Cozy, Southern Charm in a Hundred-Year-Old D.C. Family Row House

updated Apr 30, 2019

Cozy, Southern Charm in a Hundred-Year-Old D.C. Family Row House

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Meg, Glenn, Maddie and Isabelle Hoburg, and dog, Piper
Location: Capitol Hill — Washington, DC
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 14 years, owned

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Meg Hoburg is an interior designer with Southern roots, a true sense of Southern hospitality, and a fantastic eye for wallpaper. She and her family have been living in their Capitol Hill row house in Washington, DC for 14 years.

Customizing the house throughout these years has been a steady work in progress. Whether it’s Meg painting furniture, her husband Glenn installing light fixtures, or their daughters Isabelle and Maddie creating art installations, the family is continuously invested in the process of making their home a place that reflects their personalities and style. The decor is a balance of beautiful vintage and family pieces, combined with new, timeless items and trendy finds that Meg has taken and made her own (usually with a coat of paint!) Like mother, like daughter — teenager Isabelle’s room is garnished with a number of her own flea market treasures and DIY artwork.

Of course the house, which is over 100 years old, comes with its quirks. The structure is narrow and some of the floors are slanted. Storage space is limited. But it also boasts original brick walls, an authentic claw foot bathtub, and an ornate tin ceiling in the kitchen. The family has undertaken a number of projects to accentuate this natural charm. They removed the plaster in the living room to expose the brick walls underneath, and re-painted the kitchen ceiling silver to match its original color. They also took down the wall between the living room and the dining room to open up the downstairs, and have installed extra storage space anywhere it would fit!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: My style is influenced by my southern roots (Alabama) and by the wonderful East Coast cities we’ve lived in. I love to combine a timeless aesthetic with more trendy accessories and to make the most of items that help define a person or family — kids’ artwork, memories from travels, books that are loved — creating a warmth that feels like “home”

Inspiration: There is so much that inspires me! Walking around D.C. with its beautiful architecture and design, seeing one of my daughters come up with an amazing DIY project…and we live in such a great day of inspiration daily through sites like Apartment Therapy and gifted designers who so graciously share their wisdom and beauty like Emily Henderson, Joanna Gaines, Lauren Liess, Erin Gates — such a gift!

Favorite Element: We love the history and character of our 100+ year old row house — the original tin ceiling in the kitchen (that we repainted silver to match its original color), the exposed brick that was in great condition when we removed the plaster, and the original window panes in the front of the house.

Biggest Challenge: With all the quirks that come with living in an old, urban, narrow row house, we really have to make the most of having slanted floors, tiny bathrooms, little storage space…we definitely use every inch every day, and try and remember the “charm” that first drew us here 🙂

What Friends Say: We hear the words “warm” and “cozy” pretty often.

Biggest Embarrassment: Honestly, we get really embarrassed by our dog’s super loud barking every time someone comes into our home, and then again when they are leaving — a daily reminder that we didn’t train her well!

Proudest DIY: Wow, there is so much we have done… I am constantly repainting to get a new look — walls, furniture, light fixtures, mirrors — pretty much always painting something. But I have to say that I’m most proud of Glenn’s willingness to become super handy with my never ending “honey do list” which has him changing light fixtures, building shelves, learning to wallpaper…and I’m also incredibly proud of Isabelle’s beautiful art installations around our home.

Biggest Indulgence: Our Lee Industries tufted chairs.

Best Advice: Your home should be a place that you love living life in, a place that reflects your personality and style and is a gift for anyone you share it with. Be patient with the process (so hard for me!), invest in quality pieces as you are able, and make the most of what you have in the meantime.

Dream Sources: Anthropologie, Salt & Sundry, One Kings Lane, Wisteria, Brimfield flea market.


Entry wallpaper – Hygge & West
Hooks – Anthropologie
Chest – Craigslist, painted
Mirror and Delftware plates – family antiques
Vase – Salt & Sundry
Light fixture – Ballard Designs

Sofa – IKEA
Tufted chairs – Lee Industries
Blue and white armchair – Ballard Designs
Upholstered rocking chair – Crate and Barrel
Rug – Ballard Designs
Tables – family antiques
Leather pouf – Etsy
Gold mirror tray – World Market
Gold lacquer tray – West Elm
Otomi Pillows – Hygge & West
Chevron and monogrammed pillows – custom
Mirror and lamps – Home Goods, painted

Dining table – Bob Timberlake
Wooden tray/baskets – Wisteria
Chairs, painted – Pottery Barn
China Cabinet – Crate and Barrel
Side board table – family antique
Lamps – Home Goods, painted
Tray, mirrors, vases – flea markets
Milk ware pitcher/glasses- Salt & Sundry
Chevron rug – West Elm
Pew – Christ the King Church, Cambridge, MA
Pom pom pillow – Ballard Designs
DC pillow – Ballard Designs
Floral pillows – Rifle Paper Co.
Art work – friends and family

Small table – side of the road, painted
Pot rack – Crate and Barrel
Bulletin board – Ballard Designs
Stools – Pottery Barn

Removable Wallpaper Tiles – Hygge & West
Mirror – Shades of Light

Bed – Restoration Hardware
Desk – Ballard Designs
Dresser – IKEA
Nightstand – IKEA
Chair/mirror – family antiques
Pillows – custom
Chandelier – Ballard Designs

Bed/nightstand – garage sale, painted
Desk – IKEA
Side table – IKEA
Armchair – World Market
Rug – World Market
Pouf – World Market
Pillows – H&M, IKEA
Chandelier – yard sale, DIY by Isabelle
Artwork/flower installation – by Isabelle

Bed and chair – yard sale, painted
Chandelier – yard sale, painted
Bedding – IKEA
Pillows – IKEA, Ballard Designs
Rug – IKEA
Desk – World Market
Desk accessories – Target

Thanks, Meg, Glenn, Maddie and Isabelle!

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