I just returned from a weekend in Washington DC where I was visiting my sister. Most of DC design is more traditional than New York design, but several designers manage to keep the traditional feeling while adding modern elements. Since I had a little taste of the town I thought I’d share some work by a Washington DC based designer today. I was searching through portfolios and came across Lauren Liess. I have a major design crush on her D Street Rowhouse, which embodies the traditional-fresh balance I mentioned.
Some of the furniture pieces have traditional lines, such as the high back wing chairs in the living room, but the house overall is painted in a fresh coat of white, with black accents seen on the doors. The white against black is classic and timeless, and always feels in trend.
I love exposed brick, which you see a lot of here in New York. In this DC home the exposed brick in the living room feels like an accent wall, only seen behind the sofa. I’ve never seen a brick wall used as an accent, or splash of character, so I was really taken when I saw it here.
The dining room is interesting. It’s painted a pale green, and although it’s a slight color, it feels very colorful as the rest of the home is much brighter and whiter. I also love all the different textures seen in the dining area, including the textured lamp shade, hair hide chairs, suede bench and clear based lamp.
I wouldn’t mind living in this Washington DC rowhouse at all! What do you think of this sophisticated home, designed by Lauren Liess?