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Sneak Peek:  My DC Studio

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Sneak Peek: My DC Studio

This week, I will be guest blogging at Curbly.com. Today, I posted an article on a mural in my DC studio that I created by transferring the line work from a Marimekko wallpaper. I took some photographs and while I was at it snapped some shops of my place which is a work in process. I have started with the basics and I am about 50% done. I am only posting the the living room, which doubles as my home office and kitchen. Stay tuned for more on the design which will include painting accent walls, vintage industrial furnishings, and much, much more.

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The color palette is monochromatic primarily because the walls are freshly painted an off white.  Accent walls will be different tones of gray. In my home office / office area, my I love the use of an IKEA kitchen cabinet for storage above my desk.  The walnut desk is temporary...I will be replacing it soon, with something smaller in scale.  Additionally, a cowhide rug, end tables and a custom bench will be added to the living room.  I despise the carpet but what can you do, it is a rental.

My splurges thus far, have been the Blu Dot Paramount sofa which I absolutely love and a 42" flat screen television.  The scale of the TV is questionable but it is great for watching movies, I feel like I am at the theater.

The kitchen will be receiving a chalkboard backslash wall and I have a plan to add shelving over the bar which I am excited about.  I am thinking toledo stools for the bar.  No photos yet of the bathroom and bedroom because they are still works in progress - however here is a sketch of the bedroom design...

The same curtains  from the living room will define the entry.  The accent wall will be charcoal gray and I plan to do a coffee sack inspired stencil on this burlap-like fabric which is left over from a project.  The nightstands (click here to view) and pendant will be vintage industrial.

Stay tuned for more on the design process!  And check out the article on Curbly by clicking here.

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BACHELOR STYLE: Esquire SOHO

esquireliving This year Esquire magazine's ultimate bachelor pad is at the luxurious SoHo Mews in New York. The penthouse level apartment combines two units and the spaces are equipped with fantastic technological innovations and an emphasis on sustainable living. Check out some of my favorite spaces in the project.  The living room above is by designer Costas Kondylis.

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Designer Kristen McGinnis incorporates sustainable cabinetry and surfaces into this traveler's kitchen sponsored by Lufthansa .  Upper cabinets provide an innovative solution for incorporating more artwork.

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Record, mix and broadcast songs directly from your guitar in this hip home music studio by Denise Kuriger for Diesel Only The Brave.  Making me wish I knew how to play guitar and could afford a home studio.  In the sleek lounge (above) by designer Luke Raymond of Office of Air for Heineken, guests can create their own soundtracks and see music through reflective visualizers.

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The Hugo Boss master bedroom by Kerry Delrose is romantic and inspired by the Hugo Boss collection.  The walk-in closet is ideal for the stylish man, equipped with a useful bench for putting on shoes.

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Not to mention the terrace which runs along the windowed facade of the penthouse.   Marc Thorpe of  Third Eye Studios designed several lounge environments for Davidoff along the terrace and the design is highlighted by the sunscreens shown above.

For more information on the Esquire bachelor pad, designers, and sponsors, check out the Esquire SOHO website.

PHOTO CREDITS: All images from www.esquiresoho.com

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BACHELOR STYLE: Condo with a View

museumway1 Recently I teamed up with interior designer, Melinda Cabanilla to makeover the condo of a local attorney and entrepreneur on Museum Way in Boston, MA.  Busy with work, our client had little time to do much of anything with the place.  And he really wanted to transform his space into a bachelor pad.  We were happy to help and perhaps you can gain some pointers from the design.

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Accent Wall The client was resistant to repainting the entire apartment as the paint job was new.  While painting is an expensive way to transform your space, sometimes repainting the entire place isn't necessary.  The beige color museumway3throughout was not our favorite but we compromised suggesting accent walls to expand spaces.  The accent wall color in the bedroom is a deep gray.  Note: an accent wall doesn't simply have to occur on one wall - we chose to paint both the wall behind the bed and the adjacent wall gray.

Display your collectibles We encouraged the client to display his collection of taxicabs.  The client also felt strongly about displaying his degrees and professional photographs in his office space.  We accommodated his collection with an array of floating shelves.  We loved the taxi cabs as they added a personal touch and also provided great pops of color in the space.

Tasteful Artwork We guided the client in selecting pieces that were romantic rather than erotic.  Often guys get carried away with imagery that they find appealing but don't consider how a date might feel.    The client liked Jack Vettriano's work and went on a buying spree of framed canvas prints.  The result is a cohesive collection of art throughout the home.  The message is romance not sex.  My favorite placement of art was in the dining area of the living room where Vettriano's Elegy for a Dead Admiral hangs over the table.

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Entertain, Entertain, Entertain While this piece of advice has nothing to do with the actual design, we encouraged the client to show off his new and improved digs by invited people over for cocktails.  And if not just to show off the new space, to take advantage of the stunning views.  Every time I visited I was mesmerized, see for yourself below.  For more images of this project, please view my portfolio.

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