Apartment Therapy DC Meetup {Trendspotting}

August 31, 2011




Lively Apartment Therapy DC Meet Up last night !






The event, an end of the summer social and design roundtable, was organized by Desire Green of Sukio Design and was held at  The Dunes , one of DC’s hottest art and event spaces.







Chris Bishop



Chris Bishop


Couldn’t resist posting a few of these fabulous pieces by local DC artist and illustrator Chris Bishop.




Zoe Feldman, Eric Cole, Alex Sanchez



The design panel  included  three of DC’s most “current” designers, Zoe FeldmanVastu’s Eric Kole, and  Alex Sanchez.  The panel shared their insights about “trends” and how they affect the DC design market.  They were in agreement about a few things.

~Clients are spending more “smartly”

~A “green mentality” has consumers turning to pieces that are locally sourced

~A global, more rough hewn look is “in”

~Architecture, scale, proportion should dictate design

~Matchy bedroom sets are a no-no


Alex Sanchez and Eric Kole


The designers also shared some details about new “projects” on the horizon.

~Zoe Feldman will be launching a new blog “Zoe Frenia”, which she promises to be “irreverent and frenetic”

~Eric Kole will appear on HGTV’s premiere episode of “Showhouse Showdown”, airing September 12 at 10pm ET

~Alex Sanchez will appear in Uptown Magazine and has an open house, showcasing his “renovation style” at 26 T St. NE, on September 11


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And for more “words of wisdom”  from these three designers, you can check out the Twitter stream of #apttherapydc and @aposhgirl (I had trouble photographing, listening, drinking AND tweeting at the same time  ; )



Chris Bishop










Just…a dash. Just.

August 30, 2011



Nothing better than a dash of color where you would least expect to find it.



Apartment Therapy



Martha Stewart

The Chair: A Perfect Splash of Color

August 20, 2011


Today, I’m pleased to announce my first guest post!   Arcadian Lighting is a  must-shop resource for beautiful light fixtures.  Here, they share some thoughts about chairs + color , often the perfect pairing.

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Among the many elements used to add color to interior spaces, nothing does it quite like the chair. Whether a softly hued slipper chair or a brightly colored occasional chair, any space looks better with a chair or two. Below are a few of our top chair choices.  Which is your favorite?


A soft blue and white room gets a boost of brightness, not only from the chandelier above,  but from two canary yellow and gold gilt French chairs. They can’t help but bring a smile to your face!



A tufted turquoise chair with elegantly carved legs brings the color off the walls and into this room designed by Kendall Wilkinson.  The ambient light from the window dances throught the romantic glass table and onto the brightly hued chair.





Sumptuous lilac velvet  covers two curvy occasional chairs.  The whisper of color softens the harsh lines of black and gray throughout the rest of this living room.





A surprising amount of color is found in this stately tomato red and creamy white chair with a patined -wood frame. Again, a black and white room is brought to life by a dash of color only a chair could provide.





A modern table and Lucite ghost chair get a boost flanked by playful impressionistic side chairs in a multicolored fabric.  Plenty of natural light from the windows adds extra brightness to the room without the need for a lighting fixture above the table.




These four candy striped pink chairs look good enough to eat.  Topped with a bold fuchsia chandelier,  the chairs add feminine flair to an ultra modern setting.




A pair of lovely curved lounge chairs in kiwi velvet shake up a prim and proper Victorian dining room.




A modern take on the traditional wingback  provides the base for this burnt orange tufted chair.  It adds  just the touch of color the room needs. A clever and unexpected chandelier in the shape of a ship floats above this eclectic living room.


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Thank you,  Arcadian Lighting!


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