Friday, March 29, 2013

fashion friday

From Olivia Palermo's orange accented outfit.. this styled living room console.

Pops of orange - in curtains, the mirror's border, and even the pink shell vignette - add pizzazz to this pale blue and black color scheme.  The zebra printed calf-hair upholstered ottoman and interior border of the mirror focus the space and add pattern to the otherwise basic scheme.  Mirrored lamps add a metallic accent - just like the shimmery buttons on Palermo's jacket.  

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

cherry blossoms

Everyone in DC goes a little crazy during Cherry Blossom season.  There's a festival, a 10 mile race, a parade, parties...

Despite this week's snow (and rumors that we might get more), peak blooms are coming next week: April 3rd through the 6th.  So Districters, keep your eyes peeled!

Love the color and majesty of this beautiful bud and its tree?  Try a little cherry blossom in your home!  (and no, ICDC does NOT recommend stealing a branch or two!  Though she does annually covet the branches that the Willard seems to find for its huge lobby urns..)

Wallpaper is an easy and statement-making addition.  It can be high-end and hand-painted or printed on eco-friendly recycled paper.

Bedding and throw pillows are an even easier addition to your existing decor if you want a little cherry blossom accent each spring.

Or reupholster a bergere in blossom fabric!

Finally, ICDC has always loved Snow & Graham cherry blossom notecards.  Pick up a box for the season!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

steep, splurge, steal

X-benches are versatile and full of style.  They can hide under a console to serve as extra seating, or just as an interesting design element.  They are lightweight and can be moved easily - and as small pieces, are inexpensive to reupholster and adorn.

Here are a few options for buying x-benches at three price points:

Member of Congress

(Horchow is currently running a 25% off sale!)

Hill Staffer


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

district of chic: nestor santa-cruz

Nestor Santa-Cruz - a 2004 inductee into the Washington Design Hall of Fame - will design this year's dining room in the DC Design House.

His projects are the epitome of luxury.  A trained architect, Santa-Cruz takes care to incorporate furnishings with art and objets in a way that creates "relationships."  And to each design, Santa-Cruz brings a "European sensibility."  Fabrics, textures and finishes are rich in color and depth, and are coordinated in a way that looks truly curated.  Santa-Cruz interiors seem designed perfectly for very interesting world travelers and collectors.


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