Tory Burch Opens Store in Tysons!

Very exciting news! Tory Burch is opening a store in Tysons Galleria (Tyson’s Corner, Virginia). I’ve always been a big fan of the Tory Burch stores and Tory Burch herself. She quite the designer and entrepreneur who has the savvy and business sense to institutionalize a globally-recognized luxury lifestyle brand (named after her) in less than 10 years. She distinguished herself by designing her flagship store in New York to look more like a room in her home than a traditional boutique retail store. Since establishing her business in 2004, she has since opened up more stores across the country and the world. Each store exudes that “Tory Burch” style with a mix of patterns, vibrant colors, and glam…but they also highlight design elements that are unique to their location. Here are a few to oogle at for our own home design inspirations!

Tory Burch Botique in Seoul, Korea from curbed.com

Tory Burch Store in Seoul, Korea from curbed.com

Tory Burch Store in Honolulu, Hawaii from curbed.com

Tory Burch Store in Scottsdale, Arizona from curbed.com

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Fabric Yard Sale Again Today! (DC and Baltimore Area)

On my way… hope I get some great deals! Here’s the info in case you’re interested:

Fabric Yard Sale on Saturday, October 1st from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Sale will be at:
1403 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228

House is directly across from Catonsville Presbyterian church.

1000’s of decorative fabrics and 100’s of imported trims! ALL fabric $.50 to $4.00 per piece, 3 and 6 yard bolts $6.00 to $12.00. to and ALL trim $.50 to $4.00 per piece. Come shop and design. Hope to see you there!

Contact:
Deanna Keagle
(443)255-6853

By the way, I don’t receive any sponsorship or anything monetary from posting this, and I don’t know the designer having the yard sale. I just wanted to share the love. Have a great Saturday!

Southwest DC Arts Festival – TODAY

A developing neighborhood in DC — there will be music, food, art, crafts, and a walking tour of the neighborhood. Who knows you might find a gem to bring home. Check it out! http://swdcartsfest.org/

Design a Tote Bag, Win a Competition, Make a Difference

What are you guys up to this weekend?? How about entering the Designs for Development competition??

I’m so excited to highlight on Design Palate today an opportunity for creatives out there to unleash your artistic energy on the design of an eco-friendly tote bag for Roots. Roots of Development is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC whose mission is to foster sustainable development by empowering communities to come together, make collaborative decisions, take ownership, and be transparent. Roots has facilitated access to clean drinking water, basic health care, and infrastructure like housing, roads, and electricity for countries in great need of these basic resources, such as Haiti.

Here’s a little excerpt of the Root’s Philosophy:
“The communities we work with have many dreams. They also have the drive and determination to realize them. What they do not have are the basic resources to build a foundation for growth. By providing them access to these resources, communities will be closer to achieving their goals and realizing their dreams. Whether in Haiti, the United States, or any other country, people deserve these basic resources, not as a privilege, but as a right.”

Enter the Designs for Development competition and have the potential to win BIG — in heart, mind, and wallet. Winning entries can receive up to $1000! So what have you got to lose? It’s a triple win all around.

Have fun!

Granite vs Cabinet

Okay, I mentioned the other day the that the Hubby and I purchased the “Ivory Fantasy” granite. See below.

Ivory Fantasy Granite

And I really do love it! Check out these pics of the granite fully installed…

From Cole Brothers Marble and Granite


This is the version of the slab that we bought (or so I think). You can see it has a greyer look to it than the pic above, with hints of beige and reddiish-brown speckles throughout.

From Cole Brothers Marble and Granite


A little closer view of the same kitchen countertop.

From Granite World


But this version looks browner…

From Granite A-Z Designs


And this version…

From Master Granite


And especially this version…. It looks like the granite can be greyer or browner depending on how the light hits it. Or perhaps, there’s just that much variation in the granite slabs? I just hope we really do get the version from the first picture.

That said, I’m now debating whether I should paint the cabinets grey or keep the cherry wood color original to the cabinets. And how will that affect my tile options? Oh, I’m getting confused. So much to think about! What do you guys think? Go grey or not?

Granite Counter and Backsplash Tiles! We’re On Our Way To An Updated Kitchen

As you may recall, Hubby and I are in the process of re-doing our kitchen this year. We want to lighten up the space…and update our appliances…you know, that sort of thing. And what better time to go shopping for granite and backsplash tiles than when a hurricane is about to hit! Yep, hardly anyone was in the stores and so we got great attention and good deals. So good, in fact, that we went ahead and purchased our granite. Yay! This is our first major home re-do, so we’re (well, I am) a little nervous about it.

I definitely am not following the process here. Shouldn’t one have a contractor first before buying granite?? Yeah, I haven’t quite secured one yet. (If anyone in the DC area has suggestions of a great tile person, cabinetmaker, electrician, and painter, PLEASE EMAIL ME).

Well, I just loved the people at M&T Granite (a resource to those of you in the DC area). We received such great customer service from Koray (granite/marble expert) and Kathy (designer/artist). I know this must be crazy, but I’m a fairly intuitive person and can tell someone’s shooting the sit and or if they’re genuinely interested in helping you…and Koray and Kathy were the latter. Yes, of course, they wanna sell ya something. But I wanted to buy something, so perfect combo. I didn’t know the first thing about granite. But I liked it, so I got it.

Kathy certainly doesn’t run around in circles trying to sell you something. As a designer, she’s too the point about what granite/marble options would work well for what you’re looking for. And Koray, well, he’s just a sweet businessman. So far so good. I certainly hope they do a good job with the installation and the rest of the job. Koray and Kathy, please don’t disappoint!

At first, since I am thinking of painting our cabinets grey, I thought about getting the Kashmir White granite. See below.

Kashmir White

It is definitely greyer than the picture here depicts, with speckles of reddish-brown. It was about $30-something per square feet, which was very reasonable for budget. But then, Kathy, with her designer eye suggested the Ivory Fantasy granite as an alternative. We had just been to Mosaic Tileand selected a few options to work with (see below). And as you’ll see, they have a bit more of a golden pop to them. So, we decided on the Ivory Fantasy.

Ivory Fantasy

Ta da! It’s not as beige as it seems on this pic. It actually has beautiful silver speckles throughout, and the movement on the granite was just beautiful. Movement, according to my expert designer/realtor friend Sarah Schifano, is important to look for when selecting granite. The more movement (or the variation in color and striation within the same slab) on the granite, the higher the quality. For just a little more bump in the price (around $40-something per square feet) we got our movement with the Ivory Fantasy.

So now, onto our backsplash tile dilemma. Since we’ve now made our purchase, we found three potential tile options. We weren’t so impressed with our person at Mosaic Tile, so we didn’t buy. I mean — who chews gum with an open mouth and answers the phone and leaves you to help another customer who JUST walked in — while she’s supposed to be helping you?? We really liked the selection at the tile store, so hopefully we can work with another person in if we decide to go there. But! That said, here are the tile options we selected. I’d LOVE your thoughts on what you think would go well with our new countertops. Keep in mind my “grey” concept…. Take look!

Option A: Bianco

Should we go with Option A?

Option B: Butter Cream Mosaic

Or Option B?

Option C: Gold and Silver Foil

Or Option C?

I know SOMEONE out there is reading this post. I’d love to hear from you. =)

Fun Design Project: Fractured Legacy

Got myself hooked in on a fun little design project recently! I’m the Art Director for a short film called, Fractured Legacy. Check out the video below of our talented writer and director, Sebastien Tobler, discussing the film’s storyline.

Fractured Legacy – Kickstarter Video from Sebastien Tobler on Vimeo.

So what exactly does an Art Director do and how’s that related to design? As I’m quickly finding out…it’s a lot of hunting and gathering for set locations, props, and costumes to visually set the tone of a scene and convey the attributes of the characters…their unique style and personality. Sound like interior design, eh? But in the latter case—rather than revolving around a story—we’re setting tone of how the individual (client) wants to experience the space, dressing it up to convey their unique style and personality.

I’ve been busily creating set design concepts for our three locations and wardrobe concepts for our characters. More to come in the next few days as all this unfolds….!!! Stay tuned!

A Walk Around DC’s Capitol Hill…From NE to SE and Back

It was Saturday afternoon.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

The Hubby and I had a craving…

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

for this strawberry-yummy-goodness….

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

So we went here, at our neighborhood Good Stuff Eatery, and along the way we came across these beauties.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate


For interior shots, check out the Washington Post’s feature of this home!

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Photography by Michelle @ Design Palate

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

This one is actually our dream home in the neighborhood. One of these days, the Hubby and I might just walk up to the front door in our Sunday’s best, knock, and say, “We know you’re not quite ready to sell, and we’re not quite ready to buy. But 15 years from now, when your kids are grown and you want to downsize, please call us first so we can have the chance to live joyfully in your home.”