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. 

Huntley & Co. Interior Design Washington DC

Valentine's Day color interior design inspiration

Huntley & Co. Interior Design Washington DC

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.

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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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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(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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SHOW-HOUSE // FAUX-CLIENT


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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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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THE BEST OF LA // DESIGN


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I was in LA recently.  It’s the perfect getaway and has everything my heart desires — a warm climate, a cool vibe, a lush and luxurious urban landscape and all the shopping a girl could want.  It’s not called the “city of angels” for nothin’ people.  For designers, the LA scene offers gorgeous settings, lovely laidback staff and some of the best furnishings in the US.  Key streets are Highland, Beverly Blvd, La Cienega, Melrose Ave and Melrose Place.  Head to Blackman Cruz, JF Chen, The Window, Harbinger, Hollyhock, Nicky Kehoe, Kelly Wearstler, Galerie Half, Garde, Lief … to name just a few.  The east coast is unseasonably cold and Legends of La Cienega is on the horizon, so book your ticket for tinseltown today! 

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And, of course, a little R&R is in store after pounding the pavement all day.  One night I met up with a pair of stylish LA friends at Estrella on Sunset to cocktail, nosh and chat about east coast vs. west coast life, business and girlpower.  The night ended with an impromptu manager-guided tour through the speakeasy-esque lounges and private screening room.  Fabulous.  

 

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Another night was spent at Wally’s in Beverly Hills reminiscing with a beloved sorority sister.  A chic, casual yet elegant vibe with a stellar wine list, amazing menu and, of course, the occasional short-skirted, silicone-injected woman in the corner snapping selfies.  Only in LA.

 

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There are so many gorgeous hotels in LA.  But for this trip, I wanted to stay in the heart of West Hollywood.  The London was a fantastic choice.  Nestled at the corner of Sunset and San Vicente; it’s the perfect urbanite location with beautiful décor and superb service and amenities to boot.

 

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OTHER LUXE & LUCID FAVES TO ADD TO YOUR LIST

 

HOTELS:  Hollywood Roosevelt, Chamberlain, Huntley Hotel, Palihouse, Hotel Bel Air

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  DINING:  Lucques, Fig & Olive, Joan’s on Third, Son of a Gun, Norah (a must!)

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 COFFEE:  Alfred and Urrth in WH,  Nespresso in BH

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 HIKES:  Runyon Canyon Loop, Topanga State Park

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 GALLERIES:  Honor Fraser, Blum & Poe

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  CULTURAL:  Huntington Botanical Gardens, Getty Center & Gardens, The Getty Villa

 

 **  LA = LOVE AFFAIR and THE BEST OF LA // FASHION offer additional itinerary ideas **

 

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THE BEST OF LA // FASHION


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I recently spent some downtime in LA.  And when I travel, I shop.  That’s just how I roll.  Shopping at home feels like a chore to me and I almost never do it (save my visits to Hu’s in Georgetown).  And it’s just so damn easy in LA.  You get in your car, you park RIGHT IN FRONT of the store, you peruse and chat with the nicest of people.  Then you walk out with a half dozen bags that you drop into your trunk.  So lovely … and um, possibly a bit too easy?

 

 

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Beverly Hills :: Maje, Perrin, Etro, Barbara Bui

WEHO :: Jenni Kayne, Curve, Kitson, Decades, Reurrection

Melrose Place :: Marc Jacobs, Eoldie K, Maria Cornejo, Carolina Herrera, Isabel Marant

 

And, of course, dozens more if your mortgage isn’t a concern ; )

 

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** The next Luxe List will feature LA’s best of home & design.  And it is FABULOUS!

 

PARADOX = DESIGN HARMONY


Paradox is my passion — contrasting modern with traditional, sexy with conventional and subtle with provocative. Introducing incongruity and tension give a room interest and energy. As we designers say, it’s what makes a room “sing”. In the simplest of terms, I like a little rock-n-roll with my ladylike. It’s integral to my designs, my fashion sense and my attitude. 

 

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bubble chandelier + oushak  | classical-themed wallpaper + midcentury architecure  |  columnar lamp atop leather-wrapped dresser + modern high-rise apartment

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graphic polka dot tank + pink animal-motif shorts + snakeskin heels  |  distressed jeans + damask pattern jacket + large belt buckle

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camelback sofa + vintage lamps + saarinen table  |  bust of hermes + robin rose painting + lamb’s tongue railing

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modern asymmetrical mirror + velvet flocked wallpaper  |  surrealist watercolor + toile wallcovering  |  antique iron bed + globe pendant

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oak paneled wall + silk velvet headboard + circular shag rug  |  multiple contemporary genres + yellow-painted vintage valet chair

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chunky woven sweater + gold lame harem pants  |  grey heathered tee + quilted derek lam skirt

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pitched beadboard ceiling + gold dome pendant  |  midcentury mobile + antique leather hall chair  |  builder-grade powder room + contemporary wallpaper + bronze repousse mirror

… in other words, “luxe and lucid”

 

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Dark and Inky


Halloween always inspires me.  I relish the drama and suspense of the holiday, not to mention the excuse to go a little goth and watch scary movies.  It’s always good to embrace one’s darker side, especially if you lean a little type A.  So with all my clean and tailored design tendencies comes a need for what I call “dark and inky”.  If you’ve worked with me or for me, you’ve heard me use this term.  I am always on the quest for the perfect murky green, garnet or ebonized-blue (and of course black).  Whether it’s a lacquered leather chair, a kick-ass pair of aubergine boots or a smokey eye for evening  – it just doesn’t get any sexier than dark and inky.

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Links and sources for these images and others can be found on the Luxe & Lucid Pinterest board.  Happy Halloween!

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mad for plaid


I was talking with a girlfriend recently about her upcoming wedding.  “I’m thinking about incorporating tartan,” she said.  “I know that’s probably not your thing as a designer.”  Au contraire!  I can’t get enough of checks and plaids.  Everything about them appeals to me — the geometry, the endless color combinations, the nod to Midwest traditionalism.  I have incorporated a check or plaid in nearly every Huntley & Co. project and have plenty of it in my closet as well.   The evidence of my ongoing love affair can be seen below.  You don’t have to be Scottish, traditional, Midwestern or preppy to love these patterns … fall is upon us, so embrace the opportunity to go mad for plaid!

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* All images are (c) Huntley & Co. or (c) Tricia Huntley files except 11-16.  Links to these sources can be found on the Luxe & Lucid Pinterest board.

Shark!


Sharks are certainly newsworthy these days.  Shark Week is in full swing on Discovery, JAWS  just celebrated the 40th anniversary of its release, and on a less inviting note, Carcharhinus have made the Outer Banks their summer vacation destination.  Yikes!

Surprising as it may seem, I am loving every minute of it.  Despite my lifelong fear of sharks, I am obsessed with the movie Jaws.  I admit this seems a bit odd for a land lover, professional aesthete and enthusiast of all things cute and fuzzy.  First, I love a good thriller.  Second, the cast is perfection.  Third, the cinematography (Spielberg, of course) is inventive yet convincing.  And fourth, the dialog makes it one of the most quotable films of all time.  Yes, I could go on and on.  As a creative person, I believe a piece of art is worth celebrating, regardless of the medium or subject.  So without further ado, here’s to the most fascinating and freakin’ scariest fish in the sea.

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Rihanna, Bruce (aka Jaws) and Harper’s Bazaar magazine.  Has their ever been a better magazine cover?!

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Quint, Brody and Hooper (Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss respectively).  Arguably the best ensemble on film.

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clockwise from top left:  (1) electron microphoto of sharkskin, (2) Peter Benchley’s book cover, (3) a shark tattoo, (4) Givenchy’s shark tooth bracelet and (5) Miles Teller in a sharkskin suit.

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clockwise from top left:  (1) shark belly button ring, (2) Givenchy Antigona sharksin-effect bag, (3) marble Squalo Sharkfin doorstops by James Irvine and (4) a 5th century Etruscan amulet with shark’s tooth.

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clockwise from top left:  (1) Sharkie Heels from TaylorSays – so crazy I almost want a pair, (2) Sharkskin paint by Benjamin Moore, (3) the incredibly sexy Chevy Mako Shark II and (4)  the perfect cupcakes for a Jaws-themed party.

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clockwise from top left:  (1) Ruhlmann amboyna wood desk with sharkskin inlay, (2) Sharkfin pie – yes please, (3) SunSwimPlay grey Sharkie hat for baby and (4) sharkfin cookie molds/cutters.

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Links to these and other shark-themed items as well as JAWS film stills and movie quotes can be found on the Shark!  Pinterest board.

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Tricia ~~~~~~~^~~

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The Alchemy of Opposites


I mentioned in my last post that I like a little “rock-n-roll with my ladylike”.  That statement describes more than just my fashion sense – it’s a personal credo, a balancing act and the foundation for how I design.  Contrasting modern with traditional, sexy with conventional and subtle with provocative allows me to enjoy all the world has to offer.  More importantly, it’s the incongruity and tension that makes a room or collection [and even a relationship] sing.

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Mixing pieces that seem incompatible gives an ensemble just the right edge.

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It’s not easy to find a car when one’s style is epitomized by dichotomy. But this weekend, I actually spotted my dream ride.

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I had never seen the Volvo 1800ES; it’s from the early 70s.  Part roadster, part wagon.  Stylized yet practical.  Sexy and a little weird.  I AM IN LOVE!

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Dynamic duos – Opposites attract and are, truthfully, more interesting.

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(L) “Portland, Oregon” blends Jack White’s tinny, rockabilly melody with Loretta Lynn’s old-school country style.

(M) Even more intriguing than Jesse and Walt’s differences on Breaking Bad are their internal dichotomies – troubled yet innocent heroine addict and conservative yet calculating high school teacher.

(R) Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller – the love story of a fragile seductress and brilliant playwright.

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Food may be the most tangible way to enjoy nature’s complex and complementary offerings.

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(L) Apricot stuffed pork shoulder with soy/honey glaze. (M) Figs and blue cheese wrapped in prosciutto. (R) Cannelini bean, salmon and caviar canapes.

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Another one of nature’s delicious offerings – MEN!

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 Polished/scruffy, strong/approachable, sexy/odd, clever/intelligent.  Mmmmm, one of each please.

Tricia xo

* You can find these photos and links on my Pinterest page *

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