Without a doubt, environmental lawyer Paulo and his partner Josh, an entrepreneur, are one motivated couple. Starting up companies, working for the White House — it’s all in a day’s work for this happy pair. Their demanding work schedules keep them busy around the clock and have proven to be a major factor in many of their biggest decisions. Picking a place to live together was no exception. While Paulo spends his days at the office, Josh works from home. So when they kicked off their Washington, D.C. home hunt, a bright and spacious layout was at the top of their list of must-haves. A close second? Living near friends. That way, when they had a sliver of free time, they didn’t waste any of it commuting to the fun.
Throughout their search, most of the homes they toured simply didn’t cut it. Dark and vintage, or tiny and new, none had both the space and character that the pair desired. That is until they stumbled upon this converted, 1920s-era, Studebaker car dealership. Carefully updated in 2013 and 2014, the units were originally designed to be condos, so space was not at a minimum. Neither were giant windows or original details. Convinced it was perfect for them, the couple pulled the trigger and moved into the top-floor unit.
Immediately after signing the lease, Paulo and Josh began methodically planning out their home’s design. Their strategizing went so well, in fact, everything was in place only a week after getting the keys! Global influences, vintage finds, and a touch of glamor mingle throughout the apartment’s 715 square feet of space. Josh says he owes it all to Paulo’s love of decorating. Paulo took the reins while carefully keeping in mind Josh’s request that their first home together “… feature souvenirs, photos, and books that [would remind them] of fond memories and adventures.”
As you’ll see, Paulo has not only achieved that goal, but he has also created a space conducive to making new memories. His purposeful design choices when it comes to the home’s flow facilitate both entertaining friends as well as nights in, cuddling with his partner. “We are most thankful to have a cozy place to come home to,” he says. “Whenever we have a hard day at work or come back from a long trip, we light some candles, turn on some music or a movie, make dinner or get takeout, and snuggle together on the couch.” If that doesn’t sound like living the dream, I am not sure what is. Click through to see just how Paulo and Josh’s very different styles have come together in one cohesive, eclectic home. Enjoy! —Garrett