House Tour: Joe's Art Deco Loft and Garden

House Tour: Joe's Art Deco Loft and Garden

Rachael Grad
Aug 30, 2008

Name: Joe
Location: U Street Corridor, Washington, DC
Size: 1878 sq ft condo
Years lived in: 2 years, owned


A sense of calm overtakes you when entering Joe's loft. It's hard to believe that the condo is located in the heart of the busy U Street corridor. When designing his home, Joe extensively researched art deco design. Everything from the paint colors to the home accessories was carefully picked to fit art deco style and also create a calm, comfortable home...

In the 1920's, Egypt was in vogue so Joe created an Egyptian-themed bathroom. He included animal prints in the carpets to echo the art deco taste for exploring world travel. Joe collected tie clips, coins, Egyptian artifacts, vintage posters and other items from the 1920s. He then framed these finds to hang on his walls.

Joe renovated the condo and incorporated the silver doors which are exterior doors and soundproof. He also completely redid the closet and included a laundry room inside of it. The second floor of the condo was made into a bar and reading area. Stepping out onto Joe's large private terrace, you feel like you've entered a secret garden. Joe added fountains, lounge chairs and lots of plants and trees to create a private and very green outdoor space.


Style: nouveau art deco

Inspiration: simple yet beautiful shapes

Favorite Aspect: the space feels big

Proudest DIY: the faux marble finishes on the pillars, the artwork

Biggest Embarrassment: too much stuff in the office

What Friends Say: it's fabulous!

Best Advice Given: surround yourself with things that you love. Make your home beautiful and comfortable.

Dream Resource: a third bedroom and bathroom and a bigger balcony.


Paint Colors: all accent colors are primary colors including American rose red and a customized midnight blue, eggplant in the office, cool ice grey in main living room area

Furniture: Humphrey Bogart line from Ethan Allan, French dining room table and chairs, upstairs furniture from Urban Essentials

Rugs: Horchow deco rugs, upstairs rugs from Reincarnations

Lighting: Urban Essentials

Artwork: from my travels, wall sculpture from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Accessories: phone from Sturbrige, framed old shoe clips and coins from the 1920s

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