Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DC Designer Show House

Hi friends. Bethany and I had a glorious day touring at the 2013 DC Show House and meeting up with Michele of My Notting Hill and Kerry of Design du Monde!  So fun to be with these blog friends and meet new ones. We also ran into Christina of the Proper Hunt and Leah Moss of Apartment Therapy (DC). It was a great day that started with this tour:

This new construction by GTM Architects is at 2507 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, DC.  This 14,000 square foot home has 8 bedrooms, 8 full baths, and 4 half baths on five floors.  It was so huge there were two full-size kitchens in the house!

The first room that impressed us was by Camille Saum, a designer who has done many a showhouse in the past.  She always surprises us with outfits to match her rooms! She is so fun and a bit whimsical - that's why I love her! The ceiling treatment was interesting and you know Bethany and I love ceiling treatments!

The art was impressive and all original.

One of the vignettes that stopped us in our tracks was a hallway and bar design by A.Houck Designs. She used Farrow and Ball "London Clay" walls (FB 244) and they were so stunning with this acrylic console and magnificent painting. 

This hallway led to a French Modern Bar with a caramel onyx counter, faux finished moldings and wall coverings and antique mirror backsplash.

The light fixtures, wall coverings and finishes were what impressed me the most about this show house.

Our very favorite room was a sitting room by Michael Hampton.

This faux bois paper was cut in squares and hung in a "parquet" pattern..

 These silver lacquered Phillip Jefferies paper walls were stunning - especially with the vintage Oushak rug.

And the alpaca curtains were absolutely to die for:

We were on sensory overload after this room. We wanted to wrap ourselves in everything in this room!

Another grand space of note was the master bedroom by the talented Susan Jamieson - with her vintage 1960's light fixtures and magnificent layers in blues, grays, creams and gold.

The mother-of-pearl ceiling installed in a herringbone pattern... amazing!

There were loads of surprises around every corner like this vanity with these amazing Bertoia chairs woven with leather.

And this beautiful hallway vignette in the upstairs master mezzanine by Claire Schwab and Katharine Howard:

A fun teen bathroom with 'backwards' words on the wall opposite the vanity mirror to reflect words of wisdom:

And a coordinating teen boy's room by Regan Billingsley.  It was quite fun with her lime green over-dyed rug, painted desk, vintage locker and men's suiting fabric layers.

Remember Bethany's recent post? She had to be pried away from this stool that adorned the second kitchen on the lower level of the DC Show House.

 Kerry actually painted her skirt for the event!!! So clever and oh so talented!

We had a blast. I will post more's just too much to take in!

Nancy and Bethany

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  1. It was fun! Total sensory overload-in a good way.

  2. I think that striped bedroom is my fave! I'm loving that lime!

  3. I can't get enough! Thanks for sharing. What a great day!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful inspirational interiors!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Gorgeous inspiration! I love the overall sophisticated feel and those backwards words in the bathroom are awesome!

  6. I think I have studied all of your pictures of the Design House 6 times now. I am all the details. BTW, what is in the second glass canister in the bathroom (feathers in the other)? How cute are the pixs of my blogger buddies? Love that Bethany perfectly coordinates with her coveted stool. Kerry looks spring-time fresh and adorable. I love your print top Nancy! Where did you find it??? DC? Glad you all got to be together!

    1. Linda, thanks for your enthusiasm! It was great. Those vases are filled with feathers in one and ARROWS in another....cute, right?
      I got my peplum top at South Moon Under last season, and never wore it. So glad you liked it!
      xo Nancy

    2. ARROWS! Very clever! Yes, love your peplum top. It looks very polished--yet comfortable. Hope I can snag one like it. Thanks Nancy! You're the best! L.

  7. Oh my gosh, what inspiration!! I would have been there all day! You all look great!

  8. I went to this last is always so much fun. And, how fun to connect with fellow bloggers! Enjoy this "heat wave"! xoxo

  9. So great to meet you both -it was fun! love seeing the things you notice here -Michael's room was my favorite as well! I hope to get my post up this weekend, you're so fast!

  10. Great Show Home.....Fun and Stunning! Now that's not easy to do, but they did it.
    Kerry, I saw that skirt on Facebook last night....Wow...

  11. It's interesting to see the things--after reading Kerry's port--that each of you were attracted to.

    LOVE the lacquered paper walls!

  12. Thank you for the tour dear! Love everything you love too! That mother of pearl ceiling is stunning! Glad you gals got to hook up, so much more fun! Can't wait to see the rest tomorrow!

  13. Ahh, thank you so much for the shout out! And I had such a great time meeting with you ladies in person, finally!


  14. Aren't y'all so cute!! The details in that house are simply amazing ... such glamour!! xo

  15. Look at my beautiful friends! What a fun tour, and it looks like it was a beautiful day!

  16. Michael's room is fabulous!!!! And so chic! He is so talented. I hope to see all the rooms in person soon.


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