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Jade's Welcoming Home

Name:

Jade

Location:

Washington, Washington D.C.

Division:

Little

Square Feet:

700

What I Love About My Home


Coming home everyday after a long day of work puts a smile on my face. I have a home that is comfortable and welcoming for friends for late night wine tastings, HGTV viewing sessions on the couch or listening to tunes on full blast while getting dressed in the morning. I have a tiny little patio with two chairs that is perfect for summer nights and reading a good book on the weekend and a BIG part of why I bought this home. I have the freedom to be creative and fill my home with treasures from all over the world. From Thai Buddha's to vintage store finds (like my kidney coffee table, dining table top) and my art collection (with the likes of Anna U. Davis, Jon Reich, Marielle Mariano, D.V. Moore, Yellena James, Billy Colbert and more.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home


I have a California King sleigh bed I've had for 10 years that my parents bought for me. When I bought this home I knew I could not fit the foot board in my room and be able to open the door, but did manage to put a sitting chair and dresser. While I hated to part with a piece of the bed it actually works well in the space without the foot board. Since I'm originally from Texas having gigantic furniture is a staple, but in D.C. living in a space so small I had to limit buying any more furniture, and now I just buy art. Soon I'll run out of wall space and what will I do then?

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The dining alcove with nice carpet and wall paint along with the 2 pictures look cute :)

posted by arnold on April 11, 2011 at 11:07am
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All I can think is CLUTTER! I know it's "lived in" but I would go crazy in a space like this...

posted by ablevin5 on April 11, 2011 at 10:27am
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Instead of buying more art, consider a bookcase. I love your book stack idea but the stacks look a little unwieldy and one looks like it's going to topple over!

posted by arnold on April 11, 2011 at 11:09am
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My favourite part is the book area :)

posted by pheebs79 on April 11, 2011 at 12:22pm
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jade has a beautiful, stylish and very cozy condo that reflects her lifestyle and interests. i had the pleasure of staying there one night (or a few, whose counting?) and i didnt think clutter, i thought cozy. because of the size, it does force one to stay tidy, but since when is that a bad thing? i hope she wins...i love her place.

natty go

posted by nattygo on April 11, 2011 at 2:18pm
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i would like to vote for jade's small home. the placement idea for her dining area is cute as a bug in a rug...and yet elegant and cozy looking as well. one vote from me!!!!!!
yea! great look, jade!!!!!!!!...and you have a "bike"...wow...great to get out with!! i love the books!!!!! cool digs....
dr. g. jo

posted by dr g.jo on April 11, 2011 at 2:35pm
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The dining space is really cute, but the books and the computer look really cluttery. You should get a narrow book shelf, like the crate and barrel kind that lean against the wall.

posted by confettimeg on April 11, 2011 at 3:10pm
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Dc is really representing this year.

Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

posted by Mr. Goodwill Hunting on April 11, 2011 at 4:33pm
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like your porno pictures... :)

posted by annie-san on April 11, 2011 at 6:53pm
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I would love to come home Jade's home. I love how her favorite objects are all around, not cluttered at all. Admire the bed linen too.

posted by AussieIbu on April 11, 2011 at 7:02pm
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I really want to love this entry, but the old Texas furniture is just too hard to digest.

I do like the hallway with the mirror, books, bike, etc and the dining area.

posted by RocketScientist on April 11, 2011 at 8:00pm
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After seeing the dining alcove photo, I was surprised to see the style of the rest of the place. I would love to have a meal and a chat in that alcove!

posted by LolaDanger on April 11, 2011 at 7:42pm
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@arnold
They are on bookcases.

(Granted, it is sort of delightful to me that ppl on AT can still be unaware of things that I've become accustomed to thinking of as universally known to AT (spine bookcases, expedit, Keep Calm and Carry On); it lets me imagine there's not some gigantic hivemind after all....)

re: your wallspace problem, er, you have that designated clutter hallway, store extra pieces there and rotate at whim? ^^;;

posted by lepidoptery on April 11, 2011 at 7:48pm
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I really like the wall motifs in the clutter section, btw.

posted by lepidoptery on April 11, 2011 at 7:50pm
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Jade: ignore the neat freaks who've commented. :) I think your place looks great. And books are NEVER a bad thing.

posted by Girl...get a life! on April 11, 2011 at 10:50pm
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Thank you all for your comments and suggestions!

A bookshelf is warranted, but the one I want built is quite expensive so the stacked shelving will have to suffice for now.

As for the "porno" art. Those are actually two signed pieces by Jon Reich, an artist who died in the 90's from AIDS and who signed those in the '80's. ttp://jonreichartgallery.angelfire.com/

They were a gift from my sister and actually worth a little something now.

And computer needs a new home, but the real solution is a laptop!

All of the homes in SMALL/COOL are inspirational and have given me great design ideas so slowly but surely I'll implement some as the time "and finances" come along. Cheers. Jade

posted by jadefloyd on April 11, 2011 at 11:41pm
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i actually really like the nudes in the dining nook, but dislike prints with the artist's name as a border/faux -matte - a bit ostentatious. (btw -"died of aids" isn't a badge of honor, it's a virus that affects over 1 million americans right this moment). i think a nice light colored slip cover on the sofa & chair would refresh the space immeasurably. nice work jade :)

posted by siska on April 12, 2011 at 2:49am
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The print over the bed is Parvez Taj. You can see his work and buy online at http://www.parveztaj.com/

posted by jadefloyd on April 12, 2011 at 6:39am
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I love the "READ" print. Where is it from?

posted by britwash on April 12, 2011 at 8:38am
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I have to say that you did a fantastic job with the dining area. It's really wonderful and very, very stylish.

Now, as nicely as I can, I'm going to comment on the rest of your place. You have very good ideas, but I do think you'd live more comfortably with a few changes.

LIVING ROOM
I get that you don't want to be facing the kitchen, but I really think you might have considered putting the couch with its back to the wall, the TV armoire on the wall next to the window, and the chair somewhere in there facing both the couch and the TV. That would make everything more spacious. Also, since you're buying art, why not buy a flat-screen TV and put it on the wall or else a bookshelf?

THE KITCHEN
Is there no way to disguise the wood cabinets? And the island can be parked next to the window, giving you more space. In your place, I'd hang a curtain or a shade in front of the kitchen, or I'd put a room divider in front of it. Something that's easy to move for access to the kitchen, but that would make the wood cabinets less obvious.

In thinking about this: Hang a curtain rod from the ceiling about a foot in front of the kitchen and hang floor-to-ceiling curtains. It would be great to use the color you have in the dining nook, or else the same color as the walls.

THE HALLWAY WITH BOOKS
Man, please get a Kindle and a bookshelf, preferably with doors that close so that you're not dealing with a dust problem. There's just too much going on there. It must be a nightmare to clean.

THE BEDROOM
I'm not going to tell you to get rid of your California King bed; it's clearly something you value. I think you might consider switching out the bedside tables though. What you have might work in a huge Texas house, but the furniture is too bulky for a small apartment.

Lastly, I rarely critique apartments because I think it's harsh. I hope my suggestions don't seem too negative to you. Frankly I think you have a good eye but you've been in Texas a very long time and you're used to the humongous furniture. Plus I think some small changes would make your apartment drop-dead gorgeous.

posted by Terry3 on April 12, 2011 at 12:58pm
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I totally agree that this place seems like two different apartments. The dining alcove is just lovely--stylish in every way. The rest of the place? Not so much.

posted by Reeses902 on April 12, 2011 at 1:01pm
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Geez.....I hate to say it but this entry is kind of disappointing. I agree that it appears to be different apts. I appreciate the candid pictures, however (I hate artsy crap for these contests). I think your dining area is a great start, but this apt seriously lacks a cohesive furniture theme/color scheme. But, I'd love to see an new & improved House Tour someday!

posted by ohkatie on April 13, 2011 at 12:55am
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looks like a place you can really relax. Not staged

posted by kimscollectables on April 13, 2011 at 8:01am
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I had a thought about the curtain I suggested in front of the kitchen. You could get a painters' tarp, they're about $25, and they come in huge sizes, like 10x12. Then I'd paint something else, perhaps your nook, perhaps the rest of the living room, in a color matching the tarp/curtain.

posted by Terry3 on April 13, 2011 at 8:45am
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I love the first picture with the two John Reichs, but for me, it ends there.

posted by Jenda on April 13, 2011 at 10:45pm
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I think its the couch and chair that are setting people "off" - the color and style just doesn't fit the rest of your apartment. I would consider getting something a little sleeker and modern and maybe in a taupe or even red color to go with the curtains in the kitchen and the wonderful throw pillows you have. Oh, and I personally love the "cluttered" hallway. Love the books, the chair, the sign that says "read", the mirror and even the bike. :)

posted by Tracy333 on April 13, 2011 at 11:46pm
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I like the dining area, and I agree with a couple of the other comments that a narrow bookshelf with a geometric feel (like IKEA's Billy, or stacked cubes) would look amazing and help the hallway fit the rest of your lovely place :)

posted by maechevrette on April 14, 2011 at 1:16pm
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Lawd have mercy, those couches. Burn em.

posted by Naoki9 on April 15, 2011 at 3:21pm
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Although the furniture is not my style, I still get the sense of this being a great space for the person who actually lives here. I even like the look of the hallway, though books stored vertically make me nervous.

posted by laughing_friend on April 16, 2011 at 10:00am
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Love your style, and layout!!! please let us know where your duvet is from :)

posted by rosamware on April 16, 2011 at 11:16am
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I think the couch could be made nice by adding some light-coloured pillows and better lighting. The bedroom furniture is way too chunky for my taste but it looks comfortable for someone who appreciates it.

posted by owlmug on April 17, 2011 at 3:30pm
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Read...Indeed. I love the stacks of books. So original but I get nervous just looking at them as I am afraid they will fall over. I guess you don't live in an earthquake region.

posted by House Voyeur on April 17, 2011 at 10:35pm
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I had some kitchen cabinets like that in a rented apartment and I hated them but there wasn't anything I could think to do with them. If they were just flat I could have put some contact paper or wallpaper on them but since they have that groove in it, that wasn't possible.

posted by House Voyeur on April 17, 2011 at 10:44pm
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the "read" sign on the wall is awesome!

posted by burcuayaz1 on April 18, 2011 at 5:38am
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The READ sign is from Pier 1. The comforter is from Bed Bath, but about a year ago, so may not have it in stock anymore.

Coffee table from Good Good in D.C. http://www.goodwooddc.com/ They have incredible finds and very affordable.

Table top from Second Chance in Baltimore. it came from old restaurant that went out of business. I had the table base (metal) made by a guy here in D.C. http://www.secondchanceinc.org/

Another store to check out is Miss Pixies in D.C. http://www.misspixies.com/home/index4.shtml and Old Lucketts store just outside of D.C. in Leesburg area http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/stores/the-old-lucketts-antique-storewashington-dc-052878

I've bought a lot of furniture, patio furniture from these stores and they are great to find unique items.

A note on the couches...........yes, I'm aware they arent as hip as most would like, but they are very comfy and will do just find for now. Cheers! Jade

posted by jadefloyd on April 18, 2011 at 11:02pm
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dining area is awesome. the upholstered chairs are featured well. room for improvement in the living area :)

posted by aj510 on April 21, 2011 at 10:18pm
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