Thursday, December 16, 2010

Classical Contemporary

For two decades, the Georgetown couple walked past a Colonial Revival brick house near Tudor Place and wished it could be theirs. “We admired the simplicity and elegance of the architecture,” says the attorney husband. “The home is somewhat unique because it is freestanding rather than a row house. It came with one of the deepest gardens in Georgetown.”

When he and his wife, a telecommunications consultant, discovered their dream home was finally for sale, they jumped to buy it. The interiors needed updating so they turned to Rob Brown and Todd Davis, who had remodeled rooms in their previous house. “They know how to integrate clean, modern furnishings with older homes in which the preservation of the historic details is essential,” says the wife. Brown and Davis, who have offices in Bethesda and Miami Beach, are best known for decorating the Washington, DC, and Chappaqua, New York, homes of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as Hillary Clinton’s former Senate office.

In the living room off the stair hall, Brown and Davis unified the seating groups with a Chinese-inspired rug of their own design.

Hardly the typical Washingtonians whose conservative tastes run to wing chairs and Oriental rugs, the well-traveled homeowners prefer more stylish, pared-down designs. “In essence, we are Bauhaus admirers,” says the husband. “We dislike clutter, excessive ornamentation and overly decorated spaces.” At the same time, he and his wife appreciate the historic charm of Georgetown and made sure renovations respected the architectural character of their 1883 home. “The challenge was to find the right balance between preserving the best of a 19th-century structure and furnishing it with designs that are clean, simple and elegant,” he says.

In the dining room, golden drapes warm the north-facing windows. The rosewood table, upholstered chairs, banquette and rug were designed by Brown Davis.

Brown and Davis addressed both modernity and history by setting sleek furnishings into rooms outlined in elegant architectural details of their own making. “The façade is gorgeous but the interiors did not match that,” says Brown. “To either side of the central hallway was a jumble of rooms. It was time to give the house new life.” On the main level, archways between the hallway and flanking spaces were widened and raised to improve flow. A small room behind the living space was replaced with a coat closet and a powder room with a sculptural stone sink.

Brown Davis designed new paneling in the family room, where they repurposed furniture from the couple’s previous home. The print is by Robert Motherwell.

At the rear, the kitchen was completely overhauled by Poggenpohl with contemporary cabinets, glass backsplashes and stainless-steel appliances. It now opens to the rebuilt back porch overlooking the terraced garden and pool. The room across the hall from the kitchen was framed in new paneling and built-in cabinetry to create a family space. Chairs and sofas were recycled from the couple’s previous home and reupholstered to provide comfortable seating for reading and watching TV.

Throughout the house, the décor reflects what Brown and Davis call “classical contemporary,” a luxurious but streamlined look that has become their signature. “One of our trademarks is the juxtaposition of old and new, and bringing colors together in unexpected ways,” Davis says.

The contemporary was revamped by Poggenpohl.

The more formal rooms at the front of the house exemplify this mix of traditional and modern elements. In the living room, Brown and Davis replaced the fireplace mantel with a carved limestone surround and installed new architectural moldings to create a classical backdrop to stylized, Deco-inspired furnishings. Instead of pairing sofas around the fireplace, they arranged seating areas at either end of the room and connected them with a floral-patterned carpet of their own design. “It was inspired by a late 19th-century Chinese import rug for another client,” explains Brown. “The furniture has a Deco flair and in terms of Deco interiors, Chinese rugs were often used.” Ivory upholstery on the chairs and sofas provides a contemporary twist within the room’s traditional setting.

The husband’s cherry-paneled study centers on four chairs originally designed by Brown Davis for the British Embassy.

Across the hall, a similar contrast is evident in the dining room, which also serves as a music room for the couple’s three children. A baby grand piano faces upholstered chairs pulled up to a rosewood table and a banquette in front of the windows. As in the living room, the piano and furnishings are linked by a large rug in subdued tones to match the upholstery. In both living and dining rooms, marigold silk draperies add a jolt of color. “These rooms tend to be dark because they face north,” says Brown. “We chose a golden tone to warm them up.”

Abstract prints by noted American artists Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Serra, and large paintings by Spanish artists Miguel Angel Campano and José Freixanes underscore the contemporary feeling. “We think the art reinforces the importance of simple furnishings—the furnishings do not collide visually with the art,” says the husband.

In the master bedroom, Donghia wallpaper provides a dark backdrop to light-colored furnishings and a sleek stone fireplace mantel.

Upstairs in his study, Brown and Davis extended the same strategy applied to the living and dining rooms, but reversed the approach. Instead of ornamenting the walls with intricate moldings, they used streamlined cherry paneling and shelving as a modern backdrop to traditional furnishings, including four chairs the designers originally created for the British Embassy.

Contrast continues in the master bedroom, where light-colored bedding, drapes and upholstery are set off by raisin-colored silk wallpaper. “We were asked to make it a cocoon,” says Davis. “So we used materials to absorb sound from the street.”At one end of the room, a print by British artist Henry Moore hangs over a fireplace framed in a simple stone surround. “It’s our favorite room, especially in winter with the fireplace burning,” says the husband. “We are often there, reading or working late at night when the house and the city outside are quiet.”

Study Table For Children In The Bedroom

Designed a study table for children in the bedroom is nice, well where desks are nice, cool, and comfortable will make your child will use his passion for learning or making school assignments are done at home. Well usually the children tends to couple a table Study abroad requires facilities that support the learning activities at home, such as equipment / tools are full making it easier for them to learn.

By selecting the appropriate furniture and accessories as well as adjust the layout for this learning space for you to choose and set together with your child, because the needs and comfort to learn that directly felt by them. you only need to provide whatever they need to support them that their achievement in class.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Double Bed, Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Double Bed, Bedroom Decorating Ideas where the 2 in 1 bedroom with 2 beds in 1 bedroom that has a cool and unique design and layout that fits and arrangement that looks very neat and beautiful. Well for you who sleep together in one room and want to have separate beds which can be modeled designs bedroom like this.

To support the needs of furniture and accessories from this bedroom is separated from one another so as not to interfere with each other between the needs of each, and arranged according to their wishes.

room like this design very suitable for your children, where if your house has a slightly smaller size then it could be a bedroom like this, this is very cool all would love it.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Water Faucet In The Sink For Kitchen

Modern, this is what impressed when we see this kind of water faucet in a kitchen space. yes with a simple and elegant design make the water faucet in the sink looks luxurious. not only that, the faucet is also designed to be elongated and shortened with drawn and the yield so that we can use it in places that we want. This cool.
Tap water is very has a major role in a kitchen. yes because it is very vital functions such as washing dishes, washing vegetables, washing fruit and other ... therefore the water tap is designed to facilitate doing all the work

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Living Room With A Blend Of Black And White Colors

In this room was specifically designed by combining two natural colors, namely black and white, from background up to the furniture using black and white, well really two dominant colors in this room that is black and white in the room is the right combination which will create a natural atmosphere. 

Black and white color selection here is not arbitrary, just look at the composition of a combination of colors in this room. have a detailed design in color selection. ranging from furniture that is in use, background, and her accessories are customized with the natural color of imagination. 

This cool, where the fusion of two black and white color and simple design make this living room looks into a room that will be fantastic.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Small Bathroom Japanese Style House

Most existing bathrooms in the homes of Japan have small size, well that just serves as a room for bathing alone or just soak it. where there is only a bathtub, shower, place to hang towels, glass, and small shelves to put soap, shampoo and other toiletries. 

This bathroom is designed specifically for solely for the shower alone, can not be used for defecation / toilet. because the houses usually are there separate toilet and bathroom. with small size bathroom is easy to make, and it takes a lot more room and can you fit it yourself with your home state.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Comfortable Sofa For Relaxed Working

This sofa is designed specifically for the convenience of doing office work or just make a little unfinished task in working in the office or just browse the internet just by using a laptop.

Yes because the sofa is designed to have a small table that is on the left, right and center that can be installed and removed a plywood made of upholstery from the sofa is on the left side, right and rear. by opening / raising part of the can in the form of a table that is on his side of the meal will be formed is small that form the table to put the laptop to our work.

Comfort in doing office work on the couch it was felt, especially this sofa is designed to use a laptop in a variety of positions that we can set yourself ..

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Amazing Residence with a Panoramic View of Beverly Hills

After a ground up rebuild, the wonderful Carla Ridge Residence in Beverly Hills needs a new owner. This dream home is a symphony of white and grey: both the interior and the exterior are dominated by the two colours. When night falls, the house brights up but those few minutes of dusk show why this house is more than a home: it is a pavilion on top of the city, complete with a breathtaking panoramic view of the skyline. The house borrows colours from the passing of the days and night, like a chameleon. At dusk, the interiors catch a beautiful shade of blue.

In the garden, concrete sets the trend: the infinity edge pool on one side and a terrace where you could enjoy a beverage in the frisk air. Wherever you stand in the house, the natural light follows you through glass walls or large windows. Chain maille served as an inspiration for the house`s facade: a beautifully crafted wall of chain maille creates an interesting design detail. Five bedrooms and six baths, generous and fabulous clothing storage, living spaces and kitchen – all of the rooms of the house have incredible details.