DESIGN 101: MAKING A SHOW HOUSE

If you have been following our Design 101 Series, you know that we have devoted it to sharing insider design tips and tricks to help you renovate and decorate your home. There are many, many more topics that we intend to cover.   But for the month of March, we need to take a slight detour.

We have been selected to participate in the 2013 DC Design House, which we are thrilled about.  The trouble is, all of this designing is taking up a lot of our blogging time.   Don’t fear, we’re not going away completely!

We came up with a great idea – why not share the show house design process with all of you?  This month, Design 101 will be devoted to The Making of a Show House.  Stay tuned and join us for the adventure!

Phase One: Conceptual Design

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DC_Design_House_1

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DC_Design_House_2

The above photos and floor plan were what we had to work with for our design concept for the house.  Luckily our recent experiences with EDesign helped us figure out the potential of the space without seeing it in person!

We threw ourselves back into design school mode with a couple of very late nights to develop our initial design concept: A Teenage Boy’s Bedroom!

Regan_Billingsley_Concept2

Regan_Billingsley_Concept2

Why a Teenage Boy’s Bedroom?  We loved the idea of bringing history and the traditions of DC into a room that could easily be translated into a library, den, or family room. We also loved the idea of doing a younger persons room so that we could add a touch of whimsy to the design.  We have worked on many feminine rooms in the past, so this one is for the boys!

We set our creative thinking caps on creating a space that combined history and tradition with our fresh and fun style.

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Regan_Billingsley_Concept1

We scoured the design center for fabrics that fit our vision.  We dug through our resources to find furniture and lighting that supported our concept.  We even went undercover at Urban Outfitters to see what the young kids were buying.   We needed to live inside the head of this Teenage Boy!  Once we put all of our ideas together, Kinkos came to the rescue to help us print a gorgeous presentation board for the committee review.

Furniture_Plan copy

Furniture_Plan copy

After learning we were selected for the show house (Yay!), we got down to business.  As we talked about in Design 101, we needed to come up with a Decorating Plan.  First step was to see the house in person and take detailed measurements.  Sketches and photos became a neatly organized furniture plan.

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Regan_Billingsley_Rendering

With the furniture plan completed, and our design concept set, we were able to fabricate a rendering of the room.  This allowed us to illustrate our design intent for the room to those who may have a little difficulty envisioning how our design concept will look in reality.  We used the rendering, and our initial concept board, for the Bare Bones Tour.

What’s next?  Design Development!  This is the part where we run around town like crazy people to make our design dreams come true.  Stay tuned – we have some exciting updates for our room!

Happy Designing.

RB.