Archives for March 2011

Decor Love

I have loads of inspiration photos saved. Wiith no specific theme in mind, here are a few….

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Hugs,  Roxanne

Split Personality

Recently our family stayed at The Gaylord at National Harbor in D.C.

We had a great time and the place is amazing. Go if you are ever in the area.

When we entered our room, this is what we found:

Crazy, right?

Here’s the living room. Big.

Sitting room.

View of the atrium. Ya, those little houses you see are INSIDE the atrium. They don’t do things small here.
And those cute heads are my girls!

So here is what I was struck by; the room’s decor was predictable given our location in the Nation’s Capital. Traditional. Dark leather and heavy upholstery. Very conservative.
Pretty, but just a bit tame.

Then we walk into the Old Hickory Steakhouse, located in the atrium, for dinner and are greeted by this eye candy!


As you enter the bar, you can see all the way back through the restaurant. The window at the far end overlooks the Potomac River.

See what I mean about the split personality? These spaces are all at the Gaylord National Harbor.

This would be more ‘wow’ if I had taken the photo when the bar was actually open. But still, can you see how amazing it would be to sip a cocktail here?
(I came back the morning after dinner for better lighting and to be certain there were no customers.)

Notice not only the striking chandelier, but also the wavy glass in the windows.

Martini anyone?

Oh yes, and the food was pretty darn good too!



Project Complete

It is exciting yet a little melancholy to bring a project to conclusion.

My client, T, and I worked hard together for more than 18 months.

I am excited to share the result of all that hard work.

Here is T’s living room.

It was a blank slate. They had just moved into their new home  and were starting this room from scratch.
(Sorry for the photo quality. Professional photographers are ‘spensive!)

The upholstery is all custom.
Our jumping off point was the red and ivory floral on the chairs. Everything else flowed from there.

The sofa is covered in a very textural velvet-like chenille. Yum!

The chair in the fore ground was found at an estate sale and recovered with this beautiful nubby velvet.

In the background, you can see just a bit of the new stair runner we had installed. Luscious!

Again, bad photo quality, but shows how well the stair runner works. LOVE it!!

I’m gonna miss working with you T 🙁


Paralyzed by the Possibilities

It is, perhaps, a little known fact that most interior designers have a near impossible time decorating their own home.

Sadly, I am not an exception.

For nearly 6, yes SIX, agonizing months I’ve done my darnedest to come up with a fabric and color scheme for our family room.

Here is what it looks like now:


(longer, deeper sigh) BTW, there is plywood under the cushions. (another sigh)

Designers have no difficulty making wonderful selections for our clients. We ask questions. Do lots of listening. Then execute a beautiful plan.
Not so for ourselves.


We get distracted by the next new shiny thing we see. We LOVE so many different fabrics. Looks. Styles. Colors. Actually, this is part of the reason we are good at what we do. If a client wants a style that differs from our personal preferences, we still get excited about it and have a great time putting it together.

But back to my dilemma….

The compter armoire  (yes computer armoire – how sad is that)  currently housing the TV will go. The TV will move to above the fireplace (the room is TINY & I need the floor space). Everything in the photo will go – except the TV remote. Did I mention how much I hate this room?

Weeks ago I started sorting through fabrics. Memo after memo of yummy beautiful fabric.

Not quite right.

Still not it.

Time to seek help.

Anne from  Dwellings By Design offering her professional opinion.

And Michele from My Notting Hill working a little magic.

Still, no decision.

I finally decided to go back to my favorite inspiration photos to gain new focus.

And here is the one that spoke to me the loudest.  (Photo: Traditional Home  Designer, Amy Bergman)

What I love most: oodles of texture, soothing neutrals, interesting yet subtle patterns.

So finally,  the fabrics for my new family room:

They are all very tactile – raised velvet detail on all but the sofa fabric. For the sofa, a textured velvet with lots of shine and movement. Add to all of this some shiny nickel nail head detail here, a contrasting welt there and exposed wood trim on the upholstered pieces in a soft white painted finish. New occasional tables, lighting, rug, built-ins (gee, I sure hope my husband is not reading this – he thinks we just need furniture).

Next up: choosing the furniture. Ugh! See you in another 6 months. But seriously, I hope to have everything ordered within the next week and will be back to you in 6 – 8 weeks with an update.


If you would like help choosing the perfect fabrics for your project – which really can be done in a more speedy fashion – send me a note!

Circa Who & Product Resources

I am mildly obessed with finding new product sources. I just am.

I don’t relax and enjoy the images in shelter mags. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the images – I do. What I don’t do is relax. Pen in hand, I obsessively write down every website or manufacturer that catches my interest.

So, I was flipping through House Beautiful several months ago and paused to read the feature article, The Next Wave of Designers to Watch. (I realize this is old news, but I cannot get to my point without starting here.) The article includes brief interviews with the chosen designers and each are asked a series of questions. The one that most intrigued me:  “Tell us one of your secret design sources.”

Paydirt. Here are the country’s best up and coming designers and they are going to tell us where they get their stuff. Sweet.

One of the featured designers  is a DC local and someone I admire a lot, Sally Steponkus.  Her secret source?  Circa Who, a West Palm Beach vintage resale shop. Here is what she says:  “Last year when I was doing a condo in Bal Harbour, Fl, I drove over  to Palm Beach to check out some of the vintage shops. I fell in love with Circa Who and continue to visit the website and e-mail Tracy to ask her to keep her eyes peeled for certain pieces. She’s always got affordable, funky, cool, vintage furniture and lighting. I love bringing a little ’60s West Palm to conservative, serious DC!”

Quick as a flash I was on that website.

And here is what I found:

8 Century Furniture dining chairs!
Look at that greek key detail on the arm chairs. Stunners.
Yes, these are sitting in my dining room right now. More on the transformation of these chairs and the room in a future post.

A few weeks later I find this Century Furniture (do we detect a theme with me?) king headboard. And, yep, it is now in my guest room.
I tell my husband I purchase these things to use in future projects. I mean it when I say it. Really, I do.

I guess I would consider parting with it….Maybe.

Acrylic nesting tables. Living in my sunroom.

And here are a few items currently available at Circa Who.

(Yes, more Century Furniture dining  chairs like mine)

(all images of currently available items via Circa Who)

Hurry on over if you are in need of a vintage fix. It is a great resource and the good stuff goes fast! Sally, my husband says thanks. Not.


If you want help fitting a bit of West Palm glam in your home, get in touch. I’d love to help!