Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Most Amazing Furniture You'll Ever See

Diana Johnson of Charlottesville's Fifth Wall Design shared this yesterday and I had to pass it along. This is absolutely incredible!

It reminded me of a video of a "puzzle table" I saw a while ago.

But that seems downright simple compared to this electric version:

Which reminded me of yet another video I saw years ago of a woman spinning a round table to reveal the leaves. I searched for the company behind it and just found these two videos:

One of the comments on that last video says it will cost you $50,000-$70,000 to have one of your own.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vintage Plumes on One Kings Lane

I am a huge fan of Vintage Plumes, a fabric by Robert Allen for DwellStudio. I love it so much that I used the Jade colorway in a bunch of items that I made for our wedding.

 Photo by Elisa Bricker/Elisa B Photography

  Photo by Elisa Bricker/Elisa B Photography

 Photo by Elisa Bricker/Elisa B Photography

Today, One Kings Lane has a few pieces upholstered in the fabric for sale. It's taking a lot of will power not to put anything in my cart. I especially like the bench.

Send me some will power!
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Victoria Pouncey and Beth Ann Kallen of Folly at the Charlottesville Design House

Sometimes people ask me if I'm an interior designer and I'm pretty quick to say no, that I'm an interior design enthusiast. I am a big fan of people working in the field and love it when I feel like I'm learning something new from their designs and listening to them talk.

Victoria Pouncey is one of those designers who I find fascinating. In addition to creating fantastic spaces, she has an incredible background in the art world. I profiled Victoria in the past and shared her space from the very first Charlottesville Design House a few years ago.

Image by Robert Radifera

At the second Design House, Victoria took over a sunroom that was covered in shutters and turned it into a relaxing retreat.

Image by Robert Radifera

Last year, Victoria got an odd, little space in the Design House and turned it into a beautiful room that was called the "morning room." Can't you see yourself have a cup of coffee and reading the paper here?

 Image by Robert Radifera

 Image by Robert Radifera

Robert Radifera's detail pictures were really lovely.

 Image by Robert Radifera

Image by Robert Radifera

This year, Victoria and her business partner Beth Ann Kallen opened a beautiful home store called Folly on West Main Street in Charlottesville. It's a gorgeous store (pictures coming soon...for now, check out their Facebook page). They've designed a library in the Charlottesville Design House together.

No sneak peeks just yet! You'll have to get to the Design House in person to see their space.

May 4-19, 2013

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Holly Joseph at the Charlottesville Design House

I first met Holly Joseph at the 2011 Charlottesville Design House. I served on the marketing committee that year and spent hours and hours in the house, which was in the Mint Springs section of Crozet, Virginia. I loved that house and Holly's dining room was wonderful!

Image by Robert Radifera

Do you see part of Heidi and Penny's foyer, which I shared yesterday, peeking into the shot?

Image by Robert Radifera

In last year's house, Holly tackled the kitchen and breakfast area. Kitchens are notoriously difficult to work with at design houses since they are large, expensive spaces to work in and visitors often expect a showcase kitchen. I think her design was fantastic.

 Image by Robert Radifera

 Image by Robert Radifera
Image by Robert Radifera

Image by Robert Radifera
Image by Robert Radifera

I don't want to show the living room that Holly designed for this year's house, but here's a sneak peek from the opening party, courtesy of The Hook. You can catch a glimpse of the beautiful baby grand piano that inspired the design.

Photo by Courteney Stuart

May 4-19, 2013
Closed on Tuesday 
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Heidi Brooks and Penny Crandall at the 2013 Charlottesville Design House

I spent Saturday morning as a room host at the Charlottesville Design House and had such a wonderful time. In addition to a steady stream of visitors from the time doors opened at 10:00 am, several designers greeted guests and explained the process of transforming their spaces. I thought I'd highlight a few of the designers this week, starting with the mother and daughter team of Heidi Brooks and Penny Crandall.

Penny Crandall is an interior designer based in Richmond and Heidi Brooks works here in Charlottesville. I profiled Heidi on the blog back in 2011, but first saw her work in the 2010 Charlottesville Design House. That first year, she did an amazing job with a massive bathroom in the house's basement.

The next year, Penny and Heidi teamed up to design the foyer, upstairs hallway (which had multiple levels), and back staircase at the 2011 Charlottesville Design House. Time and again, people were blown away by what they did. In fact, someone mentioned the pair of dogs in that 2011 space this weekend at the Design House. Clearly, their designs are very memorable!

They brought the columns into this space.

Isn't that screen amazing?

The back staircase wasn't being used for traffic during the 2011 Charlottesville Design House, but Penny and Heidi tackled it anyway. Isn't the mural lovely? 

Visitors loved the rope railings.

I'm not going to show you the space Penny and Heidi designed in this year's house until after the Design House closes, but here's a teaser shot by Robert Radifera.

When the house closes for the year, I'll have images from Robert Radifera to share. Robert photographs the house every year and all of the images above are his.

May 4-19, 2013
Closed on Tuesday 
By the way, I'll be back at the house Thursday evening for "Meet the Designers" night. 
Come see the house, meet the designers, and sample some wine from Trump Vineyards!
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Monday, May 6, 2013

Inside the Charlottesville Design House

Charlottesville photographer Robert Radifera is documenting the Charlottesville Design House for another year (he shoots the house in DC was well) and I have a few of his images to share.

I'll be one of the room hosts at the house next weekend and I hope to see some familiar faces coming through!

May 4-19, 2013
Closed on Tuesday

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Design House Week: The Southern Living Showcase Home

Southern Living Magazine has had house plans for years. In recent years, they've established a network of builders who specialize in building and customizing the homes in the Southern Living portfolio. They call it their Custom Builder Program.

Companies in the network have been building "showcase homes" in different areas to introduce the public to the concept. If you're big into design blogs, you might remember Erin from House of Turquoise sharing pictures of a showcase house in Texas a few months ago.

This year, Charlottesville builder Summit Custom Homes is building a Southern Living Showcase Home on Ragged Mountain Farm in Ivy.

Tickets to tour the house are already on sale and they benefit two national charities, Operation Finally Home and Alex's Lemonade Stand.

The names on the sponsor list are great and many local suppliers are involved. Inside, Moyanne Harding, Stedman House, and Gibson Design Group will be working. I haven't seen any hints on Instagram or Twitter about what they are up to, but I guess we will all be surprised when we get to tour the house.

The showcase house's Facebook page has a few teaser images...

4318 Ragged Mountain Farm Court
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Friday, May 17 - Sunday, June 2
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Sundays
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Design House Week: The Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer's House

The best laid plans don't always work out. I set up this week of posts thinking I'd profile this always-wonderful show house in Richmond. The only problem is that I can't find any mention of the 2013 house online because the have their design house every other year. The RSOL's website doesn't mention upcoming plans and the Facebook page is still for the 2012 house. My email to the RSOL asking for a hint about a future location went unanswered.

The RSOL Designer's House has been happening for years, so I think it's safe to say it will be back in 2014. I just can't tell you where it will be or any real details.

I thought I'd share some pictures and video from last year's house in Midlothian, a suburb a bit south of Richmond.

The neighborhood was called Pinifer Park.The home used is historic and the area around it has been developed. We've seen that a few times in this area. It's an interesting idea.

Here's some background on the house:

During the Bare Bones Tour, you could see what the designers had to work with:

Family/Media Room by David Barden

Lounge (?) by Ruth and Ollie

 Lounge (?) by Ruth and Ollie 

 Porch by Sunny Goode

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Design House Week: The DC Design House

The DC Design House is probably my favorite show house in the region. Year after year, there's something that surprises and delights at whatever house the committee from the Children's National Medical Center picks. Back in 2009, I saw the original painting of Olivia the sheep by John Matthew Moore, which led to the purchase of my print of both Olivia and Bell, the cow.

This year's DC Design House got a little early press thanks to David Gregory, but since opening, blogs and newspapers have been giving the event extensive coverage.

Lower Level Lounge by Lorna Gross

I love that the people doing social media for the house always post pictures of designer sketches and mood boards on their Facebook page. They often share images of work going on in the house and will even post a few teaser shots from the finished spaces to get you excited to get to DC to see the house yourself.

Dining room by Sam Cooke

Terrace by American Eye

The 2013 DC Design House 
2507 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Through May 12th
Saturdays-Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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