Friday, April 8, 2011

Upstairs at the 2011 DC Design House: Color & Texture

Designer Lauren Liess's debut, The Hideaway, in the DC Design House is a huge success! Texture, warmth and unique and interesting accessories create the perfect place to relax, and yes, hideaway. Here is Lauren seated in her own chair design, the Mad Hatter, with curtains in Happikat by Lauren Liess Textiles.
The focal point of the room is an expansive Princess & The Pea stacked mattress window seat. Piles of books and a tea set make you feel like you've stepped into a real room, not just a show house space.
Fabrics in the window seat include Lauren Liess Textiles and Peter Dunham. The floral on the back of the Mad Hatter chairs is by Jasper Michael Smith.

Lauren collaborated with local lighting artist Rick Singleton who designed and created this amazing floor lamp.
The quality of the details and finish is outstanding and it's a perfect, custom piece for this room.

Artist Matthew Moore painted a stunning grisaille boxwood garden that beautifully commands the space behind the concrete Parsons desk with an inspirational view. I love how Lauren placed the desk off-center from the painting. Antique chair from John Rosselli Antiques.

Paint colors: Churlish Green, Dimity Grasscloth by Seabrook
Designer Iantha Carley's masterfully executes strong color in an elegant and refined way in her Master Bedroom and Dressing Room. David Hick's geometric print in green starts off this fresh and crisp palette that includes florals fabrics as well.

Who wouldn't be thrilled to get up each morning to this amazing dressing room wrapped in this happy, colorful Nina Campbell wallpaper. The mirrored Parsons Table is a custom design by Iantha.
The perfect print for this space from artist Anne Harwell of Annechovie.
Attention to detail is everywhere including these AMAZING light switches from Forbes and Lomax. I covet these!

Paint colors: Charleson Gray, Stron White, Dragged Wallpaper, Nina Campbell wallpaper
The view from the master bedroom to the Master Bath by Allie Mann of Case Design/Remodeling. Allie did a beautiful job creating a seamless flow between the two rooms. Love the way she hung these three prints.
Paint colors: Cornforth White, Strong White
David Mitchell's One for the Guys bedroom is another standout. A mix of traditional and industrial pieces of varying finishes create a comfortable, hip atmosphere. Eight foot ceilings are elevated with David's choice to paint both the walls and ceiling in Farrow & Ball's Pavilion Gray.
Vintage prints of birds wrap around the space and add dimension in a room with simple architectural details. The shot I'm missing is the far window wall where a large, rustic table and industrial piece create an area for writing.
A practical, narrow bench paired with sneakers in the perfect range of colors for this room!

The DC Design House, benefiting Children's National Medical Center, opens tomorrow and runs through May 8th. Even though I've posted a lot of images this week - there is so much more to see!

Next week - images from the Exterior and Gardens.


Laurel-Dawn McBurney said...

This is such fabulous eye candy for a Friday! Thanks for sharing! The lighting in all of these spaces is to die for!!!!

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

I simply adore what Lauren did, she is a rising star to be sure! Janell

Allie said...

I love the choice of flooring in Lauren's room, that pattern is stunning. The Princess and the Pea bed is just darling too! Fabulous photos.

Unknown said...

where to start some gorgeous fabrics, love the pillows & the curtains & the gorgeous chair back cover & the artwork from Annechovie is fab

debra @ 5th and state said...

lauren's room takes my breath away.......
every detail is beautifully assembled into a very livable space

A Perfect Gray said...

your posts on the design house are wonderful. I have really enjoyed them....donna

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Wow Michele. Another great tour. Thank you so much for sharing.

Lauren said...

Michele- thank you so much for your kind words. You know how much i value your opinion so I'm really happy you liked it. See you tonight!!

littleaugury said...

so great to see some good take aways from a showhouse- a big part of what it's all about. particularly love the prints in the last room and their arrangement. good work from all.

A.J.Barnes said...

I would hurt someone to get my hands on that Rick Singleton floorlamp! It's fantastic. And the boxwood wood grisalle painting is very tasty!

Ryland Witt said...

Inspiration for my weekend! Thank you for sharing...

Ann said...

So nice of you to give us the tour.
The rooms are so well thought out and stunning.

Honestly, though, I look forward to a bit less Cornforth White in future showhouses!

Unknown said...

Ahh, what can I say! Perfectly well done to all!
Lauren was so excited, she outdid herself!

annechovie said...

Thank you so much for this great coverage of the DC Design House and for including a shot of my print! Have a wonderful weekend.

Unknown said...

Love all the details. Lauren did a fabulous job. I'm loving all the wallpaper here. Great post, thanks for sharing it with us.

Anonymous said...

From the pictures, I have to assume that some of the finest designers in the area were too busy to participate.

Alison Duffy said...

I want the Princess and the Pea seat!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

I absolutely love the colorful bird wallpaper paired with the bright pink chair! Thanks for the inspiration.

Unknown said...

Am so glad that you posted pictures so we could see more of Lauren's project. Amazing....just amazing!

And, all the other rooms are incredible as well. I'm coveting those light switches, too.

How smart is that clear container for the hats?!

Thanks for the tour, Michele!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Your room turned out so well!
Wish I could stop by and see it in person. So lovely!

Carrie Waller Watercolors said...

Thanks for sharing these fabulous photos. Gorgeous and inspirational!!

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

these are gorgeous! love all details abt them.
thanks for sharing :)


Thanks so much for the great tour of the DC Design house! I thought it was fabulous. Lauren did such a good job also. Loved her space. I wish they would let us take pictures of the showhouse here...they are like nazis...and I half expect to be shot if caught :)

Renée Finberg said...

you are the best!!
i am so thrilled that you shared this great design 'scoop' with us.
we are surrounded by real talent.


strat said...

You definitely found the perfect texture.

gum grafting


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