DESIGN 101: MAKING OF A SHOW HOUSE (PHASE TWO)

As you all know, we've taken a break from Design 101 this month to share The Making of a Show House.  We are participating in the 2013 DC Design House, which opens to the public April 14th.  Last week we shared our Conceptual Design.  The adventure continues - stay tuned to join us!

Phase Two: Design Development

This is the phase of the project where our vision becomes reality.  We have to figure out how to stay inline with our design concept, by using pieces that we can borrow or buy at a steal.  Sometimes this means that the pieces we were hoping to use in the room have to change...

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A  blackened steel bed became a cozy upholstered headboard.  An extra bonus was the pop of color!

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We found French industrial steel bedside tables from the 1930's that we couldn't resist.

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Table and floor lamps became a masculine black iron chandelier with black silk shades.

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As the design developed, we saw too much blue.  An Eames molded chair was traded in for another classic, the Bertoia.

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We found this very cool vintage locker and decided we could give a facelift with some elbow grease, a set of antique iron wheels, and a coat of paint.  We don't want to give this one away as it's a special piece - you'll have to come to the DC Design House to see it in person!

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A West Elm Parsons desk will go from blah to hip with the help of Furniture Rehab Guru Meaghan McNamara.

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You never know what you'll find in your parent's attic.  An antique steamer trunk with the need for a lot of TLC?  Meaghan to the rescue again!

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Our wallpaper and paint are going up this week, thanks to Farrow & Ball and the very talented Michael DiGuiseppe (DC's top wallpaper master 202.731.2634).  Bold stripes and charcoals will add a cool edge to a room that we felt was a tad boring for an urban teenage boy.

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Holy moly, this is one large bathroom.  We're making it a bit more intimate with a moody dark (dark!) green.

If you are familiar with our designs, you know we can't resist a touch of whimsy.  Especially if we have the opportunity to add a pop of color to the closet.

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Happy Designing.

RB.

Next up: We've scoured Ebay, Etsy, local artists, and the rest of the planet for an amazing art collection.  Next week we're styling!