House Tour: Scott’s Airy Simplicity
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.
APARTMENT THERAPY SURVEY
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
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