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Wallpaper, Wallpaper and Art Everywhere

Updated: Feb 19, 2019

If you're in or near the DC area and love designer show houses, you probably caught the biggest one in this neck of the woods: the annual DC Design House. An annual tradition, my mom and sister in law and I visited the home last week. I couldn't wait to see how it transformed after my initial walk through earlier this summer (read about it and see pics in my earlier post here).

Boy, what a change! It can best be summed up in two words: wallpaper + art. Below are some pics of my favorite spaces and trends in this year's home:

The rear hallway / foyer: what was once a blank canvas was transformed into a beautiful, warm space. Even with a main backdrop color of dark steel blue, the natural materials, warmth in the chandelier and darker hues in the wallpaper pattern made this space feel spacious and cozy:

Back Stairs by Farrow & Ball

The upstairs nook: for those of you who've been following along in my blog, you might remember I had dreams of re-doing this space when I attended the designer walk-through earlier this summer. I love how this year's show house designer made it intimate and sophisticated. And once again ... more wallpaper! It seemed the whole house was covered in it this year.

Pictured above and below: Chic Retreat Dressing Room space by Barbara Brown Interiors

Even the attic opening was covered in wallpaper! This designer did not miss any detail. Check it out:

And if that wasn't enough wallpaper, there's more! Here is a photo of another nook, decorated with wallpaper. *Love* this paper's pattern detail and texture; here is a close up:

Wallpaper in the guest room space? Another check! Love this bold, tropical leaf pattern:

Vintage Cabana & Roof Deck by Studio Q Designs

Not only was there wallpaper everywhere, I also loved how the designers incorporated fine and original artwork at every opportunity -- even in the kitchen and above cabinets -- in a space that is otherwise typically forgotten:

Above and below: Kitchen by Frog Hill Designs

Last but not least, I can't resist sharing more beautiful, fine art in this *gorgeous* bedroom designed by Charles Altamonte:

Bedroom #2 by Charles C. Almonte, AIA, ASID

My favorite spot of the entire home? I have to admit, as much as I loved the beautifully curated and professionally designed spaces throughout the home, one of my favorite spots was the third floor hallway which featured children's artwork from Children's Hospital patients and their families:

The DC Show House has always been a benefit for Children's. However, in all the years I have attended, I have never seen children's artwork incorporated in the homes. This year's gallery was a wonderful surprise -- and reminder of the show house's charitable mission.

Thank you, designers and DC Design House volunteers for another wonderful year!

p.s. All photos in this blog post are courtesy of me @MiraJeanDesigns; for designer and source information visit the DC Show House's website here.


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