But what ultimately sold it on the condo was that it was newly built. With a newborn, he didn’t have time for a repairman.
“That’s the main thing,” he said. “We moved in because we had nothing to do.
Ireland and his family were the first owners of this unit and one of the first to own the Stealth. The four-unit building sits on a triangular lot formed by Ninth Street NE, Florida, and West Virginia Avenues, a few blocks north of the H Street corridor.
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Ireland established JD Ireland Interior Architecture and Design with business partner, Julie Weber Gligor, in 2002. The firm has become sought after for its transformation of homes, restaurants and shops. Her work has been featured in shelter magazines such as House Beautiful and Home & Design.
Although the apartment was ready to move in, it didn’t take long for Ireland to add her personal touch. The condo was painted what he described as “realtor gray and white” with almost no architectural detail. The stairs were black. The open layout had little definition.
“Everything was new,” Ireland said. “We didn’t want to rip off a bunch of stuff. We worked with what was there and added to it.
The first thing he did was create visual interest on the walls by attaching 1 inch by 1 inch strips of wood – vertically near the entryway and horizontally in the living space – and painting them. as well as the white walls.
“It needed architecture,” he said.
The gray walls and black stairs were also crying out for a makeover.
“I wanted the stairs to be interesting but not the focal point,” he said.
He painted the stairs an eye-catching orange. Then, using leftovers from his wallpaper installer, he created a large piece of artwork on the wall behind the stairs, giving the television mounted there a backdrop. Ireland said he was so taken with the idea of mounting a TV up the stairs that he has since done so in a few projects for clients.
Ireland wanted to define the kitchen space in the open floor plan, so he added wallpaper with blue monkeys on one of the walls. Because the color of the monkeys was a little intense, he had his fake finisher apply some lime to it.
Colorful wallpapers also appear in her daughter’s bathroom and bedroom. The animal theme continued in the bathroom with the jungle wallpaper from Hermès.
When Ireland asked her daughter, Lucy, what color she wanted her room to be, she said “all the colors”. Ireland has chosen a Christian Lacroix floral wallpaper.
“We wanted to set up something that she could grow into,” he said. “It’s sophisticated enough for a teenager to relate to.”
Although Ireland didn’t launch into the animal kingdom theme, the wallcoverings he chose ended up having almost as many species as Noah’s Ark. Not only does her daughter’s bedroom have bird shapes between the flowers, but the vinyl wall panels on the accent wall in the owner’s bedroom also look like a wild animal. Lucy says, “It’s like living in a zebra.
Ireland said it wasn’t intentional, “it just happened.”
Each unit in the pet-friendly building has two levels.
“The other thing we love about [the condo]does it read like a townhouse,” he said. “You have a garden.”
The three-bedroom, four-bathroom, 1,745-square-foot condo is listed at $875,000. Monthly condo fees are $240. An open house is scheduled for Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
1101 Ninth St. NE, Unit 1, Washington, DC
Approximate area: 1,745
Condominium fees: $240 per month
Open day: Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Characteristics: The two level condo was designed by JD Ireland. The unit features Hermès and Christian Lacroix wallpaper, remote-controlled electric blinds, heated floors and a 20-foot high atrium. The kitchen has an island with seating and a Tom Dixon pendant light. There is a washer and dryer in the unit.