May 10, 2012
I have a total obsession with lanterns, and especially the hunt to find right lantern. I lived in New Orleans for four years and am certain that the repetition of the form instilled the passion. I have lots of fun scouring antique and vintage stores for older pieces and also enjoy using new finds.
Most recently, I used this vintage Mike Weeks lantern in the Children’s Hospital National Children’s Medical Center show house.
I always keep my eye out for interesting pieces when I am traveling. These are some that I recently found at The Inn at Perry Cabin.
Another favorite is this lantern which was on the former porch of a client. The scale says it all.
Bevelo Lighting is based in New Orleans and has mastered the art of the gas lantern. I love this wall mount option.
Here are images of other installations that I love. I always enjoy pulling the outdoors inside–the rustic finish is perfect with the contemporary art work.
April 25, 2012
Please stop by this year’s Show House at 4951 Rockwood Parkway in Washington, DC’s prestigious Spring Valley neighborhood to see this beautiful home, enjoy the creative style of some of the area’s finest designers and find inspiration for your own special space. Tours of the fully decorated home will take place April 14th – May 13th, with all ticket proceeds to benefit Children’s National Medical Center. The majority of the furniture and accessories in the home are also for sale and all sale proceeds will go to Children’s as well.
We designed the Morning Room which sits adjacent to a beautiful flagstone patio and the homes grand exterior entertaining space. The room is enlivened by pops of indigo and citrine, grounded by quieter “Old World” creams and warm grays. The concept was to create a room that simultaneously calms and uplifts, a haven to awaken one’s senses in a tranquil yet stimulating environment.
Previously, the room was devoid of any architectural interest or detail.
The windows were covered in heavy iron grill work which blocked the view to the exterior.
The room was cold and uninviting.
Custom upholstery and a deco inspired Nancy Corzine coffee table ground the seating area. I love the vintage faux bamboo arm chairs which we found in Palm Beach.
The biggest challenge of this room was establishing a focal point. I designed the custom built in to add architectural integrity and ground the room. To add texture and pattern we backed fabric with paper and applied it to the back of the bookcase.
I had the table top faux finished in the marble style to add more pattern and texture.
I worked with local artist Robert Rae for this gorgeous abstract painting.
Follow the link below for tour hours and additional information.
April 13, 2012
Much, much more to come about the fabulous DC Design House experience, but for now here’s a teaser from the live (!!!) television interview I did this morning on Washington’s FOX5.
The house opens to the public tomorrow, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s National Medical Center. Hope to see you!
February 22, 2012
Yesterday at the Washington Design Center I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by the nothing less than amazing, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, a face made famous by the hit Bravo TV Series, Million Dollar Decorators.
Sikar Embroidery in Citrus
Adras Ikat print in Jewel
A few of my favorite interiors by Martyn Lawrence, there are so many…
Martyn signed copies of his new design book, Live, Love & Decorate. His sweet and delightfully funny personality won us all over. My favorite quote from the day was when Martyn reminded us to “always pay attention to our surroundings” A simple truth that applies to all areas of our life.
June 28, 2011
2011 has been quite a whirl wind! I have had a wonderful year so far with some very exciting projects that have kept me quite busy. In addition, I was named “Hot Rising Talent” by Home & Design Magazine. I am so honored to be included in this great publication. I thought it would be fun to share new pictures of a project that I completed last year and recently had professionally photographed. I included “before” pictures to show the total transformation of a traditional Queen Anne Victorian residence into a fresh casual home suitable for a young family. The project was a blast to work on and I am excited to show you the results!
Previously the Entry Hall had burgundy walls, no overhead lighting and an awkward layout. I papered the walls in a soft linen backed paper, converted a functionless vestibule into a new coat closet, designed a custom lighting plan and furnished the space with a combination of custom and retail furnishings.
The Kitchen had great bones but needed help living up to its potential. The cabinets had great shape but were painted in a beige strie that was chipping. The countertops were in a matching beige stone with a dated edge profile. I painted the cabinets bright white, installed new marble countertops and painted a custom stripe on the floor. A fun oversized light fixture over the central island was the finishing touch for the transformation.
The Living Room had canary yellow walls and design details that did not match the architecture of the home. I enclosed the awkward opening over the fireplace and removed light boxes that broke up the walls. By painting the walls, adding overhead lighting and custom millwork to accommodate a large book collection, the room was transformed into an approachable and light filled living space for family of six.
The Family Room was previously used as the formal dining room. The client did not want to dedicate such a large space to entertaining. Once again, the room was dark and dreary. I painted the walls a neutral color, installed wall to wall sea grass and custom lighting. In the corners of the room I converted a corner cupboard into a desk for the client and designed a matching desk on the opposite wall for the children. New upholstery, coupled with a combination of contemporary tables and antique chests give the room a unique and comfortable aesthetic.
I hope you enjoy these. If you would like help with your home please contact me at email@example.com.