I had the opportunity to work with a spectacular design team on this residence in Bethesda, and I hope to visit it soon for more pictures! Team members included lead architect Joany Janicki of Custom Design Concepts, designer Colleen Brand who now currently resides in San Francisco, and Sandy Spring Builders. My main focus was millwork and interior architecture- always a favorite of mine!
Are you wondering why Zen, Cowboy, and Napa are in the title of the post? They are some key words the client and designer often referred too.
Here are just a few images snapped during move in!
A custom table at the end of the island
Look at the copper detailing on the prefab fireplace!
Soft curve drywall edges and caramel colored wood accents
Custom Library including uplighting. This is His Office, but you should see her office ceiling details and her cowboy inspired chair thanks to Colleen Brand (hoping to take some pictures soon)
All of this beutiful snow made me think about a nice winter cottage to escape to. Someplace cozy and warm during these cold winter days. Although this CDC project is a guest cottage in the rear of a Bethesda residence, it would be my pefect getaway. I believe this cottage was orignially a storage shed, but look how it transitioned into the perfect backyard retreat.
I love the simplicity of the landscape.
The colors of the interior are warm and inviting.
We added a new herringbone pattern floor and restained the orignal wood beams and ceiling.
I am really excited to be working with Superior Home Services on the renovation of a Victorian Home located on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. The house was built in the 1800s and it does not have luxurious spacious bathrooms. The client, who is an avid collector of Victorian antiques, has decided to convert a bedroom into two bathrooms. Since this project is in design development, I would like to share some of the exciting concept ideas and also some of the very unique accessories the client would like to incorporate into the design.
I love the simplicity and elegance. It's going to look perfect in the room with polished nickel fixtures and Carrera marble. We are going to use a verde tile on the floor with accents of Carrera marble and a rose clored stone throughout.
The client loves floral and intricate boarder tiles, such as this one from Urban Archaelogy called Acanthus Scroll Border.
I can't wait to see the finished product which will include wall paper from Bradbury & Bradbury such as this Victorian style in Burgandy
Here is an image from the clients own collection. The mirror will be placed over the bathroom vanity.
1. Replace a single flush toilet with a new dual flush. Here is one that I have had my eye on.
It is the Kohler Persuade, Two-Piece Elongated Toilet
2. Update a room with a splash of color, replace older accent pillows with new patterns and colors. Use no VOCs, and organic fabrics.
3. Take an older used piece of furniture and give it a facelift- recycle, reuse. I found two great tables on a street corner. Stay tuned for my DIY project in the near future.
4. Replace cleaning products with healthier and more natural versions. We added these great products to our Laundry Room at the CharityWorks Greenhouse.
Mrs. Meyers Clean Day
5. Add dimers, keep them low, and replace bulbs with CFLs where ever possible.
These are just a couple of simple projects for the New Year that can help you create a healthier, green environment and also provide an updated look. When I participated on The ChairtyWorks Greenhouse, I learned how easy it is to live a more green lifestyle and I hope to take steps in the future to also educate my clients on how easy it can be.
Every Monday I will be featuring a post on modern architecture and design on 2modern's Design Blog. Be sure to visit this weeks post for another great list for the New Year.
Have you ever had the opportunity to design a custom rug? A few years ago a client asked that I assist in selecting a rug that was fitting for his unusually shaped dining room. It was the perfect opportunity to explore patterns and color. This rug had to be fitting to the Mediterranean Style of the residence and also appeal to the client. We looked for architectural inspiration from the window and muntin patterns, iron accents, and the colors of the stucco and tile roof.
We first discussed the patterns, and then we selected each individual color for the rug pattern. There are various shades of red, greens, yellows and tans in addition to both cut and loop textures. The colors will vary depending on the cut and loop texture.
This is a copy of the rendering as produced by the artist of Stark Carpet in The Washington DC Design Center.
I love how the colors and pattern work so nicely together. The diagram to the left of the rug layout represents the color range as represented in the rendering. Once approved, the drawing, color selections, and a full size template for the room were sent off to production with a 6 month lead time.
This is an image of the final product. This is a 100% wool pile, hand tufted, cut and loop textured rug,