House Tour – 21B Quincy

We are getting ready for move number three in three years in DC! The week passed quickly with getting boxes, organizing drawers and packing everything up.

I have always meant to do house tours on here but never quite got around it. Better late than never? The first place we lived in DC definitely had its charms. The place was newly renovated and everything was shiny, fresh and modern. It was a beautiful row house that was broken into two homes. We lived on the top two floors and had a whopping three bedrooms and two and a half baths. If we could have bought it, we may have ended up staying there but eventually we decided to move. We didn’t feel safe walking around in the evenings, there wasn’t a grocery store close by and once I got mugged walking to the metro, we knew it was time to move on.

Although we had to leave, we have so many great memories from our first place. We had the best property manager, Makeda, and neighbors that were so sweet and brought us a welcome card and present when we moved in. Here are some pictures of our first place in DC, 21B Quincy, and some notes on what we learned about what we want and don’t want in a place. Sadly, we have no pictures of the upstairs! What a shame!

We spent almost all of our time in the family room or the kitchen. When we finally buy a place, we will make sure that these two rooms are where most of the square footage is spent. Some people like big bedrooms but we realized that we only use our bedrooms for sleeping. No need to waste space there!

We had some good height on these ceilings which made the apartment feel pretty open even though it was a narrow row house. When you have a really large family room, the best bet is to break the space up into separate seating areas. A blogger I love recently did a great job discussing how to tackle that design challenge.
I created this second little reading nook that we used pretty sparingly. It was a good place to sit down and have a cup of tea and watch what the neighbors were doing but it was under-utilized space. This time around I would probably put a desk to work at here.

We had a wonderful open kitchen/dining space. I loved all the new appliance and counter-space. Again, I don’t think this design was the most space efficient as you had a lot of room to the right where nothing was going on. You can’t see it here but the counter curves around and we had some great bar stools there. You could sit at the bar stools and easily chat to whoever was slaving away in the kitchen. I think an island or a bar are a must in any kitchen.

I loved our alley. We had a parking space out back which we didn’t use but was nice for guests. I never thought about wide window ledges but we had them on every window on this house and they were great for putting trinkets on. This is definitely an addition I would like in any house we move into. Does anyone else feel like they are in a romance novel whenever they see a room with window seats?

Here is a shot of one of many, many brunches we had in this dining room. It was great to open the door and get some fresh air when the weather was nice. A detailed view of our large art below!

We love our books.
I saw Young House Love use these frames for a large wall and I loved the impact they have. They are 20×20 and when you put 9 of them together, you get the impact of a really large piece of art for just few hundred dollars. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a budget friendly project for a large wall.

This hutch is my favorite piece in our house. I found it on Craigslist right before we moved to DC and went and paid for the guy to hold it until we moved here a few weeks later. So glad I did! It is a great statement piece and makes me happy whenever I look at it.
Look at that lonely egg. The best part of any home is sharing lots and lots of great meals with people you care about.
And even better than that is breakfast for two!
Hope you enjoyed! Look out for pictures of our Georgetown apartment and the new place soon!

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