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Washington Design Center Sample Sale!

Calling all design aficionados!!

(or smart homeowners looking to score designer decor duds at great discounts!).

Tomorrow, Saturday October 9th, from 10am to 3pm, is the popular Washington Design Center Sample Sale featuring goods from participating showrooms: Pugrant Associates, Century Furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Henredon, Milano Group, Luxe Studio, Robert Allen | Beacon Hill, Zoffany, Foundation, J. Ascher Carpet Couture, and Sherle Wagner among several others.

Here is your chance to shop the region’s most extensive and luxurious collection of home furnishings at a deep discount. It really is the perfect opportunity to see the latest trends and products in home furnishings and decor and to shop hundreds of high-end items including furniture, rugs, lighting, art and accessories at up to 75 percent off. It’s truly a great way for consumers to take advantage of significant discounts that these luxury showrooms rarely offer.

Set your alarm, grab your coffee, slip on some comfortable shoes and prepare for a great day! Shop on DC!

The WDC Building is huge = LOTS of great home decor finds!

The WDC building is huge = LOTS of great home decor finds!

Weatherproof Rooms.

To have a porch is divine. It’s surely good for the soul. Some homeowners take their porches for granted and use it as storage or a place to stash thrash. Not me. I would love love love to create an outdoor space at my home that can be used year-round.

These large opening panel doors are divine!

These large opening panel doors are divine!

The pinks and greens are upbeat and the furnishings add decorative details to a partially open outdoor space.

The pinks and greens are upbeat and the furnishings add decorative details to a partially open outdoor space.

In our mid-Atlantic East Coast climate, my ideal outdoor room would include a large fireplace, unique outdoor rugs, accent pillows, durable and comfy upholstered lounge chairs and sofas, recessed lights, lamps, candles, wireless speakers, mirrors, potted plants, and all the friends you can muster over.

My idea of simplicity. Very cool outdoor fireplace!

My idea of simplicity. Very cool outdoor fireplace!

It's black. It's white. And it's delightful. To die for views!

It's black. It's white. And it's delightful. To die for views!

SO updated. So fresh. So clean. Sign me up.

SO updated. So fresh. So clean. Sign me up.

A clean space that truly is both indoors and out.

A clean and pretty space that truly is both indoors and out.

This sloped ceiling sends natural light to the center of the room.

Love the brightness. This sloped ceiling sends natural light to the center of the room.

When the winds pick up late in the fall, just shut outdoor blinds, pull drapery closed, or roll-down clear panels to help keep the warm air in and cool drafts out.

Love the streamlines iron rod furnishings and cream paint colors.

Love the streamlines iron rod furnishings and cream paint colors.

I can see this simple and sweet porch on one of the cute Arlington Cape Cods or Bungalows.

I can see this simple and sweet porch on one of the cute Arlington Cape Cods or Bungalows.

It’s quite a luxury to be able to have a space like this but I am a diehard for blending indoors and out, so a retreat that mixes the best of both worlds sings my praises… t0 Mother Nature.

Take me to the mountain tops! What a treat this would be!

Take me to the hilly deserts! What a treat this would be!

A little bit of eastern asian influence and I'm OMing it all day and night.

A little bit of eastern asian influence and I'm OMing it all day and night.

This is an ideal design. I'll take the dogs too please.

This is an ideal design. I'll take the dogs too please.

Images used are from various magazines and online sources.

Down on the Farm.

Barns give us so much to appreciate. Be it a place for feed storage, a home for horses or cows for milking, and even reclaimed wood for decorating our homes and commercial spaces. We are all familiar with the idea of a ‘barn’. And I’m especially familiar with the architecture of barns. I held the position of Marketing Manager for a boutique Washington, DC based architecture firm that specialized in renovating and building barns. Most times, these were new construction homes for horses, but other times, these barns became ballrooms for entertaining large crowds or living spaces for summer retreats. I love them all. So you can imagine my curiosity when I read an  article on the renovated farmhouse and barn of a somewhat young family and a farmhouse in Roxbury, Connecticut.

The original silo with a middle set of contemporary windows.

The original silo with a middle set of contemporary windows.

They were originally constructed in the 19th century, joined together in the 20th century, and now surrounded by fields.

The fixtures are from a factory with their original set of paint.

The fixtures are from a factory with their original set of paint.

Chairs by Pierre Paulin and a custom sofa surround a vintage walnut coffee table.

Chairs by Pierre Paulin and a custom sofa surround a vintage walnut coffee table.

The owners were looking for a good blend of rustic furniture and folk art along with their collection of contemporary art. Bright colors were used though out becuase days can be grey in New England and the dark wood beams and wall inside needed something to pop.

Acrylic on canvas art flanks the wooden walls.

Acrylic on canvas art flanks the wooden walls and the small original doorway. Cool!

The grandfather clock turned sculpture in the billiard room is by Walter Martin.

The grandfather clock turned sculpture in the billiard room is by Walter Martin. Looks like beavers are on the loose!

In every room, multicolored, textured ceramic lamps and pendant fixtures have a kicthy California-modern vibe, like the hourglass lights that were once hung over booths at a Los Angeles coffee shop.

In the kitchen, a soapstone topped kitchen island rests below a vintage pendant fixture.

In the kitchen, a soapstone topped kitchen island rests below a vintage pendant fixture.

The library and game room of a house are combined for one large entertaining area.1

The library and game room of a house are combined for one large entertaining area.

This contemporary fabric in earthy citrusy colors and hand-drawn animal shapes is just perfect.

This abstract fabric in earthy and citrusy colors and hand-drawn animal shapes is just perfect for morning wake ups in the master bedroom.

A simple vintage lamp sits beautifully on a French walnut table in the master bedroom.

A simple vintage lamp sits beautifully on a French walnut table in the master bedroom.

In the master bedroom, the headboard is made from a single slice of polished wood.

In the master bedroom, the headboard is made from a single slice of polished wood.

Ceramic subway tiles and barn siding replaced marble in the master bathroom.

Ceramic subway tiles and barn siding replaced marble in the master bathroom.

Photos are by Eric Laignel.

Parked in Permanent Residence.

I like this story of Michele de la Vega much due to her visual determination in designing and moving on through her downturns as well as her creative endeavors and skill. Her 250-square foot house was a garage before it became her permanent dwelling. Loosing the family home in her high school years and then a marriage later on, Michele took her monies from a divorce settlement and moved onwards and upwards through downturns. She survived by buying a home in Seattle, renting out the main house for income and moving in to the original garage. After nine-months of renovation work on this small structure, attending welding school to learn how to build furniture, and salvaging fixtures from local scrap yards, Michele took up permanent residence in the tiny and minimalist garage. Now remarried and living in the larger house, she shares her happy endings with the New York Times. Right on Michele! Keep up the good work and congratulations on new beginnings!!

Michele de la Vega outside her small garage home.

Michele de la Vega outside her small garage home.

The house is furnished with pieces she found in industrial salvage yards, including old lockers from a United Airlines maintenance building.

The house is furnished with pieces she found in industrial salvage yards, including old lockers from a United Airlines maintenance building.

Shadow-boxes hold paper pillows emblazoned with architectural drawings made by her late father.

Shadow-boxes hold paper pillows emblazoned with architectural drawings made by her late father.

Industrial latches function as towel hooks.

Industrial latches function as towel hooks.

industrial sink, ceiling lamp and wooden wine crates are all salvaged items

The industrial sink, ceiling lamp and wooden wine crates are all salvaged items.

A pair of artful metallic objects that she welded in an industrial tent in her driveway.

A pair of artful metallic objects that Michele welded in an industrial tent in her driveway are on display as sculpture.

A reclaimed ship's ladder leads up to her sleeping loft.

A reclaimed ship's ladder leads up to her sleeping loft.

She herself designed and welded the red metal locker and recessed metal shelf above the sink.

Michelle independently designed and welded the red metal locker and recessed metal shelf above the sink.

Laura Kirar Lights Up.

She is at it again. Famed designer Laura Kirar has just released a collection of lighting and accessories for Arteriors Home. Her signature pieces are inspired by nature and objects from her own personal collection using patinated metal finishes, hand carved woods, glazed ceramics, mica and art glass as mediums in her work. A true testament to her favored designs, Laura has collaborated with companies like Tufenkian Carpets, Boyd Lighting, Carnegie Fabrics, Baker, Ann Sacks, Kallista, and McGuire. She’s an artist on fire in the interiors and home products world. Let her light the way.

Caviar Large Brown Nickel/Smoke Glass Pendant

Caviar Large Brown Nickel/Smoke Glass Pendant

Caviar Cluster Polished Nickel/Clear Glass

Caviar Cluster Polished Nickel/Clear Glass

Modernist II Antique Brass Floor Lamp

Modernist II Antique Brass Floor Lamp

Waterfall Large Polished Nickel Lamp

Waterfall Large Polished Nickel Lamp

Braided Petals Rectangle Wood Mirror

Braided Petals Rectangle Wood Mirror

Raindrop Silver Square Panel

Raindrop Silver Square Panel

Raindrop Brass Large Rectangle Panel

Raindrop Brass Large Rectangle Panel

Waterfall Small Polished Nickel Taper Holder

Waterfall Small Polished Nickel Taper Holder

Corsage Floor Lamp

Corsage Floor Lamp

Mad for Malachite.

IfWith St. Patrick’s Day behind us and a green green spring (and environmental attitude) ahead, I’m mad for all things green. Especially the earthy but glamourous look of the mineral stone malachite. There is a great history behind this unique mineral. In Greek mythology, the throne of Demeter, goddess of grain and harvest, was fashioned from malachite and adorned with golden pigs and ears of barley (maybe she liked pork chops and beer for dinner?). Up until about 1800, Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints.

Polished slab of Malachite_Zaire

A polished slice of Malachite.

And today, the rock band Green Day used malachite in the lyrics of their song 2000 Light Years Away, as a metaphor to lead singer and songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong’s green eyes. My interest however lies mostly in it’s as a lifestyle accent in jewelry and home decor pieces.

Malachite Side Table by Marjorie Sourkas

My favorite! Malachite Side Table by Marjorie Sourkas

Faux Malachite Jewelry Boxes | Global Views

Faux Malachite Jewelry Boxes | Global Views

Malachite and Diamond Midnight Pear Ring | Neiman Marcus

Malachite and Diamond Midnight Pear Ring | Neiman Marcus

Malachite Table Lamp | Crate & Barrel

Malachite Table Lamp | Crate & Barrel

Rectangular  Malachite Vivian Mirror | Made Goods

Rectangular Malachite Vivian Mirror | Made Goods

Vintage Faux Malachite Table from Drexel Heritage

Vintage Faux Malachite Table from Drexel Heritage, $900 | Austin Modern

1950's Sterling Silver and Malachite Tray | 1stDibs

1950's Sterling Silver and Malachite Tray | 1stDibs

Panama Diary in Malachite Leather with Wood Closure | Smythson

Panama Diary in Malachite Leather with Wood Closure | Smythson

Art Deco Malachite Vase | Washington DC Craigslist

1930's Art Deco 10"H Malachite Vase | Washington DC Craigslist

If it’s green walls that you’re most excited about, try your hand at a faux malachite wall paint treatment with this example from Apartment Therapy.

How about a faux malachite paint treatment?

How about a faux malachite paint treatment?

Your To Do List: March To It!

I miss having a yard. I went from an adorable red door Cape Cod to a two level Victorian city condo (which I love and am thrilled about), but I’m sure when the tulips crop up, I’ll miss my well kept yard. I had quite the green thumb and loved being outside raking, mowing and pulling weeds. Crazy, huh? The reason I liked these kind of chores is that the result would be even more enjoyable. So for you homewowners (and ones with yards to tend to), read over today’s Washington Post Home section article called “March, Time to Put Your House in Order”. Clean your closets, tune up your air conditioner, tidy up that garden, plant some native plants, and gather up some ideas. And if you need to find an answer about your garden, send me a message. I’ll see how well I really know how a garden grows. =)


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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