Tasty Decor: Clifton NW

And they keep on coming!  A super fun college friend and her husband, Amber and Martin, moved into town early this year and recently closed on their new home.  Of course, eager for more design fun, I volunteered to help them hunt for furnishings and think of design concepts for their two-bedroom spot in the U Street area of DC.  This is a creative dream since they are essentially working with a blank canvas.  Sure, they have some existing pieces, but minimal.  They primarily have the bedroom set. Other than than, all’s fair in loving design.  So first, thing’s first.  A dining table.

The criteria:  a table to seat at least 6. Amber’s sisters also live in town, and they often get together for Sunday dinners.  One of the challenges with finding the right table is that Martin and Amber have a living, kitchen, dining combo space…with not much room for many pieces of furniture.  So, we have to find options that can be compact when dining for two and expanded when needed for six.  Below are some finds from good ole Craigslist (which, btw, has many deal steals!).

Table Options to Seat At Least 6

Next order of business….Living Area.  A few moodboards showcasing different sofa options.  Amber loves color and pattern and texture and just “life” in her space.  Martin, on the other hand, prefers serene, contemporary, more muted colors.  Though, frankly, he just wants to be comfortable and is happy to make his wife happy, too.  So, I went with colors…but kept in some contemporary styling in the moodboards below.

MoodBoard 1 with Karlstad Sofa

MoodBoard 2 with Sage Morgan Sofa

MoodBoard 3 with Pierre Sofa

We shall see, which one they will end up with. Could be none!  Then, back to the drawing board.



Tasty Decor: On Winter Pine…New Home, New Look!

After a long hiatus from all things interior design, you can imagine my excitement when I was asked by my hubby’s cousin and his wife to help them think through the design/decor features for their first owned home. Matt and Mandy recently moved from their 2 bedroom Crystal City apartment into a wonderful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, over 1,500 square feet townhome that is within walking distance to a metro and has a huge extended backyard. Quite a rare find in the Washington, DC-area at an affordable price!  They had a number of furniture pieces that they were bringing over from their apartment to their new home, most of which were transitional.  Their primary challenge was identifying the design scheme that can incorporate their existing furnishings with new purchases and add in colors to blend in their transitional, contemporary-leaning taste.  So I came up with a few moodboards to help them visualize the potential!

Living Room
They had a sage-green sofa and loveseat as well as matching dark-chocolate side tables and coffee table.  But they wanted to bring in color into the space.  So what did I come up with?  GREY!  Yes, grey.  Well, a silver-grey anyway.  It just fit their contemporary leaning style and a great backdrop to an infusion of other colors, like golds and fuschia, in the space as well as a great tie into the other wall colors in the other rooms.
1. West Elm Tiled Capiz Table Lamp.  What better item to juxtapose against a silver-grey wall than a metallic-gold capiz-base lamp?

2. Pier1 Sand Striped Window Panel or Pottery Barn Dupioni Silk Grommet Drape. And of course, to add warmth to the room, muted golden window panels.  Also a great tie-in to the sage-green sofa, loveseat and the chocolate tables.

3.  Handmade Soho Blue Burst New Zealand Wool Rug (5′ x 8′).  Loving this.  The burst of gold, bronze and texture will make your room (and your feet)  happy!

Dining Room
For their dining space, Matt and Mandy already had the dining table and chairs in the above moodboard.  The dining room is horizontally adjacent to the living room, with silver-grey wall against golden capiz lamps and gold window panels… I thought why not a mustard-ish yellow wall?  From gloss to muted yellow.  The dark brown leather chairs and the reddish-brown table legs would fit well.  To tie it all together, I found some tasty goodies below.

  1. West Elm Round Metal Chandelier
  2. West Elm Shelving Brackets
  3. West Elm Sweater Rug

Reading Room
Immediately next to their kitchen is an open space that may have been an informal sitting area, which Matt and Mandy are turning into their reading room/first floor office.  Mandy fell in love with this Santorini blue, which worked perfectly in the flow of my silver-grey and mustard-yellow wall schemes.  Some goodies for their reading room on the moodboard above.

  1. West Elm Round Coco Mirror.  for over fireplace?
  2. Andalusia Rug

Master Bedroom
And for one of the most important rooms in the house, a comfortable, serene space.  They already had most of the furniture, so all I had to do was find the right wall color and options for their lighting scheme and some additional accessories.  For the wall color, I suggested a light, grey-blue…which worked perfectly with their chocolate-colored bedroom set.  Other fun items, I found:

  1. West Elm Flat Stock Lighting Collection: Single Sconce
  2. Pier1 Pearl Silk Window Panel

Hopefully they’ll love these ideas and will be on their way to making an already happy home even happier!