Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Well, I don't mind if I do!

I was asked recently by So Sylvie to participate in a fun little virtual project of redesigning Gerard Butler's Chelsea loft, which is featured in Architectural Digest this month. It seems that his newly renovated pad has been getting quite a lot of attention on the net. I'm not judging, as a matter of fact I sheepishly admit that I had never heard of Gerard Butler until now. All that I know is that he lives in a space boasting bones as sophisticated and prolific as those that once graced the face of the uberdistinguished Katharine Hepburn.

This is my answer:
I understand, after having read the A.D. article, that Gerard Butler has played some mighty meaty roles; the Spartan king, Attila the Hun, Dracula, the Phantom of the Opera, and Beowulf. Also, that his interior designer, Elvis Restaino, is a set designer... the photos in A.D. of his apartment are hugely theatrical. No doubt Architectural Digests' ridiculously over-the-top lighting extravaganza plays a part in theatrics of the photos, but all of the columns, many crystal chandeliers, and thrones placed throughout the pad also contribute to the weightiness, and overall phoniness of its appearance. I think that I'd start by cleaning house. Toss all of the "props", paint & paper the walls, and collect furniture with some provenance to appeal to Gerard's obvious attraction to history.

dining area:
Final Dining Room

screening area:
Final Screening Area

secondary seating area:
Final Secondary Seating

office area:
Final Office Area

bedroom area:
Final Bedroom Area

Be sure to check out how these fine ladies would redesign this space:

So Sylvie
Jaclyn Ehrilich of Haute Home
Valorie Hart of Visual Vamp
Ronda Carman of All the Best
Di Overton of Designers' Block UK

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Good Wood

Yes, it certainly is an attention grabbing name, but what heralds more heed than the moniker is the shop itself. Good Wood is the brainchild...err... teenager (this year marking its sweet sixteen) of Dan and Anna Kahoe, furniturephiles extraordinaire. A delightfully creative couple who have cultivated a store that is more about a lifestyle than about product for sale. They forage the Eastern Shore weekly for artifacts to be brought back and placed lovingly in ever-changing vignettes. The shop is a constant source of answers and inspiration for designers, local residents, and tourists alike.

As if being proprietors of an ubercool DC shopping destination wasn't enough evidence that this duo has style in spades, take a look at their home; The Louise Hand Laundry. A former upscale laundry facility which had been used by the cream of District society, as well as White House administrations from the 1930's - 1960's. And, for the cherry on top, Anna is also co-owner of ultra hip design firm "Old School Interiors".

I've recently started working at the shop Wednesdays - Fridays, and couldn't be happier. Each week I fall in love with at least a dozen new things. If you're in the DC area, please stop by to visit me and the Kahoe's!

A few photos for your viewing pleasure:

Good Wood: American Furniture & Decorative Arts
1428 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


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