Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Designer spotlight: Gibson Design Group

I'm getting so excited for the Cville Design House and the progress about which Alexandra Gibson of Gibson Design Group has been tweeting that I contacted her to get a little more information about what she's up to. Alexandra joked that she is "a Gibson, but not THE Gibson." Andrea Gibson, her mother, is the President of the company.

The Gibson team is working on the dining room at the show house. I don't have a before picture of the room, but I do have the 3D rendering Gibson Design Group did to show what the plan would be.




I saw the "in progress" pictures Alexandra tweeted before I saw this rendering...and I had to inspect it to make sure it wasn't an "after" picture. Isn't that a fantastic mock up? Compare it to the tweeted photos:





Wow.

See the drapery panels on the sides? Alexandra said that "Because the dining room is not closed off, but is directly connected to the living room, we designed silk portieres (or side panels) to hang on either side of the opening. The room is virtually square, which welcomed a round glass table and symmetry throughout." I think they define the space nicely and make it a little more intimate.

She revealed that the light fixture was provided by The Shade Shop, the wallpaper is by Osborne and Little, and the Odegard showroom in the Washington Design Center loaned them the wool and silk rug. There's a reason no high heels are allowed in the house...some of floor coverings are pretty special. I gulped when I found out that the rug in the room normally retails for $8,000.

The plan for the chairs is one I'm sure plenty of bloggers will want to adopt. They took Ikea chairs and had Samuel and Sons trim attached to the back of the slipcovers to make them a little more interesting.
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4 comments:

  1. The mock-up is amazing. Love what she did with the Ikea chairs.

    The room loves very chic; but, for me, not practical enough. I wonder if she is planning to add a side table/buffet. I need a place to set up a warming tray so that the 2nd servings are hot, and for the dessert/coffee dishes.

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  2. This room just has perfect symmetry .... I love it!

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  3. Jeannine,

    Thank you so much for featuring our show house room! I must admit that I am the business and marketing brains behind Gibson Design Group and not the principal designer. Credit must be given to Andrea Gibson, ASID, for the design vision. As I tell people, I am "a Gibson" but not "the Gibson"!

    Eileen, the room is surrounded by windows that we did not interfere with architecturally by adding another piece of furniture. With the dining room's proximity to the living room, there is plenty of space to add a buffet within steps without intersecting the architectural lines. I agree with you- function is of paramount importance!

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  4. Thanks so much for commenting, Alexandra. I've edited the post to include some of the information you shared. :)

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