Adventure, Antiques & Art in an Arlington Apartment

published Feb 22, 2015
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Name: Alisa Rabinovich and Jared Thomson
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Size: 900 square feet
Lived in: Seven months; Rented

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Alisa and Jared haven’t lived in their apartment very long, but nevertheless, the small space has years of history inside. Alisa, owner of Fleurs Boutique in Arlington, has collected art, textiles, antique furniture, and lots and lots of books from all over Europe and the United States.

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There is always something new to be found (or played with) in this home, so much so that the rooms should feel chaotic, but somehow don’t. Somehow everything belongs. This is purposeful, as a result of something that many talk about and seemingly few do: the great purge. Scary for some, but worth it: keeping only the most significant items, most often those with a history and a story, naturally curates the dynamic, intriguing space.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I like my space to be an adventure, I love antiques and art pieces with a story.

Inspiration: Tuscany, an old man’s art studio, Provence, a sitting room library with a lit cigar next to a leather chair.

Favorite Element: The suitcases and wagon wheel. I’m a gypsy at heart.

Biggest Challenge: Storage.

What Friends Say: Generally “Look at all this stuff!” or “It’s an adventure in here!”

Biggest Embarrassment:The Ikea kitchen.

Proudest DIY: Getting rid of enough furniture to fill an apartment, and getting rid of the things I knew I could live without.

Biggest Indulgence: Books.

Best Advice: Buy more books.

Dream Sources: Parisian flea markets.

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Resources of Note:


  • Paint came with the apartment


  • The sofa is from Ethan Allen.
  • The wagon wheel was bought in an eastern European flea market.
  • The train painting was bought from a dealer in Amsterdam. The girl sitting painting was a birthday gift from a friend, the artist, Yuri Fateev.
  • The trunk currently serving as the coffee table as well as the trunk between the windows were both bought at from a former neighbor in Arizona and are handmade by an Irish priest.
  • The Tansu cabinet to the left of the television is an antique bought in Tuscon. The silver


  • Flower arrangement by Fleurs Boutique in Arlington, Virginia
  • The horse print was bought in Amsterdam, and the small bicyclist to the right was bought from an artist in Thailand.
  • Two fabric chairs are from Ethan Allen, paired with a wooden chair and table, both from antiques stores in Tuscon, Arizona.


  • Glass lamp from world market, with a crystal placed inside.
  • The art nouveau prints are Alphonse Mucha, bought in the Peruvian cultural institute in Amsterdam.
  • Mirrored table lamp from Target.
  • Furniture bought from antiques stores in Tuscon, Arizona and flea markets in eastern Europe
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Thanks, Alisa and Jared!

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