Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
There are so many great architecture and design blogs out there, and sometimes it is sometimes hard for them to get ‘found’ by readers. I usually find my ‘new’ blogs through posts by some of my favorite bloggers (as well as blog rolls and comments on my own blog). Occasionally I will read a new blog that really speaks to me, and I have recently come across several blogs that I think my readers will like.
I find that the aesthetic of many of the designers in DC really appeals to me. Two of my favorites – Jim Hawes of Caldwell-Beebe and Sally Steponkus of Sally Steponkus Interiors - hail from the DC area, as does Darryl Carter (he has such a cleverly designed web site – click here to see it) and Kelly Proxmire.
So, when I discovered that Jennifer Sergent, the former editor of the now defunct Washington Spaces Magazine started a blog, I knew it was going to be great. Jennifer told me that after the magazine closed, she “really felt a responsibility to keep the magazine’s blog going under my own name, because this is such an incredible, creative town and there NEEDS to be more than one or two voices to spread the word”. Her most recent post totally captured by heart – a beautiful condo with interior design by Sally Steponkus (pictured above, photo credit Angie Seckinger). Click here to see more pictures from this magnificent home! I look forward to seeing how DC by Design develops – Jennifer is definitely connected to the pulse of the DC design scene.
Another new blog has emerged on the scene: Acanthus & Acorn, written by a Northern Virginia based designer (the vignette above it from her recent post). The author is a blog reader of mine, and we have chatted on the phone about the framed intaglios that I sell in my online store (click here for a peek). When we first chatted, she told me that she had been thinking about starting a blog, and I am happy to report that she went ahead and did it! Her posts are beautiful, insightful, and interesting. It is also interesting to read some of the behind the scenes decisions that went into the projects that she has featured – I always find this to be fascinating.
Finally, although this blog is not new, it is new to me! Brooke of Velvet & Linen met this Nashville based blogger in Atlanta, and I was amazed when I went over to check out her blog, Nest Egg. The author, Rachel Halvorson, is a designer and has such a happy and joyful approach to design and to her blog, it makes me smile when I read it! She also is a dead ringer for Cameron Diaz, as you can see in the thumbnail picture from her blog (I am sure she has heard this a million times!).
Rachel’s recent post on beams is definitely on my favorites of 2010 posts (I have already started my list!). Click here to read it. Image via House Beautiful, design by Tom Scheerer.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
- The unique ceiling treatments in virtually every room all but demand that visitors look towards the heavens to appreciate the inspired design; especially interesting is the ceiling in the front hall, which was created out of salvaged wood found on a trip to the Highlands
- Pointed arches throughout the home, culminating in a charming stained glass window in the family room
- The richly colored kitchen that serves as the warm heart of the house (kitchen design by Jane Hollman with Studio Entourage)
- The finials on the back staircase, carved to resemble chess pieces
- The subtle repeated element of the quatrefoil, which is also found in the soaring towers of St. Philip
- The pool house that Linda MacArthur based on the entry harbor to Christ Church on St. Simons Island◊
- A beautiful collection of antiques, including an exquisite English sideboard in the front hall; a richly colored antique rug in the den; an antique secretary in the living room.
- The charming and cheerful sunroom, which is the wife’s favorite spot from April through October; the beautiful painted ceiling is the perfect touch.
- The dining room, which has the greatest concentration of antiques in the home, and is so timeless that it has been relatively unchanged over the past 40 years
- Antique cache pots in the living room transformed into lamps by Jessica
- The powder room tucked under the stairs, a chic little jewel box of a space decorated in a Chippendale inspired lattice pattern (a repeated element that can be seen around the home)
- The fine contemporary piece in the den, painted by Dennis Campay before he rose to fame – juxtaposed with an ancient Peshwa painting that hangs on the wall between the French doors (this is one of the owners’ favorite antiques).
- Blue porcelain pieces that were purchased for the den, and beautifully bring out the blue in the rug
- The backsplash to the kitchen sink – lovingly designed and created by a local artist to reflect the persona of of the homeowners
- The wide and gracious front hall with mirror image doors
- The beautiful and elegant moldings found throughout the home, inspired by historical Charleston architecture
- The ‘best view in the house’ – a window in the pantry, which overlooks the Shutze masterpiece across the street
- The charming painted floors in the kitchen, designed by Ray Goins
- The transom window in the powder room off the kitchen that lets light into this interior room
- The chandelier in the dining room, which is an antique from an old home in Charleston
- The fretwork on the library fireplace designed by architect Bill Litchfield
- The secret storage closets between the library and the hall
- The Gothic style swing on the sun porch, hand crafted for the space by Ray Goins
- The stunning palladian window on the front elevation of the house, created with perfect Georgian proportions, inspired by the window of the John Brown House of Providence, Rhode Island (1786)
- The intricate ceiling details in the living room, which is the owner’s favorite room in the house, and a place where the family gathers most frequently
- The owner’s passion for flowers that is clearly seen in the colors, furniture, and art in the home
- The antique secretary in the living room, picked out by the owners when they were newly married
- The tranquil and airy master bedroom, which feels like being in a cloud
- The hummingbird sink and mirror in the master bathroom
- The ‘secret’ door in the dining room that connects to the butler’s pantry
- The paneled family room that was based on a beautiful room created by interior designer Charles Faudree, and is filled with beautiful Swedish antiques
- The stunning beauty of the home reveals itself in the details; a recent guest commented that there seems to be a hidden surprise in every room.
- The Greek key pattern found in the architectural details throughout the house
- The custom, fully functioning shutters on the exterior – created just like shutters in the 1800s
- The aqua blue Zuber wallpaper, hand crafted in France by one of the oldest wallpaper makers in the world; it inspired the color scheme for the entire first floor
- The Fortuny fabric upholstered walls in the entry
- The moldings and trim in the living room, which was custom designed by the architects for this room
- The bench and arched bridge from the wallpaper were charmingly recreated in the garden by landscape architect Richard Anderson.
- The baby grand piano in the living room, which belonged to the owner’s mother
- A classic Greek Revival element, the anthemion (honeysuckle) motif, was used in the corners of the living room ceiling.
- The lovely curved stairs and the stained glass skylight at the top of the stairs
- The owner’s most cherished possessions, the portraits of her children which hand on the stairwell
- The lovely porch, with ceiling painted blue in typical Charleston fashion
- The private sunroom off the master bedroom in the new back wing of the house
- The plaster walls and ceilings in the basement – reminiscent of the amorphous plaster walls in ancient French homes
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