Thursday, May 31, 2012

Eye Candy: Sink Perfection

Renée Finberg recently posted on Madeline Stuart Interiors and she aptly named it In the Category of Perfection. Here's the first image - doesn't get better than this. For more of her post head here - it's all gorgeous.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Photo Murals - Raji Radhakrishnan's Debut at Kips Bay

DC Designer Raji Radhakrishan's debut at the Kips Bay Show House has been greeted with well-deserved accolades - it's a sophisticated and elegant space. Along with the incredible pearl-like Venetian wall finish and the artful selection of accessories, there are two prominently featured wall murals. The first is a photograph Raji took herself of a painting by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, which currently hangs at The Met. Isn't that an amazing and creative idea to photograph a favorite work of art hanging in a museum?! (Image above by Trevor Tondro of The New York Times)
(Image above by Marco Ricco)
The second mural, a photograph also by Raji of the King’s Chapel in Versailles, is centered over a fireplace mantel originally designed by Sir John Soane. To see more of Raji's room you can go to my full post on Washingtonian Open House Blog here.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Designer Richard Mervis' Home

The apartment of interior designer Richard Mervis and his partner Jeffrey Rosen was first featured in New York Social Diary back in March. Maybe you've seen it? It's serene and gorgeous. Hope you enjoy. (Photography by Jeffrey Hirsch. All images here.)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Eye Candy: John Matthew Moore

Artist and designer Matthew Moore saw an earlier post I did about a danish modern bureau with gray lacquered drawers. He emailed me to let me know it gave him an idea for a replacment for this chest which he has been wanting to move to his kitchen. He had painted this vintage piece black and finished it with gilt - gorgeous! Can only imagine how great it will look in the kitchen.
Matthew's other plans: "the Milo Baughman chairs (which look much larger in this photo) are going up to the bedroom at the foot of the bed with upholstered mid century chairs in blue are taking their place. The columns to the right were found at a consignment store. They are being cut down a foot and turned into wall mounted lamps for each side of the painting which is Danish. The walls are actually more of a blue-grey-green, Farrow and Ball Powder Blue. The entrance off of the living room is in the same Farrow and Ball Hardwick White that I have in my show house space. I'm pulling in the greys into this room and doing a similar chest is the perfect solution."
Matthew's plans are a great reminder to keep switching things up for a fresh look.

This was the inspiration post from a few weeks ago. (by designer Matt Murphy, from Katiedid here.

Friday, May 18, 2012

My Son Won the Congressional Art Competiton!

Photograph by Ryan Carroll ©

Last night my son won the Congressional Art Competition for the 8th Congressional District represented by Congressman Jim Moran. Ryan was very excited and we're so happy for him!
The event was held at Arlington's new Artisphere and they did a wonderful job. All the entries will be on display through June 17th and then Ryan's photograph will be displayed for one year at the Capitol.

Thanks for indulging this happy mom with this post. Hope you have a great weekend. Michele

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Narrow Kitchen Islands

On Mother's Day I received a camera and as soon as I solve my computer problem I'll be able to post an update on my kitchen. If you could see a pic you'd notice that my kitchen, even with the basement staircase removed, is still too narrow for the round kitchen table I had in the space since Thanksgiving.

Right now the placeholder, my grandmother's drop-leaf shaker table, is the perfect size only when the leaves are down - 2o"W x 42"L. This renders it pretty much useless as a sit-down table but it's great for food prep except that it's table height!

So, now I am on the hunt for a very narrow kitchen island. Here are just a few inspiration pics. My preference is for one that looks like the one above but with a stone top and open for storage as opposed to the cupboard style of the last one. (Above by Ili Nilsson, Atlanta Homes Magazine)

Lea Michelle's new kitchen (before buying the house) via Elements of Style.

Designer Megan Perry Yorgancioglu via Mix and Chic.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Abandoned Blogs

Paris 1998, photo by Michele Ginnerty

Abandoned Blogs - those that end with no goodbye.

Have you ever come across a wonderful blog, usually starting somewhere in the "middle", only to find the last post was many months or even years ago? Lately I've been stumbling across a number of them.

What I find interesting and intriguing is that many times there's no goodbye post. Occasionally you'll find earlier posts that foreshadow the possibility of an end, but not always. As someone who likes closure, I'm curious as to what motivates a blogger not to return for one last post...

Friday, May 11, 2012

Last Call

Last call - the DC Design House closes this Sunday May 13th. This beautiful room wrapped in a warm gray (*think it's Farrow & Ball Hardwick White) was designed by Annette Hannon. Originally an interior room with little architectural presence, Annette added in coffered ceilings and moldings above the fireplace mantel to take the eye up. Although these ceilings are just a bit over 8 ft, they feel much higher. A hand-painted screen rests on the sofa console and provides an intimate environment around the fireplace seating. (Photograph above by Robert Radifera)
Beautiful drapes with trim edging the top.

One of my favorite features was the closet converted for bar use. Annette designed the custom wood work detailing on the doors. Wish I had a pic of the interior as it was papered in Farrow & Ball Lotus Leaf! (Photograph above by Angie Seckinger)
Moving past the expected intaglio, Annette framed a series of stamps. Great DIY idea!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

5 Years Ago

One of the things that caught my attention was the year. This townhouse was first featured in Traditional Home back in 2007 and was built for Women III Showhouse in Woodstock, Georgia.
Images from Design - 59, posted back in 2008 here. Change a pillow or two and it could be published today. My favorite is the dark dining room - that you could leave just as is. (Designer(s) and photographers not known.)

Notice the narrow breakfast table - great reminder a table can be counter depth and still be practical.

A dark, simple and elegant powder room.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Stylish BARGAIN at Ballard Designs!

$229 for a 7' 10" x 10' 10" or $99 for a 5'3" x 7' 7" Chevron Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug at Ballard Designs - wow! I just bought the 4' x 5' 7" gray with sand for my entry for only $49. Love the styling and love, love the price point. Is it just me or does anybody else think this is a great bargain?

*This is my opinion, and I receive no form of renumeration for it. I know you know that but just in case...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

I Like This: Danish Modern w/a Twist

While reading Katie Denham's most recent post on the 2012 San Francisco Designer Showcase, I came across last years feature on the master bedroom by designer Matt Murphy. Among the many things that caught my eye was this bow front bureau. To me it's danish modern with a twist and I really like it. More from Katiedid here.

Oh, and on a side note, I think this image has convinced me to do something I've been thinking about for years - paint my baseboards the same color as the walls. However, I won't do that until the following on-going projects are finished:

- painting my kitchen ceiling and floor

- our basement renovation. It just passed the insulation inspection and it's time for drywall. I really need to post on that but first have to solve my ongoing computer and camera issues (long story)

Hope you're having a great week. It's almost Friday!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Children's Bedrooms at the DC Design House

The DC Design House has some lovely bedrooms, here are just a few. First up is the modern nursery by Elizabeth Krial. A happy combination of pink and green makes for a delightful space. And, what baby wouldn't feel special in that crib?

Susan Nelson's teenage girl's bedroom is a wonderful retreat with a masterful mix of patterns. Note the light fixture below - it originally had a Tuscan theme replete with olives! before Susan painted it out white.

The artwork choices held their own and played into the color scheme of the room.
Nancy Twomey of Finnian's Moon Interiors created a restful retreat with playful accents and just the right of amount bold pattern throughout. Notice the layered twin and queen headboard, not only does it look great it's quite practical for later years.

If you haven't made it to the DC Design House, you have until the 13th.


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