Dan & Shannon's Cozy New Home

Dan & Shannon's Cozy New Home

Nicole Crowder
Aug 7, 2012

Name: Dan, Shannon and daughter Violet Roberts
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington D.C
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 3 ½ months, Owned

Finding a home in Washington D.C's coveted neighborhood of Capitol Hill is a dream for any homeowner or renter. The tree-lined streets and residential locale are home to some of D.C's best local fare, bars and great music venues, parks, and the ever-popular indoor/outdoor farmers market, Eastern Market. And after moving to the neighborhood just a little over three months ago, Dan and Shannon Roberts are adjusting quite nicely to their new digs.

The two had previously owned a home in D.C's Logan Circle neighborhood--a smaller one bedroom that they shared with their dog Monk, cat Quimby, and Dan's piano (he plays for the US Army Band) But after the arrival of the couple's beautiful little girl Violet, the two realized they would need to expand their square footage to accommodate their growing family.

The first impression of the two-story home is undeniably comfortable, cozy and familiar. A great collection of pop and landscape art hand-drawn or painted by family members is sprinkled about the living room, stairwell, bedroom and nursery. Retro posters of famous concerts that were passed down from a family member's collection adorn walls and help reinforce that is this, after all, the home shared by a musician. Landscapes drawn by Shannon's mother hang on the bedroom's lilac-painted walls, helping to enhance the serene mood. Photos taken by Dan, of a tree that used to sit outside their previous home, transitioning with each season, are placed on the wall by the stairwell. One of the best elements was there before the family moved in - a thin atrium with a colorfully painted mural that streaks across the brick wall . And, though the two are just starting to get comfortable in their new home, they already have big plans for expansion, including adding on one or two more bedrooms and knocking out an entire wall to open up the living room.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Modern, eclectic, personal

Favorite Element: The atrium with the colorful mural. We have not entertained much out there yet, but it's nice to sit there from time to time.

Biggest Challenge: Making it "ours": Updating the fixtures, landscaping, etc.

What Friends Say: It's big and has lots of light

Biggest Embarrassment: The Home Depot light fixtures

Proudest DIY: Removing the wet bar and building elfa closets

Biggest Indulgence: Hard-wired surround sound. Dan's a musician so this must comes in handy

Best Advice: (Received) How to organize our very small backyard. (To Give) We're not DIY'ers and believe that a professional can do a much better time in half the time

Dream Sources: Dwell

Resources of Note:


• Rug: West Elm
• Bookshelves: Ikea
• Lamp: Wedding present
• Piano: Rick Jones Piano in MD
• Armchair: gifted from parents from their first apartment from the 70s. Reupholstered in 2009
• Monk painting from Chicago
• Couch: Rock Candy in D.C (now closed)
• Pillows: Etsy


• Dining room table and chairs: CB2
• Worlds Fair Art: Gift from friends


• Rug: Ikea
• Green Tray: CB2
• Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid


• Art painted by family members
• Dresser: CB2
• Closets: DIY project


•Art from Shannon's grandfather


• Diaper and Crib station: Bye Bye Baby
• Giggle chair
• Piggy bank: CB2
• Guatemalan shirt hanging
• Hamper: Container Store

Thanks, Dan and Shannon!

(Images: Nicole Crowder )

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