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A Calm and Collected DC Bachelor Pad

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When an up-and-coming lawyer moved from Chicago to Washington, D.C., Homepolish's Mariella Cruzado made a sparse apartment into a curated space to relax from the daily grind.

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For attorney Brandon Clark, a recent transplant from Chicago to DC, Homepolish…

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To bring together the layered look, Mariella incorporated vintage pieces from…

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Anchoring the whole space is a blue damask carpet. While the ivy pattern may be called…

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Again in the dining area, a vintage credenza contrasts against mod chairs and a

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To make the space look bigger, Mariella used glass-topped tables throughout the living space.

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In his bedroom, the rocking chair and nightstands are also vintage finds!

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Mariella loves the edge that the exposed wires from the brass sconces gives to the bedroom.

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And to keep things simple, they chose a wooden framed bed from CB2.

A Posh Bachelorette Pad in DC

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Looking at this chic 1-bedroom apartment in the DC metropolitan area, you'd never guess that when Homepolish's Shannon Smith first came in, it was virtually empty.

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A simple white desk is complemented by a lucite chair.

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Because it’s such a small apartment, visual space is essential. A glass console table

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The bar cart is framed out in mirrored glass to reflect more light into the space. And…

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A dark sofa was used as a base for the otherwise white room. Marble-like abstract art…

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Now the mattress is lifted off the floor and designated by a beautiful headboard from…

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There's Emily, just casually leaning against that gorgeous French door frame. Can you…

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When Homepolish's Shannon Smith first came into Emily Rasowski's DC 1-bedroom…

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Who says a ladyboss like Emily can't have a skull in her house?

Weaving Your Own Wall Hanging

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Woven wall hangings provide that handmade point of visual interest that make a room pop. Down in DC, designer Kathleen Mannis shows us how to craft one for ourselves.

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Step 1
Select yarn in the colors you’d like to use for your wall hanging. (And if…

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Step 2
Begin by cutting the string to TWICE the desired length. You’re going to end up…

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Step 3
Establish the color pattern you want to follow throughout then lay your string…

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Step 4
Double up your string (take two strings) and fold them in half and place them at…

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Step 5
Drop the “u” shape down the back of the string.

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Step 6
Loop your loose tails through the “u.” Then, pull the string through and tighten…

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Step 7
Repeat, repeat, repeat, to your heart's desire (or until you run out of space!).

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Step 8
Once all the string has been secured on the branch, you’ll make the strap that…

A Cozy, Colorful Apartment in DC

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In the center of Washington, D.C., designer Kathleen Mannis took a first-time apartment and tied in the final details, adding in texture and color.

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Bethany Black, a young professional in the DC area, bopped around from apartment to…

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The biggest challenge in the project was actually right when you walked in the door. A…

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Golden tower bookshelves show off all of Bethany's favorite things.

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A simple sofa from West Elm comes together with a tufted teal ottoman

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According to Kathleen, "Bethany is fearless, she loves all colors and all patterns so…

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The gallery wall in the living room combines a smattering of items from a bison print…

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Both Bethany and Kathleen pointed out a funny thing about the wall gallery... Baloo…

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The two were very much a team. As Kathleen says, "Working with Bethany was a dream,…

Certifiably Stylish in Arlington

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Sara Azani may not have a literal masters in style (technically it's in marketing and business), but with Homepolish's work on her Arlington condo, she could fool anyone.

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When lifestyle and fashion blogger Sara Azani, founder of Style MBA, moved in with her…

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HomeGoods was a major sponsor on the project, sourcing tons of items from this…

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Small details, such as this bronze sea urchin, really step up the luxury. And of…

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And there she is now, in a giant oversize sweater. She just looks so at home!

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Caitlin absolutely loved working on the project, not to mention working with Sara.…

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The entryway has a small mirror perfect for tidying up after braving the outside, or…

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Large artwork and the mirror help enlarge the whole space. And it was all sourced from…

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The admiration went both ways. When we asked Sara about Caitlin, she said, "I would be…

Our Designer’s Luminous DC Home

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A stark grayscale home is softened by cozy textures and effervescent luminance to make a family completely comfortable in DC.

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The sofa in the living room was a gift (lucky them), but the coffee table was BluDot.

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Like the rest of her home, Shawna loves neutral tones and beautiful fabrics, but that…

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Neutrals continue to the dining nook.

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When DC-based Homepolish designer Shawna Underwood and her photographer husband Edward…

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Lions and tigers and bears (and yaks, and zebras, and walruses)... oh my!

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Shawna confides that she wanted the space to be completely family-friendly, not just…

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The crib made look expensive and artisanal, but it's just a simple find from Target…

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Little booties!

Finding Those Last-minute Gifts

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With less than two weeks before Christmas, when we reviewed our "Ask Homepolish" questions for the week, we sympathized with a frantic shopper. Our designers weigh-in with their favorite gift ideas for the holiday homestretch.

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Haley Weidenbaum gave a shout-out from Los Angeles, saying, "Flowers have always been…

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Also based in New York, Justin DiPiero went with a couple crowd-pleasing gifts that…

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Matthew Cane, Homepolish designer based in New York, smartly avoided the hustle and…

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Homepolish designer Will Saks

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Homepolish designer Will Saks, ever on the look-out for upping his friends' style,…

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Matthew Cane, Homepolish designer based in New York, smartly avoided the hustle and…

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A DC Home Designed for Entertaining

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In Washington, D.C., where partying and hosting is an essential part of life, Homepolish's Caitlin Brown made a home that is ready to get down.

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When Debra, a high-end consultant in the Washington, D.C., metro area needed someone…

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About the painting above the sofa, Caitlin says, "Debra happened to already have this…

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Wishbone chairs, a classic mid-century modern design, line themselves up around the…

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In addition to making their first floor sophisticated and comfortable, Debra and…

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Kooky wall pieces such as these mark the space as uniquely Debra's.

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And what party-ready home doesn't have a bar cart, stocked and loaded for guests?

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Let's see... maybe a Manhattan? Or perhaps some Moscow Mules in those cups?

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Caitlin had the brilliant idea to add a custom built-in beverage bar in the dining…