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

DC Design House 2011

April 6, 2011

The 4th annual DC Design House , benefiting the Children’s National Medical Center opens this Saturday, April 9.  The  stately Tudor manse, located at 3134 Ellicot St, NW was built in 1925. I had the opportunity to tour the house last week and chat with the designers about their inspiration and color choices.   Much to my delight,  Farrow & Ball is an official paint and wallpaper sponsor this year.  All twenty designers worked with the elegant and historically- referenced Farrow & Ball palette and as a result, the rooms flowed beautifully.  Complex and nuanced off-whites, soft grays, smoky greens and chalky plums predominate and the result is ~ sublime.

 

 

Light Gray, Dutch Pink, Pointing, Babouche

Light Gray, Dutch Pink, Pointing, Babouche

“Elegance and whimsy, punctuated by the unexpected”….I’m guessing that would be these  patent leather yellow/ linen dining chairs!  This dining room, by designer Camille Saum, was one of my favorites. Walls are covered in F&B Light Gray and the ceiling in Dutch Pink.  The floors are checked in F&B Babouche and Pointing. Oh, and there is the live moss covered mantel. Pops of peach and chartreuse  complete this lively palette.

 

 

Cornforth White, Skimming Stone, Charleston Gray

Cornforth White, Skimming Stone, Charleston Gray

 

The inspiration for the Grand Foyer, designed by  Liz Levin Interiors, came from a large scale moorish motif.  Two Farrow & Ball colours,  Skimming Stone and Cornforth White, were used to create a subtle tone on tone hand-painted graphic wall pattern spanning the first and second floors of the entry.  Charleston Gray was used as a third accent color. A global/ ikat inspired Timothy Paul carpet anchors the space.

 

 

 

Designer, Erin Paige Pitts,  transformed a formerly dark and dreary Pool Room into a light and airy white cloud using Farrow & Ball All-White in a high gloss finish on the paneled walls and ceiling.  Her aim was to create an elegant, porch-like space.  She succeeded!

 

 

 

 

On to the main living room, by Patrick Sutton Associates.  The walls and sloping ceiling in this grand room were covered in a white-on-white damask Farrow & Ball wallpaper (Versailles  BP 2601). The extensive wood ceiling beams were stripped and treated with a liming wax finish.  Textured neutrals, punctuated by turquoise, saffron and purple create an inviting and relaxed atmosphere.  These chairs, covered in a handmade Indian crewel, stole the show.

 

 

Dimity, Oxford Stone

Dimity, Oxford Stone

 

In this Family Room by Barbara Franceski,  a “purposeful mix of contrasts engages the senses” and  blends classical with contemporary . Barbara chose the soft, warm backdrop neutral of Farrow & Ball Oxford Stone to allow accents to pop.  A lively rug by Kelly Wearstler adds pattern,  and speaking of pop…. don’t you love these “modern ancestor portraits”?  A wink to the past, indeed.

 

 

Calke Green, Saxon Green, Red Earth

Calke Green, Saxon Green, Red Earth

 

Designer Whitney Stewart, widely recognized for her exquisite sense of color, used more saturated Farrow & Ball greens in this elegant Conservatory, evoking both tradition and a bit of whimsy. Modern botanicals, fabrics and a whimsical hanging “bird’s nest” fixture bring the outdoors right in.

 

 

Oxford Stone, Calluna, Mizzle, Brassica, Charlotte's Locks

Oxford Stone, Calluna, Mizzle, Brassica, Charlotte's Locks

 

I must admit, when I got a peek at  the color boards for this room,  with several of the newest additions to the Farrow & Ball palette, including the bravest of all- Charlotte’s Locks, my heart went pitter-patter.  The result, in this “Secret Garden” bedroom designed by Samantha Friedman,  did not disappoint.  A subtle, warm neutral on the walls allows accents of orange and purple to pop.  Can you spy “Charlotte’s Locks”?   It was used on the adorable swing that appears to fall from a tree in front of the window seat. In the adjoining bath area, designed by Jason Hodges,  texture, sparkle  and the same palette  of spring colors add to a sense of playfulness.

 

 

Pavilion Gray, Slipper Satin

Pavilion Gray, Slipper Satin

 

And here is “One for the Guys”, a masculine gentleman’s bedroom by David Mitchell.  Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray on the walls creates a warm and cozy atmosphere.

 

 

Dimity, Churlish Green

Dimity, Churlish Green

 

In  this “Hideaway”, designed by Lauren Leiss,  the  textures of grasscloth wallpaper, natural woven roman shades and  a diamond pattern sisal rug combine to create a relaxing, earthy ambience. Lauren Liess- designed wing chairs are upholstered in a Michael Smith floral and brown-green velvet . Black and white ikat curtains (a new Lauren Leiss fabric) are hung at the ceiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strong White, Charleston Gray

Strong White, Charleston Gray

 

More green!!  In this master bedroom,  Iantha Carley uses a David Hicks geometric print to bring in a sense of crispness and whimsy. Farrow & Ball Charleston Gray, an elegant mid-tone smoky purple-gray, is used on the walls.  In the adjoining dressing room, Charleston Gray complements an elegant Nina Campbell wallpaper and a touch of vibrant pink on the tufted wing chair adds a splash of spring.

 

 

Out the back door, Jeff Potter and Scott Brinitzer of J&G Landscape Design, Inc. have  created a playful interpretation of a classic parterre garden.

 

 

So this wraps of my post on color at the DC Design House.  This is just a sampling of the rooms of the twenty participating designers. The Design House opens Saturday, April 9 and runs through May 8, 2011. For more information and tickets, see  the DC Design House website.

 

 

 

Happy Spring !