" Finish: Eggshell
Trim: Bejamin Moore "White Dove" finish: semi-gloss
Cabinets: Farrow & Ball "Downpipe" Finish: Estate Emulsion
• Chesterfield sofa: Mitchel Gold & Bob Williams
• Vintage Saarinen Womb chair & ottoman: hand-me-down (similar: Knoll, Design within
• Barrel back chair: Alexa Hampton for Hickory chair, Fabric: Alexa Hampton for Kravet
• Vintage Campaign Chest: Miss Pixies, Washington, DC painted in lacquer-like, high gloss Kelly green
• Vintage 1960's bar/sideboard: Cherry Antiques, Washington, DC
• Gable Table: Henredon Furniture
• 1920's side chairs: Mrs. MacDougall D&D Building, NY, NY
• Pair of chocolate brown leather chairs: Thomas O'Brien for Hickory Chair
• Artwork: Alex Katz lithograph over green chest in LR and Richard Anuszkiewicz: oil on canvas over Gable Table in LR/DR
• Stag horn over fireplace: Moss & Co., Catherine Roberts & Oliver Dunn, Washington, DC
• Table lamp: Jonathan Adler
• Vintage round glass top bamboo style table: Circa who, West Palm Beach, FL
• Roman shades: Custom--workroom: Robert Shields Interiors, Fabric: Haute Fabric, Washington, DC, Trim: Kravet item#: T3 0496-16 , Washington Design Center
• Rugs: Orientals
Walls: Benjamin Moore "Seapearl" Finish: Eggshell
Trim: Benjamin Moore "White Dove" Finish: Semi-gloss
Doors: Benjamin Moore "Black" Finish: High gloss
Green Campaign Chest: Primer: Zinsser Bin Primer (tinted to match closely to top coat) Top Coat: Fine Paints of Europe "Bottle Green" Finish: Brilliant
Round glass top bistro style table: Fine Paints of Europe "Black" Finish: Brilliant
• Wallpaper: Osborne & Little # W5603-07
• Flush mount Light: Robert Abbey
Trim & Door: Fine Paints of Europe "Tulip Red" finish: brilliant
• Sofa: Restoration Hardware
• Square chair: Bill Sofield for Baker Furniture
• Pale blue chair: Thomas Pheasant for Baker Furniture, Fabrics: Barbara Barry for Kravet
• Small occasional pillow on chair: Baker Furniture
• Vintage Mid-century modern "Dunbar" Ottoman: Workroom: Bergerie Upholstery, Fabrics:
Edelman Leather "Shagreen-Smokey" and Bart Halpern Zen Pleat in navy, Washington Design Center, Washington, DC
• Rug: Safavieh
• Window Treatments: Restoration Hardware
• Nesting Tables: Restoration Hardware
• White lacquer, claw foot side table: Arteriors Home
• Bookcase: Pottery Barn painted in lacquer-like high gloss "Navy"
• Navy Pillows: Custom: Workroom: Robert Shields Interiors, Fabric: Bart Halpern Zen Pleat in navy
• Coral Pillows: Random Harvest, Washington, DC
• Artwork: Lester Johnson
Walls/Doors: Farrow & Ball "Pavillion Grey" #242 Finish: Modern Emulsion
Trim: Benjamin Moore "White Dove" Finish: semi-gloss
Bookcase: Fine Paints of Europe "Navy" Finish: brilliant
• Bed: Ballard Designs upholstered in a Nancy Corzine Fabric
• Pair ivory lacquered vintage barrel back chairs: Workroom: Bergerie Upholstery, Fabric: Schumacher #42735, Washington Design Center, Washington, DC, Paint: ivory high gloss
• Pillows: custom. Workroom: Agora Interiors. Fabric: Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks
• Bedside Tables: Bungalow 5
• Lamps: Target
Walls: Ben. Moore "in your eyes" 715 Finish: eggshell
Trim: B. Moore "white dove" finish: semi-gloss
Doors: B. Moore "black" finish: high gloss
Barrel Back Chairs: Fine paints of Europe "White Café" Finish: brilliant
• Rug: Oriental
• Artwork: John Chamberlain lithograph
• Accessories: Restoration Hardware
• Mirror: Gold bamboo style, Miss Pixies, Washington, DC
• Light: Restoration Hardware
• Oversized Basket: The French Apartment, Washington, DC
• Towels: Waterworks
Walls: painted chevron stripes: Benjamin Moore "Mauve Hint" 878 Finish: Eggshell and "White Dove" Finish: Eggshell
Vanity: Farrow & Ball: "Elephants Breath" #229 Finish: Full Gloss
• Robert Shields Interiors, Kensington, MD
• Agora Interiors, Alexandria, VA
• Bergerie Upholstery, Washington, DC
• Flooring: Existing wood throughout--stained darker upon move-in
Thanks, Trey & Zoe!
Images: Leah Moss
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