Archive for June, 2010



A Personal Wedding Gift that Keeps Giving.

I just purchased this tray as a wedding gift for a friend of mine. She’s having a beach wedding and loves pale blues and aquas. Saks has a few different background patterns with your choice of 8 colors for the monogram. I selected the lime green on the turquoise (as shown). It’s a perfect solution for indoor and outdoor entertaining – it’s galvanized and fit for wine glasses, plates or hors d’oeuvres. Just say I Do!

MacBeth Collection Personalized Ava Tray, $78 | Saks.com

MacBeth Collection Personalized Ava Tray, $78 | Saks.com

Crowning Moments.

There comes a time in our lives when crown moulding is like icing on the cake. Depending on your homes architecture and the look you strive to achieve within the confines of your abode, decorative trim just makes it all that much better looking. I lived in a 1940’s Cape in Arlington and LOVED the trim in my dining room, kitchen, bath, and sun room. With all intentions to carry it throughout the rest of the house, this busy girl just never got around to it. I now live in a gorgeous 1900’s Victorian in the District with deep and wide decorative trim around windows and doorways. Although crown moulding seems like  a logical choice in the main living spaces, I think it’s too much with the eclectic decor of which I adore. For you DIY’s who have an open weekend and a nearby Home Depot or Lowe’s, This Old House gives you a hand with a step by step plan to install crown molding, including selecting materials, installation, cutting miters, coping a joint, milling custom molding, and more… cause almost every cake could use a little icing.

Steps to Installing Crown Moulding

Steps to Installing Crown Moulding

The Ten: Consoles.

Every design magazine offers their top ten favorites in categories from napkin rings to outdoor chaise lounges. It’s about time DCDesignCoop got in on the action too. I find so many incredible products for my clients and save them to my numerous design folders for future reference. This week I was looking into a console for a foyer and came across some pieces that I would love to use. Be it a catchall in the entry, a simple desk to pull up to or a server for your next party, here they are… in no specific order cause I love them all!

I love the beachy and laid back vibe of this natural resin wrapped Parsons Table | West Elm

I love the laid back vibe and warmth of this natural resin wrapped Parsons Table | West Elm

A study in balance, this console is an attention getter | HabitatUK

A study in balance, contrast and angles, this console is an attention getter | HabitatUK

The Chinese Turquoise console sea glass color reminds me of the beach! | RedEgg

The Chinese Turquoise console sea glass color reminds me of a casual beach cottage! | RedEgg

Regal, petite and the color of Hermes, this Ming console is devine in a small entryway | MG+BW.

Regal, petite and the color of Hermes, this Ming console is devine in a small entryway | MG+BW.

Simplicity in hi gloss white, the Oslo console really works anywhere. | Sitcom

Simplicity in hi gloss white, the versitile Oslo console really works anywhere. | Sitcom

A gilded metal frame and antiqued eglomise top on the Larson console takes me to 1940's Paris.  | Julian Chichster

A gilded metal frame and antiqued eglomise top on the Larson console takes me to 1940's Paris. | Julian Chichster

The silver lacquer finish and nickel accents of this hardwood Console table brings pizazz and motion to a hallway. | Neiman Marcus

The silver lacquer finish and nickel accents of this hardwood Console table brings pizazz and motion to a hallway. | Neiman Marcus

The Barbarella console is fully exposed with a graphite veneer top on oak on a steel base.  |  Blu Dot

The Barbarella console is fully exposed with a graphite veneer top on oak on a steel base. | Blu Dot

Hand built and hand finished, the rich honey wood, deep trim, and antique brass hardware lasts for generations. | Bellacor

Hand built and hand finished, the rich honey wood, deep trim, and antique brass hardware lasts for generations. | Bellacor

I have it in a cocktail table and love it in a Console, the acrylic/lucite Waterfall console really is a classic. | PlexiCraft

I have it in a cocktail table and love it in a Console, the acrylic/lucite Waterfall console really is a classic. | PlexiCraft

To Market to Market to Buy a…

A trip to the South of France, Monaco and hopefully a hop over to see my friends Matt and Julie in Tiblisi is in the works. I had visited France once before and found I needed a bigger and more chic travel tote. This French market bag from Maison de Kristine is a no brainer as a tote for the local farmers market and even as a travel hand bag to stash any souvenirs, sunglasses, camera, and Pashmina scarf. I could also put it to good use at the Washington Design Center when carrying samples and swatches. I’m ordering it tomorrow. Gotta feed my hand bag addiction! =)

Fur Ball.

My German Shepherd dog has been blowing her coat this week. I finally got down to business this morning and gave her a good brushing with the Furminator (THE best dog hair brush on the market). Is this gross of what?! Is that her twin? Looks like I brushed out another entire dog! She stood still the entire time – loves getting her hair brushed. Don’t we all!

Fun and Furniture on 14th.

Last night, I had to the opportunity to see first hand the new Room and Board store opening this Monday on 14th Street in the District. It’s a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Four floors and a rooftop terrace with 180 degree views were booming with VIP party guests all oohing and aahing over the mid-century style furnishings and accessories soon to be selling like hotcakes. I sipped cocktails and toured every corner of the store, feeling, sitting, price checking, and selecting my favorite finds for my future homes (yes, that’s plural). I chatted with my industry friends artist Mike Weber, Timothy and Mia Worrell of Timothy Paul Carpets, and Bruce Birnbach of American Leather. And finally met and shop-talked with Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Chris Phillips, and local contributor Colleen Quinn of Apartment Therapy who’s blog I absolutely LOVE. We party hopped onto Mitchell Gold Bob Williams popular White Party right down the street where the conversations continued under the cool sounds of famed DJ Lady Bunny. It was a terrific design filled evening. Gotta love city livin’!

Free bags for Room & Board partygoers. =)

The Tweet is Now Full.

Twitter is over capacity!?! Guess everyone gets a little full disk every now and then. This was a first for me! Logged in this morning and the tweet hits the deck. TOO MANY TWEETS! What’s everyone talking about?

Doggie’s for GaGa and Jesse Friedin.

I have a folder overflowing with images I’ve snapped of my German Shepherd dog. I have to admit to “dressing her up” in a just a few of them – who can resist?! I know ‘petographer’ Jesse Freidin can not! Jesse is busy in the dog house watching tails wag and snapping every candid the canine clients can deliver. This San Francisco pet photographer has a loyal following for capturing museum quality and soulful images of dogs in their best expressions. Jesse still sticks to the traditional film road with a classic Hasselblad and Polaroid in tow. Featured in interviews on Regis & Kelly, Animal Planet and even American Idol, and here today on DC Design Coop, Jesse plays paparazzi in the adorable and humorous rockin’ Doggie GaGa Project using good ol’ Polaroid film (yep, it’s still around). =)

By Photographer Jessie Freiden

By Photographer Jessie Freiden

By Photographer Jessie Freiden

By Photographer Jessie Freiden

By Photographer Jessie FreidenBy Photographer Jessie Freiden

Warp and Weft at the Fort.

I’ve been dying to bring a Fort Street Studio area rug into one of my interior design projects (and uh, preferably in my own home). Somewhere around two years ago I received a catalog with the name Fort Street Studio across the front – I opened up the cover and was smitten (and probably smiling). I blog about rugs here and there because they can be so inspirational, almost like a painting for your floor. A beautiful rug is the perfect jumping point for room color schemes and design ideas. At Fort Street Studio, Janis Provisor and Brad Davis design 100% silk custom hand-knotted contemporary creations and have master craftsman in central China who meticulously weave original patterns and textures with rich quality and painterly effects. Is it time to build a ‘Fort’ in your living space?

Asian Field in Lilac

Asian Field Rug in Lilac

Broadband in Khaki

Broadband Rug in Khaki

Argyle in Blue and Brown

Argyle Rug in Blue and Brown

Petal in Tan

Petal Rug in Tan

Karl Rug in Moss by Fort STreet

Karl Rug in Moss

Scratchpad Rug in Sienna

Scratchpad Rug in Sienna

Orbit Rug in Citron

Orbit Rug in Citron

Walton Rug in Melon

Walton Rug in Melon

Plaid Rug in Blue

Plaid Rug in Blue

Sparkler Rug in Brown

Sparkler Rug in Brown

Pinks Rug in Pink

Pinks Rug in Pink


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