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Practical Space: D.C. Loft Maximizes Every Inch

Practical Space: D.C. Loft Maximizes Every Inch

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANICE HOACHLANDER

In the case of a New York couple in search of a Washington, D.C., pied-à-terre for the husband, a high-powered executive who commutes to the capital every week, utilitarianism was the guiding principle. A one-bedroom loft in the district’s chic Metropole building piqued their interest, but unfamiliar with the big picture of small spaces—they come from the suburbs—the couple enlisted the help of an expert. Enter designer Paul Corrie, who gladly proffered his proficiency on floor plan workability. Sure, the petite square footage was generously cut for a single-occupancy situation, but what if the wife comes into town? And what if the couple’s two college-age sons, and their plus-ones, are ever in need of a D.C. crash pad? This is to say nothing of get-togethers with the husband’s clients and colleagues.

“I told them I loved the scale of the space, the layout and the finishes,” says Corrie, referring to the ceilings, which soar 20 feet tall at their apex and create the “soft transitions” between spaces that make for flexible furniture arrangements. Plus, the rustic white oak floors, he felt, were a beautiful counterpoint to the modernity of the loft. After all, a little farmhouse flair always goes a long way in taking the edge off an urban dwelling. 

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