Name: Andrew DeSouza and husband, Tim Lott
Location: Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C.
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Curated, vibrant, playful, intentional, inviting.
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I work in public relations and my husband is a software developer. We met more than four years ago and got married in 2019 at an art gallery here in D.C. When we moved into this apartment, we developed a style that is uniquely us. I am a big fan of street art, cinema, and industrial design.
My husband loves pop art, comic books, and mid-century modern. We wanted people to walk in and immediately understand who we are as a couple, and we feel like that’s exactly what we’ve accomplished. The space also allows us to entertain frequently, hosting activities ranging from board game nights to video game battles to fondue parties. In the end, it’s a home that you’ll feel welcome in and want to explore.
We are both fans of media: books, comics, movies, TV, music, and art. Both bedrooms play with a CMYK theme, the foundational colors of printed materials. The statement wall in the living room references a color scheme from my husband’s Wes Anderson prints and echoes the look of strips in a comic book. We also have different homages to street art throughout the apartment, from the large Banksy sticker in the media room, to the Okuda San Miguel puzzle in the entryway, to the Basquiat Barbie on the bookshelf. We both put a premium on only having things in our space that really speak to us. So, while you’d never call our home minimalist, we think of it as “curated maximalism.”
What is your favorite room and why? It’s really a tie between the great room and the media room. The former is where we spend most of our time because we love to entertain. That said, both of us need to recharge, and the media room provides an escape. Either of us can shut the door, curl up on the daybed and read, listen to a record, or take a nap.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The Okuda San Miguel puzzle that we have in the entryway. I’ve been a fan of the Madrid-based artist for a while and have been itching to get something from him. His prints have always been sold out, so when this came on sale I jumped on it. The fact that it’s something we put together as a couple made it especially meaningful for us.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t be afraid to spend a lot of time to get it right. It took us three years to get this apartment exactly how we want it. We swapped and replaced numerous pieces of art and accessories in every room, as well as completely rearranged the furniture in the great room. In the end, your home should speak to who you are as a person. That will change over time, and so should your space.