Kerry Washington's living room

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The Living Room...Before
When Kerry Washington's friend, designer Danny Seo, first came to see her West Hollywood apartment, he was blunt. "I told her the apartment was ugly and not even functional. It was basically a big closet with a bed.... I didn't think it reflected her appreciation for beauty and concern about the environment."

Washington, who rented the space in 2007 just after breaking up with her fiancé, admits she didn't give it much thought. "Moving usually coincides with some kind of life change, and it's important to sit back and look at how you got there, but I hadn't given myself that experience. I'm such a workaholic; I just wanted to keep moving," she explains.