UPDATE: This story was originally published on October 17.
If you've ever wandered into U Street's GoodWood, you know it's like falling down a rabbit hole. The store's impossibly cozy, Old World ambiance draws you in, while seemingly endless vignettes of salvaged furniture and curiosities — beaded African mirrors, an ice-chest-turned-credenza, large-scale portraiture, velvet tufted daybeds — keep you turning corners and exploring the relatively small space for hours.
Inventory aside, the highlight of any GoodWood experience is running into Dan and Anna Kahoe, the husband-and-wife proprietors whose "come in and stay a while" personalities make a shopping trip feel like a visit to a friend's amazing home. On any given day, you might find Dan explaining how he rehabbed a chest to showcase its bones, or Anna discussing the history behind a chain-link coffee table — yeah, it's more of an experience than a shopping trip.
Not surprisingly, the duo's love of design and hospitality extends well beyond work. Their private home is every bit the warm, inviting, dramatic dwelling you'd expect from the owners of GoodWood — but way better than you could ever imagine. We got an exclusive tour of their newly reno'ed pad, an 1887 carriage house completely redone to suit the couple's unique aesthetic. It's tricked out with collected pieces from all over the world (textiles from Turkey, pillows from Morocco, pottery from Spain) and custom touches, such as a chevron-stripe painted floor and a massive salvaged-wood dining table for communal suppers with friends. So, sit back, relax, and prepare yourself for some extreme house envy.