Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One Room Challenge Week 4: Pillow, Art & Rum...

This past week my Master Bedroom makeover was at a  bit of stand still since we went to our favorite place for spring break, St John USVI.  This was the view from the bedroom there - makes me wish it was my view all the time.  Every time I thought about the loss of  1/6 of the time for the ORC, I just drank a little bit lot more rum… So now I'm back to reality with two weeks left to go!

I did make some progress on the fun side of things.  My sponsor, the fabulous Charlotte & Ivy, is providing a beautiful Greek Key pillow for the bed.  I think the 15" x 23" size will be perfect for a center pillow and the gray and gold ribbon will tie in nicely with the gray velvet headboard.

I also found two pieces of art for the room from ORC sponsor, Minted, who offer limited edition prints from independent artists. They have a really interesting model to bring art to their customers - they sponsor ongoing design competitions where designers submit works and the Minted community votes to tell them what to sell.  The works are available on museum quality cotton rag archival paper with archival ink or acid and lignin-free paper with deluxe pigment ink.  I chose two beautiful abstract pieces.   Below Ravello, a limited edition print by Kelli Hall (pictured above)

and  Painted Grunge, a limited edition print by Aticnomar.  This 30" x 40"  piece will be hung vertically in the entry area of the bedroom, replacing the current  smaller landscape.  I think that vertical placement will create a better feel to this small space.

As a reminder,  this is the bedroom back on  Week 1.  (you can also check out the decisions/progress of Week 2 and Week 3)

Next week, I'll be showing you:

-  the new drapes and pelmut
-  progress with the grasscloth on the Ikea Pax closets
-  the newly upholstered headboard

Now be sure to head over to check out what my fellow bloggers have accomplished - which I'm certain is going to light a fire under me to make up for that lost week!

Monday, April 21, 2014

DC Design House 2014 Part 2

Remember in my first post about the DC Design House, I mentioned there's something for everybody? First up, a bit of fun.  Forget safe subway tile, instead Christopher Cahill and Kerry Ann Rodriquez of Cahill Design Build added whimsy with these amazing sea life tiles in the pool area bath.

Notice the illuminated glass in the changing room?  It was created with a salvaged shower door from the upstairs bathroom.

The family room off the pool is a realizing neutral space with an amazing wood textured wallpaper.  Design by Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown of the Akseizer Design Group. 

Katherine Vernot-Jones created a fun and inventive playroom space where there's space for wall-climbing or reading a book.  I have to think anyone looking to create a fun space for their kids that's more than just a pile of toys lined up against the wall will find alot of inspiration here.

The smallest space in the house now is a jewel box with a space enhancing glass countertop and shimmering wallpaper and tile.  Design by Joanne Fitzgerald.

Susan Donelson and Sharen Bubenhofer of Cleveland Hall Design created a  pretty guest room with flanking twin beds that took advantage of the rooms layout and window placement.  


All traces of this ensuite bathroom's bad encounter with the 70's was erased with with this clean, streamlined design by TJ Monahan of ibby/Case Design/Remodeling Inc.   

Last up - the front.  David Benton and Jim Rill of Architects made the front door a star with  a beautiful glossy C2 paint from the Barry Dixon Collection.   Love this!

For more, check out Part 1.  If you haven't gone yet, there's still time.  

April 13 - May 11, 2014

$25 per ticket, Benefitting Children's National Health System

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Isle of Lismore, Scotland - Easter 2013


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