Inside Out: Maxine Maximizes Luxury

Inside Out: Maxine Maximizes Luxury

Jill Slater
Oct 15, 2007

Inside Out: A showcase for those who transform their residences into homes via innovative intervention

Location: Friendship Heights, Washington DC
Size: 1600 sqft, 2 bedroom

Maxine knows exactly what she wants. Last year, she retired and bought a pre-construction apartment.

The transition included getting rid of almost every single remnant of a three decade accumulation of life including her single familly home...

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She was so thorough with her purging that she sold batches of 1970's New Yorker magazines to happy Craigslist buyers! Her art collection remained intact, however, and looks incredible in the new space.

Maxine loves her new apartment and is generally happy with how things turned out. She is so organized that she had the color of the tile, the style of the light switches, the color of the custom headboard upholstery chosen a year in advance. Her patience is unparalleled in terms of her ability to make things happen. If her requests are not met, she follows up and gets the problem fixed.

Maxine is not afraid of color. In the late 60's, she and her husband embraced many tenets of the hippie lifestyle and the aesthetic it espoused. Maxine has never shied away from bright accents and cool color combinations, including metalics and patterns. Over the years, although some of her tastes have changed, her insistence on quality has never wavered. As a result, her 30-year old possessions look as wonderful as her most recent acquisitions.

Her new life looks great from here!

Years lived in: 3 months
Favorite element: the fact that it is a new space, new construction, clean slate
Biggest Challenge: working with developers during the construction phase to make sure the apartment ended up the way it was supposed to
Advice: Make sure quality is a priority when making a purchase and you will be rewarded with decades of use!
What friends say: "It's so perfect'"

Originally Posted August 1st, 2007
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