Art to Interior


I love art.  I considered curatorial studies for a time while in college.  During my first exhibit installation, however, I broke two large glass plates protecting a famous photographer’s work.  I concluded pretty quickly that “this is probably not for me”.   Still, my love affair continued well into my interior design degree and career.  There is almost no genre or medium that I don’t appreciate in some way.  A 1982 kinetic sculpture and an oil portrait from the 19th century can both stir my senses.  It follows then that artwork sometimes informs my designs.   

THE STARTING POINT

Essie, Ruby and Ferdinand – Children of Asher Wertheimer, 1902

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It’s hard to not love Sargent.  His oil paintings are lush, moody and undeniably beautiful.  I chose this work as a jumping off point for a media principal’s office for its sophistication and intimacy.

THE INTERPRETATION

The idea here is art as muse.  I pulled what spoke to me – the colors, tones, textures and emotions.  My design is an interpretation of the painting, not a copy of it.

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Our client’s office is entered by way of an anteroom.  The space is a waiting area for visitors and serves as a buffer between her office and the staff workplace.  The finish selections and air of elegance are derived from the Sergent painting.  But as this is a modern woman’s office and a Huntley & Co. interior, we changed tack by mixing genres and funking up certain elements.

Tricia Huntley drawings for Luxe & Lucid

– plan & anteroom elevations –

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Office interior by Huntley & Co. Interior Design

 

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– office elevations –

Our client is a businesswoman and loving mother.  She is worldly, feminine and capable – someone who is both interesting and interested.  Her combination of sophistication, warmth and strength is part of what has made her a success in her field.  With that in mind, we imbued her workspace with a similar sensibility and furnished it with antiques, modern European pieces and an impressive art collection.  We think Mrs. Asher Wertheimer would have approved.

 

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Whatchu Lookin At?


Vicente Wolf published a book sometime back called Learning to See’.  I have always thought that was such a meaningful title.  Seeing (and looking, fundamentally) is at the heart of a creative person.  What drives artistic and design-minded individuals is a desire to seek out and study what’s interesting, beautiful and/or weird about the stuff of the world.

I’m no exception; I never stop culling the visual data around me.  And I have no shame when it comes to capturing what I see on film.  I’ll lie down on the sidewalk or crawl in the dirt if I see something worth photographing.  Inspiration for my designs can be found in all kinds of places: museums, parks or city streets.  It doesn’t matter if I’m looking at a Rodin sculpture or the bark of a tree.  Cultivating one’s oeuvre (i.e. learning to see) means looking EVERYWHERE, even in the most unlikely of places.

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– 3 unique versions of texture –

Left to right:  DIY lattice on a courtyard door in LA; Crepe Myrtle bark in my neighborhood; a broken plate art installation at the 2016 AD Design Show.

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Masterfully carved tassels and lace details on a marble statue at the National Gallery of Art.

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– a sophisticated collection of swirls and curlicues –

Clockwise from top left:  A frozen puddle in West Virginia; an antique carved marble table top at the State Department; an Art Deco planter on a Kansas City sidewalk; an ornamental fabric necklace in a London shop; a felt jewelry display at Anthropologie.

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Left:  Faux finish inspiration discovered at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  Right:  A sample of Japanning at the Geffrye Museum in London.

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A large mineral sample on display at a mining museum in Creede, Colorado.

So many photos and so little time.  This post could have been a mile long, so instead, you can expect a Part II, Part III and maybe even a Part IV of Whatchu Lookin At?  Until next time — look, see and soak it all up!

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DESIGNING WITH PASSION :: THE COLORS OF VALENTINE’S DAY


I love the colors associated with Valentine’s Day.  Red, garnet, blush, pink, plum — they’re all so delicious and sexy.  This is a palette that seduces in design, fashion, and even nature.   I suggest that you soak in the gorgeous inspiration of our post today, especially if you are spending the holiday sans sig-other.  There is no balm for the soul like beauty.  Well, that and a really good bottle of pinot noir and dark chocolate. 

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Valentine's Day color interior design inspiration

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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** Sources/links for the photos above can be found on our Pinterest page … along with other Valentine’s Day inspiration.

EDGEMOOR SUNROOM :: THE REVEAL!


The Edgemoor sunroom has been installed!  Installation days are such a highlight for interior designers.  They represent the culmination of months of hard work, careful planning and patience.  Considering this project started in the summer of 2015, we were thrilled to see the room finally come to life.  So it is with great delight that we report that the room is even more beautiful than we expected.  We always have an idea of how an interior will look, but we can’t necessarily anticipate how it will feel.  Being in a space where the architecture, the decor and the surroundings truly sing makes all the trials and tribulations of the previous months disappear.  We’re thrilled and our clients are thrilled.  Santa couldn’t have brought us a better present for the holidays.  Enjoy!

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|| Pre-Install Site Review ||

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We scoped out the site the day before to ensure that there were no surprises on install day.  Thanks to the contractor, all of the construction debris had been removed and the floors and glass were clean.  This is a small, but important detail when delivering a room full of fresh, new [and valuable] furnishings.  And with a blank slate before us, we were finally able to appreciate all of the beautiful architectural lines and the gracious volume of space.

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|| Design is [not] glamorous ||

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Installations requires a mix of muscle, troubleshooting and finesse.  Pillows get fluffed, furniture placement tweaked, and motorized curtains programmed and dressed.  One of the trickier exercises of the day was hanging the porcelain Fenella Elms artwork.  Both delicate and heavy — and weighing in at well over 100 lbs — it took four men and two very nerve-wracking attempts to hang it on the wall.  Needless to say, we all gave a cheer and a generous sigh of relief once it was in place.

Huntley & Co. Edgemoor installation in progress

Fenella Elms artwork in Huntley & Co. project

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|| A Beautiful Finish ||

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Just as we were finishing the installation, the sun came out and cast an ethereal light into the room giving it a magical sparkle.  The shadows danced off the porcelain artwork, the plaster walls, and the mother of pearl inlay on the pedestal table top.  Simultaneously, the light saturated the drapery with warmth and illuminated the dramatic skylight overhead.  Enveloped by so much natural beauty, it’s easy to envision spending hours in this space lounging, reading, socializing or napping.

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|| Taking Care ||

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Our work here is done!  Well, almost.  Installations require guidance regarding the care and maintenance of the space.  We strive to ensure our client’s satisfaction by giving them the tools they need to enjoy their homes for years to come.  Our care packages vary depending on the scope of a project and specific needs of the client.  However, they generally include care and maintenance instructions, mechanical specifications and a paint+finish schedule.  In this particular case, we also included a separate artwork care package.  The art we installed is fragile and valuable, so we provided our clients with handling instructions along with extra porcelain pieces.  And of course, we packaged it beautifully in a Huntley & Co. box with ribbon – something befitting the showstopper art piece itself.

Huntley & Co. installation care package

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We hope you enjoyed following our Edgemoor series.  In case you missed anything, check out each phase here, here, here and here.  We will be signing off for the next few weeks to enjoy some R&R.  We will post again in 2017 with new installations, discoveries and our behind-the-scenes adventures.  Until then, Huntley & Co. — and our mascot Nina — wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!

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Nina - Huntley & Co. mascot

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EDGEMOOR SUNROOM :: PART IV


The Edgemoor sunroom has required patience, perseverance and plenty of blood, sweat

and tears (and bones, but I’ll get to that later).  After nearly a year of design and planning,

construction finally began in early spring.  Starting work was both a relief and a thrill. 

With a schedule as protracted as this one, there are plenty of progress photos to share. 

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From start to finish there hasn’t been a dull moment!

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Breaking Ground

Construction crews arrived at the end of February to dig, set drainage lines and pour the slab for the sunroom.  The most dramatic transformations start with a lot of dirt!

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Movin’ on Up!

Once July arrived, the building finally started to take shape.  Remember that patience we mentioned?  This phase of the project is all about oversight and troubleshooting as needed.  We made several site visits and met everyone from the tile installer to the drapery fabricator to review drawings and inspect details.  It may seem unusual to discuss softgoods in a room without drywall, but spotting architectural modifications early allows us, and our workrooms, to modify plans accordingly.

Huntley & Co. Edgemoor sunroom construction progress

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Finishing Touches

As you can see in the pictures below, work continued into the Fall.  Still, we were happy to have a room with walls, trim, windows and doors — not to mention a massive, one-of-a-kind skylight overhead.  With the space enclosed, we were ready for paint and decorative finishes.  We enlisted Julia from Monkton Studios (below) to dress the room in a beautiful knockback plaster, adding warmth and subtle dimension to the envelope.

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Interior design is often associated with drama.  True, but we usually try to avoid it if we

can.  Unfortunately, at one of the many site visits, Lindsey fell into an open floor vent

(ahem, a hidden open floor vent that is).  Thanks to a broken fibula and fifth metatarsal,

the Edgemoor project is officially going out with a CRASH-BOOM-BANG! 

 

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(L) the offending floor vent sans cover; (C) post site visit x-ray; (R) masterful use of the Rollator Walker

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… Installation day is TODAY.

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EDGEMOOR SUNROOM :: PART III


Developing a thorough drawing set is critical to the success of all Huntley & Co. projects.  It’s the technical backbone of the design, ensuring precision and accuracy.   The Edgemoor sunroom features two expansive nano walls, a seamlessly integrated reflecting pool and a dramatic skylight.   With fenestrations composing 90% of the room, it was important to consider the furniture and its arrangement carefully.  We worked through an endless stream of floorplans to maximize circulation, engage the views and allow for both conversation and lounging.  And we selected pieces that spoke to a luxurious “camp” style (think Out of Africa or Lawrence of Arabia).  An abundance of comfort promises a room that is open, yet absolutely intimate.

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The Floorplan

It always starts with the floorplan; a birds-eye view provides a wealth of knowledge.  Drawing everything (walls, windows, doors, floor vents, etc.) to the exact measurement is critical.  Because an inch can be the difference between a flawless installation and a costly mistake.  white box lp

Huntley & Co. edgemoor sunroom floorplan

As shown in the floorplan above, pulling the furniture into the center of the room creates circulation space.

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— The Study of Furniture & Lighting 

Each and every piece that goes into our projects is vetted for size and scale.  We collaborate with our vendors to verify, and sometimes adjust, dimensions down to the 1/16″ — ensuring the best possible function and fit.

Huntley & Co. edgemoor furniture drawings

Drawings above include the custom console and sofas, pedestal table and the Huntley sconce from Urban Electric Co.

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— The Perspective Drawing 

Perspectives are exciting because they allow us to “pull a design up” and study the relationship between architecture and décor.  The Edgemoor sunroom is visually complex – from the dramatic skylight to all those windows – so it was important to implement décor that would complement, not compete with the envelope.  A neutral palette, low slung furnishings and layers of softness add the right amount of quiet.

edgemoor-sunroom_rendering_Huntley & Co.Our perspective drawing illustrates how open the sunroom becomes when the nano doors are retracted.  The layered rugs and sheer drapery panels at the perimeter help create intimacy.

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 A room like this is, without a doubt, a design challenge.  Generating meticulous drawings allowed us to tackle the project in an informed, confident manner.  With that, seeing our drawings “go vertical” during the construction process is when the real fun begins.  Well, typically.  Our next post will include on-site progress photos replete with a little unexpected drama.  Stay tuned!  

xo, Huntley & Co.

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EDGEMOOR SUNROOM :: PART II


Our Edgemoor clients are long-time residents of Bethesda, a neighborhood of beautiful homes, large backyards, and gracious sidewalks.  A variety of architectural vernaculars decorate each tree-lined street thereby giving us license to explore a pastiche of design styles.  We devoted countless hours and many team meetings to perfecting the architectural and decorative intentions of their sunroom in order to craft a space with the perfect blend of traditional and modern styling.  It was especially relevant for us to carefully study how the new sunroom would meet and interact with the landscape, establishing a strong indoor/outdoor feel.

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NEIGHBORHOOD VERNACULAR & INSPIRATION

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Huntley & Co. Interior Design Edgemoor renovation

The sunroom addition is quite modern and acts as a counterpoint to the traditional envelope of the house.   Because of the room’s strong geometry and metalwork, it was key that our interior selections complement and soften the space.

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FABRICS & FINISHES

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Textured linens, verdigrised metal, hand-molded porcelain and mother-of-pearl inlay are layered into the space.   Plaster walls, cerused oak, and embroidered trims also add to the tactile, warm design.

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This project has seen seasons come and go and reminds us that projects, especially of this caliber, take time.  Dozens of hands, ours included, have touched this space.  From architects and builders, landscape designers and decorative finishers, to a variety of workrooms and the clients themselves — the phrase “it takes a village” has become especially relevant.  We look forward to sharing more with you next week as we get one step closer to the big reveal!

xo, Huntley & Co.

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EDGEMOOR SUNROOM


November is filled with anticipation as the holidays quickly approach and designers clamour to wrap up design projects.  At Huntley & Co., we have labored long and hard for one Bethesda client in particular and are eager to put the finishing touches on their remarkable sunroom renovation.  Our goal was to create a sculptural, textural space that elegantly captures the spirit of indoor/outdoor living.  We will be featuring work product and site photos for this sunroom-cum-lounge in the next several posts.  And we’ll reveal the installation around Thanksgiving, so just a little more patience!  To give you an idea of the inspiration behind our design, we’ve shared the Edgemoor Sunroom concept board below.  Wrap yourself up in the luxe imagery and escape.

Huntley & Co. edgemoor sunroom design concept

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PETER MIKIC


Even professional designers get crushes. 

I was flipping through British House & Garden last night and came across the feature on Peter Mikic in the Tastemaker section.  If there were such a thing as a design soulmate, he would be mine.  His style (glamorous and tailored), his Decorating Dos and Dont’s (be brave, steer clear of feature walls) and even his delicious visage (fit, bearded, sandy-haired) could be chapters in the T. Huntley playbook.

Pick up the magazine, take the advice below and check this guy out.  He gets it. 

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www.petermikic.com

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  • P/S : I highly recommend a subscription to British House & Garden magazine.  It is superb!
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POM POMS


You wouldn’t think there would be any commonality among design, fashion and a dog’s tail.  Pardon?  My beloved pup had surgery on her tail recently and her gorgeous, fluffy appendage turned into something of a pom pom.  Sad? Yes. Adorable? Absolutely.  It reminded me of how delightful pom poms are.  It’s something about a shape so perfectly simple encased in fluff.  Whether it’s a detail on shoes, trim on drapes or something more unexpected – pom poms just make me happy.

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The indefatigable Iris Apfel gets it.

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(L) Rebecca de Ravenel wearing her celebrated Les Bonbons earrings;  (C) a fanciful canopy by Olive Juice Interior Design;  (R) happy yellow Billy Button flowers c/o Lisa Tharp

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(L) Ulyanna Sergeenko’s fur “ballerina tutu” purse  from F/W 2015;  (C) Nina and her post-op tail;  (R) Camille Styles’ beautiful berry ice cream cake

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My idea of ensemble perfection!  Chloe embroidered bomber jacket, jeans and pom pom pumps.

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perfection

Nina Seuss’ to-die-for, über fashions can be found on her eponymous blog

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(L) En Shalle pom pom bag at Pink Chicken NY;  (C) Snowball Chandelier by Helen Foot;  (R) Shop La Lune baby hat

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(L) Mode de Vert seafoam green Summer heels;  (C) an unexpected mirror detail at the State Department;  (R) black pom pom trim detail in a Huntley & Co. living room

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We adore the ice princess charm of this room — a wonderful mix of playfulness, restraint and drama.

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This is Glamorous via Flickr

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(L) a favorite Jeffrey Bilhuber bedroom;  (C) garnet and neutral pom pom iPhone cases;  (R) purple alliums in a Huntley & Co. den

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(L) winter glamour from Jimmy Choo;  (C) a transparent sculpture at The Phillips Collection in DC;  (R) a fuschia Robert Allen trim

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Winter is right around the corner.  That means jackets (hooray!) and the holidays (gasp!).  Time to start shopping!

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a magical winter cover up from Ralph & Russo

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(L) a wreath at chez Huntley;  (C) Mingo and Tinks garland;  (R) the perfect holiday giftwrap from Anastasia1977

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(L) It’s alive! Jung Puppy club cuteness;  (C) Elsie Marley DIY Christmas garland;  (R) Cox & Cox Cloud Pom String Lights

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The pom pom tail has been fun for me, but my furbaby is looking forward to having her fluffy rear back to normal …

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The [tail] End!

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