Lea & Mike’s Charming Craftsman Casa

published Jan 9, 2014
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Name: Lea & Mike of Casa Pino, a textile, interior design and art collaboration
Location: Arlington, Virginia

My husband and I moved to Arlington from a small apartment in Brooklyn 2 years ago. We now live in a 2 bedroom/ 1 bathroom 90+ year old bungalow with our dog and 2 cats. We live right in the heart of Clarendon, a fun vibrant neighborhood with tons of shops, restaurants, and nightlife just minutes from Washington, DC.

As an interior designer, I like to use my own home for experimenting, like painting the bathroom black or using pieces from crazy different eras, or funky art and textiles. While it’s a rather eclectic mix here, it’s still warm and welcoming home. I would describe my style as edgy, Southern, with an equal love for sparkle and rusty old patina.

Before we moved into our little craftsman, we pulled up the wall to wall carpet, stained the floors a dark walnut, repaired plaster, and painted every room. Since moving in we have been slowly making changes and furnishing our home.

After moving in we tackled a “good enough for 5 years” kitchen renovation. We added cabinets, designed open shelving, updated all the surfaces and some appliances to create a pretty and functional space while we are saving up for a larger scale addition.

Our living room is furnished a modern custom sofa, and a pair of vintage Kodawood lounge chairs (the yardsale score of the century), and a midcentury coffee table, and the art and a skull (which I found walking around our family cattle ranch) are from New Mexico. The dining room has an inherited drop leaf table, reproduction Eames chairs, a vintage refurbished record player and a fully stocked bar with a signed Mr. Brainwash poster. I created a lighted cactus sculpture from a dried cholla cactus also found last year on the ranch, the serpentine chest was another yardsale find painted silver.

We hope Apartment Therapy and your readers will enjoy our little casa!

Thanks, Lea & Mike!

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