Washington, DC Artist's Loft
We're excited to show you this quirky space that our friend Maggie calls home. Thrift store finds, vintage furniture, and family heirlooms all come together for a truly personal space. So take a peek inside this apartment and get a few ideas for your next room refresh.
What do you do? Design and Illustration for Wilderness Bureau
Favorite sources of inspiration? Aliens
How would you describe your style in a word? "My style says, ‘Look at me, don’t look at me.’" (Thanks, Patti Smith.)
If you could only grab one thing out of your apartment what would it be? My knife. Because who set the fire? Surely it wasn’t me, with my 50 prayer candles. Definitely a burglar.
Favorite aspect of your space? I love living here because I’m never alone. Four amazing artists live on the floors below me. It’s truly unique.
You have tons of cool collectibles around your apartment. What’s the story behind the stamp carousel? My Dad owns a small tool making factory that was built in the 50s. When I was little, I would rifle through all his stuff when I hung out at the shop. I loved playing with his stamps (the only toy-like thing available). Last year I visited and he was throwing them out! So, I said: unacceptable.
Can you tell us a little bit about each of the items you framed with us? Where did you get them? Why do they matter to you? Quite a few of them were purchased at Small Print Expo over the last few years. There are so many good artists out there, and it’s a great way to discover them. I’ve been hoarding these pieces waiting to frame them.
What advice would you give to someone looking to curate a space that represents their personality? I think everyone is already doing it. We buy things we like. My advice is to put them out! Do you still love CD’s even though everyone is over them? CD wall. Too many lipsticks? Lipstick shelf. Whatever you are about, be surrounded by it. Wait, you guys, lipstick shelf. Should I make one? (We say yup!)
You have an awesome mixed media gallery wall going on. How did you decide what to hang and where? I needed a way to spread out all the old trinkets I’m amassing. I still have a few more little pieces I’d like to add. At the moment, it’s organized by color — black & gold.
What is your favorite piece or corner? The gallery wall! Getting art on these walls has been a long time coming. It’s nice to finally see some of it displayed.
Proudest DIY? One time I had this brilliant idea that I was going to make my own raw wood desk. I’m definitely proud of it. Downsides: Way too heavy. Impossible to move. Sheds bark... but I love it.
Couch: Laura Hahn – Thank you, Laura Hahn, Straw Table: Thift, Throw: bby. Wild Mannered, Kitchen Table: Vintage, Leather Chairs: Vintage – Steelcase 1966, Rug: JC Penny ‘93 – passed down from Mom
All photos by Kate Warren.
Thanks, Maggie! Want more? Check out our last clean and cool home tour.