Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"The Way I See It"

Out today, Markham Roberts' new book out from Vendome Press is a like a muse.  The cover details a room with mirror-outlined bookshelves (what a fantastic idea..a little sparkle is all you need!), tiger velvet upholstered chairs, agate sconces, and a New Yorker magazine (nice touch!).  That's a place of wonderment.

Senga Mortimer in her introduction calls him precocious.  He's like the El Greco of the interior design world: way ahead of his time.

Opening the cover, you step quickly into his office, which hosts a horn leather-top desk that looks out onto Madison Avenue.  And the conference table is faux python (see a glimpse of it below).

Moving through the book, you notice that Roberts can do ultra traditional like his project at Lake Agawam, but his major successes are contemporary with hints of old.  Like faux tortoiseshell mirrors and coffee tables.  (Note: ICDC's birthday is around the corner..anyone with a little extra tortoiseshell on their hands is welcome to give their pieces to me...!)

And then there is the iconic New York penthouse swathed in navy that ICDC has always kept tear sheets of, before knowing it was a Roberts special.

All of the above is just part of the "Background" section.  Can you imagine what's next?  

Like the page with grasscloth, linen, painted plaster, and wool felt walls.  Or the countless amazing wallpapers he uses - like diagonal stripes on grasscloth.  This designer takes risks.  And they pay off.

But you don't have to take ICDC's word for it..

Pick up your copy today, and spend the next month perusing with joy.  You'll need it to soak in all the creativity..

Friday, September 26, 2014

Farrow & Ball

Hear ye, hear ye, exciting news to share!

Our fair District is now the proud host of a Farrow and Ball storefront - where everyone from designers to the creative public can purchase cans of gorgeous non-VOC paint (hooray!) and hand-blocked wallpaper from Dorset.

ICDC stopped by the opening shindig last week, and the small store (conveniently next door to The Kellogg Collection), was packed to the gills with cheery supporters.  New wallpaper patterns were on display, which ICDC spent lots of time perusing and dreaming about future orders..

Not to miss was the wall of paint samples - all with perfectly English humor names.  ICDC's favorite?  Dead Salmon, a lovely shade of pale mauve.  Or Elephant's Breath, a - you guessed it - gray.

Want to see F&B in action?  Here's a little taste:

(Sadly, no, that's not our Washington shop..)

images via http://us.farrow-ball.com/

Thursday, September 18, 2014

bon anniversaire!

It's ICDC's second anniversary!  Hard to believe so much time has gone by...just been having too much fun!  ICDC thought it appropriate to celebrate with a bundle of zebra balloons.  xoxo


Monday, September 8, 2014

What a manse

Happy Monday!

We all love net-a-porter (read: we all wish we thought of the idea).  So why wouldn't the home of its founder be one of the most chic we've seen?

that stunning chandelier turns a traditional room contemporary

ah!  that wallpaper!

adorrrrre the high gloss red closet

Sleek and sophisticated, but with a nod to traditional architecture and style.  Who designed this manse? Michael Smith - of White House and Stephanopoulos home fame - who now lives in Madrid with his partner, the US Ambassador.  Love.

images via www.architecturaldigest.com

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rain, rain, go away!

Down in the dumps about a wet weekend?  Never fear, ICDC has an exciting indoor solution for you!

On Saturday, Kelley Proxmire - who designed the living room in this year's DC Design House - will host a Sample Sale of designer furnishings and accessories from Hickory Chair, Lee Jofa, Schumacher and many others.  Items were all featured in Kelley's showhouse rooms and high-end homes she has staged for sale.

Arrrg!  If only ICDC's apartment wasn't chock full of furniture..

Take a little gander at her beautiful work and the pieces she uses:


From 10am to 2pm on September 6th, stop by 4229b Howard Avenue in Kensington, MD (behind Hollis & Knight).

images via www.kelleyinteriordesign.com