show-house // faux-client :: the reveal!

We know you and our fabulous faux clients have been waiting for our big reveal.  The design process is nothing, if not, an exercise in patience.  From concept to installation, interior design requires vision, tenacity and know-how.  It’s a labor of love, but labor nonetheless.  So when the time finally comes to present our clients with their dream home, our excitement is hard to contain.  This particular dream home is ‘faux show’, but the thrill of the reveal remains the same … So without further ado!

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[ Our clients seem pleased ]

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Our Huntley & Co. clients and room may have been crafted from imagination,

but they do speak to the real methodology and design vernacular of our firm’s work. 

 Here, principal Tricia Huntley, opens up about her influences, the importance

of breaking the rules and the best song to get a party started.

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1. What are some of the things that influence you, aside from furniture and décor?

Museums, music, fashion, history, parks/nature, architecture, poetry … those things that are thoughtful, provocative, moving.  I like to start with a feeling or mood before I pivot to the tangible aspect of things.

2. What qualities of a room do you most admire?

Substantial hardware and appropriate, expertly executed millwork.  I would rather live in an empty house with those two qualities than a shoddy new-build with the best furniture.

3. Design rule you love to break?

Symmetry.  I was classically trained so I believe in building a space according to the rules of symmetry.  But I also believe that breaking that symmetry in clever, nuanced ways is what brings a room to life.

4. You know these clients will be having many a fete, what’s a good hostess gift?

I love to give sophisticated, unusual candles and fragrances.  Aedes de Venustas, Joya and Santa Maria Novella all offer intriguing scents in stunning vessels.  And of course, good booze and wine never go out of style.  Add a beautiful ribbon with a handwritten tag and you’re done.

5. Rapid Fire!


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It’s been fun, but we need to dash!  Our clients told us to get out so they can enjoy their new home ; )

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If you want another glimpse at the process, simply click on posts Part I, Part II and/or Part III.  


A showhouse is unique in that it provides a designer with the freedom to create a space that is bound only by her innovation and talent.  With a project that lacks a scope of work and a flesh-and-blood client, we find it important to invent a narrative to guide our design concept.  At Huntley & Co. we create a “faux client” to serve as muse during the showhouse process.  We have been blessed with some pretty wonderful clients throughout the years, but our Faux Clients 2016 definitely have us crushing hard!


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Concept Development______________

Washington DC is a city filled with people of varied and interesting backgrounds.  Our Huntley & Co. “clients” are an art dealer wife with an international childhood (thanks to a father who was Ambassador to Peru) and a west coast-born husband with a Renaissance spirit.  The couple shares a love of art, music and philanthropy.  Both travel frequently to New York, California, Europe and South America.  With that in mind, our goal for these busy and passionate entrepreneurs was to create a true LIVING space that reflects their personal histories and nurtures the lifestyle of their young family.

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Already inspired?  Fantastic!  Because Huntley & Co. will be sharing more insights into our showhouse process as well as a final ‘reveal’ in forthcoming Luxe & Lucid posts.  Subscribe to our feed or follow us on Bloglovin to stay tuned!


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There are only two things in this world of which I will never tire.  One, cute animals.  And two, vignettes.  It’s true, nothing snaps me out of a bad mood faster than a cleverly styled tabletop or an otter eating lettuce on Youtube.  Vignettes I love because they can be pulled together in minutes.  I love them because everyday things – a branch from the yard, a child’s toy, a vintage teacup – always make them more interesting.  I love them because they have personality.  I love them because they’re artistic and inspirational.  I love them because they make me happy … even sans otter. 




A favorite vignette from my LA trip this spring.



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Richard Holley | McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier



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Lorenzo Castillo


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Huntley & Co. (L&R) | Peter Vitale (center)


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Huntley & Co. | Ellen DeGeneres


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Jean-Louis Deniot


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Huntley & Co. (L&R) | Elle Décor (center)


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Elsie de Wolfe | David Hicks


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Alexandra Kidd



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Huntley & Co. | Ernesto Pigni


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Sunday morning at chez Huntley | The National Museum of American History in DC


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Darryl Carter | Lucinda Wharton | Horsch Interiors



Best tableau ever  by A. Shaw Antiques at Highpoint.


Drop by the Luxe & Lucid Pinterest page for dozens of other gorgeous, brilliant vignettes.





 I spent the day at the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York on Friday.  It’s always good to see what’s new, talk with vendors and “kick the tires” so to speak.  Seeing the finish/scale/construction of products in person is integral to quality control and intelligent design.  And, of course, it’s fun.  I’ve shared ten best picks — whether it be a specific piece or an entire collection — and why each was worth a closer look.


#1  Van Cronenburg

I am passionate about hardware and this company is stellar.  Substance and exquisite detail in every piece.


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#2  A Space Wall Sconce

All of the products from A Space – lighting, furniture, vases – are beautiful, but the Falling Star lamp was a show-stopper.  It will undoubtedly make a lot of “it lists”.




#3  Archetypal

In a perfect world, Archetypal’s work would be on the floors of every home in America.  A designer can dream.


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#4  Jennifer Schinzing

Jennifer’s love for the natural world inspired her to learn taxidermy.  She preserves small animals (many of them road kill casualties) and transforms them into art installations.  The thoughtfulness and beauty of each “memorial” was remarkable.  Take note world, SHE IS ONE TO WATCH.


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#5  Visilek

This cabinet was perfection.  The veneers, the joints, the mechanics, the proportions were all flawless.  Filipe Rodrigues’ work is masterful.


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 #6  Brizio Faucet

The Brizio Solna faucet.  It’s black, it’s functional, it’s sexy … and it’s plumbing.  Gotta’ love it.




#7  Jefferson Hayman Photography

I never jumped on the gallery-style art installation bandwagon in design.  Perhaps because often times it’s just a bunch of crap thrown up on the wall (yes, I just wrote that).  But Jefferson Hayman’s installation at the AD Design Show was simply lovely.  The collection was intimate, multi-faceted and beautifully framed.  Purchasing the entire installation crossed my mind … and I think that of the gentleman in the photo (yes, I was eaves-dropping).


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#8  Coral & Tusk

I’m a sucker for animal motifs, so naturally I was drawn to Coral & Tusk’s display.  But what’s lovely about these goods is that the patterns are cute without being saccharine.  The imagery is grounded by the quality and authenticity of the textiles.  Moreover, Stephanie Housley was delightful; her enthusiasm and love for her work was evident.




  #9   Joya’s F vs. S Candles

These candles may seem simple, but something about them caught my eye.  They whispered [vs. shouted] sexy and luxurious — my personal sweet spot without a doubt.  I inquired about an order at the show and pretty much want to purchase the whole collection of fragrances upon seeing the website.





#10   C&B at Dining by Design

Believe it or not, I am including Crate & Barrell in this list.  Their dining room for DIFFA included a brilliant wall “art” installation.  How many plates were broken to create this I don’t know.  But what fun and how tongue-in-cheek.  Kudos C&B.




*All photos are my own save the two that are hyperlinked.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful images with our readers.