Tuesday, September 24, 2013

halloween is coming!


Fall is ICDC's absolute favorite season, and Halloween is her favorite holiday.  The weather is finally cool and it just feels like good times are ahead.  Plus, pumpkins are already for sale..any size, any price at your local grocery store or outside Saint Sophia's on Massachusetts Ave.  Stop by to get your very own.  Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 23, 2013

lepic to expand the brand

Word on the street is that ICDC's beloved Bistro Lepic plans to expand to another DC location..and eventually to Old Town.

Lepic is ICDC's go-to neighborhood restaurant for simple, elegant french food and wine.  Any time of day or night.  On this chilly September day, ICDC might stop in for a bowl of Cassoulet..

While the new restaurant on Macomb (allegedly to be named "La Piquette" - which actually means homemade wine..) is apparently intended for the younger set, ICDC will be interested in the menu and wine choices available.  If Monsieur Bernac is involved, ICDC is sure it will be just as fantastic. 


Thursday, September 19, 2013

dc's own

Anytime a District designer is featured in a national shelter magazine, ICDC jumps for joy.  In the October issue, Elle Decor interviewed our city's own Nestor Santa-Cruz - along with another of ICDC's favorite designers, Charlotte Moss - for its regular piece on "The Top Ten." 

This month, the duo (which changes each issue), decided to give readers a glimpse at their top ten unique dressing tables: 

The mere mention of dressing tables may bring to mind images of early Hollywood starlets checking their hair and makeup, but these highly functional pieces have been around far longer than that. The specialized table, usually featuring drawers and sometimes a mirror, first appeared in 17th-century France before catching on with English and American cabinetmakers. Today, dressing tables come in an array of shapes, sizes, and materials—and small consoles and desks can also often fit the role.

"My first dressing table was a kidney-shaped number my grandmother gave me," says Charlotte Moss. "It was terribly chic." She uses her current one not only to apply makeup, she says, but also "to display jewelry and personal items."

Nestor Santa-Cruz admires the compact furnishing for its versatility. "I like the idea of a dressing table that could be moved through the house and used as a desk or even a dining table," he says. "It could become your most important piece."

Here are ICDC's favorites from the recommendations of  one of DC's most chic designers:




Recently, ICDC has noticed a welcome trend in shelter mags: they've realized that not all readers can afford multi-thousand dollar pieces. So they've started to add in less expensive and more mainstream retail pieces. In this article, a CB2 piece is featured. It's fantastic!

Where to find dressing tables in our very own town?  Here are a few places ICDC has noticed chic dressing tables:

images via www.elledecor.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

bon anniversaire, ICDC!

It's hard to believe, but today is ICDC's one year anniversary.  Many thanks to all you loyal readers out there for your kindness and support.  Please remember to keep sending notes about what you'd like to see on these pages and what posts are most interesting.  ICDC couldn't do it without you!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

steep, splurge, steal

Glass paperweights are both beautiful and functional.  Their patterns are interesting to the eye and diffuse light in a way that seems to just make a room sparkle.  
Where to find one of these spheres - or a pair?

Sunday, September 15, 2013


In a word, ICDC is smitten with the new book about Tom Scheerer by Mimi Read, with photographs by Francesco Lagnese. 

ICDC squeeled (audibly) when she opened the package from Vendome Books with Tom Scheerer Decorates inside.  And what was that peeking out from beneath the jacket cover?  Printed CANE?

So, who is Tom Scheerer? 

Read's description of Scheerer in the book's introduction is cunning:

Meet Tom Scheerer.  He's 6'2", with text-book Anglo-Saxon good looks: snapping blue eyes, fair skin, a high forehead, and thick gray hair that sticks up and flops over.  He's deftly, sometimes devastatingly verbal.   His cerebral authority explains the nickname that an astute friend gave him years ago: Thomas Aquinas.  He loves old houses, contemporary art, Japanese baskets, maps, pot-au-feu, table manners, pink dahlias, dinner parties, coconut trees, beach stones, outdoor showers, and soap on a rope.  He's self-deprecating, with aristocratic manners and a surprising grasp of street slang.  He frequents the housewares department of the Dior store in Paris and regularly drops by Cove Landing, a cabinet of wonders in upper Manhattan where he shops for antiques. In Miami recently, he pulled his rental car to a halt on teeming Biscayne Boulevard to buy an intricate banana-leaf basket from the indigent hippie who made it.  He still considers a trip to Ikea one of the sacraments...

Part artist, part crusty curmudgeon, and part solicitous alpha dog and family man, Sheerer has fast, blazingly confident opinions about anything to do with a house (and also the rest of life).  If he likes some object or implement, exorbitant or humble, he's faithful to it for decades.  He's capable of falling in love with a person, but also a coffee pot..Scheerer's decorating looks a great deal like him.  It's tall and commanding but often quiet.  It's smart, correct, breezy, chic, well-edited - and just a touch eccentric.  It balances refinement with all-American ease.

Collected, not decorated is Scheerer's brand.  Just enough knick knacks to be interesting and tell a story, but not so minimalist that you can still understand the client's personality.

And he's capable of a wide range of designs - from chinoiserie chic to comfortable casual.

Oh, and he has an affinity for bamboo wallpaper, which ICDC adores..

Does Scheerer's style speak to you?  Pick up a copy today.  It will inspire you for years to come.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

dc big flea

Did you come out of the womb like ICDC as a bargain hunter, too?  If so, grab your wallet, do some stretching, and head out to Chantilly this weekend for the DC Big Flea.  It's that time again! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

nyfw standout

The most inspired and elegant collection of fashion week, in ICDC's humble opinion, was Cynthia Rowley's.  The variety of textures, colors and patterns just worked seamlessly together, and could easily be transformed into an interior.  Here is the full collection.  Be inspired!

images via www.nymag.com