Small Home, Great Style

Sarah Bartholomew is quickly becoming one of my favorite young designers to follow. Her Instagram account is fresh and aspirational while her monthly blog, Sarah’s Studio, is a true inspiration. I appreciate her style and was very happy to find one of her latest projects included in June’s Small Space issue of House Beautiful. It is dreamy – a lesson in decorating small abodes with great style. Make sure to pick up your own copy, there are so many valuable take-aways. From paint colors to furniture arrangement tips, you’ll find everything you need to know about decorating tiny homes.

Back to Sarah Bartholomew and this historic Georgetown rowhouse. Built in 1901, the house is a 1,200-square-foot space with four rooms – two on the ground floor, two upstairs. Plumbing upgrades and the addition of modern conveniences have created some quirky architectural details. Embracing imperfections and making a small home work for a dynamic couple was not an easy task but Bartholomew handled the project beautifully.



sb entry

The designer opted for a neutral cool scheme with pops of blue throughout. Row houses are known for their lack of natural light so Bartholomew replaced the front door panes with glass ones and chose translucent sheers instead of draperies. They let in sufficient light while offering privacy.

The living room’s gallery wall of 17th century bird prints by Swedish naturalist Olof Rudbeck is one of my favorite details in this design. As charming as they are necessary, the prints have coordinating frames that hide wall imperfections.

sb living room

sb close up

sb fireplace

sb chairs

The kitchen is beautiful too! For a cohesive look, the appliances are paneled to match the cabinetry, while the large farm table doubles for dining.

sb kitchen : dining

sb mirror

sb chair

The upstairs’ rooms are stunning! The guest bedroom is clad in warm neutrals, with faux bamboo nightstands and an assortment of brackets with shell and coral displays that draw the eyes towards the ceiling while correcting the uneven walls. A subtle mix of patterns is perfect for this small space.

sb guest bedroom

The master bedroom’s blue and white color scheme is fresh and pretty. Love the touch of black in the artwork and lamp shade. So right!

sb master

sb master chair

If you’d like to learn more about this home and its list of resources, you can find the original story here.



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  1. Kate
    June 1, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Do you know who makes the curtain fabric? So pretty!

    • Eva Contreras
      June 1, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Hi, Kate! I believe it’s Colefax & Fowler, Caldbeck in Blue. xo