Thursday, May 20, 2010

DC Design House

Tonight I attended the 'gala' opening of the DC Design house at the design center hosted by Elle Decor. Scrumptious food and decadent drinks, but we weren't there to be wined and dined, rather we were there to see the work of 8 talented designers. Drama was big in the showhouse, as it should be. A beautiful stuffed peacock greeted you in the living room by JDS Designs. I loved the grasscloth wallcovering by Maya Romanoff for Donghia.The foyer, equally dramatic, is by Kelley Proxmire. I loved the combination of turquoise and black. The floor was painted in a hexagonal pattern in black and white, continuing the theme.My favorite room was the study by Nestor Santa-Cruz. The perfect blue walls by Farrow & Ball with a cozy seating group AND stacks of my favorite magazines (WOI and Elle Decor) -just what I would want to spend an afternoon doing here!
The carpet (Stark) was such a great complement - blue, golden yellow with orange accents.
This adorable little brass telescoping table was just large enough to set down a drink.Back in the living room, I loved these console tables by William Switzer for Niermann Weeks. A modern take on a glamourous English console: gilding removed and a simple stone top! I would have gladly taken this home.
Loved this lamp in the master bedroom - a little rabbitt by Moooi! The desk was interesting but it left me in the mood for a massage, yes?
The lobby to the Design center, more drama, was also done by Kelley Proxmire (I guess she specializes in lobbies these days?). Loved the combination of reds with black: you KNOW you've arrived!
The design house is open thru December 4 at the Design Center - please visit if you are in the area and many thanks to Elle Decor for a great evening!

20 comments:

Julio said...

Fabulous designs Stefan. I love Kelley Proxmire's work. The lobby and foyer truly give the "wow" factor. Great post.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Terrific choices...

Karena said...

Wow Stefan, fabulous design. I would love that console table as well, so elegant in its simplicity!

Karena
Art by Karena

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Digging all these bright pops of colour. Thanks, Stefan.

pve design said...

LOve that chair with the red peeking out from under!
Thanks for the reminder to book a massage!
I am over-due!
pve

Joe said...

I was fun, nice to finally meet you-Joe

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Thanks everyone -it was a lot of fun!
Was nice to meet you finally too, Joe!

Picture of Elegance said...

Thank you for sharing Stefan.These events are always exciting!Love the chair in the last photo.

Lauren said...

Stefan- how did we miss each other??!! :( I was there too!!

loved those tree of life tables too and can't get them out of my mind!!! NEEEEEEED to use them somewhere!!

xoxo

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Great tour and fantastic pictures Stefan!

My Notting Hill said...

Love the angle of your shot of the peacock! Nestor's room was my favorite too.

24 Corners said...

That little brass table and the modern Engilsh console were calling my name! What a fun experience...thanks for making all of us drool a bit!

Have a lovely weekend,
Jessica~

The Shiny Pebble said...

Grasscloth and peacock at the opening scene...you know it is going to be good. I love the DRAMA in a room. Drapey, oversized, lush fabrics and textures, mood ligthing... I wish every room in my house exhuded that feeling.

the golden mist said...

there is something very attractive about the bourgeois lifestyle...

the wanting to stand out but still fit in =)

http://thegoldenmist.blogspot.com/

DC by Design said...

Thanks for sharing Stefan -- I was at an event in Georgetown and wishing very much that I could have cloned myself!

katiedid said...

Thanks so much for the peek Stephan! I love a good Showhouse, and this one looks great. Sounds like a very good time. :)

VictoriaArt said...

Gorgeous tour! What great design picks! Thank you, Stefan!

thevinylvillager said...

I am in love with that chair in the final photo. Any idea whose fabric that is?

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I'm not sure, Vinyl. The designer of the space was Kelley Proxmire though - perhaps her office could help you? Or maybe another reader here?

Joe said...

The fabric on the chair came from Kravet--Joe