Catherine's Cozy Equestrian Live-Work Condo

Catherine's Cozy Equestrian Live-Work Condo

Leah Moss
Jan 18, 2010

Name: Catherine, Sophie (roommate), and Dewey the dog
Location: Adams Morgan, DC
Size: 965 square feet — 2 bedroom, 2 bath
Years lived in: owned, 1 year

We first met Catherine when she shared her hilarious feather light disaster with us. Intrigued by her DIY spirit and fine sense of humor, we asked to see a bit more of her home. Part clean-lined cool, part cozy country, and fully unpretentious, Catherine's sunny condo displays both her playful personal style and budget-conscious resourcefulness. And, of course, subtle tributes to all things equine.

Because — at least for the time being — Catherine's home doubles as her office, she wanted to make it comfortable and inviting but also spare and tidy enough to be conducive to good work. Hence, her desk is not one typically overflowing with papers and office supplies, but rather a clean glass table with a glass-fronted cabinet nearby that's been outfitted with portable baskets of work necessities and pretty vellum to hide other essentials like her printer.

Although her workspace is spare, she's added plenty of personality to her walls. My favorites are the framed potty-humor drawings made by her former elementary school students which spice up the bathroom. Her own photography, or "faurt" — faux + art — as she playfully refers to the large canvas stretched close-ups adorning her bedroom is another budget-friendly way of adding style to her space. That, and creative design cheats like the elegant raw silk bedskirt that she fashioned out of discount fabric and masking tape and the feather placemats-turned-mantel surround embellishment (see the reveals in her house tour gallery)!

Apartment Therapy Survey

Style: Trying to be elegant while fighting an embarrassing inner tendency towards country kitsch.

Inspiration: Beautiful horse farms.

Favorite Element: I love my home! Tom Daley from Sothebys is the best real estate agent in DC.

Biggest Challenge: The small second bedroom. Fortunately it gets lots of light and opens to the balcony.

What friends say: "Wow, you should probably get out more."

Biggest Embarrassment: Inside the closets. I'd also love to do something to my dining table. And redo the master bath. And add a kitchen backsplash and drywall the ceiling. And…

Proudest DIY: Replacing bathroom faucets, feathering the fireplace, bedroom headboard and curtains, and the various faurt (faux art)

Biggest Indulgence: The horse lamp from Jonathan Adler. How can I have a "happy chic" life when a lamp is so damn expensive? But it's shaped like a horse, I couldn't resist. No regrets.

Best Advice: Don't take advice from me.

Dream Source: If I had enough money for a dream source, I'd buy horses and a better view.

Other Inspiration: Apartment Therapy!

Resources of Note
Appliances: GE

Hardware: Logan Hardware, I think mostly Delta? Peerless?

Furniture: Crate & Barrel, Target, IKEA, World Market, Miss Pixie's, Eastern Market, Ruff and Ready

Accessories: same

Lighting: same, Jonathan Adler horse lamp. Clip on shades in living room are from David Weeks, in bedrooms from Pottery Barn.

Rugs and Carpets: Crate and Barrel, Coe and Sons (Bethesda)

Window Treatments: G Street Fabrics, me!

Beds: Headboard is Pottery Barn, headboard cover is G Street Fabrics and me

Artwork: Faurt is me, stars on the wall come from a wonderful guy at Eastern Market with all kinds of neat repurposed tin stuff. A few paintings from family.

Paint: Benjamin Moore "Abalone" in the living space, "Rich Cream" in MBR. Applied by Juenemann Painting, Silver Spring. They did a wonderful job. Hall bath is BM "Hale Navy" and second bedroom is BM "Hint of Mint"

Flooring: Don't buy this crummy bamboo flooring. No idea where it's from.

Thanks Catherine!

Images: Leah Moss

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