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A Beloved Family Home in Washington, D.C.

by Grace Bonney

One of the things I love most about sharing people’s homes here is that these stories live on the internet for years to come as a wonderful archive of a particular time, place and stage in people’s lives. Whether circumstances change because of a new job, a new member of the family or any other major life event, it can be fun to go back to these posts and remember what that time and place in life was like. Such is the case for today’s home tour with the Falcusan family in Washington, D.C.

Ibie, the Export Control Counsel for a leading aerospace company, and her husband Jeff, the Chief Program Officer of an affordable housing trade association, have lived in this beautiful Washington, D.C. area home for the past five years. But next month, they’re packing up and moving to Arizona. It will be a big change in both climate and lifestyle, but they’re excited for the move. So getting the chance to document and celebrate the home they’ve built here with their son, Jude (who I got to hold when he was just a baby at the D*S Book Tour event in DC!) is something really special.

Ibie and Jeff knew their 1941 brick colonial was “the one” when they saw the rear garden. “Its potential for entertaining was immediately obvious,” Ibie explains. And while the couple didn’t have a child yet when they purchased their home, they both envisioned raising a baby there. Now, five years later, they have a home filled with great design details, loads of character and a happy 4-year-old to enjoy that backyard garden they fell in love with years ago. Ibie shares, “I am so thankful that this home has been a comforting stalwart in our lives. It has shielded us from physical and proverbial storms. This is the home where we entered one of the most important phases of our lives and became a family of three. I will always remember this home with fondness because of the joy it brought to us.” Read on to hear more about their design journey at home. xo, grace

Photography by Ibie Falcusan



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Living Room: Sofa (Room and Board); Rug and Lamps on Console and Skirted Tables (Crate and Barrel); Coffee Table (Nate Berkus for HSN); Art above Sofa (One King’s Lane); Pillows (Anthropologie, Unison, Random Harvest, Ikea); End Table (CB2); Lamps on End Table (Lamps Plus); Mirrors above Console and Skirted Tables (West Elm); Metal Console Table (Home Decorators); Skirted Table (Wisteria); Armchairs (Club Furniture); Custom Upholstery on Armchairs (Rockville Interiors); Drapery (Pottery Barn Kids); Custom Tailoring for Drapery (Mary Jones Owens for The Drapery Shop); Ceiling Mount Light Fixture (Ballard Designs); Wall Paint (Benjamin Moore Cloud White)

Sunroom: Sofa (Arhaus); Art above Sofa (Vintage); Pillows (Home Goods, Ikea, Random Harvest); Convertible Play Table/Coffee Table (The Land of Nod); Rug (Target); Built-In Carpentry (Goodwood Design – Baltimore, MD); Orange Throw (Anthropologie); Acrylic “Bookshelves” (Cleardisplays.com); Art above Acrylic Bookshelves (20×200); Wall Paint (Benjamin Moore Cloud White)

Dining Room: Table (West Elm); Chairs (Target); Grasscloth above Chair Rail (Candice Olson for York Wallcovering Metallic Sisal Twill; Wall Paint (Benjamin Moore Simply White); Cafe Curtains (World Market)

Kitchen: Wood-Look tile (Mohawk Industries from Build.com); Countertops (Cambria Quartz); Hardware (Rejuvenation); Sconce above Sink (Schoolhouse Electric); Cabinets (Omega and Dynasty); Appliances (Thermador); Kitchen Construction (Bray and Scarff); Faucet (Delta Trinsic Bar/Prep Faucet in Champagne Bronze); Calacatta Gold Marble Subway Tile (Misson Stone and Tile); Dutch Door (Rogue Valley Door, sourced from TW Perry); Grasscloth above Chair Rail (Candice Olson for York Wallcovering Metallic Sisal Twill; Wall Paint (Benjamin Moore Simply White)

Powder Room: Mirror (Wisteria); Sink (Foremost); Fixtures (Kingston Brass)

Master Bedroom Bed, Lamps (Crate and Barrel); Night Stands (JC Penney); Drapery (Pottery Barn Kids); Custom Tailoring for Drapery (Mary Jones Owens for The Drapery Shop); Wall Paint (Benjamin Moore Simply White); Desk (Target); Euro Shams (Serena and Lily); White Bedding ad Grey Blanket (Pottery Barn); Pink Throw (Unison); Art Prints (Minted)

Bathroom: Sink (Toto); Metallic Brass Planter (Anthropologie); Stool (Target); Bathtub and Fixtures (Kohler); Shower Curtain (Ballard Designs)

Window Seat: Fabric (Sunbrella); Pillows (Serena and Lily, West Elm, Pier 1)

Jude’s Room: Toddler Bed (Dwell Studio); Art Print (20×200); Printed Pillowcase (West Elm); Floral Print Pillowcase (Biscuit Home); Striped Pillow (Unison); Sheets (Pottery Barn Kids); Rug (Angela Adams for Anthropologie)

Guest Bedroom: Bed (Crate and Barrel); Grey Cashmere Blanket (Restoration Hardware); Dresser and Nightstands (eBay; Benjamin Moore Wolf Gray and Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray Paints); Lamps (Pier 1); Globe, Basket, ad Mint Green Tray (Target); Art Print on Blue Dresser (Minted);

A Beloved Family Home in Washington, D.C.
The family living room. "Although it's a bit more formal than our sunroom [next photos], we make a point to really live in our room. We hang out in this room all the time." Ibie describes herself as an equal opportunity purchaser. "I will buy high or low as long as I love it. This coffee table is an old Nate Berkus for HSN piece. The art above the console table is a print and it brings in the colors of the sofa and our pillows. I always have fresh flowers in every room. No matter what."
A Beloved Family Home in Washington, D.C.
When Ibie and Jeff purchased their home, the living room walls were yellow and the floors were a honey color. They decided to stain the floors a darker color before moving and painted everything else white white. In addition to creating a bright open space, creating a place for Jude to read was important. These clear shelves are actually inexpensive acrylic greeting card shelves. Ibie loves that they disappear and allow the books to become the art. They rotate the books from time to time and Jude can help himself to books whenever he wants!
A Beloved Family Home in Washington, D.C.
A tall mirror above the living room console (and next to the front door) bounces more light into the room.
A Beloved Family Home in Washington, D.C.
The dark floors and light walls and ceilings in the living room make the room feel and look taller and wider, as well as brighter. All of the reflective surfaces reflect light and give the room a glow during the sunniest hours of the day.
This is the family's sunroom. It's an addition to the original house that was added before Ibie and Jeff moved in. Ibie explains, "Having this bonus room makes this home exponentially more livable. We ripped out the dingy carpet, added resilient vinyl flooring, and replaced the outdated eyeball style recessed lights." After the makeover, they added playful vintage paint-by-numbers paintings above the sofa. "They add just the right about of color and kitsch and they feel really appropriate for this colonial home. It's definitely evolved into a kid space over time but it was important to me that this room didn't scream Romper Room. The sunroom is delightful for my son but I think it cleans up well for adults."
Jude likes to keep things as neat and tidy as possible with a little one around, so she had these built-ins installed shortly after Jude was born. Both Ibie and Jeff love having little reminders of Jude around the house. "Once in a while I'll find a LEGO guy or a superhero hanging from the side of a vase", she explained.
Some of Jude's toys in the built-in storage drawers.
An arrangement of crepe myrtle (a north Virginia and D.C.-area standby, from their backyard) fills the center of the family's dining room table. Ibie and Jeff like to keep their dining room simple, "We know that there isn't a lot of color but we try to make up for the otherwise stark space by always having an eye-catching floral arrangement on the sofa or table. It's hard to tell but the wall space above the chair rail is covered in a very subtle metallic white sisal twill. It shimmers at night and I love it."
Of their kitchen, Ibie asks, "Is it possible for a room to be your spirit animal? If the answer to that question, is yes, then this kitchen is my spirit animal. I love this room more than any other room in our room. Quite simply, it transformed our house. It's light and bright and perfect."
Before renovating their kitchen, this room had an uncomfortable corner sink. Ibie and Jeff moved the sink so it faces the backyard and added a big window. The window looks onto the backyard and has a great view of their garden.
The family's downstairs powder room has a bold dark paint color. But the mirror makes sure enough light reflects in the room to keep it open and bright. "The mirror in the powder room was the very first thing I purchased for the home and one of the last things that we hung up. It's a perfect fit for this tiny little space", explains Ibie.
Imitation is often the most sincere form of flattery and Ibie told us that her guest room, shown here, was inspired by a room from Sarah Richardson's farmhouse. "The trick for ceilings that curve up is to paint everything above the plate rail and the ceiling the same color", Ibie says. "The bed was our old bed from our condo. I had a seamstress sew a custom padded slipcover for the headboard using leftover upholstery fabric from our living room armchairs. I painted the Henry Link Bali Hai nightstands myself."
DIY is a huge part of design culture, but it's admittedly not something everyone loves. Ibie says of her DIY dresser, "This project is the one project where I realized that I really dislike DIY projects. I'd much rather save my pennies and pay a craftsperson or artisan who really knows what they are doing to do a good job as opposed to my not-so-great effort. The dresser turned out well, but never again."
Ibie and Jeff's master bedroom is a crisp clean space with soft pink accents.
The master bedroom has one particularly awesome piece of artwork. "Friday Night Lights was the best show on television and anyone who disagrees is wrong. It's not perfect and it's missing an S but I love this homemade art", she proclaims.
At the top of the stairs to the master bedroom is a cozy reading nook. "This great thing about this old house is original features like this window seat. We used to store Jude's diapers in here. Thankfully those days are over", Ibie explains.
Speaking of Jude, this is his current room. "I'm looking forward to giving Jude a "big boy bed" in our next home but I love this crib turned toddler bed", Ibie says. The bright accents of blue and yellow give the space some great color without too much visual clutter.
The upstairs bathroom is totally new and was part of the renovating Ibie and Jeff did when they first moved in. "We tried to keep it within the style of the home (classic) with some updated details like subway tile and hexagon mosaic floor tile. The pop of gold and the plant prevent the room from looking overly stark", Ibie says.
The beautiful backyard that inspired Ibie and Jeff to sign on the dotted line and buy their first family home.
Jeff, Jude and Ibie at home.

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  • Ibie and Jeff- I love this home! I recently bought a colonial just outside DC that I believe is the same builder. Your home is inspirational! Do you have any floor plans? I’d love to see how the kitchen lays out into the rest of home. Again, just lovely. I plan on using that gorgeous guest bedroom as inspiration to finally finish my master bedroom.

    • I don’t have anything formal, but I will try and sketch something up and put it on my Instagram.

  • Wait–was this the woman who had OneStoryHouse (or a similarly named blog)? I ADORED HER and I love this house. In fact, I have the same wallpaper in my dining room and felt like she was my design twin on steroids.

    Tell her to please start blogging again. Love her home and her kitchen–which I don’t think was ever on the blog.

    • I leave blogging to professionals like Grace and the rest of the D*S team these days! I post on Instagrsm once in a while. Thanks for your kind words.

  • I love this home. I like seeing homes that, while not my exact style (except for the kitchen in the bathroom, which anyone would want, c’mon), are so gorgeous.

  • Also, can I ask what kind of Cambria Quartz those countertops are? Her eye is so amazing. Love the tiles, too. #NotAStalkerISwear

      • Thank you, Ibie! Since you aren’t blogging anymore, I’ll follow you on Instagram. I really miss your blog, but your photos are beautiful, too.

  • I love this home. I remember seeing it in BH&G and went back to compare. It’s crazy how the styling the magazines do can make it seem so different.

  • Such a fresh and beautiful home, yet so homey and comfortable! Ibie has a fantastic design sensibility. I find a lot of inspiration in this old home.

  • Absolutely beautiful! Also, I completely agree with Ibie about DIY! I’d much rather pay someone who loves it to do it or admire it from afar on awesome design blogs like DS. :)

  • What a lovely home. I love that crib! And I’m so glad to see a home with great toy storage–the deep drawers are such a good idea.

  • What a beautiful home! I love everything. Ibie, may I ask what kind of camera and lens you used for these photos? I would love to try to take such lovely photos of my own place.

    • I have a Nikon D5100. I’m still learning a lot about DSLRs but I hope to be much better one day!

  • I love this house! Any chance you’ll tell us what color and where you bought the paint in the guest room? I’ve been searching for something like this and it’s just perfect!

    • The wall paint in the guest bedroom is Benjamin Moore Feather Gray. I think the trim and ceiling are Benjamin Moore Ceiling White.

  • So glad your very lovely home has been sent out into the world one more time before your big, exciting move Ibie! And I can’t wait to see what your talented eye and fabulous taste does with the next one. Just beautiful!

  • I need that Friday night lights artwork! Where did you get it? Love your home. Just perfect.

  • What kind if resilient vinyl did you use in your sunroom and who made your cushions for the built in? Thanks! Beautiful home!

    • Hi! Thank you! The resilient tile is Amtico and it’s durable and comfy underfoot. My cushion was custom made by an Etsy shop called “HearthandHomeStore.” They were terrific to work with and they even sent us a new cushion after the first one had a mistake in the measurements (we cut down the cushion that was the incorrect size and it sits in the window seat at the top of the stairs).

  • Such a fantastic home, and good luck on your move! Is the cushion in your window seat custom made, or available for purchase somewhere? I have a window nook that needs something similar, and i much prefer this to the standard upholstered foam pads I usually see. Thank you!

    • My cushion was custom made by an Etsy shop called “HearthandHomeStore.” I loved working with the seamstress. This cushion feels a lot more like a daybed.

  • Well this is by far one of the most beautiful homes ever featured on the internet! You truly have an incredible eye for styling & design. Good luck on your move!

  • Ibie-Your home (and family) are beyond lovely. Thank you for sharing! I wondered if you could provide sources for a couple of items not included in the write-up: the fantastic curtain hardware, rug, and light fixture in your master bedroom. Thank you!

    • All curtain hardware is from West Elm. The curtain rings are from Amazon. The MB rug is from Ballard Designs (it’s an indoor-outdoor rug!). The MB light fixture is the Capital Lighting 3923MN-480 Matte Nickel Loft 3 Light Semi-Flush Ceiling Fixture from Lighting Direct.

  • Ibie, your home is beautiful and your aesthetic impeccable. We’re considering brass fixtures for a bathroom in our DC row house. Might I ask where your found the ones featured in your home?

    • All the unlacquered brass kitchen knobs and pulls are from Rejuvenation. The bras sconce above the sink is from Schoolhouse Electric. The refrigerator appliance pulls are from knobs.com (Richelieu Hardware – RI-1414512BB Contemporary Inspiration
      – 20 1/8″ Centers
      Segmented Oversized Pull
      in Burnished Brass). I hope this helps!

  • Gorgeous! Please tell me where you got the “clear eyes full hearts” print?? Thank you!

  • Beautiful, thoughtful home! I would love to see your next one! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  • Ibie – have you ever thought of making more of the FNL prints for others to buy? It’s great!

  • Your FNL print is amazing! It’s inspirational, meaningful and beautiful! I’ve looked all over for something similar and cannot find anything even close. PLEASE consider making some for sale (or at least just one for me :)

  • Beautiful house, I was wondering what is the name of the plant on your back patio?

  • Could you tell us what type of plant is in picture 20? Is it a type of grass plant?

  • I always visit your blog…I found many ideas from your blog. Btw This house is so pretty! . Thanks for sharing

  • Where is the Friday night lights painting??? I LOVE. Can I find it somewhere to buy?

  • Hi Ibie,

    I’m just wondering where your living room rug is from? I’m trying to find one that incorporates both beige and grey and this would be perfect. Thanks!!

  • Hi Ibie,
    I love your home! Would you mind sharing where you purchased your dining room rug from? Thank you!

  • The Clear Eyes full hearts can’t lose picture is not from Minted and I can’t find it anywhere! Help please!

  • This home is absolutely gorgeous. I love the family living room.
    It’s so warm and inviting with a touch of glam and rustic. A perfect balance. Could you please tell me what is the name of that cream shag rug and where did you get it? I would so appreciate your answer.

  • Amazing family united in love. Your home is blessed and fabulous.

  • So, so, so beautiful! I am moving from my home of 22 years for a new state next month, and seeing that Ibie can leave this gorgeous place with a great attitude makes letting go easier. If she can do it, so can I .

  • Beautiful! I just purchased a dresser just like your DIY project! What color did you use?