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A small space and a small budget challenge a young couple to refine their vision; a view of the living room in Kiera and Michael Kushlan's 750-square foot condo in Washington.

Washington Post photo by BIll O'Leary

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Kiera Kushlan in the renovated kitchen of the 750-square-foot co-op she shares with her husband Michael, who painted the black-and-white D.C. flag; the flag has been such a conversation piece itís now selling on Etsy.

Washington Post photo by BIll O'Leary

The Kushlans needed their entrance hall to be welcoming and neat, but also to serve as a dining room and home office.

Washington Post photo by BIll O'Leary

The Kushlans' kitchen window offers beautiful views of the city; a church is directly across the street.

Washington Post photo by BIll O'Leary

Kiera and Michael Kushlan's bedroom features one wall that was a DIY project using a four-inch diamond stamp and yellow ink pad; Kiera says she is a "wallpaper addict" but was not ready to commit to an expensive paper yet.

Washington Post photo by BIll O'Leary

The Kushlans and their dog, Copeland, in their living room under the maps the couple picked up on a trip to France; the Kushlans believe that what you leave out of a room is just as important as what you put in it.

Washington Post photo by BIll O'Leary

The vintage bathroom in the Kushiansí co-op got a budget makeover. The couple painted wide black and white stripes and added new lighting and a towel bar.

Washington Post photo by BIll O'Leary

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The first thing you notice about Kiera and Michael Kushlan's one-bedroom Washington co-op is how they've pulled it together to be both modern and classic. The second is how spacious it seems. The Kushlans believe that what you leave out of a room is just as important as what you put in.
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    • A small space and a small budget challenge a young couple to refine their vision; a view of the living room in Kiera and Michael Kushlan’s 750-square foot condo in Washington.
    • Kiera Kushlan in the renovated kitchen of the 750-square-foot co-op she shares with her husband Michael, who painted the black-and-white D.C. flag; the flag has been such a conversation piece itís now selling on Etsy.
    • The Kushlans needed their entrance hall to be welcoming and neat, but also to serve as a dining room and home office.
    • The Kushlans’ kitchen window offers beautiful views of the city; a church is directly across the street.
    • Kiera and Michael Kushlan’s bedroom features one wall that was a DIY project using a four-inch diamond stamp and yellow ink pad; Kiera says she is a “wallpaper addict” but was not ready to commit to an expensive paper yet.
    • The Kushlans and their dog, Copeland, in their living room under the maps the couple picked up on a trip to France; the Kushlans believe that what you leave out of a room is just as important as what you put in it.
    • The vintage bathroom in the Kushiansí co-op got a budget makeover. The couple painted wide black and white stripes and added new lighting and a towel bar.
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