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}



The Palest of Pinks

July 29, 2011




Just a whisper of   ~ pink ~



Kristen Buckingham


That complex pale color you would find on the outer edges of a conch shell where the color fades just slightly from pink to buff.



Carol Felton




Elle Decor

And here, the pink shifts ever so slightly to violet…an ephemeral off-white from Donald Kaufman Color



Martha Stewart


Martha Stewart can get away with this….I have yet to convince a client to go this pink in a living room



Phoebe Howard


Phoebe Howard uses a gentle hand to create a quiet and serene space using just a hint of pink.




Victoria Pearson/House Beautiful



Wedding Bee

My top picks for the palest of pink in paints~




Benjamin Moore’s Antique White, Evening White, Onyx White

C2 Paint’s Sashay, Wink

California Paint’s Vanilla Blush

Farrow& Ball’s Pink Ground



Have a sweet weekend,  my dears.