Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The new DC Design Center


In need of hands-on versus online inspiration for upcoming projects, I headed to the DC Design Center in Washington last Friday. It opened recently in a new location and has it's own designated parking garage, which is A MUST in DC.  You can go as a Visitor if you can't get a Trade Pass, so check it out!

Here are some highlights:



There are amazing lighting and furnishings at J. Lambeth, beautiful wallpapers from Phillip Jeffries (like this high gloss rafia) at Holly Hunt, a fabulous showroom sample sale going on now at American Eye featuring one of my favorite Lee Industries leather chairs, and lots of gorgeous carpet and area rugs at Stark.  

Stay tuned for the WDC:



You can check out the events at the WDC and I hope you'll join me there on March 18th!
There are fabulous designers in attendance like Charlotte Moss, Amanda Nisbet, Vicente Wolf, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, with lovely luncheons, book signings and love of new lines unveiled. 
Will I see you there?



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Featured contributor for Domino


So excited to have our first article published in Domino!  I've been invited as a guest contributor to write about design and will be contributing on a regular basis.






   the real design rules you should follow
Too many rules to follow? We agree. Nancy Powell gives us the new rules to decorate by.

Thank you Domino, see you again soon!
Have a great week friends.

And a huge thanks to our wonderful photographer, Jen Dowell, whom they accidentally left off of the credits on the article.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

Family time


We have had a wonderful few weeks with Bethany and family at our home while they were in between moves.  5 dogs, a cat and a pony...our kind of fun!  

Everyone got along famously and though the dogs face some adjusting ahead in their new home, they felt safe and happy at Gramma's and transitioned nicely. 





It was a motley crew, but they all loved being a part of a bigger 'pack'. Even Nicky, who is the last one to tolerate canine company, joined in the festivities.  He'll do anything to get closer to Bethany.

We said goodbye to her charming cottage in the woods, as her buyers were young, first time home owners just like they were 4 years ago.  The new owners wanted all the window treatments, paint colors and photos of decorated rooms and it was sad to let all of our decorating memories go.  But Bethany has her dream home for now, and a clean decorating slate to put all those ideas to a new test.

The house is much too quiet now, but adventures lie ahead and I'll be spending alot of time at Bethany's new house!  Nothing is more precious to me than family time and cooking for my kids and enjoying their company.  This cold, damp, frozen winter has lent itself to hibernating and we are so looking forward to spring and decorating her house!  

20 days til Spring, are you ready?



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A walk back in time


I recently ran across the listing for our darling cottage when we first bought it in 2010.  I can't believe how many small little changes have added up over the years.  Here's how it looked then.




And it evolved over time to this.




And today, it looks like this.



Sadly, we have outgrown this house with our 3 dogs.  It's been a whirlwind few months, but we have bought a new home and sold this darling cottage two weeks ago.  Last weekend we moved into the new place and are so ready for our new adventure. 

 We are all so excited to begin a new chapter! 






Monday, February 23, 2015

Add a modern chair and you're up to date!


We love to make a statement in a room to make it feel unique and not straight out of Decor 101.   Incorporate a bold contemporary piece of art in a traditional room, or a large old masters reproduction in a modern room or add one of these chairs to any decor to kick it up a notch.

Iconic modern chairs have a history rooted in the 1940's-60's and have become classic over time, yet still they remain viable in contempory decor today.



Let's look at some of these brilliant designs:

1: The Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

2: The Bertoia Chair designed in 1952 by Italian furniture designer Harry Bertoia.

3: The Papa Bear Style chair, by Danish designer Hans J Wegner

4: LC3 Chair by Le Corbusier

5: The Eames lounge chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames

6: The Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen

7: The Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer

8. The LCW Plywood Chair by Charles and Ray Eames

Here is my favorite iconic modern chair, the Barcelona Chair, by Mies van der Rohe, who designed this chair in 1929 for the king and queen of Spain.  It also won the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977.


Some sources for original or reproduction mid century modern chairs and other furnishings are Design Within Reach, Thrive, All Modern, IFN Modern, Modern Mobler, Acme, Kardiel, One Kings Lane and of course Ebay, Craigslist, local classifieds and estate sales.  With these favorites on your radar you may find the deal of the century in an unsuspecting place.  I know I have passed up some that I now regret.
Do you have any favorite places to shop for modern chairs?