Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Inspired by...

A few images I saw in magazines recently took my breath away, so naturally I'd like to share them with you! The first two are from a home in my very own city, arguably the "oldest" house in DC.  Built in 1750's, it was disassembled piece by piece in Massachusetts and reassembled in DC's Kalorama neighborhood in the 1930's by two fabulous sounding antiquarians. The French scenic wallpaper in the foyer is from the 19th century, and was steamed off the walls of the original home and re-hung in DC. I can't believe it held together so well. Stunning! I love that the designer Mariette Himes Gomez kept the furniture and stair runner very simple and let the wallpaper do the talking:


I'm usually pretty color-averse in my decorating, but this foyer has my wheels spinning. Be sure to check out the article in Architectural Digest. A fascinating story!

On to the next image that had me gasping for air...this month's House Beautiful features a kitchen by possibly the most famous/talented interior designer working today, Axel Vervoordt. The House Beautiful image isn't published online yet, but I found one from an old issue of Lonny Magazine. Definitely more in my color palette!

How fantastic is this long island (ha) and wood burning oven? The whitewashed wood beams? The quartz backsplash? Couldn't you imagine spending hours here cooking a huge meal with friends and a few great bottles of red wine? Such cozy thoughts for a cold winter night. 

Hope you're having a great week!