First off I want to thank you for all your great comments! Whether it’s regarding Luke’s chair or helping me select a garden stool, your comments are so much fun to read. While the answers are very diverse and my head might spin even more after reading them, it never fails to give me a new idea, or a new way too look at something. That’s was so much fun about design. You open up your views, step outside the comfort zone, then rein it all in, and allow yourself to choose what’s truly you. (btw Luke has made a very personal decision about his chair which I’ll share later)
When I create a room I draw inspiration from things past and present. I believe most designs are a reinterpretation of something you’ve seen. New ideas but with your own twist. As the living room takes shape I see influence from current great designs I’ve loved, items like the white cowhide and the yellow curtain fabric. But when I saw my Dorothy Draper influence arrive this week, all I could do was smile…
I like the clean lines and the big block of white the that the cowhide brought in.
It’s allowing peaceful spaces among all the colors in the room.
The citron colored curtain fabric is here. Can’t wait to see how all that yellow will look with the added black graphics.
My inspiration was this fearless woman’s living room curtain. And I loved the yellow with turquoise.
Can’t wait to see that big splash of yellow in the aqua room. I just love yellow. It makes me happy!
And last week we opened this box…
…that had me at hello.
A big 6′ tall white rococo plaster mirror in white lacquer. I’ve never known what to do with that tall beige fireplace in the room. But now I’m excited to play with scale and put a big imposing white mirror….
…a la Dorothy Draper.
Image the Essex house, design by Dorothy Draper.
Loved the way she added white plaster details above fireplaces, on doors, really anything.
And I love playing with scale!
Washington DC tends to stay very “safe” when it comes to interiors. I think perhaps that’s what always triggers me to think outside of the box a little bit.
Diversity is fun. Everybody does not have to like your designs – just you!
Sorry for the blurry Iphone image. Can’t wait to hang this big thing.
For you who don’t live in DC below here are some screen shots of an article that’s out now in DC Luxury Homes. A big Thank You to editor in chief Karen Shalett for feeling the same way about color that I do.
To make it in to the March issue, we styled some of the rooms that were yet unfinished.
And why not? Rooms should always evolve anyway. Just like your life.
Here you can see the living room before recent additions. We used the Kirkland’s mirror above the fireplace for the shoot.
Wonder is any readers know it’s only $ 79??
The dining room was styled a bit as well, since that’s serving as a temporary office right now. I LOVED the shot of the foyer! Photographer Greg Powers did such an excellent job!!
In the bedroom I’m still waiting for the new end of the bed couch, bedside tables and lamps. For the entire article you can go here.