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A DIY-Inspired, Rock & Roll Home for Two Washington, DC Creatives

by Nicole Capó

There’s an undeniable change in the air in Washington, DC, a city known for its wonks and notorious for its nondescript steakhouses and political scheming à la House of Cards. For those of us who don’t spend time downtown or on the Hill, the city has become a blossoming artistic hub — a capital that welcomes and fosters creative growth and exploration, whether it takes the form of food, drink, visual art, the written word, or even DIY spaces where experimental collaboration can take place.

Nowhere is this spirit of artistic community more present than in the home of Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West, two artists who have done admirable amounts of work to pave the way for other DC creatives to do their thing. , a content creator and consultant for several local brands and blogger behind , is the founder and director of , an Instagram hashtag turned real life event and workshop. By day, Mitchell analyzes political media campaigns for ; by night, he fulfills all of your (and my) secret rock star dreams as the bassist for DC-based punk bank .

Their home is an eclectic, unique and fun mélange of art, memories, and conversation-starters — from a blown-up and framed A Creative DC Instagram snap (a token from a street art project), to their enviable record and guitar collection. At 780 square feet and boasting two stories, their apartment is spacious by DC standards, with plenty of nooks and crannies for a DIY-loving, creative type to work their magic. However, though the couple has lived in the apartment for 11 years now, it wasn’t until recently — when Morgan moved her freelance equipment into a studio space in DC’s Brookland neighborhood –that they were truly able to start styling it. They’ve since dedicated time to turning the space into their dream apartment, including a full kitchen remodel they recently completed to make room for Mitchell’s home brewing projects.

The couple’s apartment is truly a snapshot of their incredible relationship with each other, with their friends, with their families, and with this amazing city. I’ll let Morgan take it from here. Enjoy scrolling through! —Nicole

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Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's home tour on Design*Droits-Humains
1/21
"We want a place that's filled with memories as much as it's filled with things we love. Most every piece has a little story behind it (our apartment is more or less a 750-square-foot inside-joke), and if there's not a story, per se, we just love for the visuals. The goal is for people to walk in and tell us it's exactly how they thought our place might look, and that happens more often than not." ("Cry Baby Berry Johnson" artwork by . Blown-up Instagram photo is "a leftover from an A Creative DC street art spree - framed as part of a collaborative gallery project/installation with .)
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's home tour on Design*Droits-Humains
2/21
"For years, before I had my studio, we'd move everything from the living room into the bedroom to host a dinner party for 30 or take on a major textile project, but now that I've got a secondary space for my business we've been able to treat our home like a HOME, as opposed to a staging area. We've taken on bigger projects like redoing the kitchen, and have made some larger, adult-ish purchases like the couch and the rugs."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
3/21
"My parents and grandparents were DC printers, and when my Dad retired there was an entire warehouse in Anacostia filled with equipment - all of which was amazing looking, and most of which was too heavy/unwieldy to reasonably stake claim on. The light table was the one exception."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's home tour on Design*Droits-Humains
4/21
"[The gallery wall] is a mix of art by friends (including , , and Mitchell's Dad!) and found stuff - the ocean canvas was a thrift store find that I popped out of its frame and painted on; the foam finger is a favorite piece of local band merch."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
5/21
"The phone was on my Christmas list a couple of years ago (for the sole purpose of it becoming a vehicle for the )."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
6/21
"A friend and I used to teach a monthly craft workshop and the garland I made with some ceramics and wood pieces I had hanging around from that - and that note! It was a card sent by our friends Dave and Brittany [which reads: 'CONGRATULATIONS, DON'T USE THIS TO MURDER EACH OTHER'] - they got us some really great knives for our wedding and the sentiment cracked us up."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's home tour on Design*Droits-Humains
7/21
"Mitchell is great about supporting bands and musicians, local and otherwise, and is always bringing home records from shows or just ordering them new. I, on the other hand, should likely have been born a little earlier: most of our collection is 70s soft rock (with an emphasis on Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, etc. and the like)."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's home tour on Design*Droits-Humains
8/21
A denim jacket with patch by Maggie Famiglietti of was framed during Morgan's collaboration with Framebridge. The pillow and Moroccan pouf are from local home goods boutique . The rug is IKEA.
Morgan Hungerford-West and Mitchell West's home tour on Design*Droits-Humains
9/21
"The entire impetus for the [kitchen] remodel was to integrate Mitchell's kegerator into the counter! The keg in the corner of the living room was killing my vibe a little bit. Overall it was so worth it - both time and cost - but it took forever from start to finish. Like two years forever. We had every appliance in the living room for four months and then plywood counters for probably another year. We DIY'ed the demo and jumped between contractors for a 18 months."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
10/21
"It wasn't until we worked with friends - Kevin and Michelle Schmauder at - on the final (and our favorite) details that we were finally happy: the subway tile and shelving took it from 'okay, I guess we're finished' to 'IT IS DONE AND WE LOVE OUR KITCHEN.'"
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's home tour on Design*Droits-Humains
11/21
"We JUST started writing on the subway tile with dry erase markers, and totally inspired by one of our favorite restaurants in the city, . They write their daily menu on their walls and we've started doing the same thing with our farmer's market haul to make sure we work our way through all of our weekly buys."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
12/21
"The geo-shapes are chalkboard paint (there were a few iterations prior, but these are our fave so far); the plant hangers are thrifted; the bowl holds sunglasses + keys and the other we keep stocked with clippings from these great bushes that grow in the parking lot behind our house."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
13/21
"I made a stop-motion video for my blog about five years ago that used the metal door/magnetic letters, and we just literally never took them down! We hardly notice them anymore but guests love to play with them - and so does our four-year-old niece."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
14/21
"Mitchell's been in bands since high school, and while he's played bass in his last few (including his current one, ), he's great at guitar and is always picking them up and monkeying around with songs. The guitar stands were cheap-o Amazon buys - if they weren't out he wouldn't get them out of the cases to play, and we keep a small amp in the house for when he needs it."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
15/21
"I wore that shirt every day for years and couldn’t bear to fully retire it. There are few things more beautiful than a perfectly worn-in black tee, no?"
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
16/21
"About six months ago we took EVERYTHING out of the bedroom - having the separation of an upstairs and downstairs is amazing, but it sort of became this thing where the downstairs always looked great and the bedroom was where we'd just store stuff. I went on a cleaning rampage one afternoon and by the end of the night (early morning, really), we'd just generally done away with, well, everything."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
17/21
"I'm telling you, [downsizing the bedroom] changed my whole brainspace and contributes to way more zen mornings/bedtimes. We're going to let it finish itself and in the meantime are just trying to keep it downsized."
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
18/21
"It's probably hard to believe but my taste has actually gotten more minimal - I can't imagine our place wouldn't want to make a Kinfolk-phile scream in agony but truly, there's way more negative space over here than there used to be! #maximilism"
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
19/21
Morgan shares, "You know, I can't say there's really been a strategy as much as an evolution in terms of decor: I bring things in off the street; artwork and furniture flow in and around and out [...] I’m constantly moving things around and re-arranging. Things are placed so specifically, even when they’re not!"
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's home tour on Design*Droits-Humains
20/21
"I made a conscious decision to move here knowing that to be an artist I might have to have one million jobs at a time to make it work, and as a freelancer that's doubly true," Morgan notes.
Morgan Hungerford West and Mitchell West's Home Tour on Design*Droits-Humains
21/21
"What I love most about our home is that... I never get tired of looking at it!" - Morgan Hungerford West

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