Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Grass Cloth Wall Covering

I have been loving grass cloth for the last couple of years!  I really got into when I did the DC Design House in the spring of 2010.  I was working on a large library that lacked warmth and I decided that grass cloth was answer.  I have been smitten since!

This one is from Kravet

A closer view of the same paper.  It has wonderful slubs of dark brown almost black that lend alot of character.

Kravet and Phillip Jeffries are a couple of my favorite resources and I have been browsing through the collections as I am researching a for a client.  Here are a few of my finds...

These vibrant colors make you think twice about grass cloth!

Great geometrics!

Gorgeous damask

These are all Phillip Jeffries.

These are from the Kravet website.  Great textures.
Clear out the old stereo types of grass cloth in colors that resemble paper bags and let your imagine go!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Stark Sale!!!

The annual Stark Sale is going on now!! 

Stark Carpets

I have been so super busy at work, I haven't been keeping up with my blog, but I had to get this out today.  I took some time out on Wednesday morning to check out the Stark Carpet sale and I hit payday!  I found rugs for two of my clients!  The cool part is that I had seen these rugs in the showroom and already had Mitch, my salesperson, price them out for me.  So...when I went to the sale he found them for me and was able to save my clients money on the carpet!  So now I can buy the fun stuff for their bedrooms.  Yes, both rugs are for bedrooms.  

Here are some pictures of what it looks like.


Here the guys are unloading and stacking more of the area rugs.  As you can see, there are loads of rugs and vary from the traditional styles and colors to flat weaves, stunning Tibetans and antique reproductions.

Of course there are tons of remnants! 

 These patterns are current styles and wonderful colors.  I LOVE the fantastic geometric!


There is also a section devoted to fabrics and they even have Pratesi !!

                    The installers are on site to help organize delivery, binding and installation of everything sold.

So, try as I might (and I did) I could not scan the flyer and get it to my post!!!  So, I will give you the info:

Who:  Stark Carpet
What:  Warehouse Clearance Sale
Where:  8520 Leesburg Pike, Suite C, Vienna, VA 22182
@ Tysons Corner next to Ethan Allen
Why:  To save tons of money!
When11/12 10-8
            11/13 10-6
            11/15 10-7
            11/17 10-7
            11/19 10-8
             11/20 10-6 

 The only contact number I have to reach some one out there is the cell phone number for my salesperson.  Mitch Gabor 703-927-6559. 

Happy Shopping!!!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Exotic Lumber Field Trip

I am remiss in posting!  I went to High Point (more on that in future posts), and returned on Tuesday to a busy, busy week! 

I have been working on a fascinating and complicated project in Georgetown.  The client purchased an apartment with stunning views of the Potomac, the Kennedy Center and the night time sparkles our city has to offer.  The unit was completely gutted and not only was a complete build out in order but the client is an Art Deco aficionado!  This has added an additional element in my research and design for the project and it has been very rewarding.  Along with electrical, plumbing and other construction requirements there is a learning curve involved in designing a period inspired home.  This past week I went to one such resource to become enlightened and inspired. 

Exotic Lumber has two locations and we visited the one located in Annapolis, Maryland.  I had spoken to the owner Bill West, a charming and handsome man from South Africa, and he invited me out to his facility to have a first hand look and education on exotic woods.  I am in the process of specifying wood species for my project and this is the perfect place to gain an understanding of the best of the best.

A picture of the showroom.

Another view of the showroom with a listing of all the exotic woods and current pricing.

Bill and I discussing the project needs.

Sample bins with pricing.

A view in the warehouse.

Bill said that this would be used to make a sink!

Aren't these amazing?  Bill said the trees are so hard they can't be cut down but rather are burned.  Can you see the burnt edges at the top?  Of course I was so overwhelmed by everything around me I didn't take notes of all the wood species we looked at, only the ones for my project!

I would love to use this Zebra wood in my project!

Yew wood is lovely and rare.

Imagine this piece of walnut for a table or a door...

Thank you Bill!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Decorating

My children no longer show the same thrill they once did when I go into the attic and pull down the big, huge, orange plastic bins that scream "Halloween".  My 14 year old daughter tried to show some initial enthusiasm when I started decorating yesterday, but a fresh text message seemed to trump the pumpkin lights that have graced our door way for years.  My 17 year old son was watching the game with his dad.  Of course, I decorated the house by myself.  I don't think you can ever be to old to decorate for a holiday.  Whether it's a simple seasonal wreath with a few pumpkins or you go all out, I think it's great fun.  Apparently, I am not alone!

Door ways in Old Town Alexandria

I love the little pumpkins tucked between the cabbages!

This house really had some fun stuff!

I took these pictures just as I was strolling a few block away from my office on Friday night.  What Halloween decorations are your favorite's?

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kathryn Penn Fine Jewelry

My girlfriend Kate has the best sister-in law.  Why?  Because she is a jewelry designer! 

 Kathryn Penn lives in Aspen and when she visits, she doesn't come empty handed.  She brings a carry-on bag full of mouth watering jewels!  Kate has been hosting jewelry parties for many years at her home in Alexandria and we flock to see what's new and what we can't live without.  We try things on, ooh and aah over each others finds while enjoying wine and catching up. 

 However this year, I was invited to attend the lovely home of Joany Fabry and Michael Klein in the Kalorama area of Washington DC where Kathryn had her wares.  This is just one of many of the stunning pieces of art in their home.

These pictures came off of Kathryn's face book page.  They are from her store in Aspen.

I have one of these lovely brooches and where it often.

Kathryn creates this style of necklace in so many combinations of stones.  I bought one several years ago in white and grey pearls.  Great evening piece.


Here are a few I took on Monday.

This necklace I bought with cherry quartz.  It's pink!

Kathryn can be found at kathrynpenn@me.com or Kathryn PennFine Jewelry on face book.

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