Marika Meyer at the DC Design House 2012

April 11, 2012



Yesterday,  the DC Design House 2012 opened its doors to “press” for a preview. It was a glorious spring day with azaleas at their peak in the green environs of Spring Valley, Washington, D.C. Farrow and Ball is a sponsor this year, so I was looking forward to seeing how designers worked their magic with these complex subdued paints and papers.


One of my favorite rooms was “The Morning Room” by designer Marika Meyer.



photo Angie Seckinger Photography


In the designer’s words,  “Enlivened  by pops of indigo and citrine, grounded by quieter “Old World” creams and grays, the light -filled Morning Room simultaneously calms and uplifts…”




… “Our subdued palette starts with Farrow and Ball’s Dragged Papers gracing the walls and continues in the subtle gray pattern of the linen drapery {Quadrille} framing the floor to ceiling windows.”




” A stunning Oushak rug {Stark Carpet New Oriental Juliette Collection} that has similar ethereal tones but also punches of bright blue and citrine makes the space at once timeless and fresh.”




photo Angie Seckinger Photography


A large Robert Rea abstract balances the view of the outside terrace.




More color play of indigo and citrine against a backdrop of quiet gray.



photo Angie Seckinger Photography


A striking lattice -patterned Stroheim fabric lines the back of custom built-ins.




photo Angie Seckinger Photography


The effect is ethereal and hushed with glorious light bringing the subtle soft tones of Farrow and Ball neutrals to life.



More posts to come on other favorite rooms at The DC Design House 2012. It  runs from April 14- May 13.  Don’t miss it!


Photographs 1,3,5 and 6 via Angie Seckinger Photography







18 Responses

  1. CORINNE says:

    Beautiful room! This rug is absolutely gorgeous. Those colors by F&B are great. Shaded white is a chic and subtle color, Hardwick white, a beautiful and warm greenish grey, and Slipper Satin is a white I love to specify that works with almost everything.

  2. Bill Gardner says:

    Marika did such a beautiful job with this room. The color palate is so wonderful and subdued that this room would definitely be my favorite for morning coffee. Thanks for the article.

  3. Donna Frasca says:

    Those are really beautiful Jean -soft and classy!

  4. Beautiful, livable and photogenic. A lovely room.

  5. Janet says:

    Jean, Do you know what the drapery fabric is?

  6. Janet says:

    Opps! Never mind just read it…should have guessed it was Quadrille…not in the budget this year!

  7. What a beautiful, beautiful space. Love it!

  8. Amanda sacco says:

    Could you tell me the name of paint used on bookshelves thanks

    • jeankee says:

      Sorry, Amanda…just not sure what paint was used on bookshelves. Pretty sure it was a Farrow & Ball color.

  9. Marcy Cordova says:

    What a beautiful space! Love it!! What was used to adhere the fabric to the back of the built-ins? Love this look!! Fabulous!!

  10. designgirl2 says:

    This is a very beautiful room. I love everything in it. Well designed and restful.

  11. Carolyn says:

    Do you have any information on those green chairs? They are gorgeous!

  12. Lisa says:

    I found this post on pinterest and had to check out the rest of the room. I am in love with the fabric lined built in. The space has so many different patterns but they all work so beautifully together.

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