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.

DESIGNER WEEKENDS: BLOOMING DC

This month, we’re devoting Designer Weekends to sharing all of the reasons why you should make a road trip to visit the DC Design House. Last week we posted a glimpse into the brilliant exhibit, “Pump Me Up”, showing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

There are some other great museum exhibits in the DC area right now (check out the Phillips Collection!), but with winter nearly behind us we’re also craving time outdoors.  Luckily in DC you can have culture, art, and outdoors all at once with the arrival of the cherry blossoms.  The National Cherry Blossom Festival starts March 20th and runs through April 14th.  Some of our favorite art highlights:

Sunrise

Sunrise

March 20th - April 7th

Via paddleboat, learn how to photograph the Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise with the help of Washington Photo Safari.

Japan

Japan

March 20th - April 11th

Celebrate the Arts of Japan at the Smithsonian FREER|SACKLER Galleries to learn more about Japanese Book Illustration.

Silk Scarf

Silk Scarf

March 30th

Create Your Own Silk Scarf at the Textile Museum with the help of artist Emi Kikuchi.

Community Arts

Community Arts

April 1st - April 14th

See how the cherry blossoms are celebrated through art by local children at the Community Art Show in Union Station.

Shibori

Shibori

April 5th

Learn how to Make Your Own Shibori at The Textile Museum with the help of artist Candace Edgerly.

Phillips

Phillips

April 6th - April 7th

Celebrate Art in Springtime at The Phillips Collection.

Branching

Branching

April 13th

View the work of Erik Abel, Graham Franciose, and Ursula Young through the Branching Out Exhibit at the National Harbor.

We’re grabbing a few Claritin and heading downtown!

Happy Blooming.

RB.