At Home With Shannon Smith in Washington, DC

At Home with Shannon SmithLove this painting!Table/Home Depot, Painting/Shannon Claire Interiors, Stools/Target.

Are you guys loving this feature as much as we are? It’s so much fun! Today we are sharing Shannon Smith’s gorgeous apartment. We can’t pick a favorite room! Also, you’re about to see the cutest dog everrr. Shannon works full-time in marketing at a major university in DC, and has a design business and blog on the side. She’s also an artist (she sells commissioned pieces– the painting above is hers. And, she’s opening an art shop soon.)

The perfect ceiling!“I moved to Washington, DC and this apartment a year and a half ago from North Carolina. My husband and I have long been in love with DC. So we took the plunge, downsized and moved to the city! We knew that we wanted an older apartment with a lot of character, and we certainly got that (and more)! The building was built in the 1920s, so we’re still getting used to the old radiators and the super textured walls, but the high ceilings and french doors more than make up for it.

MaxShibori dyed pillowPillow/DIY.

Perfume and jewelryKate Spade DIY dishDish/DIY.

“My favorite spot in our apartment is probably our bedroom. It’s large (by apartment standards) and bright. When we moved in, the walls were already painted white. The light was so great in this room that I left the white and brought in some color through other things, like our banana leaf headboard. We built this king-sized headboard in a weekend—it was difficult and time-consuming, but oh-so-worth it! I love waking up in the bright morning light with a fun pattern on my headboard and the city out my window.

At Home with via abeautifulmess.comPink ceiling!“Renting presents a different design challenge. Try to think of things outside of the box! Mount shelves to the wall instead of taking up floor space, like I did with my Ikea hacked wall shelves. And if your landlord lets you, paint, paint, paint! I painted both my bathroom and hallway ceilings, so make sure to consider putting paint in different spaces as well. I love to switch out the lighting—it’s an easy way to customize a basic rental space. Just make sure to keep the original lighting so you can make the swap when you move out!

Office decorOfficeDesk/Ikea (painted).

Pretty pillowsSectional/Macy’s.

“One of my favorite things in our apartment are the mid-century chairs in my living room! I found them on Craigslist for $140 from a man whose mother purchased them in the 1950s. She kept them in pristine condition for over 50 years, and they even had the original citron velour fabric on the cushions. I kept the original cushions so that I can switch them out when I like, but I also had new ones made with a gray tweed fabric from Lewis and Sheron Textiles. I also am in love with my dining chairs—my friend Cassie found them on Craigslist and sent them to me because she knew I’d love them. I recovered them in a spotted fabric from Minted, and I love the finished look. Chairs are my favorite second-hand finds!

Bamboo bar cartCart/Mintwood Home.

Gallery wall“We had to donate or sell a lot of things when we downsized, so we were able to pretty much start over in this new apartment. That being said, it’s taken me almost the entire time we’ve lived here to consider our home “finished”! I have an interior design business, so I am constantly furniture and accessory shopping. I’ve learned to live with what you have until you find what you really love! When you do, it will be that much more rewarding.”

Thanks, Shannon! You can find more of Shannon via her blog, Burlap and Lace, and on Instagram. xo.

Credits//Author and Photography: Shannon Smith.

  • Oh my gosh! That apartment is beautiful ???? I love the little stools under the table! xo

  • Awesome Content really beautiful I would like to recommend this and for solidwood decor items. Inhouz decor

  • Great job starting over and creating such a lovely space. I love the art pieces in your dining room area!

  • Elegant and beautifully design..i have found this very interesting and has a good stuff for the readers, who are looking for interior design….thanks

  • So beautiful! I can’t wait to have my own space to personalize.

    xoxoBella |

  • Oh my gosh! That apartment is beautiful 🙂 I love the little stools under the table! xo

  • I ADORE Shannon’s home and her amazing use of colour and chic mix of vintage finds! So nice seeing her tour here – I love her blog! xxx

  • Your apartment is GORGEOUS! I absolutely love that headboard. I’m thinking I’d like to make one in the near future as well and using a bold pattern like that is a great idea, since mostly everything else in my bedroom is neutral or solid!

  • Ohhh my goodness that pink ceiling! Beautifullll home!

  • Such an amazing apartment! I love the pink ceiling and that beautiful bar cart!

  • Absolutely love this! The mix of traditional and contemporary and the pops of colour, and of course the adorable pup! Lovely, lovely place 🙂

  • Love this! I just super-downsized too and had to donate and sell almost everything I had! It’s been fun to pick out new things but a little stressful. Side note: totally spotted a pair of earrings you have that I also have! Orange and purple from JCrew! ha!

  • I love getting to peek into other people’s homes, getting a chance to see into something normally hidden- how people decorate their private spaces. Thanks so much ABM for continuing this feature. It’s one of my favorites to read!

  • Everything is so cute and so you!! I especially love your mirror!!

  • We love your bright photos, nice golden and colorful details!

  • Everything about this is just beautiful, I especially love the lamps. And the banana leaf headpiece is absolutely amazing!

  • Living room design is looking beautiful. I am really inspired by your design. Looking forward to read more!

  • Living room design is looking beautiful. I am really inspired by your design. Looking forward to read more!

  • Beautifully designed, home furniture are looking so good..!!
    Color combination is superb..!!

  • I love this series. It’s funny how nosy we are about others homes! I love how its decorated. I definitely will be using some of her tips and the vibe in my own place.

  • i LOVE the ring holder that looks like egg cartons!
    abm…possible diy post!?

    also love the space but that really caught my eye! 😀

  • Thank you so much for featuring my home! It’s such an honor, and Max will be so pleased to see that he’s included!

  • Oh wow! This is my favorite home tour you’ve done so far. A mix of things my style and not my style, but I love it all. Especially drooling over that photo with the pink ceiling and starburst mirror and all the black and white with the wooden french door in the background…. oh man! -Mandi

  • That colorful abstract art piece on the wall is divine!

  • I love her floral print headboard! It makes such a statement!


  • I love how bright and cheery the “small” apartment is! Your clever use of empty space and lots of white makes it feel much larger than it probably is 🙂


  • Gorgeous home! I love the pops of pink throughout, without being too much.

    xo, Sarah

  • Wonderful use of color and space in this house tour – keep up the good work Shannon!

  • absolutely love this apartment! the idea of painting ceilings rather than walls for a pop of colour is so fab and original. and that headboard is to die for!!

  • YAY! hooray! all the hearts! i adore shannon and so excited to see her home on one of my favorite blogs!

  • YAY! hooray! all the hearts! i adore shannon and so excited to see her home on one of my favorite blogs!

  • I love your chairs, your story really inspires me to keep my eyes on Craiglist findings 🙂 Everything looks really beautiful and also homey. Thank you for sharing xo


  • This is all so beautiful! It’s definitely eclectic chic and I love the mixing of patterns. My favorite is the gold bar cart! I’ve been looking for one of those. Thank you for sharing!

    The Petite Bijou

  • I couldn’t be more in love with this apartment, I love the look of older apartments and making the interior modern. Love the use of their own DIY, and great finds like the chairs. So much colour and looks like such a happy environment.

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