Monday, March 22, 2010

DC Designer Series: Barbara Franceski

The other week while attending the Washington Design Center's Ones to Watch Awards, the portfolio of Barbara Franceski, one of the nominees, really caught me eye. I like the interesting, layered interiors she creates. Comfortable and inviting but with a bit of the unexpected added in - whether it's a bit glam & glitter, an interesting accent piece or an oversized pattern.
Love the fresh spring green accent pillows in this room and the repetition of the oversized nail head trim.

Great pattern!


A bit of whimsy - often reserved for bedrooms this wire model looks terrific here (which I think is in the main living area of the home)
Love Barbara's solution for those very tall windows - it adds to the comfortable scale of the seating area.
What can you say - this is a terrific bedroom! Love how the upholstered element continues from the headboard through the base of the bed.

If you're interested in seeing Barbara's work in person, there's good news. She'll be creating a guest sitting room in the upcoming DC Design House. In a recent email, Barbara mentioned the window treatments have been installed and the furniture and artwork are about to be installed. Really looking forward to it! In the meantime, if you'd like to see more of Barbara's work, you'll find her porfolio here.
(photography by Gunnar Westerlind or Barbara Franceski)

27 comments:

Willow Decor said...

Wow! I just love her interiors - warm but with a great flair! I especially love the antique mirror screen. Oh someday...
xx-Gina

The Zhush said...

So pretty! Also loving those nailheads, and I haven't seen bleached out floors like that in quite a while...very refreshing.

Lavender and Lilies said...

I love the large nailhead trim she used in the top pictures. I also love that bedroom. It's so unexpected. Great feature.

1 Funky Woman said...

Love the green pillow. Its just the right punch of color that room needs. I love the dress form. I have one and its fun and whimsical!

Red Door Home said...

Love her style - white with pops of color! My favorite type of decorating..

Southern Aspirations said...

Love her style! Great spaces, though the pink bedroom is my favorite. Very approachable, but still definitely "designer" if that makes any sense.

JeanetteS said...

Thanks for the introduction to Barbara Franceski. I do like how she created a sitting area just off to the right of the fireplace in one of the photos.

I'm looking forward to the DC Design House.

style chronicle said...

Lovely! I love your D.C. designer profiles!

Debby Lee said...

I like the unexpected wire model and those green window treatments. :)

Vitania said...

Thanks for the intro.. Fabulous interiors..I love the updated classic look... and the window coverings in that family room with the great piece of art over Fireplace... FAB..

christina said...

I love the mirrors - they are always such a wonderful addition to any space!

Things That Inspire said...

I love it when you feature a designer in this series. There are so many fabulous talents out there that are not in the national magazines, but should be!

Emom said...

Wonderful photos...smiles.

Greet said...

Hi Michelle,
I can imagine that this caught your eye! It is beautiful!
xx
Greet

Viera said...

Thanks for an introduction. Love the chair on a first picture.
X
V

Lyn said...

Wow! I have become quite hooked on 'My Notting HIll" recently! Love the white wingback with the nailhead trim just beautiful!
xx Lyn (LINI)

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

great style - not adverse to a touch of glamour and whimsy.

Jennifer Sergent said...

I loved meeting Barbara at the design house bare bones tour -- her guest sitting room will be really great, full of classical references with a hip twist!

Lila said...

Oh, I love every room! She pays great attention to the wood work in rooms and has awesome mirrors!
Lila Ferraro
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Chic Coles said...

I love all the nailhead pieces!

Emily Heston said...

I love the oversized damask pattern on the roman shades. Do you know the maker of that fabric?? It would be perfect in my family room.

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kanishk said...

I haven't seen bleached out floors like that in quite a while...very refreshing
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Renee Finberg said...

fun fun fun

i love the rooms.
they are sophisticated and happy places.
x

Jen of Made By Girl said...

Wow how pretty is that 3rd to last pic...love that room and that original looking artwork!

Jen Ramos
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MB said...

Wow, I'm lovin' the chair in the second picture. Very swanky! Thanks for sharing:)

My Notting Hill said...

Hi everyone - thanks for all these great comments. Glad you enjoy her work as much as I do.

Emily Heston - Barbara said the fabric is Brunelleschi by Decortex Biano/Verdi, to the trade through Brunschwig & Fils.

Lauren said...

beautiful!!! love her spaces!!
xoxo

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