Jenna Golden has lived in a two-bedroom, two-bath condo over 1,140 square feet for eight years. Her Logan Her Circle building, located at the intersection of Her 14th Street and Her Q Street, was originally a schoolhouse built in 1889.
In short, this historic building retains much of the original school’s charm, including black-and-white tiled corridors, 15-foot ceilings, and flagpoles at the front.
“I think a lot about the rich history of this building. I think, ‘If only this wall could talk.'” consulting company“I’m sure a wonderful story will be born.”
Here, we talk to Golden about buying a home, living in a renovation, and Paris-inspired interiors.
What made you decide to buy this house?
“I’ve been looking for a house for almost a year, actually I’ve made four offers before and got none. This was in 2014 and the market was hot. This When I saw the condo, I immediately knew it was mine: charming, original luxury with fireplaces, original 1800’s hardwood floors, high ceilings and huge arched windows. There were lots of details.I have always loved old properties and had a dream to renovate and make it my own.This unit has the most amazing bones and if I had the chance to update it, I would mix the old and the new. It turned out to be the perfect blend of.
What was the inspiration for the home’s aesthetic?
“Paris! I’m a huge fan of France and visit Paris several times each year. It’s my favorite place in the world and I’m very inspired by the elegant and sophisticated Parisian aesthetic. I wanted to feel feminine and chic.
Have you ever remodeled your home?
“Yes, a lot! In November 2014, I hired a contractor Fagen & Brown Digest both my bathrooms. They were about 15 years old, tired and dirty. Both had pedestal sinks with limited storage and old white travertine tiles that had seen better days. We completely stripped everything down and started from scratch.
“We then demolished and expanded the kitchen in September 2015. The original kitchen was very small and confined to the corner of the condo. We created and created more counter space and storage. Built-in dual temperature wine refrigerator, custom wine slots beside the main refrigerator, and inside and outside cabinets.Kitchen island for additional storage.
“In 2020, we built custom floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on either side of the fireplace and replaced the stone in the fireplace, which is now white marble. We installed and replaced all the lightweight doors with sturdy wooden ones and beautiful knobs.
What was the store like before the renovation? What was the biggest problem you had to deal with?
“I always joke that this condo was originally like a 1990s bachelor dorm. Black granite countertops, pine cabinets, and an all-white bathroom with no character. Warmth was needed to alleviate the
“It’s an older house, so it had a lot of unique issues. We had problems tiling the bathroom because the floors were uneven. Because it was on top, it was difficult to circulate the air, so I replaced the HVAC and did some ductwork to create vents in the bottom and top of the walls.
“In the main bathroom, the shower is inside two very large windows and I wanted a glass door instead of a shower curtain. We brought in a glass shower door company that was afraid to cut, but we made it work.
“I decided to live here during all the renovations and didn’t know how dusty and challenging it would be. There were days when it was a little different, but in retrospect I can say it was worth it.
What’s the biggest splurge you’ve purchased for your home?
“I have very high ceilings, so I knew I needed a large statement piece of artwork in my living room. I originally intended to hang a very large and striking mirror, but my interior designer Terry Sapienza Presented a great idea: I hand-drawn de Gournay wallpaper p
What’s the best deal you’ve received on an item for your home?
“I love to travel and try to include photos and items from my experiences at home. In 2017 I went on a trip to Cuba with a friend. They sent me home and then gave me the photos for free, I was able to enlarge and frame two professional photos from the trip, which are now hanging in the guest room as artwork. This feels like a very special deal because buying art and photography that size is very expensive. love.
What do you like about your home?
“Living room. Sometimes I sit on the sofa and look at the bookshelves. The room is quiet and comfortable, the colors are very calm and nice. The room really feels like me, very bright, bright and airy.
What are your favorite items in your home?
“De Gournay wallpaper panels and Aerin lighting fixtures in the living room.
what do you like to do in your house
“I love to cook and bake. I regularly create new recipes with music playing in my kitchen. I can’t wait to start hosting groups again.
Who are your top 3 dream guests for a dinner party at your home?
“Ina Garten, chef Massimo Bottura and journalist Michael Barbaro.”
This interview has been edited and condensed.