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A D.C. Home Inspired by Ocean Blues

A Washington, D.C., Home Tour

Kate Owens is an economist and urban planner, and she and her husband, Rusty, are raising their two little boys in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. “D.C. is a great place to have a family,” she says. “Most of the museums are free, so we can just roll in on a Sunday.” As a policy nut, Kate also enjoys the vibe: “Everyone here is really dorky and it’s so refreshing! Here, you’re supposed to be a dork about policy.” Here, Kate show us how their bright, beachy home came together…

KITCHEN:
A Washington, D.C., Home Tour

Paint: Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White. Stools: Wisteria. Light fixture over sink: Lambert & Fils.

On a home project: We were so excited when we first saw this house — it’s on the corner of the block, and getting a rare corner unit in D.C. is a huge deal. But we knew it was going to take work. It was dark and hadn’t been maintained much over the last 40 years. Still, walking through it, we were like, ‘If we made some updates, this could be killer.’

On a beachy vibe: The kitchen tile was inspired by our love for the ocean. My father is an oceanographer and I grew up on Cape Cod, so the ocean has always been part of my life. As an urban planner, I also did my research near the Indian Ocean. I love that this kitchen makes it feel like you’re at the beach, even though you’re really in the middle of the city.

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Clock: Burke Decor. Light fixture: Access Lighting. Table and bench: Craigslist. Chairs: Lulu and Georgia.

On a do-everything dining room: Our dining table is right next to the kitchen island, which works well because it’s easy to throw things onto the table. But like a lot of folks, we also use the dining area for a million other things. It’s the craft zone. It’s where the kids are learning to read. My oldest will also sit here all day building with Legos. They can get expensive but they’re cheaper than a babysitter. I can hand him a Lego set and he will sit down to build it and not talk to me for like five hours. They’re his super power!

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Teardrop mirror: Crate & Barrel.

On family meals: I LOVE cookbooks and used to have so much fun becoming an Ottolenghi expert. But that’s complicated in mom life. The kids were NOT into the pomegranate-eggplant whatever. So, I’ve recently started a running list of recipes that everyone likes. I’m up to 17 recipes, and my goal is to get to 25. The kids love this Glazed Tofu with Limey Cucumber Noodles and Mango (the mango distracts them from the tofu). This spaghetti frittata has become our mac-and-cheese replacement for comfort food. And, actually, everyone loves the Ottolenghi preserved lemon roast chicken. That’s a staple. If we’re really stuck, we do something with hummus. Hummus is a food group in our house.

LIVING ROOM:
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Light fixture: Schoolhouse. Floor lamp: West Elm. Chairs: Precedent. Shell pillow: Tamar Mogendorff. Print, left: Molly McGrath. Ottomans: Blu Dot. Rug: ABC Home & Carpet, similar.

On a chat-friendly living room: This room is set up for conversation. My parents’ best friends live in Georgetown, and whenever we visit, we all end up in their huge overstuffed chairs. The best conversations of my life have happened in those chairs. I definitely used it as inspiration for our living room. The guy who sold me these chairs told me, ‘The right way to sit in these is with your legs over the side.’

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Throw pillows: H&M. Bookshelf: West Elm. Storage basket: Peterboro Basket Co. Pink blanket: “My mom made it!”

On a TV-free zone: We decided to keep the TV in the basement, rather than the living room. We enjoy TV, but we wanted to be more conscious about when we watch it. Now we can’t just casually flip on the news. On Fridays, we make pizza and have family movie night. We LOVED Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I let the kids chill with shows on Saturday, too, but I’ve noticed that even if the TV is on, they’re playing with their toys and not really watching it. And if I DON’T give them a time limit on TV, they turn it off themselves!

MUD ROOM:
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Hook rack: West Elm. Bench: R-Home Furniture. Lion throw pillow: Kip & Co, similar. Dark throw pillow: Teysha, similar. Basket with straps: Homemade, similar. Basket with handle: similar. Mat: Chilewich.

On a makeshift mudroom: We actually laid a trail of tile to give the kids a path from the front door to this area, where they can dump their shoes and bags. If I had a blog, it would be called Hooks & Baskets. Anything that’s ugly — bike locks, helmets, balls — I stick it in a basket and it looks pretty. It’s a very Cape-Cod thing to do, actually. I’m from the fertile crescent of preppy, I can’t help it. We invented Vineyard Vines and Nantucket Nectars, and we love a basket.

SON’S ROOM:
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Bed: Crate & Barrel. Duvet: West Elm. Sheets: Garnet Hill. Rug: Armadillo, similar. Koala pillow: Debenhams.

On bedtime stories: We read every night before bed, and it’s usually a reptile book. My five-year-old is completely obsessed. We go to the library every week and he gets a stack of books on reptiles. I tried to expand the repertoire with The BFG and Charlotte’s Web — but we always come back to reptiles.

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Paint: Benjamin Moore Blue Daisy. Hooks: Crate & Barrel. Storage basket: Dokehom.

On a pop of color: After we went big with floor tiles, we wanted to keep it simple everywhere else. So, most of the walls in the house are white. But my older son Calvin wanted a blue room, so we painted this accent wall. The paint is Benjamin Moore Blue Daisy.

KIDS’ BATHROOM:
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Bath mat: Quiet Town. Print (top): Etsy. Print (bottom): Etsy.

On a kid-friendly bathroom: We had only one bathroom in our old house, and I never thought I minded not having two bathrooms. But wow, it is SO NICE to not have to share a bathroom with two little boys. For the kids’, my main goal was to make the space user-friendly and keep their pee in their bathroom! I picked the tiles to mimic the kitchen floor, and in the end, it came together more beautifully than I expected.

HALLWAY:
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Far rug: Aelfie. Chair: Lulu and Georgia. Print: Malissa Ryder. Radiator: Runtal Radiators.

On a game-changing heat system: We had central air in our old home, and it was tough to keep the house warm or cool enough. This place has radiator heat — but we swapped the old radiators for these Runtals. They are small and super energy efficient. The best part is you can put them in piecemeal, so you don’t have to redo your whole heating system.

MASTER BEDROOM:
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Wall art: 1767. Headboard: Lulu and Georgia. Coverlet: Room and Board, similar. Bench: Cisco Home. Lamb-print throw pillow: Vintage, similar. Rug at foot of bed: Aelfie. Rug next to bed: Aelfie.

On a calm escape: Our bedroom gets lots of natural light, but my husband is a cave sleeper who needs complete darkness. I was able to find some linen blackout curtains — they slide right under the sheer ones at night. My other hot tip is getting a separate headboard. I found a fancy bed with a gorgeous headboard, but it was thousands of dollars. So, I looked around a little more and was able to find a separate headboard — it’s so much less expensive to buy that piece on its own.

MASTER BATHROOM:
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Prints: Elise Mahan via Etsy.

On the magic of shower plants: Our shower window felt like it was crying out for plants! It’s easy and fun to care for them in there; I can prune them when I’m showering and talk to them. I also swear by the wall tiling. It’s a material called laminam, and it has NO GROUT, which means I never have to stand there with a toothbrush scrubbing at mold! Honestly, our shower is the most relaxing place. By the time I step out, I feel like I’ve had a spa day.

Thank you so much, Kate!

P.S. More beautiful home tours, including a family farmhouse in Ohio and a velvet-y Parisian apartment.

(Photos by Kate Sears.)

  1. KB says...

    I live DC and this house just went on the market. My husband sent me the listing and I instantly recognized that tile.

  2. LAURA says...

    I live in DC and would be interested in reaching out to the firm you used to switch out your radiators. Can you share who you used? Thanks!

  3. Yesss for a lady economist who is into pretty things!! (I have my master’s in Ag Econ, high five!)

  4. Laura C. says...

    So nice, clean and inspiring. I’ll steal the baskets idea. Thank you!

  5. Jen says...

    Loooove that farmhouse dining table! Do my eyes deceive me or is it extendable? Was that a one-of-a-kind craigslist score, or is it a brand you might share? Thx!

  6. Inger says...

    What a gorgeous home! Loved the tiles in the kitchen spilling into the living space, what a fun idea!

  7. Elizabeth says...

    Kate, what a treat to see your beautiful home when I opened up my favorite blog! Looks like your life is full of love. So glad. Xoxo Elizabeth (your long lost LSAT buddy!)

  8. Faith says...

    I think this takes the win for my fav house featured! The simple, bold style is one that I strive for but this has given me new ideas. Love love and love some more

  9. Amy H says...

    Scrubbing mold with a toothbrush! Man is this accurate ;)

  10. Katie says...

    My favorite ever! And not only because I am a fellow DC rowhouse dweller. I love their colorful, clean, modern, fun style!

  11. Andrea says...

    Yay Petworth & Runtals!
    Thanks for sharing a family home in DC! I love everything about this post and how it showcases so much natural light which is a pretty amazing feature of many DC city homes.
    Cheers from LeDroit Park!

  12. justyna says...

    this is one the most beautiful, and perfectly curated homes I’ve seen on here! I am literally “pinning” everything as inspiration.

  13. Jill says...

    This is beyond beautiful. So mindfully and tastefully done! What a special home.

  14. Ali says...

    Loved this beautiful home, thank you for sharing! I clicked on the link for the linen blackout curtains. I was just wondering if you really did buy them on etsy from a seller in Lithuania? I am sometimes leery about ordering items from another country. T

    • Katie says...

      I have ordered so many things from other countries on etsy and have always had great experiences! As long as the seller has good feedback, go for it, and you’ll have something you’re unlikely to see in other people’s homes.

  15. Kate says...

    Oh the tiles! They are from a small concrete tile company that I wouldn’t recommend working with so I’m not going to link to them.

    • Summer says...

      I love this remodeling honesty! Haha, toootally understand and proud you didn’t share!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Kate, what a fun treat to open up my favorite blog and see your beautiful home! Looks like life is full of love for you. So happy to see it. Xoxo Elizabeth (aka your LSAT class buddy!)

  16. Julie says...

    I am absolutely drooling over that kitchen tile.

    One of my best friends lives in Petworth, her home is beautiful as well-if you have the time (and money) to update them you can do SO much.

  17. lisa says...

    Such a lovely home! I particularly like the chatting area. I have small kids and having a big coffee table is a pain (as sometimes it’s nice to have them playing on the rug in front of you), but the three small ones is a genius solution. I also agree on a second bathroom – we ended up with one in the flat we’re renting by mistake not design (the flat we were going to rent fell through at the last minute, so we had a week to find somewhere else and the one we’re in was the only one available). Now that I have a recently potty trained toddler who loves to pee in the bath, and on the floor, and … I am forever grateful that I have the luxury of not sharing a bathroom with him

  18. KL says...

    By.Far. the best house you’ve showcased. I literally want to copy everything.

    • Anna says...

      Agree x 1,000.

  19. Julie says...

    I adore this house. Looks like a happy space for their family. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Sarah says...

    What a fantastic house tour. I like open airy and minimalist spaces but I also have two little boys and want my home to feel casual and cozy. This house manages to achieve all that. Love it so much!

  21. Karen T. says...

    GORGEOUS!! I’ve never scrolled up and down repeatedly as much as I did on this post. So impressed with every aspect of the house but definitely on the level of commitment with the tiles! :)

  22. Kate says...

    So much to say —
    1. I bought and renovated a Petworth house six years ago and yours is SO MUCH BETTER! You can tour every house in the neighborhood and not find another as beautifully appointed as this. The inlaid glass liquor/display cabinets! The use of space! And of course, the awesome job and those floor tiles (and all tiles, actually) — unreal. I do not envy the person who painstakingly cut all the wooden floorboards to fit, not only to the tiles, but on a diagnonal throughout! Filing this for my next reno – the effect is stunning.
    2. The conversation chairs are just fabulous. I’ve always thought of the kitchen counter as the heart of conversation but this is making me reconsider. Wherever the place may be, isn’t it lovely to have a location you hold dear for hosting your most memorable conversations? I just love that.
    3. The headboard is sensational and love all of the rugs.

  23. So lovely! I live in a small low-ceilinged house with one bathroom. We have lots of dreams of renovating. It will never been like this beautiful home, but I’m definitely taking some inspiration from here.

  24. CathyMA says...

    oh my gosh, this might be my favorite home. It reminds me so much of the gorgeous row house we rented 4 years ago in DC. My son, who was 11 at the time, actually held back tears when we had to leave. We live south of Boston & are always on the Cape in the summers (baskets forever!!), but I can see my son moving to DC in a minute when he eventually gets the chance. We’ll move to the Cape or MV, so he can always visit and get his beach fix in :)

  25. Samantha says...

    Your home is just beautiful! Really love the tiles on the kitchen floor..just brilliant!

  26. Nina says...

    Beautiful, great vibe, love the neutral combined with some colourful touches! And I never thought I would say this, but I love that yellow is making a comeback in interior design :)

  27. Jessica says...

    “The fertile crescent of preppy” cracked me up. And those hexagonal floor tiles in the kitchen, SWOOOOOON. What a fun, beautiful house!

  28. Kristie says...

    A perfect balance of whimsy and cool style! I love how their character shines through!

  29. Jill says...

    I love this home, but mostly I love her honesty – legos are cheaper than a babysitter! When my daughter was 4 and I was a single mom in grad school getting my Masters in Child development, I used to say that TV was my babysitter – it is not an activity you plan on doing, instead it is used as a babysitter, when I need my daughter to be sitting down, safe and quiet.

  30. caitlin says...

    Hi, fellow Ottolenghi lover over here! This house is beautiful and I’m only a little (a lot) obsessed with those floor tiles.

    • Julie says...

      Yes to ottolenghi!

  31. Sophisticated and comfortable family space. Loved this one.

  32. Allix says...

    Love the floor in the boys’ bathroom. We are getting ready to do a bathroom for our boys and would love to know what the flooring is. Thanks!

  33. Rae says...

    Great rug choices!

  34. Em says...

    What a beautiful tour! It feels unique but also relatable, which is a hard pairing to pull off. Loved this one!

  35. K says...

    That conversation living room makes so much sense. And 4 matching chairs paired with a non-matching ottoman table is genius. Cool house. And it doesn’t look like all the other houses on the internet.

  36. Kate says...

    “I’m from the Fertile Crescent of preppy” made me snarf my soup. Love everything about this house!

  37. Kim says...

    I love this house! All the thoughtful details, the color is fabulous.

    One little editing thing- weird sentence:

    “It’s easy and fun to care for them in there; I can prune and talk to them when I’m showering and talk to them.”

    Sorry to be that person!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Oh thank you!!

    • Barbara says...

      I’m sorry too.

  38. Rebecca says...

    Gorgeous. I have to confess, my first thought at looking this over was wondering whether they had a designer. If I’m honest, I just desperately want the answer to be yes b/c it would make me feel better about my own definitely not professionally-designed home (“they must have had professional help, right? it’s okay that I can’t do this by myself?”). Would COJ consider sharing that detail when doing home tours?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! They didn’t have a designer here but they did have an architect for the reno — so he or she helped with the tile choices etc. I hope that helps!

  39. Maggie says...

    This might be my favorite home tour yet! Closing on our first home tomorrow (a Philly row home! Way different then this midwest Michiganer pictured for her first home). Definitely taking away lots of inspiration from this post.

    • E says...

      Yay Philly!

  40. Kristen says...

    What a beautiful home! As someone about to consider a modest apartment renovation in NY, my main question is simply – How? How does a young family plan for, afford, time and overall DO a renovation like this. I’d love an honest post on the nitty gritty, logistical, HOW of buying, selling and renovating – all while working, budgeting, and parenting.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That’s a good idea!

    • Kate says...

      Great question! Looking back I can’t believe we did it! It was like another full time job and our poor kids spent alot of weekends at construction supply stores.

    • Lindsay says...

      Have a lot of money. This is a million dollar home.

  41. Justine says...

    I loooooove this home. Beautifully designed and decorated. Thanks for sharing, COJ.

  42. Yael says...

    My favorite color is blue so I am sold :) I was wondering though, about her renovation process. (Did Kate work with an architect and/or interior designer? How did she make design, layout, function decisions? Did she and her husband do it together?) I’m about to embark on major home renovations for the first time and am terrified! I feel as if there’s so much I don’t know, and I won’t know it until I’m through it. So, I would love a post on planning and managing renovations for the uninitiated!

  43. This is a bright and inviting home! I love the idea of promoting conversation via furniture set-up in the living room. And I really love the idea of a grout-less shower!

  44. Kristen says...

    What a beautiful home! As someone about to consider a modest renovation – my main question is – How? How does a young family afford, plan, live through and time just right – buying, selling and renovating? I would love an honest post about the struggles – the painful, tedious, challenging moments -involved in the process of creating a home like this and many of the others featured here.

  45. Molly says...

    love the blue in her son’s room! have been looking for a good blue for a room in my house! thanks for sharing the exact color too so I don’t have to hunt it down!

  46. Rachel says...

    This home is STUNNING. Those ocean floor tiles are incredible and such a thoughtful interpretation of the ocean, then the gradient blue shower tiles to mirror the kitchen/mudroom floor tiles — brilliant!

  47. Marti says...

    Even just *looking* at these photos makes me feel soothed, comfortable, welcomed, relaxed, and like I’m breathing deeper, all at once. There are just some homes that, the moment you walk into them, you feel both lighter and more grounded at the same time. It’s take authenticity, personality, and a great deal of skill to master that kind of space and this home is such a great example.

  48. t says...

    Lovely home; thank you for sharing!

    I would love to see a traditional and preppy home featured at some point.

  49. Alexandra says...

    Oh man I just know I’m gonna be looking back at this tour once I’ve bought a house! Swooooooooon!!!!!

  50. Summer says...

    I read ‘fancy title and lives in DC’ and was prepared for a snoozefest of a tour (sorry for judging all the dorks out there!!!), but daaaaaang! I actually had to pause and stare lovingly at the blue tiles in the second picture. Love, love, LOVE everything about this home. AMAZING renovation, guys!

  51. Jean M Cox says...

    Loved the house tour and the references to Cape Cod.
    Just would be curious to know what color white paint she used. I live on Cape Cod and want to paint my walls a pretty white.
    Thanks.

    • Maggie says...

      One of the captions/comments says it’s Benjamin Moore Decorators White! Planning on picking up Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace tomorrow for my own house, but this post is making a strong case for Decorators White!

    • Jules says...

      I love these home tours but then it always makes me realize how most of my house is thoughtlessly our together. Maybe when we finally buy a house or the kids are older, I’ll have more time to make it 100% us.

    • Jules says...

      DIdn’t mean this as a reply! Sorry. Thank you, phone.

    • Jules says...

      *Thoughtlessly put together. Geez Louise.

  52. Ellen says...

    Yay for some DC love! I’m live just one neighborhood over from Petworth; such a beautiful part of the city.

    • Lisa says...

      Me too (in NE)! Love to see DC love on this site! It’s becoming a cooler city every year so definitely worth the attention.

  53. Laura says...

    I live in hot and humid Atlanta and grout and am forever losing my battle with grout. I clicked on the link to the master shower laminah, but the website doesn’t give much detail. What is this magical stuff and can it be purchased from any big retailers?!

    • Kate says...

      Unfortunately it was a big deal to get to the house. The sheets are enormous but can be broken so they don’t seem to sell at big retailers yet. We contacted them directly through our architect and he helped with ordering. He had sample in his office that made me cut corners on other parts of the budget so I could have the stinking laminam.

  54. Stephanie says...

    Love this home and all her reno tips! Could you ask where her bathroom sinks and floor tiles are from? Thank you so much!

  55. Katy says...

    My favorite bit: the living room bookshelf has kid books on it, too. In making a home inviting for young readers, it seems really important to give equal real estate and prominence to kids’ literature so books are always at hand and not needing to be retrieved from the bedroom to be enjoyed. Loved that detail.

  56. AW says...

    Not to be creepy, but is there any way we could either get the sq footage or the measurements of the house? I am house hunting right now but virtually, and so I am becoming obsessed w/ the listed dimensions of each home my broker has sent me. Problem is that I have a tiny 1 bdrm right now so it’s hard for me to really visualize things. This house is the EXACT size that I’ve been looking for – the rooms look roomy, the living area is spacious enough to grow a small family in, etc. Hopefully this doesn’t sound weird! It would just be so helpful to me!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for your note! i’ll ask her for the square footage! i would guess it’s about 1400 square feet. xoxo

    • Elizabeth R says...

      I feel like it may be more with the basement and all?

    • Kate says...

      I’m a former Petworth owner and virtually all of the houses are in the 1400-1800 sq ft range (not counting basement).

    • AW says...

      Thanks Joanna! Would love the dimensions if she’s willing to share (even rough ones). It’s a great reference!

    • Kate says...

      You all are good! It is big for Petworth because we bumped back 20 ft in the process of the renovation. The first and second floor are about 2,000 ft and the basement adds another 800 sf.

  57. Alyssa says...

    Favorite house tour yet! I love DC and LOVE this house so much. It looks so pretty and lived in. :)

  58. Michelle says...

    Such colourful, original choices. I love it! I especially love her use of yellow.

  59. Emma says...

    Those yellow chairs at the dining table are amaaaazzzing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      agreed! yellow is such a lovely pop of color.

  60. Susan M. says...

    Floor tiles amazing! Question: what is happening with the kitchen counter? Is there a wooden part for the bar, and then what is the material for the main white (?) kitchen counter?
    And organization question: agreed: kitchen table is where crafting, homework, etc is done. Where do they stash the stuff when they need the table for meals? I don’t see any storage nearby, but maybe it’s hidden?
    Love the vibe — cozy yet airy.

    • Kate says...

      The wood is an acacia wood slab drilled into the caesarstone calacatta nuvo. There is also glue caulking on the sink side.

      The crafts have moved but have found their permanent home under the booze cabinet. Ha! I did a home edit style organizational thing in there and the kids take the crafts out all the time which was a revelation to me – I thought my kids just weren’t crafters.

  61. Ellie says...

    I love this home!! I just pinned almost every room. I’d really love to know…does the radiator heating system end up being cheaper than central heating?

    • Amy says...

      I don’t live in DC but we have an old home with radiators heated with gas. It is more expensive than our previous home with central heat. But my goodness is it ever cozy and warmer! I love the the little noises the radiators make too: little clings and pings that add to the cozy factor. If our furnace ever goes out, we will replace it instead of going with the forced air system. In our previous house the fan would come on and “circulate the warmer air around”. (???) I was never warm!

    • shannon says...

      Agree with Amy 100 percent. We have radiators (the 100+ year old cast iron kind, although ours are hot water, not steam) and I’m surprised by how much I like the quality of the heat and the air! We have fewer colds and sinus issues despite living in an old home, and I think it’s due to not having ductwork and dusty air being blown on us from the vents. I’d put a lot of time and money into maintaining our system before I’d ever replace it.

    • Emily says...

      I do live in DC and we’re lucky that the radiators in our 80 yr old house were left intact. It’s so much warmer and cozier. I think it has to do with the hot steam that’s circulating through the pipes (which run under the floors). We have heat pumps too but only use them for AC.

  62. Alex says...

    Love the mix of practical (radiators) and whimsical (blue tiles). Inspiring home and great post. Thank you!

  63. Emily says...

    Beautiful home! I’d love to know where those kitchen tiles are from!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ll ask! xoxo

    • Kate says...

      My response on the tiles is painted concrete tiles are beautiful and I love them but the company we worked with is a mess so I’m not recommending them at all!

  64. Sofia says...

    Love seeing more DC content! The lighting, both natural and lighting fixtures, is beautiful.

  65. Anita says...

    This is a beautiful home. Also here to agree with Kate’s strategy of the running list for meals that everyone will eat. This has been my mission for the past 18 months and I now have 36 dinners in rotation. Makes weekly meal planning and shopping SO much easier.

  66. Matty says...

    Lovely! I live in dc, am an urban planner by training and a policy dork at heart, and I have two young boys. Can we be friends?!

  67. Liz says...

    I live in the neighborhood literally right next to Petworth in DC . Her house is so much cooler than mine! haha

  68. Cynthia says...

    We redid our downstairs bathroom in blues and it has a beachy vibe. I made the shower curtain and windwow curtain. Except for having a new tub/shower enclosure professionally installed, we did the rest of the work ourselves. This house looks so inviting, as it’s both adult and kid friendly.

  69. alice says...

    I love this house tour. I’m inspired by parts of it, and other parts are familiar to the way I live in my home. We don’t have a television, we use a projector that sits on the mantelpiece. We rig it up when we want to watch something, so it’s purposeful. You find you watch a lot less, talk a lot more, and have way more interesting living room layouts! Right now I’m dreaming of blue kitchen tiles and all the rugs!

    • Abesha1 says...

      What type of projector do you have,
      and does it work in daylight? Thanks!

  70. Mia says...

    I grew up in DC and am about to start a renovation of an old home in Chicago. I love the radiators but I’m curious… what does she do for air conditioning? We have window units here but the summers in DC are so incredibly hot and humid!

    • Ann says...

      You can see the space pac vents in ceiling in some of the pictures. Great option for vintage homes that weren’t built with central heat/air. It’s not as efficient as traditional central air, but it’s a lot better than nothing.

    • Check out ductless minisplits…they make them now that are even better rated for cold weather.

      We have them in Boston and love them (ours were installed 6 years ago so they don’t do as well on really cold days….but if we were installing them today that wouldn’t be an issue).

      Work really well, and it’s lovely being able to control your temp room by room.

  71. Katrina says...

    Beautiful, especially the bathroom! Our new apartment’s bathroom doesn’t have a window like our old place did. :( Wish I could have plants in the bathroom again — guess the green shower curtain will have to suffice.

  72. Jennie says...

    Love all these blues, but mostly here for: we invented Vineyard Vines and Nantucket Nectars, and we love a basket. The funniest line I’ve ever read here.

    • Emily says...

      As a Cape Cod native and current resident, can confirm!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha same, laughed out loud :)

  73. Denise says...

    Love all the blue tiles but that shower is everything I ever dreamed of!

  74. bethany says...

    Omg those blues and whites are so lovely. A girl after my own style-heart.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      same :) my favorite color pairing — so calming.

  75. AGY says...

    Lovely! The gradient kitchen floor tiles?! <3 The modern ottomans? Want to order 3 for my own place. So gorgeous!

  76. Ava Joseph says...

    It’s SO nice to see a house tour featuring so much color for a change!

  77. Favorite house tour y’all have ever done! What a wonderful clean aesthetic. I bet this home is such a breath of fresh air from city living. Could not love this space more! Furniture selection, lighting selection, and all the finishes are just perfect – i love that the space feels polished but not precious. Also really like the detail of the wood floor at an angle throughout the living space – such nice soft movement. You can really see the thoughtfulness that went into making this house a home!

    • Caitlin says...

      I too live in DC, just popping in to say I love that Kate’s name hyperlinks to her LinkedIn. Very geographically appropriate haha.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha caitlin!

    • Kate says...

      ha! the linked in cracked me up too…makes me realize I need to update it and get a better social media presence!

  78. Lynn says...

    How on EARTH do you make tiles flush with hardwood like that? That seems seriously expert but damn I wish I could do that. Also, I need tips on how to encourage 5 hours of lego time :)

  79. SB says...

    “Fertile crescent of preppy” is killing me, lol. I feel like I use too much blue around my house but looking at all this white and blue has me thinking that maybe leaning into that isn’t a bad thing. Beautiful home, Kate & fam!

  80. Sarah says...

    What a lovely home! I really love all the yellows, blues, and whites. And I have been searching for coffee table solutions for ages and just came across those Blu Dot hex ottomans last night. I love her little conversation area and it just might have convinced me to spring for it!

  81. Lauren E. says...

    THIS HOUSE. I’ve never connected with a house tour as much as this one. Everything is so comfortable and chic and thoughtful and home-y. I love every bit of it.

  82. Erinn says...

    I must know…what are the 17 recipes that you can get the whole family to eat? Please post…you’d be my dinner hero!

  83. April says...

    SO lovely!! can you tell us where to find those kitchen floor tiles?

    • Kate says...

      Thanks! My response on the tiles is that I love them but not the company I worked with. They are painted concrete – it was the only way to get the blues I wanted but the company we used was a disaster.

  84. Calla says...

    Ahhhh this makes me miss DC so much! I used to live in nearby Mt Pleasant and I love Petworth, a very underappreciated neighborhood. I’m really in love with that tile/wood combo floor! Thanks for sharing!

  85. Janine says...

    Swooning over these kitchen tiles! Total showstopper.