DESIGN 101: STYLING A SHOW HOUSE (PHASE THREE)

The making of the DC Design House continues!  Last week we shared some of our Furniture for the room.  With the larger pieces confirmed, we were able to add personality to the space through art and accessories. In the design world, we call this Styling.

Phase Three: Styling

Every teenager we know loves to collect.  They collect music, event tickets, things they find in their parent’s attic, sports gear, and general stuff.   You can tell a lot about a teenager by studying their collection.

Our first task was to figure out the personality of this teenage boy.  We immediately decided he was one cool kid, then dove into finding art and accessories that would tell us the story of who he is.   Below are some of our favorite  finds for the room.

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Limited Edition Print from Maggie O'Neill Fine Art Gallery

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"Piet" and "Ludwig", from the Fowl Portrait series by photographer Paul Lange.

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"City Cowboy" by photographer Francis Minien.

Original Screen Print by Cool "Disco" Dan.

See you at the DC Design House, April 14 – May 12.

Happy Styling.

RB.

Up Next: It’s time to pull this all together!  See how we work to install the room.  We’ll give you a hint: we’re not afraid to use a power drill. Stay tuned.

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!

PRESS: MY NOTTING HILL FEATURES DC DESIGN HOUSE

We were thrilled to find our DC Design House room featured on My Notting Hill.  

"Regan Billingsley has strong lines and color planned for this teenage boy's bedroom.  Charcoal stripes and a mix of geometric prints create a fun, masculine vibe that's not too serious.  How could it be with those cool duck portraits planned for over the bed?"

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Thanks, Michele, that's exactly the look we were going for!

Hope to see you all at the tour April 14 - May 12.

RB.

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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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!

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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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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.

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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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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.