What’s better than great design? Great design for a great cause. More than 20 interior designers collaborated to turn a dated, 1950s colonial estate into a decked-out showhouse in Washington, D.C.’s Spring Lake neighborhood, all to benefit Children’s National Medial Center. If you live in the DC area, there’s still time to buy tickets and tour the amazing 10,000 square foot home this weekend — it’s open to the public through Monday, May 14.
Can’t make it to DC? Check out a few of our favorite spaces from the home. (See photos of the entire home right here.)
Design by Blake Dunlevy and Gina Benincasa; Photo by Robert Radifera
Playing off the “old” Washington flavor of the Spring Valley home, designers Blake Dunlevy and Gina Benincasa of D&A Dunlevy Landscapers used bright azaleas and peonies to accent the boxwoods bookending the front entry of this stately residence.
Design by Sharon Kleinman; Photo by Robert Radifera
Designer Sharon Kleinman of Transitions wanted the master bedroom to be serene and sensual, so she added rich chocolate walls, her own custom-designed headboard and an antique wedding cabinet alongside textured, neutral bedding.
The main attraction of the Kartell Masters Chair is its curvaceous, sexy figure. Designers Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet fused three contemporary designs — the series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames to create an eye-catching chair. The best part? The comfy chair is lightweight and can be used indoors or out. Time to throw an outdoor soiree!
Paper lanterns have been a go-to decoration for parties for years, but lately people have been incorporating them in their everyday decor. Etsy shop owner Zippy8Lighting made this quirky artichoke paper lantern using pages from old paperback books, which would be so fitting in a home office or library. I wonder if these lights have that old book page smell that I love so much!
How would you tie in paper lanterns into your home’s decor? Tell us in the comments below.
I had one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments when I stumbled across these algues. What are algues, you ask? Well, it’s a room divider/wall decor/light curtain combination designed by Vitra. You can choose what to do with it, how much to use of it and where to put it — all you have to do is link the pieces together to create the design you want. And with all the pretty colors to choose from, you can incorporate it in any room. Officially adding this to my wish list.
The Kentucky Derby is just days away, and this year it falls on Cinco de Mayo. I had the chance to go to the Derby on Cinco de Mayo five years ago, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. My favorite part was seeing a mix of the traditional hats with festive sombreros. This lamp by Folly does a good job of mixing traditional with whimsical, with its colorful miniature jockeys. Now all I need is a mint julep and a winning ticket!
If you were going to the Kentucky Derby this year, would you go with a traditional hat or a sombrero? Tell us in the comments below.
This stainless steel object looks like it belongs in a modern bowling alley, but its purpose isn’t meant to be knocked down.
Give us your best guess in the comments below, and check back tomorrow to see if you’re right.
Even though this object looks like a golf ball, it’s actually a robotic vacuum cleaner. This innovative vacuum, the Dust Ball, uses two axes to move and the holes suck up dust. Designer Dave Hakkens mainly designed this vacuum for public buildings because there are less walls. The coolest part? When the dust bin is full, Dust Ball returns to its point of origin and glows.
Watch the Dust Ball in action! Check back next week to guess at a new item!
You might have gotten a glimpse into the future when you first set eyes on this object. It looks like it belongs on a space shuttle or maybe it’s a perfect accessory for your kid’s playroom.
Give us your best guess and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. Hint: Its rolling motion isn’t just for fun.
We enjoyed reading everybody’s guesses; the most popular being a cobbler’s tool and fireplace tool. Tina was the first to get it correct: a floor lamp. Many HGTV Facebook fans also got it correct, including fan Jes Dixon who thought it resembled a “new age leg lamp”. I definitely see the resemblance.
Even though this 1950s 1stdibs floor lamp has a futuristic look, its combination of wood and copper gives it a true French antique finish. The wood stand resembles a tree trunk, and the two lights in the almost 5-foot tall lamp reflect off the copper plates to create a soft light.
We’ll have a brand new item next week, so check back to give us your best guess!
At first glance, this object seems to be some sort of scoop — could you eat with it or use it as a shovel?
Give us your best guess about this sturdy, copper object and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow!
As the New Year calls, this is a time to reflect upon the past and dream for the future. From past to present, Louis Vuitton seems to transcend through time effortlessly. Dating back to the 1920s, this Louis Vuitton top hat box is from Paris.
Whether by digging through your closet or searching the local thrift store, it’s time to find those top hats and celebrate the New Year!
With its leather and gold plates, is this a typical find in the local antique store or is this the case of treasure? The story of this antique object is sure for embarking inquiry.
What is the function of this find? X marks the spot…
Caitlin was spot on with her bike hanger guess.
Whether you prefer mountain rides or city strolls, CYCLOC is the perfect accessory to your bike and storage space.
Cycloc’s award-winning design allows you to simply twist your bike into place. Check out the CYCLOC video!
As a college kid at The University of Tennessee, my first inclination to this mysterious object is a VOLS koozie of some sort. But as this SEC season wraps up, it is time to part with the fantastic chaos of Football Time in Tennessee. Goodbye Neyland Stadium, all day tailgates and continuously postponed school work.
This object will aid in your adventurous endeavors. What are your adventurous aspirations-and what is this object which will supposedly aid in them? We’ll reveal the answer tomorrow!
Such as the designer’s motto: “By letting children live in a beautiful environment, rich in stimulation for play, they are better able to grow and become independent, creative, curious, enthusiastic adults.”
The Italian design house, Nume, created the above Box 1 as an alternative to the typical playpen. With a soft polyurethane filling, Box 1′s upholstery is entirely removable.
Oh how I miss the days of childhood summer camp! This reminds me of the lake inflatables we used to spend hours around in my youth! Yet, perhaps this design is intended for something in the gymnasium.
What comes to your mind with this piece? Do you have a story to influence your guess? We’ll share this object’s story tomorrow!
Often focusing on projects of ordinary objects involved in everyday life, NL Architects designed Strap as an innovative way to store miscellaneous items. NL’s Strap suspends anything from books to shoes and toys to utensils.
Caitlin was the first to guess that this playful storage set is made with a stretchy material – a silicone rubber material resembling the classic rubber band. Do you have an interesting idea for an alternative use to the classic rubber band?
Are these devices aimed to improve your strength through resistance training?
Or maybe they are intended as one-stop sling shots?
Give us your best guess to this horizontal question and we’ll give you the answer tomorrow!
As the stratification process shows the earth’s timeline, Stool Jan’s felt stool shows the design process through its physical presentation.
The material, a wool felt, is created by matting, condensing and pressing wool fibers together. This stool’s design uses the same process as felt creation, pressing layers together to form a functional item. Can you think of other ways to show a material’s formulation process through its design?
In geology, stratigraphy is the study of rock layers within the earth. Coined by the 17th century Danish scientist Nicolas Steno, a pioneer in the fields of anatomical and geological science, The Law of Superposition states, “Sedimentary layers are deposited in a time sequence, with the oldest on the bottom and the youngest on the top.”
Is this design a reflection of Steno’s geological revelation? Give us your formulations and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow!