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Pop of Poppy

Looking to spice up your powder room? Try finding a colorful accent mirror, like this poppy one by Serena & Lily. Contrast it against a rich wall, such as this charcoal grasscloth wallpaper by Jonathan Adler.

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Chinquapin Staging Project Almost Done!

Only a few more days until this beautiful home is ready for a new owner! This was such a fun and great opportunity for Domain Design!

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DDLLC’s New Online Video!

Thank you Dwellus Group and Lyra Film & Design for this opportunity! This was a fun day!

Reclaimed Wood Wall is DONE!

The reclaimed wood wall is finally done and it looks incredible! Unfortunately the room is still incomplete, but you can see its near final state. The wood arrived via a freight shipment from PA in perfect condition – not one warped or damaged board! I had the wood pattern laid out on the floor and the carpenter worked his magic. This project might look complicated, but it’s fairly simple, especially if you can hire a professional.

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Wood Samples Arrived!

Max is helping me pick out wood samples today…

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The reclaimed barn wood samples from Keystone Vintage Lumber arrived today! I love the gray ones the best, but all of them are gorgeous! What are your thoughts?

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Reclaimed Wood Wall

I’ve been searching for ideas and inspiration for my next project and wanted to share my initial findings. I’m going to create a reclaimed wood accent wall for a modern living room. This endeavor is my first, but certainly not the last! This project is for a 13′ w x 9′ h living room wall and I intend to use salvaged barn wood. The key to this project is selecting the right boards to complement a modern space – and not creating a rustic log cabin vibe!

My first trip was to Baltimore to visit Second Chance, which has a large selection of salvaged lumber. I came across these amazing pieces of barn wood, which would need trimming, but all have wonderful character and perfect for an accent wall.

ImageI also found several salvage yards online, such as Keystone Vintage Lumber and Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, that offer a much wider selection of boards in a cleaner state. If purchasing from an online salvage company expect to pay freight shipping charges, however this could be your only option especially if you don’t have a lumber yard close by or can’t find any pieces that suit your needs.

For my project I decided to use Keystone Vintage Lumber and will pick one of these three options below (samples are in the mail!):

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Stay tuned for the next steps – the procurement and installation!

Domain Design Wins ‘Best of Houzz 2013′ in the DC Area – Check out the Press Release!


Domain Design of Chantilly, VA Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award 

Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals

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January 22, 2013 – Domain Design of Chantilly, VA has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The interior design and home staging company was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

Design to Live, Stage to Sell

“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Domain Design among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Domain Design, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Domain Design

Domain Design was founded by Dominique Gale in 2011 and is based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Domain Design’s aesthetics can be described as modern, cool contemporary, vintage industrial and American luxe; creating environments that are comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered and dark. Domain Design focuses on simplicity, subtle sophistication, texture and clean lines that showcase the space rather than things.

Domain Design offers services in interior design, decorating and home staging. Dominique is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) and member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP).

About Houzz

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

Top 10 Sites for the Vintage Industrial Look

Vintage industrial chic has gain more recognition in recent years primarily due to the popularity of loft apartments in urban cities. More people have converted old industrial buildings into residential properties and incorporating this edgy style into their space. The heavy-duty metal tables, wood carts, wire shelving and exposed lighting are standout statements for any room. Best of all, the furniture can withstand any kind of abuse! Here’s my top 10 vintage industrial chic sites and ideas.

1. Vintage Industrial has a wide selection of furniture, such as coffee tables, shelves, dining room tables, chairs and much more. This dinette table and light were custom-made by Vintage Industrial (the chair manufacturer is listed below).

2. Hudson Goods also provides furniture, lighting, mirrors, art, sculptures and more. This metal locker can be used for storage in an office, end table or nightstand. The metal swivel stools, which are also shown above, are adjustable for counter and bar height levels.

3. Justin Real Furniture has a great industrial furniture collection and specializes in custom designs too. Some of his new projects include custom barn doors for interior use.  The picture below is a custom-built credenza and shelf he made for a home office. Lastly, a reclaimed wood table with metal bands would be a great end table or nightstand.

4. It is Dwell is a seller on Etsy offering vintage and refurbished industrial and antique accessories. This striped dresser is a wonderful accent piece for a foyer, bedroom, buffet table or hallway!

5. Vidalia’s Vintage also listed on Etsy, is selling this vintage library card catalog below that can be used as a dresser in a bedroom, organizing paperwork in the office or an accent table for the foyer or hallway.

6. Vintage Seventy Five has unique accessories for your accent tables, office and/or shelves, like this industrial pulley below.

7. REHAB is selling this authentic wood cart that has been restored to its original state. This cart would be perfect in a living room, lobby or any common area.

8. The Luckett Store prides itself on being a vintage hip reseller. Once a month this store hosts a design house for designers and manufacturers to showcase their products. You can find vintage, industrial, shabby chic, and classic pieces at this store.

9. Cleveland Art repurposes industrial machinery and surplus goods for homes and commercial spaces.Cleveland Art has been a leader in the vintage and recycled industrial design market. These old theater spotlights are the perfect accessory for a living room corner or home office:

10. City Owl sells an affordable and wide selection of vintage industrial and primitive furniture, households items, handmade artwork, jewelry and lighting.

Sittin’ Pretty…

This sitting room was in need of lighter colors, smaller furniture, proportionate wall accessorizes and symmetry. By swapping out the darker colors for lighter tones, down-sizing the extra large furniture, removing the wainscoting, removing decorative trim, removal of the dark ceiling fan and simplifying the accessories, this room is now completely open and the attention is focused on the space. The theme of this sitting room was circular patterns, which are reflected in the chair fabric, hurricanes, coffee table and pendant lighting.

The pendant light is designed by Moooi from Design Within Reach. The custom Modesto chairs and rotating Valeta coffee table were purchased at Arhaus Furniture. The buffet table in the niche is from Crate & Barrel. The large mirror is from Z Gallerie, candle hurricanes are from Restoration Hardware and the artwork is by Henry Asencio.

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Art is From the Heart

Selecting artwork for your home is a very personal and often lengthy process. The art spectrum is so vast that it might feel overwhelming at times to find the ‘one’. I have found in my experience that you find the best pieces when you’re not looking – for example on vacations, recommendations, public places, etc. It’s important to realize that art, as a reflection of you, should not be something you settle for. It’s very easy to swing by generic home stores for artwork, however whenever possible, try to explore more creative ways of selecting art for your home. Stop by art galleries, seek referrals for local artists or commission an artist on-line for customizable pieces. What you get out of it is a one-of-a-kind that no one else has!

The posts below explore artwork I have purchased or plan to purchase for future projects.

John Whitmarsh is based in San Francisco and offers a wide range of wall sculptures, primarily focusing on recycled and natural materials. You can commission John to create customizable pieces for your home too!

I came across Patrick Shannon’s work at Azul Gallerie in Durango, CO. He creates copper plates in a wide variety of sizes and designs that you can hang in a cluster or display on shelves and alcoves.

I discovered Henry Asencio after visiting the Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery in Lake Tahoe, NV. His collections combine figurative drama with bold abstract backgrounds. You can find his work at various art galleries throughout the country.

The Phillips Collection offers this unique piece called the Galvanized Circle made with silverleaf cast-resin rounds.

Reed Studios is based in Galesburg, IL and Lori Reed creates mixed media collages in various nature and abstract themes using digital photography.

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