Friday, April 20, 2012

DC Design House: Inventive Spaces

The space mother and daughter design team Carolyn Wilson and Elizabeth Boland of Design in a Day was given wasn't much more than a warren of closets and a hallway.  Now it's a striking, chic transition space packed with a bold, cohesive design.  The walls are papered in a stamped alligator pattern and the ceilings are painted in Farrow & Ball Dayroom Yellow.
(First two images from their blog Haute Couture)

And speaking of challenges, the Master Deck was a forlon long and narrow space, barely 6 feet wide and dated by some unfortunate scrolling iron work.  Shannon Munn and Amanda Welch of Ambi Design Studio transformed it into a private retreat with a very smart furniture plan and the addition of a custom shaded cover attached by a light weight railing system.
Art panels were created from enlarged photographs taken of a Georgetown garden and custom outdoor mirrors visually expand the space.  The dated scrollwork was cleverly hidden by a series of pedestals and benches that create a feature wall and add to the intimacy of the space.

DC Design House
April 14th - May 13th 2012
4951 Rockwood Parkway, NW, Washington, DC
Hours: Saturdays-Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Ticket price: $20

p.s.  Blogger, I'm not convinced your new format is really that user friendly!  While I like some of the features, the control panel and the ability to move back and forth between old and new posts is awkward.  Curious to hear what other bloggers think.


Carla Aston said...

Love the bold contrast and those VC sconces are perfect. The outdoor space is so inviting.

helen tilston said...

What a fabulous, stunning space - I love it and their love for colour yet simplicity is so elegant.
The porch store my heart

Thanks for sharing
Helen xx

Nancy said...

That entryway is the most phenomenal job Ive seen in a while. It will be featured in magazines for the next few years- it is so dramatic and tastefully done. Ive got to get to the Design House soon!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

This house is going to top them all! Fabulous, Michele.
Thank you for sharing.
Happy Friday!

Katherine said...

Proof that you should never question 'can I paint a small area black'. Great entry - and the deck area is so clever with the custom built awning. Bravo!


Oh the boldness of that space! Loving all of this spring show house gorgeousness!!! Some good pinning!

Karena said...

Michele that shell console and the mirror above are so gorgeous the the high contrast of the space amazing!!

Oh and the outdoor plan.. the camouflage techniques work wonders

I hope you can make it over for my Soft Surroundings Giveaway!

Art by Karena

Francine Gardner said...

Amazing what dark colors can do for an otherwise ordinary space! Am with you on the new blogger format, really do not like it!

therelishedroost said...

what personality! Love the Lincoln artwork against the black paper! Very sharp! Nice post.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Love the black and white. It is elegant and dramatic.

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