Dominique Gebru rents a 500 square foot apartment in Washington, DC. With that small a space, she had to make sure every square foot counted.
It does my heart good to see bookshelves stuffed with books. Which was what they were made for.
I don’t adopt this “must style all the shelves” aspect of decorating. Yes, style some of them. And if it’s just a decorative shelf, style them all.
But I just want to cram a regular book shelf with books. Because I usually have plenty to store!
Now maybe if I had a big house with lots of rooms and lots of bookshelves, I’d feel different. But I live in a small apartment, so the books, for the most part, claim the book shelves.
You can see that Dominique likes a bit of boho in the decor she chooses.
And she likes plants. But then, I think many people who like the boho style like house plants added to their homes.
House plants are all the rage with most everyone right now. Spending so much time at home due to COVID-19 made people want pleasing surroundings. And house plants make a house feel cozy I think.
The white tulip table with mint green modern chairs is shifted a bit to the side of the room to make way for foot traffic.
More plants adorn the floor along the opposite wall.
Her style of artwork for her walls is what I’d call eclectic.
The kitchen is just a generic apartment style of kitchen. Brown cabinets, white appliances and tile floors.
Some landlords will not allow you to change things. So many apartment dwellers are stuck with dated styles. And they just make the most of what they are given.
Her bedroom seems fairly spacious with lots of natural light. This room just beckons you in.
The bathroom is pretty generic in terms of apartment bathrooms.
Her small apartment is filled with earthy tones and organic materials that are calming.
Dominique designed her whole dining room around an oil painting with a deep green backdrop and a vintage Heriz rug with lots of green and peachy tones.
“My penchant for interior design feels like an ode to my Nama,” says Dominique. Her love of family, culture, art, and nature have certainly influenced her design style.
She said she’d be remiss if she didn’t also share her grandmother’s favorite design tip: just paint it black.