Friday, April 17, 2015

fashion friday

Despite a hectic work schedule, ICDC is determined to bring back the Fashion Friday series for you dear readers.  The FF concept first surfaced because ICDC realized that women know how to dress themselves, but were often frightened to do the same for their homes.  Determined to change that, FF was born!

Requests have come in that the rooms be more connected to Washington spaces.  What better way to do that than showcase rooms by DC designers at this year's showhouse?

First up, the living room by Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown

Olivia Palermo's furry grey, brown and black outfit is easily transformed into the grey walls, birch ceiling and patterned, modern chairs of the dining room.  Where to find similar pieces to recreate this room?

images via and Angie Seckinger

Monday, April 13, 2015

one nest project & greenspur

ICDC was scrolling through Airbnb recently looking for country houses in northern Virginia.  Just in case a weekend away from the city is needed in the dead of summer.

Most houses are either extremely expensive and could host 20 people or terrible shacks.  Nearly bored and about to close the app, ICDC happened across the gorgeous place below.  Intrigued, ICDC did a little digging.  The story behind this striking home, and the company run by its owner, sparked a massive online hunt to know more.


Called "One Nest", this vacation home in Delaplane is only 1000 square feet.  It's essentially a proof-of-concept and the brainchild of Mark Turner, owner and founder of Greenspur - a real estate development group that is rethinking how we use space and materials to construct homes in a shorter timeline, all while respecting the environment.  The idea was to build a home in 100 days for $150,000.  As you can see, Turner was successful. 

The use of space is extremely efficient: it has 2.5 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms.  ICDC's last apartment was that size and one bedroom/one bath seemed small.  This seems huge!  There's also a kitchen, dining area, living area, home office, wine cellar and deck (with firepit).  It's light on cement, and has no drywall or foundation. 

Wait.  No foundation??  Instead of the typical, dug-out concrete model, Turner used a steel chassis that won't rot or burn and magnesium oxide replaces drywall (according to Turner, this is an ancient substance used in the mortar of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army).

Wood inside the house is reclaimed from an old smokehouse (the smoked wood providing natural protection against bugs).  The house also has no ductwork (saving space) and making the heat and cooling more efficient with wall units (and cost effective: only $42 a month!).

ICDC is going to keep her eye on Greenspur.  Stunningly innovative and exciting!

This post kicks off a series on sustainable design and decorating with the natural environment.  Stay tuned!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

2015 Design House

It's baaaack! 

The 2015 Design House, benefitting the National Children's Medical System, is nearly open.  Tomorrow is preview day (get tix here) and the home opens to the public on Sunday.  It's supposed to be a wonderfully warm and beautiful weekend - perfect for a stop in Mclean! 

Last year, ICDC's favorite space was Nadia Subaran's wine room (I know, what's not to like!). 

This year, winner of most creative space (in ICDC's humble opinion) is the Jeff Askizer/Jamie Brown dining room: Birch trees from Aspen decorate the ceiling.  Combined with a killer chandelier and sleek dining chairs..wowzers!

Here's a digital preview..stop by 956 Mackall Farm Lane, tout suite!

images by Angie Seckinger

Thursday, April 9, 2015

do you know wisteria?

Because if you don't, you should.

ICDC doesn't usually get too excited about design catalogs.  (In fact, she keeps trying to unsubscribe..without success!)  Usually the options are too planned, too mass-market and without much character.

That all changed when this piece of magic arrived in the mailbox.

Over the years, Wisteria offerings have intrigued ICDC.  A beautiful Moorish chest, comfortable but chic looking linen-clad sofas, an etagere that wasn't boring.

But Wisteria has knocked it out of the park this year.  And it wasn't just the lush green malachite wall hangings (or Agate ones) that sucked ICDC in.

It was the cobalt blue Chinese Chippendale chairs, the Pagoda mirror, the Acrylic Wall Brackets and Leaning Bookshelf and Ghost Pedestal and X-Base Stool, the Faux Bois Mirror, the Ikat Pillows, the Graphic Pillows, the Hemicycle Nailhead Side Table, the Laurel Leaf Mirror, the Wheel-y Useful Basket, the Smart and Sleek Stools, the Cinema Lounge Chairs, the Elegant Etagere, and the Colonial Column Side Table. The list goes on.  ICDC is keeping a copy of this catalog for inspiration..and just in case a furniture need arises!

Also wonderful is that the Dallas-based Wisteria story is adorable.  Andrew and Shannon - the creative team and owners behind the company - call their style "updated traditional with a twist".  They blend the "best designs that have stood the test of time..with the latest styles, and then [add] a fun eclectic item that rounds it out."  They say "if that means combining a wonderful old wooden chest you inherited from your grandmother with an acrylic pedestal you just purchased and a framed drawing your five-year-old made, then that's it!"  Heaven.

And no, Wisteria did not compensate ICDC for this post.  It was pure design excitement that inspired it!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Spruce Up

Now that peak Cherry Blossom dates have been announced - April 11 to the 14th - ICDC readers have no excuse.  It's time for a spring spruce up!  How about a new rug?  Maybe a pair of chartreuse side chairs?  Surely a few throw pillows could add some pizazz to your space!

Who better to help than the ever cheerful and stylish Camille Saum?  For ICDC loyalists - especially those on a budget - Camille will offer a discount from her regular rates.   Send her a note or give her a call (301.657.9817) and share your update with ICDC!

ICDC was in no way compensated for this post.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Masculine and Feminine

It's hard to design a space that isn't totally masculine or totally feminine.  But that blend becomes important, especially if you live with someone or in marriage.  Compromise is everything..

How to decorate your home with another person, particularly of the opposite sex?  The apartment below, featured in Lonny, leans toward the masculine because of its dark woods and the absence of window coverings.  But through a combination of lighter colors, intriguing finishes, interesting sconces and velvet upholstery, this design provides a woman's touch in what would otherwise be a very strong scheme. 

The gilt mirror in the guest bathroom and mint tufted kitchen banquette are perfect examples of this kind of masculine/feminine juxtaposition.  And the zig-zag pattern used throughout is decidedly not masculine.  Little flares of personality like those can really make a difference. 



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