At Home With: Ann Henderson 

Copy editor, Library of Virginia

It was [painted] in earth tones, but because of my colorful stuff, and because of the contrast with the brown cement floor and the brick, I thought some bright colors might work. I like the idea of the open space — the kitchen/living/eating/work area. I love the metal industrial windows and the texture of loft spaces. There's just something really cozy about being up a little bit and having the view. My house in Carytown [which I now rent out] is a little 1929 bungalow, so I love that style too. But I was just drawn to a loft.

For the bedroom the furniture is sort of a '40s blond wood. It makes me think of a California style. I wanted to do something easy that would have a big effect and give it a closed-in feel. So I found some bamboo yard fencing and wrapped it around the lower part of the wall. It was pretty cheap to do and had a big impact. With the taxidermy fish on the wall and then the filmy net thing, it gave it a beachy quality.

I like a lot of color and interesting objects, playful things. I'm not strict about everything being midcentury modern. I like modern, but not minimalist. I love thrift stores and vintage things, but I don't go out looking for stuff as much as I used to because I have so much already. That's kind of an interesting phenomenon: to have a hobby that you enjoy, but you don't really need to do anymore.

When [my boyfriend and I] moved in together, he didn't really bring furniture, but he brought musical instruments, which has been fun. We've got the piano, some drums and guitars, music cases. It's been a nice addition.


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