Thursday, February 26, 2015

DC Design House - Butler's Pantry

DC Design House - Butler's Pantry

We are thrilled to have been selected to design the Butler's Pantry in the DC Design House this year!  This is our first time with this particular show house, and we are really excited.  The house is amazing... it is a farmhouse style estate located in McLean right off of Georgetown Pike and near the beltway.

Rendering from DC Design House -

What makes this house so special, by Artisan Builders, is all of the thoughtful and wonderful touches throughout which give a nod to the farmlands that used to occupy the area (hard to believe when you are driving along the beltway, but there used to be green pastures and cows on this property). 

Here is the website announcement:
We are having a great time designing and planning our space, and we can't wait to show it to you. 

We will be doing a series of blogs about the entire process, so come along for the ride!

Go to: to see more.

BARE BONES day is this Saturday, February 28th from 12-3 and you can come along and see the house before any designers start their work.  It is $5 at the door.  Yes, the weather is awful and this will give you something to do this weekend!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wow, what an image!

Wow, what an Image!!

Designer is Summer Thornton.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Coolest Chandelier EVER!

Coolest Chandelier EVER!!

Okay, at least one of the coolest, right?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Designer Pick of the Day - Sunburst Sconce

Designer Pick of the Day -

 Sunburst Sconce

Check this out.  Dynamic.

Order this from

Friday, February 6, 2015

Wow What an Image!!

Wow What An Image!!

This is our new series we are starting called, Wow What An Image!

We are excited about it because we will have the opportunity to show you some beautiful spaces, one or two at a time.  Nothing like shimmying over an image for a few minutes during your coffee break!

This image is courtesy of Dering Hall:, and the design company is Leyton Craig.  Love their work.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Images

Okay .... Wait for it.....

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Are you ready?  Here we will get you in the mood (or at least remind you that you need to start preparing for Valentine's Day as it is almost here!!).

Sweetheart candies...even if you don't like them, you have to HAVE them for Valentine's Day!!

  OMG, I cannot get enough of cake pops.  I am SO GLAD they are rather complicated to make, or I would be making and eating them all the time!!  But they are fun to make with the kids ... sometimes...

This next image below is from Martha Stewart and she knows how to present a pretty picture...

I love these roses, and the picture is lovely.

Monday, February 2, 2015

.... And ... Dog Beds

Dog Beds - Bed or Designer Bed?  
To buy or not to buy??

We love to LOOK at these doggie beds more than BUY one!

Dog Beds.  To buy or not to buy?  And which style or kind of bed to buy?

Our dog loves her doggie's not fancy; just straight from a local pet store.  Some of our clients prefer fancier, designer style beds for their dogs.

This one below looks cozy... I wouldn't mind a day bed like this to hang out on, what about you?  Would be fun with the kids...we could sit or lie around and do crafts!!

While this next one below seems uncomfortable, I must say that dogs love the cool air that can circulate all around them with these army-style beds.  Our own Australian Shepherd jumps onto our trampoline for a little afternoon snooze all the time!  Same sort of thing, just bigger.

Now this little one below...great idea; takes up so little space.  And you can watch TV together!  But our dog would want to be on the sofa with us, not under the table.

Now I love LOVE this next one below.  But how does the top doggie get up there?  Can he really climb this ladder?
Okay my favorite is this bed.
Isn't this a crazy fancy bed?  Years ago when I first started into the interior design business, I worked for a designer and we had a client who wanted us to design a bed for her dog to look exactly like HER bed, down to all the bedding and details.  We sort of chuckled and thought it was crazy.  But look now...there are so many dog bed selections... you could have a designer dog bed site and probably do quite well!!  Who would have imagined?  We just all love our pets, maybe a little too much!!