Design & Home

Look Inside My Home: A Moody, Modern Town House in Palisades

Look Inside My Home: A Moody, Modern Town House in Palisades

Nestled in a neatly landscaped community in Palisades, Aileen and Harry’s town house blends clean design elements with moody walls to create a relaxing fusion of mid-modern city living. They love their Palisades neighborhood mainly for its super-easy commute: Aileen works as a technology consultant in Virginia and Harry works in downtown DC. Plus, they have a 10-month-old daughter, and the family-friendly neighborhood has a few playgrounds nearby, not to mention the Palisades Neighborhood Library, which is set to reopen in late 2017 after undergoing renovations.  Take a look inside their cozy-chic home, which is exactly where we’d like to curl up with a book and mug of tea on a crisp fall day.

Who lives there: Aileen, Harry, their 10-month old daughter, and Stark, an Alaskan Klee Kai.
Neighborhood: Palisades.
Approximate sq ft: 2,000
# beds: 3
# baths: 3.5
How long they’ve lived there: 3 years.
Fave piece of furniture: Eames arm chair.
Fave home interior store: Room & Board.
Fave DIY: The unique corner headboard in the guest bedroom. “I wanted to place the guest bed in the corner of the room and thought it’d be cool to have a 2-sided headboard.  We bought two pieces of plywood from Home Depot and placed 2-inch, high-density foam from Amazon on top, then just staple-gunned the foam in place with some batting over the plywood. At first we were looking for fabric at Jo-Ann’s, but we found some really cool window curtain panels from Target and they worked great!”
Splurge: George Nelson bedside lamp.
Steal: Artwork throughout the house is mostly photos from travel.
Design advice: “Don’t be afraid to mix high and low!”

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Kim Olsen
Assistant Editor

Kim Olsen joined Washingtonian in 2016 after moving to DC from Pittsburgh, where she earned an MFA in nonfiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Alexandria.