In anticipation of the 2013 DC Design House, I was perusing photos of last year's show house, and rediscovered the room of a favorite DC designer, Marika Meyer. Meyer is a master at creating soothing, neutral rooms that are anything but boring.
Name: Stephen "Scuba" Clark Location: Phoenix, Arizona Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: 5 years; Owned
Stephen 'Scuba' Clark bought his house five years ago, and in that five years, not a month has gone by that he hasn't managed to add significant and beautiful upgrades to his home. All of the projects are custom, designed by Scuba, and typically built by his roommate, Jeremy. Scuba's passion for life and travel is obvious in every corner of his home.
Name: Matt and Kathleen (and Calvin) Murray
Location: Hancock Park or Koreatown (depends on who's asking), Los Angeles, California
Size: 2700 square feet
Years lived in: 2 1/2 years
If you're a fan of Greene and Greene's Craftsman architecture, you are going to love this young couple's home. Kathleen was living in New York and Matt was living in California when they got engaged. Kathleen's wish for their home was that it be old, so Matt went on a mission to find a home with character. When he came across this Craftsman that had been beautifully restored by its previous owners, they both knew it was the one.
Name: Heather Ponts & David Scott Mabry
Location: Bernal Heights, San Francisco , California
Size: 1,694 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years; owned
Meet Chula and Rio, the official greeters at Heather and Dave's colorful Bernal Heights home. These affectionate pooches set the tone for this warm and inviting house and its tapestry of color, pattern and texture. Everywhere you turn you'll find bold combinations of pieces from different eras and origins, creating a completely original feel.
Name: Nick Dierman and Jason Coffey Location: Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, California Size: 1,550 square feet Years lived in: 4 months
Jason and Nick have a very fun mix of styles in their Southern California home. Their coffee table books (The Ivy League and Preppy), classic rain boots in the entryway, and the floor-to-ceiling subway tiles in the kitchen clearly lean toward an East Coast look. However, they've kept all their walls white to take in all the beautiful California light.
Ever like a certain look, but can't quite put your finger on what the style is? This past year we started a catalog of eight distinct decor styles and highlighted everything from kids rooms, to furniture and even light fixtures that fit within these categories. Here we have them all in one place for your browsing pleasure (even more links after the jump!):
Name: Anna & Joe (and daughter Lucy, 7, and dog Cassady) Location: Georgetown, Washington D.C. Size: originally 1800 square feet, with a 1000 square foot addition Years lived in: 11 years; owned
Anna and Joe's home is less a brick-and-mortar structure and more a story, a choose-your-own-adventure fairy tale steeped in history but bursting with inspired and whimsical adaptations. Every inch of this Georgetown townhouse tells the charming tale of the 1820s home's rich past as well as its evolving, lively present: a landscape where Anna's love of collecting and gardening blossoms; a cozy, creative sanctuary where their young daughter can curl up in a reading nook or sit at the kitchen table and draw; and a living studio where Joe can conjure up his latest inspired DIY project.
Remember when Ralph Lauren stood for prepped out flower patterns, tartan and rugby?
This past fall I visited the Ralph Lauren showroom down in High Point, NC for the first time and was totally surprised and blown away by what I saw there. While most furniture companies and designers follow trends and break out only a little bit, the Ralph Lauren folks live in their own world and march to their own drummer. So I had to go visit their showrooms in NYC this past week to get closer to the fire. What I saw was another face of Ralph: edgier, luxe and playing with the shadows.
Name: Claire & Nick Walton
Location: Hampshire, England
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years; Owned
Claire & Nick Walton live in a traditional 17th century thatched cottage with their two young daughters Celeste and Penelope. Set in the village of East Meon in Hampshire, England, their home is filled with characterful details such as rustic beams, traditional leaded lights and solid oak floorboards. The couple have also added a contemporary kitchen extension at the back of the house, creating a light-filled space perfect for busy family life.