House Tour: Scott's Airy Simplicity

House Tour: Scott's Airy Simplicity

Rachael Grad
Jul 16, 2009

Name: Scott
Occupation: interior designer, design blogger
Location: Mt. Vernon, Washington DC
Building: late Victorian house
Size: about 450 square feet
Lived in: rented for 3 months
Other Occupants: Ella, 8-year old cat

Though Scott has only lived in his apartment for 3 months, the place is already an organized and comfortable home. Inspired by old movie sets and the apartment itself, Scott has created a spacious, luxurious home in less than 450 square feet. Scott only buys pieces that he really loves so each item is a favorite and bought because of its function and design. The furniture and accessories are a mix between thrift store finds and high end pieces bought on discount.

Movies that inspire Scott include "Evening," which he says is visually amazing, and "How to Marry a Milionnaire" for its kitsch and prettiness. Scott has spent many hours rearranging his furniture and accessories - you can see earlier incarnations on his design blog Domicidal Maniac.



My Style: modern traditional

Inspiration: the feeling of the place

Favorite Element: the apartment has architectural charm and history. It feels like a house not an apartment.

Biggest Challenge: having a bed in my living room and working with an office/kitchen/living room all-in-one with no storage!

Proudest DIY: painting the desk and the table.

What Friends Say: it feels very grown-up.

Biggest Indulgence: the nice pieces from Baker that I picked up on discount.

Best Advice: good design is good design - not a price point or a label.

Dream Sources: designs by Holly Hunt, Baker, Niermann Weeks



Furniture: coffee table and desk from Goodwill in West Virigina; desk chair from Ruff 'n Ready; Baker couch, side chair; console table picked up on the side of the road

Lighting: Eiffel tower lamp from Target; other lamps from Baker

Accessories: couch throw, bedding, and pillows from West Elm; Baker candlesticks and obelisks; ladder in bathroom from Ruff 'n Ready; small trees in bathroom from a flea market in West Virginia

Rugs: Ikea

Art: paintings from Ruff 'n Ready and Eastern Market; the cartoon above the fireplace is from Baker; kitchen art is from old magazines: Life and Lady's Home Journal; two watercolor prints in the bathroom were picked up in Pittsburgh


Thanks, Scott!

(Images: Rachael Grad)

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