|These chairs are right up my alley. Remember my post on bold dining room chairs? What a great example - with their patent leather upholstery and coordinating floral fabric on the back. The scale and palette of the floral pattern keeps it fresh and unfussy.|
|This floor treatment is beautiful, too.|
|These are the talented designers.|
Unfortunately, I missed the barebones tour, but from what I heard, the family room was a sad space enveloped by dark wood panelling. I was delighted when I stepped into Barbara Francesci's cheerful and sophisticated updated family room.
|Barbara blends traditional and modern elements seamlessly in this space.|
|The soft roman shades are simple and elegant.|
|Camel is probably my favorite shade for leather - this beautiful bench with the furry bolster pillow is a perfect way to break up a conversation area - creating a sleek partition without blocking any views.|
|I loved the way Barbara painted the panelling, but left the wood tones on the window sashes, bar area and dentil moulding.|
|Barbara commissioned these graphic exaggerated silhouette portraits by local artist Dave Peterson. Aren't they fun?|
|If I weren't worried about little heads crashing into the sharp corners of this amazing side table, I would have snapped it up (most furnishings in the Design House are generously donated and for sale). I love the lucite with faux woodgrain design!|
|Isn't this spectacular? Here you can get a sense of the exterior of the house.|
|Off in the rear right, you can see umbrellas and chairs over by the pool.|
It's hard to believe this oasis is just a couple blocks from the apartment buildings along Connecticut Ave in Van Ness!
I hope you enjoyed the tour of the Design House this week. Doors open on Saturday, so if you are in town, you can see it in person! I didn't catch every room and detail - so, there is much more to explore!