Wednesday, March 26, 2014

has spring finally sprung?!

Even though it's a chilling 36 degrees outside, ICDC is dedicated to celebrating Spring.  Shivers and all.  The birds are chirping and hanging in there; so should we.

A little inspiration always helps.  Turn to DC local artist and woman entrepreneur Elizabeth McAdam!  Brake Ink is sure to ward off the why-isn't-it-spring-yet-I'm-freezing blues..


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

french market april 25 & 26

In one month, the French Market will return to Georgetown's Book Hill neighborhood!  In case you're unfamiliar, the Book Hill merchants, restaurants, salons and galleries display their wares in an open air market. 

The 11th Annual Georgetown French Market will be held on Friday, April 25 and on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Mark your calendar!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

congratulations to dc local lauren liess!

Local designer, Lauren Liess, is a fave of this blog.  Her style is a little more rustic than ICDC's, but it's stunning and comfortable all at the same time.

Domino magazine recently featured her renovated home (the before and after pictures are so transformed they are shocking).  Just gorgeous.  Enjoy!

And check out her gorg new brick-and-mortar!  Wowsers! 
776-A Walker Road   
Great Falls, Virginia 22066    
Phone: 571.926.7825
Monday- Friday 10-5

Monday, March 3, 2014

thanks, domicile mag!

Bored on this snow day?  Take a look at the new issue of DC's own Domicile magazine!

In it, you'll find some delicious recipes, a great calendar of upcoming events and best of all - ICDC's malachite pillows are featured on page 39!

The link is to the larger pillow, which is sold out.  But you can get the 16x16 pillows here, or send an email and I'll order more in the larger size. 

Cuddle up and stay warm!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

the glenstone gallery

ICDC has been cycling on Glen road in Potomac for years (great hills!) and always thought the gated entrance at 12002 was just another massive private residence.  A modern, chic one, but a private residence nonetheless.

Boy, was ICDC wrong!  It turns out that behind that gate, there is a world of creativity and gorgeous art brought to you by Mitchell and Emily Rales.  Rusty Powell (director of the National Gallery of Art) has called the Raleses’ collection “one of the world’s most important” of the post-World War II era.  It turns out that this gem has been open since 2006!

Glenstone is a museum - with the Raleses' home on the property, seamlessly integrated in the same architectural style - that seeks to integrate art, architecture and landscape into a "serene and contemplative environment to form a unique connection between art and visitor."

It's only proper to make sure your entire visit - from the drive in to getting back in one's car - is filled with the consumption of art.  That's why there's a Richard Serra sculpture in the parking lot. Wow.

 The museum (a second building is being constructed now, 
which will match the size of the Barnes and Phillips)

 The private residence

Serra's "Sylvester"

Tony Smith's  "Smug"

In an effort to beat the post-holiday blues, ICDC made her free appointment online and drove out to the Glenstone. Stunned is the best word to describe the experience.

A gateman greets you upon arrival at the property, signs you in and directs you to drive ahead - through the lushest green rolling hills ICDC has ever seen (certainly in the Washington area in the dead of winter).  Large, interesting sculptures grab your attention along the drive until you find the parking area (which does not look like an actual parking area - even THAT is chic and well-designed) where docents are waiting to direct you inside. 

Currently on exhibition (they run for two years) is the most playful, clever and fascinating show using a variety of mediums by Peter Fischli and David Weiss (running until February 2015).  ICDC's explanation won't do the show justice, so you'll just have to read the description and make an appointment.

It's a mind-bending event - and you MUST GO.  Even if modern art isn't your cup of tea, I assure you this is one to try.

Glenstone seamlessly integrates art, architecture and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment to form a unique connection between art and visitor.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

it's that time again..

Get ready, the 2014 DC Design House is just around the corner!

For those readers who are new, the DC Design House is the region's biggest annual residential design attraction.  And it's a fundraiser for the Childrens National Medical Center.  This year, the house is stone and has three levels (thank goodness, since last year's house clocked in five flights!) and about 7,929 square feet of living space.  That means 24 lucky DC designers will have the chance to showcase their talent.  

The 2014 Design House was donated by Suzi Wilczynski, granddaughter of Marshall B. Coyne, the founder of the Madison Hotel.  Built in 1929, the home has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a three-car garage and a swimming pool on two-thirds of an acre. Original elements in the home include crown moldings, wood flooring and custom cabinets in the living room and dining room.

Get excited!  Dates for the showhouse are:

April 13th - May 11th 2014,
4600 Linnean Way, NW Washington, DC 20008 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

dreamy townhouse

This month's House Beautiful is candy for the eyes!  Miles Redd's feature is delicious.  And it's always a treat to see the work of Steven Gambrel.

His Lincoln Park Townhouse in Chicago is stunning.  Words escape..

The grand entry and staircase instantly reminded ICDC of the gorgeous Arts Club in London:

The art and color scheme Gambrel used was bold yet refined: a turquoise library, a purple living room, a yellow sitting room, a red reading nook..and a fireplace in the kitchen?!  This home is astonishingly beautiful.  Who doesn't want to sip coffee and eat a front of a cozy fire??  That would certainly make ICDC's mornings better.  That and a butler to make and deliver the coffee..

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