House Tour: Ashley's Fun, Minimalist Apartment

House Tour: Ashley's Fun, Minimalist Apartment

Rachael Grad
Nov 6, 2008

Name: Ashley
Occupation: Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Location: Adams Morgan, Washington DC
Size: about 570 sq.ft.
Lived in: rented for 2 months
House Style: apartment in a 1960s building

Ashley recently moved into her very own apartment in Adams Morgan. When she moved into the one bedroom apartment, she had little furniture. Ashley has been adding pieces that can be easily moved around, along with her art and accessories from her travels. She enjoys using sporadic spots of color throughout her home...



Ashley has carefully built up her home accessories and collections to minimize acquiring things. She frequently travels and has picked up posters from various countries, including Luxembourg, Vienna, and Belgium. During her move to DC from Austin, Ashley lost a box that had her extensive magnet collection. She has since been rebuilding the collection as she picks up new magnets on her travels.

Ashley's other collections include her Hello Kitty accessories, like the toaster and clock given to her by her mom, and the avian accessories, like the owl and the Egyptian sculpture. Ashley's home reflects her fun personality, but manages to remain a clean and minimalist space.

AT Survey:

Style: minimalist with a mid-century twist.

Inspiration: old movies, vintage clothes and accessories, bringing back knick-knacks from traveling that have meaning for me.

Favorite Element: the parque floors.

Biggest Challenge: the living room because every wall has something happening on it and the space if very narrow. I found a narrow couch so I wouldn't have to obstruct the walkways.

Biggest Embarrassment: the mousetraps.

Proudest Element: the European posters.

Biggest Indulgence: the new couch.

Proudest DIY: hanging the posters without tearing the walls in the process.

Best Advice: keep it stark and simple.

Dream Source: an urban garden. I don't have a porch here but would love to have shelves inside with 15 or more plants and grow more herbs.



Furniture: black and white chars and the bedroom table from The Hunted House; coffee table from a classmate in Austin; red living room tables and kitchen table and chairs from Ikea;Gus Modern Rochelle sofa from RCKNDY; bed from Mattress Discounters; medical clinic supply cabinet in bedroom from Ruff 'N Ready; dresser found on Craigslist.

Lighting: Ikea.

Artwork: posters from Luxembourg, Vienna, Belgium; posters framed by Gallery 2000 on 17th Street and a Michael's in Austin.

Accessories: picture frames from Iceland; owl from Urban Outfitters; white Horus sculpture from Egypt; antique radio found on eBay; Target bedspread; Umbra floating bookshelf from RCKNDY; fish magnets hanging on bedroom wall from the Museum of Fine Art in Boston; Hello Kitty clock from my mom (the lemon wedge lights up!); Urban Outfitters rug; bathroom accessories from a friend; magnet collection from various places.

Thanks, Ashley!


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