There’s a new online shelter mag in town.
Yesterday, the editors of Lonny and Traditional Home magazines launched the newest entrant in the world of virtual mags,

As most of you know, Lonny Magazine was launched by Michelle Adams and Patrick Cline in the wake of the closing of Domino. TRADHome is a c
ollaboration between Traditional Home magazine and Michelle and Patrick and it looks promising.

So what is TRADHome about?  They want to redefine our ideas of traditional decor. Online magazines have one distinct advantage over their glossy counterparts (aside from the fact they are free) – they can utilize video. So in an effort to help us on our redefinition journey (can I say that?), they paired Jonathan Adler and Charlotte Moss (I KNOW, that’s what I thought!) in a short video.

Click HERE to watch – it really is worth your time:

And finally, a few pages from the premiere issue of TRADHome:

Not exactly your mother’s idea of traditional.

But look at the other end of the same room. Wonderful!

So have you begun to look at traditional design differently?
It’s starting to work for me.


DC Design House, Part 1

Each year I think the designers selected for the DC Design House reach new heights. And this year is no exception.

The Design House, which benefits Children’s National Medical Center, opened this weekend and remains open through May 8.

Before the frenzied design work begins, the public is invited in for a dramatic Bare Bones Tour.  If you visit the Design House website you can see a few of these ‘before’ photos, making the ‘after’ even more stunning.

Then the designers had only 30 days to transform this 1925 12,000 square foot English Country Tudor in the Forest Hills area of DC.
(In case you are in the market, it is currently for sale and listed at $4.9 million.)

Feast your eyes on the 2011 DC Design House:

Patrick Sutton of Patrick Sutton Associates had what was almost certainly one of the biggest challenges in this house – the living room.
Its dimensions are cavernous yet he did a masterful job of creating inviting conversation areas throughout. Although I genuinely loved many of the rooms, this one took my breath away. I think its transformation, and Patrick’s command of space planning, is what struck me most.

Here is Patrick standing in front of the amazing stone fireplace. Originally covered in layer after layer of paint, he and his team spent countless hours scraping away the years until finally revealing the original stone. However, what you see in the photo is not exactly what they found that day.

He told me that he was finally able to achieve the gorgeous patina you see by — wait for it —  rubbing it down with steel wool! I don’t know if this is how it went down, but in my imagination someone whipped out some steel wool and went to work after Patrick said ‘something’s not quite right.’ So the subtle gray movement and tone you can now see is a result of that mysterious steel wool process. Oh, and also a rub down with some good ol’ paste wax. Perfection!

The Pool Room, done by Erin Paige Pitts of Erin Paige Pitts Interiors is a cool and inviting space. Since the house has no porch and this space leads to the pool, Erin wanted to create the look and feel of one. She cleverly hung two love seat sized swings facing one another and then filled the room with cool airy textures and beach references.

Gary Lovejoy of Gary Lovejoy Associates, Inc created a modern and inviting sun room.

Gary cleaverly used a screen in place of more traditional window treatments. The chairs above are facing the chaise shown in the previous pic.

The library, done by Nancy Colbert of Design Partners, LLC was originally one of the darkest rooms in the house. She transformed it into this beautiful light filled space. New bookcases were added for balance and symmetry and the entire dark wood panneled room was given life with Farrow and Ball #241, Skimming Stone and a decorative paint finish.

More to come…….


Decor Love

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

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(via Houzz)

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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!