Tuesday, January 21, 2014

the glenstone gallery

ICDC has been cycling on Glen road in Potomac for years (great hills!) and always thought the gated entrance at 12002 was just another massive private residence.  A modern, chic one, but a private residence nonetheless.

Boy, was ICDC wrong!  It turns out that behind that gate, there is a world of creativity and gorgeous art brought to you by Mitchell and Emily Rales.  Rusty Powell (director of the National Gallery of Art) has called the Raleses’ collection “one of the world’s most important” of the post-World War II era.  It turns out that this gem has been open since 2006!

Glenstone is a museum - with the Raleses' home on the property, seamlessly integrated in the same architectural style - that seeks to integrate art, architecture and landscape into a "serene and contemplative environment to form a unique connection between art and visitor."

It's only proper to make sure your entire visit - from the drive in to getting back in one's car - is filled with the consumption of art.  That's why there's a Richard Serra sculpture in the parking lot. Wow.

 The museum (a second building is being constructed now, 
which will match the size of the Barnes and Phillips)

 The private residence

Serra's "Sylvester"

Tony Smith's  "Smug"

In an effort to beat the post-holiday blues, ICDC made her free appointment online and drove out to the Glenstone. Stunned is the best word to describe the experience.

A gateman greets you upon arrival at the property, signs you in and directs you to drive ahead - through the lushest green rolling hills ICDC has ever seen (certainly in the Washington area in the dead of winter).  Large, interesting sculptures grab your attention along the drive until you find the parking area (which does not look like an actual parking area - even THAT is chic and well-designed) where docents are waiting to direct you inside. 

Currently on exhibition (they run for two years) is the most playful, clever and fascinating show using a variety of mediums by Peter Fischli and David Weiss (running until February 2015).  ICDC's explanation won't do the show justice, so you'll just have to read the description and make an appointment.

It's a mind-bending event - and you MUST GO.  Even if modern art isn't your cup of tea, I assure you this is one to try.

Glenstone seamlessly integrates art, architecture and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment to form a unique connection between art and visitor.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

it's that time again..

Get ready, the 2014 DC Design House is just around the corner!

For those readers who are new, the DC Design House is the region's biggest annual residential design attraction.  And it's a fundraiser for the Childrens National Medical Center.  This year, the house is stone and has three levels (thank goodness, since last year's house clocked in five flights!) and about 7,929 square feet of living space.  That means 24 lucky DC designers will have the chance to showcase their talent.  

The 2014 Design House was donated by Suzi Wilczynski, granddaughter of Marshall B. Coyne, the founder of the Madison Hotel.  Built in 1929, the home has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a three-car garage and a swimming pool on two-thirds of an acre. Original elements in the home include crown moldings, wood flooring and custom cabinets in the living room and dining room.

Get excited!  Dates for the showhouse are:

April 13th - May 11th 2014,
4600 Linnean Way, NW Washington, DC 20008 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

dreamy townhouse

This month's House Beautiful is candy for the eyes!  Miles Redd's feature is delicious.  And it's always a treat to see the work of Steven Gambrel.

His Lincoln Park Townhouse in Chicago is stunning.  Words escape..

The grand entry and staircase instantly reminded ICDC of the gorgeous Arts Club in London:

The art and color scheme Gambrel used was bold yet refined: a turquoise library, a purple living room, a yellow sitting room, a red reading nook..and a fireplace in the kitchen?!  This home is astonishingly beautiful.  Who doesn't want to sip coffee and eat a croissant..in front of a cozy fire??  That would certainly make ICDC's mornings better.  That and a butler to make and deliver the coffee..

images via www.housebeautiful.com

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

petrified wood

This Christmas, ICDC was lucky to receive a beautiful, complex piece of petrified wood from her sister who is a geologist (and a forester!).  

What is petrified wood, you ask?

Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning "rock" or "stone") is the name given to a special type of fossilized tree remains.  Unlike other types of fossils which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material. The process occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sediment and is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen that stops decomposition. 
How to incorporate petrified wood into your home?
You could tile your bathroom (or at least one wall!) with luscious Ann Sacks tiles:

You could make a wall out of petrified wood.  What a statement!

You could add a petrified wood occasional table:

Or you could just display it as ICDC has hers:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

new year, new rooms

Every January, ICDC tries to simplify her life.  While it rarely works, the process of cleaning and scaling back - at least at home - is a restorative one.

What can you do to pull back the clutter that can so easily creep into life?  Maybe change up the fabric on your sofa?  A new paint job..?  Clean out that overstuffed bookshelf so that it just holds..books?

For inspiration, take a look at the home of fellow blogger Marlien Rentmeester of Le Catch (ICDC's favorite fashion blog!).  Clean, bright and welcoming..



Thursday, January 2, 2014

rh warehouse sale!

Fancy a shopping trip to beat the post-holiday blues?  Have your eye on one of Restoration Hardware's beautifully upholstered sofas but can't stomach the in-store sticker price?  Need some industrial-style bar stools?

This weekend, you're in luck!  RH will host a warehouse sale outside Baltimore in Essex, Maryland.  Credit cards and personal checks are accepted and a third-party delivery service will be on site if you need it.

Lace up your boots and roll up your sleeves!

RH Warehouse Sale
January 3-5, 2014
Essex, Maryland 21221
Friday/Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm