Archive for May, 2012

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Not too long ago I had a client, Kelly, come to me who had recently moved from a large suburban home inVirginia into a smaller single family home in DC.   Size wise, this was a pretty big downgrade for Kelly as she lost her formal living room but wanted to keep a dining room to entertain in.

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When I first met Kelly and saw her home, the “Dining Room” was filled with living room furniture (that would eventually all make it down to her cottage home).



Her goal was to transform the room back into a Dining Room where her family could eat dinner every night, but also a room to entertain guests on special occasions and holidays.  Basically, this space needed to be formal, comfortable, yet functional! 

By using fabrics with great graphic detail and rich color around the table, we were able to keep the room feeling fresh and comfortable.  I love how the simple hound’s tooth print on the side chairs lets the floral on the Martha Washington arm chairs pop! The only element that we kept the same in the room were the woven shades she had installed right before our meeting- they look great with the light striped fabric we selected for the custom window treatments.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

We also had to cover the awful radiator under the front window.  Most older DC homes still have radiators and this one completely detracted from the elegance of the design.  The radiator cover we had built was completely custom and looks original to the home!  It turned out perfect. 

The finishing touch was to hang a chandelier over the table which definitely turned this room into a Dining Room.  And with some fun accessories that pull from the colors in the chair fabrics, this room feels like home.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky


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The Chevron is a very bold pattern that can make a really strong impact on a room.  A Chevron (also spelt Cheveron) is an inverted “V” shaped pattern typically seen in repetition.

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This pattern can sometimes be difficult to work with and isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly one to try to play around with!

Source: West Elm Bedding

If you don’t want to commit to incorporating it into your design completely, you can always bring the pattern in by using accents like pillows, blankets, rugs, and other smaller pieces that are easy to change out.

Source: Etsy

Source: Etsy

Source: chair-Z Gallerie, pillows-Clayton Gray Home, lamp-Jill Rosenwald, room-Houzz.com, pottery-Jill Rosenwald

One of my favorite (and most subtle) ways  to use the Chevron is in a tile backsplash or a wood flooring.  Remember that the lighter the pattern, the less intense it will be as well.

Source: Southern Accents

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Source: Houzz.com

Source: Hernderson Wood Floors

Okay, Okay, just a few more that I love…

Source: Shades of Light

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Source: West Elm

Source” Etsy

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There is nothing wrong with the ‘ol classic and traditional wooden headboards and beds, but there is just something so luxurious about an upholstered headboard!  They have the ability to be a soft and modern backdrop to any lavish bedroom design.  Here are my top 8 favorites:

1. The Amelia Bed

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“The Amelia Bed would be the focal point of any dreamy, restful retreat. The luxuriously tufted headboard with sheltering wings at the sides, are just that touch of softness to fulfill all the nesting instincts of comfort and security. It is a bed so stunning that it cannot be defined as just contemporary or traditional.” ($1,749.00 – $1,849.00)

2. The “Twinkle” Bed

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“Contemporary wooden furnishings have walnut veneers and a mink finish and detailed with fabric upholstery.” ($2,559-$2,929)

3. Bed no.Twenty One

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 “Hand made in New England using North American Red Oak, Black Walnut or Maple and available in any of our suggested wood stains or hand applied finishes.  Each piece of wood is hand selected for an individual product based on desired grain character and finish process selected.  Classic joinery construction is used throughout each bench made piece.  Headboard is available in any of our suggested wood stains or specialized finishes or may be covered in any of our fabrics or leathers.” (Price available upon request.)
4. The Arch Bed

Source: Designer Lorin Marsh

“Carved white lacquer frame with tufted headboard with metal buttons.” (Price available upon request.)

5. The Temple Upholstered Bed

Source: Designer Julian Chichester

“This platform bed has an upholstered headboard and frame in either Antiqued Silver Leaf or Gold and eglomisé.” ($9,705)

6. Upholstered Squares Head Board

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“Composed in a myriad of carved squares, this dramatic headboard is a stunning addition to any bedroom with a contemporary feel.   Available in many fabrics and finishes.” ($4,753.00)

7. The Alison Headboard

Source: Ethan Allen

“Customize your bed with softness and pizzazz.  This fully upholstered cut-corner headboard frame reaches the floor and is offered with diamond tufts or smooth front styling to create your personal vision of luxury.  Available upholstered in your choice of leather or solid fabric or dual fabric and leather. Choose dressmaker details, including optional nailhead trim, contrast welting, bias welting, and leather welting.” (Starting price $799)

8. The Sanza Bed

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“The wide-set, spindle feet of this high-end, Italian-made bed captivate our attention. Standing behind, the headboard is finished in a soft fabric, ecological leather, premium leather or crocodile leather by IQMatics. For the addition of a little glamour, the cushioned headboard of the Sanaz bed may also come adorned in optional Swarovski buttons.” (Price available upon request.)

Which upholstered bed would be the center of your dream bedroom?

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Lately I have found myself totally drawn to all things lace.  I am not quite sure where this new infatuation has come from but I completely love lace!  For example, I had to buy this gorgeous dress from Lily Boutique (it was only $60!)

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Lace is typically considered very traditional but I have actually found some very modern applications of it!  Here are some stunning rooms that use lace as an elegant design element.

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And the wallpaper is available in white too!

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These products are just so delicate looking!

Source: Paso Doble wallpaper designed by Elitis Wallpaper

Source: Luxury Idea

Source: Rug designed by Laura Bielecki

Source: Designers Anna-Katriina Tilli and Mari Relander

And by the way, I love all of these!

Source: Marie Claire (shoe on left- Guess, shoe on right- Giorgio Armani, clutch- J.Crew)
Read more: Lacy Accessories – Lace Shoes and Bags – Marie Claire

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Souce: Benjamin Moore- color Confederate Red

So if you are like the majority of clients I work with, you love color but are too afraid to commit to an entire room covered in it.  Take a look at these rooms I love that have successfully used a bold wall color.

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Source: solothais.com

The trick is to keep everything else in the room fairly neutral and let the walls do all the talking.  Definitely bring in some of the wall color in accessories, but don’t go overboard- only about 10% of them should be the same color and the rest neutral.

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I am a big fan of dark bedroom walls because they tend to suck all the light out of the room (I need complete darkness to sleep).

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Dark wall color also allows for your white trim to really pop and make a statement!

Source: Apartment Therapy

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What color would you paint your room?

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So I haven’t been on an airplane in about 5 months and I am really getting the itch to travel!  Okay, so I am going to Boston in a few weeks for my best friend’s bachelorette party (I miss you Christy, I can’t wait to see you!)… but that’s not the type of traveling I’m talking about… I mean I need a new foreign destination. 

Source: The Paper Source

Check out these fabulous finds that get my mouth watering…

Source: Zuo Modern

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Source: giftsthatgive.com

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Source: Home Goods

Source: World Market

I love these trunks!  They are used as a lighting display at PB.

Source: Pottery Barn

Source: Pottery Barn

I love the Greek key fireplace below!

Source: Houzz

And here is a  little ethnic flair for you:

Source: bedroom- Elle Decor, Moroccan Leather Poof- West Elm, Battani pillows, West Elm, orange Moroccan table- Home Goods, bedding- Ethan Allen

Where in the world would you travel to if you could get up and go tomorrow?

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