DC Design House 2012, Part 2

April 12, 2012



This chinoiserie fabric {Cowtan and Tout} was the inspiration for the formal dining room at the DC Design House 2012 designed by Shazalynn Cavin-Winfey.  The designer gave traditional mahogany chairs a coat of blue paint to update their look. Pretty!





The atmosphere is formal but dreamlike- the room is suffused with a warm “peaches and cream ” glow.  Walls are covered with a creamy Farrow and Ball “Dragged Paper” and trim is painted out in a custom mix of Farrow and Ball’s ‘Tallow’ and ‘Fowler Pink’.







The warm tones are balanced by energizing accents of coral and blue. This beautiful watercolor on rice paper that hangs above the mantel is by Richmond artist, Ruth Bolduan.





Artist Ruth Bolduan


Though formal, the designer describes the room as “happy, sophisticated and youthful”.  Her favorite detail is the custom corner banquettes covered in a peach velvet.





A pair of framed  antique  Gracie wallpaper panels are “exquisite precursors to what might have been”.





The DC Design House 2012 opens to the public Saturday, April 14.   Go while the azaleas are still in bloom!



Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey {SCW Interiors}



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