Collection by Kelly Dawson

A D.C. Row House Renovated to Host Artwork and a Bold Furniture Collection


An artistic couple envisions a traditional home as a blank canvas.

When a couple bought a row house in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., they aspired to live in their dream home of minimalist ease. But at first, eight-foot ceilings and dark corridors created quite the opposite effect. Janet Bloomberg, principal of Kube Architecture, felt that the best way to achieve their vision – and highlight their love of art and entertaining – was to open up the home as much as possible. Exposed brick brushed in white and lines of black steel frame beloved paintings. Vibrant colors in the furniture and on the walls mirror those found in the artwork, and an unexpected two-story wall of glass carries light in from the backyard. Named the “Salt and Pepper House” in regard to the owner’s penchant for cooking, the property is now a comfortable place of cool simplicity.

Given the homeowners’ request for an open-concept house with a fluid floor plan, Bloomberg first stripped the building...
Bloomberg describes the original house as having long, cramped hallways that looked “like a bowling alley.” So, she...
Bloomberg wanted to mix raw and refined materials in the home, and she did so with the custom-designed staircase.
The homeowners regularly entertain and they asked for a dining table that could accommodate dinner parties – especially...
It may look as though this kitchen doesn’t have many places for storage but that’s not the case.
Viroc is a defining wall feature in the master bedroom.
Egg chairs by Arne Jacobsen overlook the living and dining rooms on the first floor.
The owners are in their seventies – they actually got married during construction at the site – and they wanted to have...