Wednesday, October 31, 2012

happy halloween!

And now to grab a few more handfuls of candy corn before its too late..

images from Country Living

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

slithery chic

Halloween is tomorrow!  In honor of this spooky day, ICDC wanted to share a few slithery chic items for the home.

How to make your own snakeskin table?

1. Find a table

2. Buy a few yards of faux snakeskin fabric at $10 a yard

3. Buy "mod podge" glue (the all-in-one glue, sealer and finish).  You can get it online or from any art/craft store like Utrecht on 13th & I Streets NW. $6-10

4.  The next part is pretty simple, especially if you've chosen an item with 90 degree angles like the parson's table above.
  • First, cut pieces to wrap around each section of the table (four legs, edges of table, top of table). 
  • Next, Mod Podge a leg of the table and then wrap the fabric around, taking care to smooth the fabric onto the table and remove bumps.  
  • Repeat for the rest of the legs, table edges and top.  
  • Cover the entire table in another coat (or two) of Mod Podge and let dry (preferably on a piece of cardboard or fabric so it doesn't stick to the ground).  Voila!
Total cost?  About $70!  That's a fraction of what one of these pieces would cost retail.  And the same technique can be used for boxes and trays.  It's even easier to use as wallpaper or to cover the inside of a bookshelf - just make sure to use pins to hold the fabric in place at the top until the first coat of glue dries.

images from Elle Decor and ICDC files.

Monday, October 29, 2012

why don't you..start a costume box!

For years, ICDC has schlepped around a massive box of items that absolutely must come in handy some day..a corn-cob pipe, terrible neon clothes from the 80s, a full-body ski suit (for all those "apres ski" parties), a tennis sweater from the name it.  Sometimes these things come in handy when an impromptu costume is needed.  The box definitely comes in handy for Halloween.

If you're stuck at home today because of hurricane "Sandy," now is the perfect time to put one together!

What will you pull out of your costume box this week?

Friday, October 26, 2012

fashion friday

Interior decor is really fashion for your home.  How to transform this look into a room?

Just as LeeLee Sobieski uses red as the anchor for this outfit, you can use red as an anchor for a living room: in major pieces such as the sofa, chairs and ottoman.  Bring in gold and taupe accents with lighting, rugs and art.

Also try to find distinct pieces like this red and gold chinoiserie secretary, featured in an Ann Getty room.

Or use a red tablecloth, a fireplace screen, and a beautiful a flower arrangement with red and shades of dark yellow for a dining room.

How can you transform this look into a room?  Don't start from scratch!  Use pieces you've already got and supplement with paint or splashes of color.  Just like shopping your closet!

Do you have an outfit you love and want help transforming into a room?  Send a picture to ICDC and we'll feature it!

images from, and ICDC files.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

design crush: miles redd

While there are so many fantastic "celebrity" interior designers around, Miles Redd is probably ICDC's favorite.  Of all time.

He and ICDC share a similar design philosphy - mixing "high with low" - and, of course, an affinity for animal print.  Mr. Redd takes the traditional and "wamps" it up.

Don't worry!  Mr. Redd favors other colors too..

And his bedrooms are just divine..

Who wouldn't want such a fantastic closet?!

all images from

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

style spotlight: ram heads

$75 each at Miss Pixies

These intriguing sculptures caught ICDC's eye.  Carved from wood, the detail on each is amazing.  Display on your coffee table, or even grander, on a lighted bookshelf.  No one else will have such a fantastic piece of art!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

style spotlight: banquettes

For small spaces, banquettes are really the thing.  Making the most of corners - or just separating a space - is imperative when you're living in anything less than 1000 square feet.


Where to find banquettes locally and online?

Miss Pixies (Call if you're looking for one and they'll check at auction!)
1626 14th Street NW

images from Mrs Howard, Ballard Designs, House Beautiful and ICDC files.