Tuesday, May 28, 2013

framing scarves

Silk scarves are ICDC's dirty little secret.  They're a bit of an obsession..so soft, luxurious, with striking colors and beautiful patterns..

Scarves are pieces of art.  A few years ago, at one of ICDC's old hair salons on K Street, she noticed the owner very creatively framed a series of scarves.  The idea has been percolating ever since.  One day, ICDC will do the same!

images via www.theurbanslant.com, www.msmagpiedesigns.com, http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com, http://playingwithscarves.wordpress.com, www.nattymichelle.com, http://winkandco.blogspot.com, www.fromtherightbank.com, http://notesfrompembrokehall.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 23, 2013

outdoor dining

As summer nears - the official start (at least in ICDC's mind) is this weekend - it's fun to plan dinner parties outdoors.  Don't worry if you don't have a dining table in a country garden!  From rugs to blankets to folding chairs and card tables, even those of us in apartments can create an elegant picnic on the Mall, in Rock Creek Park or along the river.  Lanterns and candles help too!

Need a little inspiration for an outdoor gathering?  Here are a few.

images via www.elledecor.com, www.elementsofstyleblog.com, http://onthescentofmrstench.wordpress.com, www.furnishburnish.com, www.apartmenttherapy.com, www.decoration-ideas.org, http://willowbeeinspired.blogspot.com, http://dwellingsanddecor.tumblr.com, www.cococozy.com, www.sunset.com, www.inspirebohemia.com and www.heirloomphilosophy.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

steep, splurge, steal

Bedroom must-have: tufted bench.  They have the dual benefit of being both useful and attractive - offering seating and storage (on top or below!).  Where to find tufted benches at three price points?

images via www.decorpad.com, www.lonny.com, www.betterdecoratingbible.com, www.housebeautiful.com, www.quardecor.com, and www.potterybarn.com

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

why don't you..use geometric carpet throughout your whole house?

Today, ICDC brings you another fantastic Madrid home featured in Nuevo Estilo.  This time, antiques dealer Alfonso Icaza wows us with a breathtaking blend of modern and traditional.

Geometric carpet throughout the apartment, a modern glass coffee table and abstract paintings and photography elevate and make fresh gorgeous, but traditional pieces.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013


This past weekend, ICDC took the train home from Union Station.  Despite its somewhat grungy interior (don't worry, there is a $7 billion - yep, with a "b" - improvement project ongoing), the exterior of that place is striking for its architecture and beauty.  The proudly waving American flags, topped by flying eagles make Districters proud to come home.

The "Union" - at least the one in DC - got ICDC thinking about other train stations in the US and the world.  

Where are the most beautiful?

 Chhatrapati Shivaji, Mumbai

Grand Central, NYC

 Union Station, Chicago

Gare de Lyon, Paris

Gare du Nord, Paris

Maputo, Mozambique

Union Station, Los Angeles

Sao Bento, Portugal

Sirkeci, Istanbul

Central Station, Antwerp

Kuala Lumpur Station, Malaysia

Kanazawa, Japan

King's Cross, London

Kyoto Rail

 Atocha, Madrid


images via www.cntraveler.com