Ryan's Georgetown Vintage
Location:Washington, Washington D.C.
What I Love About My Home
I love how the building's character complements my taste in vintage pieces. The apartment is located in a 1920s Georgetown red-brick. My salvaged shelves (made of an old shutter and door), antique briefcases, and rusted warehouse stool accentuate the character of the apartment's original wood floors and whitewashed walls. Using both my own pieces and the attributes of the apartment, I've been able to create a small, vintage-inspired home. (See "Mr. Mars" of Country Funk in Eastern Market for the shelves and other architectural art.)
Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home
The biggest challenge in arranging a small studio is striking a balance between creating separate spaces while retaining a sense of consistency to the room. Through the placement of the sofa, chair, antiques and art, I've been able to make a welcoming seating area of focal and conversation points. The cowhide rug distinguishes the seating area from the bed. I've used the area behind the chair as a small welcome space. The art, boots, and shelf frame the wall and make a nice nook just inside the entrance. Making the space seem larger than it actually is was also a challenge. Stacking pictures vertically up the wall along with the large, tall windows helps makes the room seem taller. The long mirror on the kitchen shelf helps open the narrow kitchen. Special thanks to my friend Amy Anderson of Studio A Photography for the photos.
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