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. Morgan, a content creator and consultant for several local brands and blogger behind Panda Head, is the founder and director of A Creative DC, an Instagram hashtag turned real life event and workshop. By day, Mitchell analyzes political media campaigns for Kantar Media/CMAG; by night, he fulfills all of your (and my) secret rock star dreams as the bassist for DC-based punk bank Loud Boyz.
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
Photography by Morgan Hungerford West