House Tour: Robert's Home and Photography Studio

House Tour: Robert's Home and Photography Studio

Rachael Grad
Aug 15, 2008


Name: Robert
Occupation: photographer
Location: Washington DC
Size: 950 sq ft 1 bedroom, den and 2 bathroom loft; condo building built in 2005
Years lived in: 3 years

Photographer Robert Dodge had always decorated his home traditionally, until he moved into his current loft. The exposed pipes, high ceilings and huge modern windows have inspired Robert to change his style. So since moving into the brand new building in 2005, Robert has slowly been transitioning his traditional decor to contemporary. When he works on photography shoots, Robert turns his living room into a portrait studio...


The natural Western light from his floor-to-ceiling living room windows is ideal for portraits, especially on cloudy days. Robert enjoys photographing at home, and his cats Winston and Tiddles also love the light in the loft.

Robert's favorite photographs - both his work and his friends' - hang next to paintings he picked up in Hawaii, Vietnam and Provincetown. These are Robert's preferred vacation spots and he is in the process of compiling his travel photographs from Vietnam into a book. We can't wait to see the results!


Favorite Aspect: the huge windows and curved wall.

Proudest Aspect: combining my artwork and paintings purchased on trips. The paintings were found in places I like and express things about me.

Proudest DIY: the painting and walls. I will never do that again myself. I felt like it would never end!

Biggest Embarrassment: mismatched menagerie of furniture and the stacks of magazines and paper. Too much clutter! I love minimalism but I am not a minimalist person.

What Friends Say: this is a sexy apartment.

Best Advice Given or Received: I received this advice and then gave it: Life is a process; it's 99% process and 1% results. So if you don't enjoy the process, you'll be miserable. This is true with art, life and creating your home.

Dream Resources: new apple computer with the big designer screen and the perfect L-shaped sofa, which I haven't yet found.



Paint Colors: Martha Sewart Corduroy and Karma.

Dining/Living Room:
- Ethan Allan table

- chairs from Theodore's

- sideboard is an Asian antique reproduction from Abaca Imports

- iron chairs from his last home

- pillows from the outdoor market in Bangkok

- painting from Hawaii

- glasswork from Provincetown, MA and Park City, Utah

- couches and chair to be replaced soon!

- steel desk and credenza from Boltz

- Robert's photographs

- bed, dresser and end table from Crate and Barrel

- hand-painted lamp from Wa

- Robert's photographs

- Japanese print bought from DC art dealer Barb Coleman

- painting from Vietnam


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