DC Design House 2012

Each year I anticipate the DC Design House like children look forward to Christmas. Oh the suspense! Then, in mid-April, it arrives!

Benefiting Children’s National Medical Center, the DC Design House 2012 showcases the talents of 23 area interior designers and is open April 14 through May 13. If you are in the DC area make a special effort to visit. More information about the Design House and Children’s National Medical Center can be found here.

Built in 1956 and located at 4951 Rockwood Parkway, NW in the stately DC neighborhood of Spring Valley, this year’s home is a stunner.

{photo by  Angie Seckinger}

The DARLING John Matthew Moore created this spectacular foyer. I first met him last year at the 2011 Design House where he created a breathtaking  painting for my dear friend Lauren Liess‘ room. Though we only talked a short while last year, I was so flattered he remembered me!

John Matthew Moore and his painting, Three Swans

Upon remarking on the beauty of this fabric, I learned he designed it himself! Does his talent have no end???

Next is the refined creation of Annette Hannon. Her parlor, designed as an inviting and comfortable space in which to linger, stands out as one of my faves this year.

{photos courtesy of Annette Hannon Interior Design, Ltd}

A bar is concealed behind those spectacular doors. CarrMichael Construction made Annette’s vision come to life. Wow. And the pattern on the chair (not the back of the chair, but the chair back. Follow me?) is an applique’. Wow again.

Notice how she resisted the urge to pile pillows on the sofa.

From Annette’s serene parlor you enter Kelley Proxmire’s L’Orangerie. Just feast your eyes on this treat….

In what was once a formal ballroom, Kelley created a classic take on a modern sunroom. With her signature use of color, emerged this tangerine fantasy. The orange grasscloth is inspired!

Kelley masterfully blends the traditional with the unexpected. Love it! Another fave for me.

I cannot wait to show you more so come back to visit soon.

Neither Frumpy nor Pedestrian

I am decidedly NOT a techie and am known to stubbornly resist change in this area.
I mean, what was wrong with the 8 Track, right?

An iPad? I just rolled my eyes.

However, after watching my friend, Lauren from Pure Style Home perform seeming miracles using her new iPad, I reconsidered (I’ll post another time about the app – Moodboard – that had me so giddy).  The very next day found me purchasing my shiny new iPad and inquiring about a fun cover.
Blank stare from Verizon guy.
I was led over to a small rack with black, black and black choices. Huh? I took black.

Perfectly functional and right for some, but just not for me.

But this could not be the end of the story. What was the problem? This is Apple right? Purveyors of Cool. So where was the iPad cover for ME? I need style, function, pizzaz. Honest to Pete! Could no one produce an iPad case with personality or a place to put a stylus?

MacBook Pro on my lap (“never” I remarked when asked if I wanted a PC all those years ago) I started my search for an iPad cover.

Happy Owl Studio!!!!!!

Ta da!

Meet The Clutch, one of 3 styles the folks at Happy Owl Studios created for the rest of us.


A place for everything, and everything in its place. Ahhh.

To be fair, another friend, Rachel James from RJ Interiors, has a beautiful iPad case from Twelve South.

First glance, a vintage book. Quite lovely.
But alas, no place for that stylus. Sorry Rachel.



Music for the Eyes & NORAD’s Santa Tracker

Oh how I love to soak in everything Christmas – and like a child, wish it would not end.

Every photo here speaks Christmas clear as Silver Bells, but each in different keys.

Sit back and enjoy the music….

And at the end, look for the NORAD Santa Tracker link.

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“Mommy’s tree”, as my children say.

When I reflect on why we have 2 trees; one I decorate exclusively  (all by myself – no, you cannot help – step away from Mommy’s tree)  and one the girls and my husband can decorate any way they like (the one that lives in our sunroom – the room we use the most but that is tucked away at the back of the house) – I can only conclude one thing:   I have control issues.

Our daughters’ tree – the one they decorate. If you look closely, you can see an ornament my 10 year old made with her preschool photo many years ago. This tree is full of those sentimental handmade ornaments. You know the ones; brought home crushed in the bottom of a backpack or carried oh-so-gently off the bus,  and sweet little faces beaming with pride. This tree, in all of its down-to-earth sentimental beauty, really is my favorite. Control issues aside.

And finally, my husband is a retired Navy pilot (Go Navy!) and is dedicated to all things military. It has become a tradition that he gather the girls around the computer on Christmas Eve, early in the day, and together they track Santa’s progress with NORAD’s Santa tracker.

The brave U.S. and Canadian military men and women at NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command, stand watch over Santa on Christmas Eve and over the rest of us 365 days a year. Read more about NORAD here.

And if you have the chance, take a moment to thank a member of our Armed Forces and say a prayer for those spending the holidays away from family.

Hope you enjoyed the eye music.

Merry Christmas!

Roxanne, proud Navy wife.

ABC Carpet & Home AND Martha Stewart!

OMG! ABC Carpet & Home


Martha Stewart Living Radio, Seriously?

Seriously! I could hardly believe the email. In fact, I didn’t. I was convinced it was from one of my friends doing their best to get one over on me. But then I looked a little more closely, and started to realize it might be REAL!

So I re-read the note:

And sure enough, Michael King (who is completely darling!) was serious and a date was set.  With an interview time of  3:00pm and the Amtrak scheduled to arrive Penn Station at 10:00am,  what to do with all those free hours in between?

ABC Carpet and Home, of course! I’d never been and in my mind it was this crazy, amazing, huge, overwhelming nirvana for anyone who loves home decor – And. It. is.

Take a look:

Yummy! Can’t you just see these amazing napkin rings from Canopy Designs on your table?

So unique! Also Canopy Designs.

And here I am with my darling friend, Martha (left), who only works a block away from ABC! What a treat to share a cup of tea (her) and organic smoothie (me)  with her in ABC Kitchen, creation of Jean-Georges Vongerichten. That smoothie… let me tell you! yuuummyyy!

Lovng this glass-legged table next to the vintage and very traditional mirror. ABC was full of an eclectic mix of  modern, vintage, contemporary, industrial, sleek, retro, hip, bohemian.

Beautiful mosaic pieces from Ercole Home.

Can you imagine? Amazing!

Abyss & Habidecor luxury European towels and rugs. (what would you do with these balls?)

Bokja Can you say ‘conversation starter’?

Oh, there are so many more photos I would like to share, so check back for ABC Part II.

And oh yes, the whole reason I was in New York, the Martha Stewart Living Radio interview on Sirius/XM.

Here I am with Living Today host,  Mario Bosquez in a pic taken just after we finished the interview (ok, so this is a totally vain thing to share, but please reference the photo of me with Martha above to see that this one is SO adding 10 lbs!).

Thank you Mario and producers, Michael King and Lauren Gould, for a great experience! When I asked for a few ‘before we go live’ pointers, Mario said to think of the LIVE interview where listeners could CALL IN with RANDOM QUESTIONS as ‘just a conversation’. I’m not sure that is exactly how I might describe it (grin), but his manner and style put me at ease and I had a great time.   Incidentally, Mario is working on a TexMex cookbook. So hey Mario, if you ever need a taste tester……

Hugs,  Roxanne

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