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Sep 18, 2014

Sure to be the most talked-about feature at the Capital Home Show, local designers will be Serving Up Style by creating exquisite tabletop installations. Five members of the Interior Redesign & Staging Association are presenting six tablescapes which will be displayed in special room vignettes, located at the show's back wall. Get inspired by the stunning and inventive tabletop installations these experts create and vote for your favorite! But before you see these gorgeous settings, get to know the designers behind them and what they have planned for you at the show.
Designer: Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House Interior Redesign, LLC
Room Theme: Autumn Glow and The Seafarer (Pam will be designing two tabletops)


Marketplace Events (MPE): How long have you been in business?
Pam Faulkner (Pam):
"About 25 years. I opened Faulkner House Interior Redesign 12 years ago. Before that I worked for the Williams-Sonoma Corporation, helping open their Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Hold Everything stores, and then stayed on to do display changes in their Reston Town Center and Fair Oaks stores for a few years. Prior to moving to Virginia, I owned a holiday and special occasion company called Deck the Halls in Dallas, Texas.

MPE: Define your style in five words.
Pam:
 "Relaxed elegance, inventive, functional, eclectic. When designing, it is foremost based on clients' needs and tastes."

MPE: What was your inspiration for your tablescape?
Pam:
"For Autumn Glow it was the way morning mist blankets the ground before the fall sunrise lights up the changing colors of leaves, making trees appear to glow. I wanted to do something a little romantic, whimsical and feminine. For The Seafarer it was my husband's love of the ocean and his interest in navigational instruments. I wanted it to be a little more masculine with a club type atmosphere, as a contrast to Autumn Glow."

MPE: Describe your favorite project.
Pam: "Difficult to choose, but one would have to be the remodeling of an oddly designed master bath addition from the 1980s that one of my clients had to deal with when they bought their home. I worked with the contractor to redesign the old floor plan, creating a more open and spacious feel with lots of functional storage in beautiful but practical cabinetry. An updated spa whirlpool, steam shower, lots of natural light from plantation shuttered windows and an existing skylight, with supplemental and accent lighting from stylish new fixtures completed the casually elegant look. It was an amazing transformation."

Designer: Michele Bobb, Room Therapy
Room Theme: California Chic


MPE: How long have you been in business?
Michele Bobb (Michele): "Business established in 2002."

MPE: Define your style in five words.
Michele:
"Clean lines, eclectic, transitional, casual, and French."

MPE: What was your inspiration for your tablescape?
Michele: "Contemporary, casual, coastal vibe."

MPE: What is the best advice you give your clients?
Michele:
"When making furniture purchases always buy the best quality you can afford. Better quality will usually last longer and in the long run give you the most value for your decorating dollars."

MPE: What design trend are you coveting these days?
Michele:
"Loving all the navy blue I'm seeing in the market."

MPE: Describe your favorite project.
Michele: "Complete remodel of a 1950s house in Silver Spring, Maryland, to prepare it for sale. Reconfigured the floor plan to include the addition of a dining room and a powder room on the main level. Designed a new kitchen and two full baths, new interior and exterior doors, all new light fixtures, flooring and deck. It sold in one day at full price."


Designer: Pat Baldwin, Inspired Interiors
Room Theme: Low Country Coastal


MPE: How long have you been in business?
Pat Baldwin (Pat): "12 years."

MPE: Define your style in five words.
Pat:
"Relaxed, classic, timeless, and balanced."

MPE: What is the best advice you give your clients?
Pat: "To be aware of balance and scale in each room and avoid 'centrifugal force" arrangements (all the furniture up against the walls).

MPE: What design trend are you coveting these days?
Pat: "I prefer timeless classic looks; however I do like a texture, mixed woods and metals which you see more and more in decor."

MPE: Describe your favorite project.
Pat: "I had two enjoyable projects for the home show. One was making the oyster shell lamp shade. The whole process was delightful - from collecting the shells, through selecting the best based on shape and translucency, and finally to arranging them on a shade. I'm totally thrilled with the result. The other was doing illustrations of hands making sweetgrass baskets. I wanted to portray the 400-year-old tradition of this art, which has been passed down from one generation to the next. I did this by using six sets of hands. They ranged from the rugged lined hands of an elder man, to the graceful long fingered hands of a young woman. It was an intimate time for me. I felt connected to the basket weavers as I used my hands through art to recreate their skillful hands in the process of constructing sweetgrass baskets."

Designer: Stephanie Kelley, Redefine LLC
Room Theme: Urban Cafe


MPE: How long have you been in business?
Stephanie Kelly (Stephanie):
"Been in business since 2005."

MPE: Define your style in five words.
Stephanie:
"Simple, pulled-together, thoughtful, serene, livable."

MPE: What was your inspiration for your tablescape?
Stephanie: "An industrial look which is currently everywhere. Includes iron, natural woods, machine or mechanical looking items. Purposeful and useful. Not too much color - pieces that have stood up to time since the Industrial Revolution."

MPE: What is the best advice you give your clients?Stephanie: "They don't need to display everything they own. Edits, edit, edit. If they don't love it, then don't use it. It is their house, nobody else's."

MPE: What design trend are you coveting these days?
Stephanie: "Definitely industrial with natural rough woods and iron used in interesting ways. The total opposite is also big - sleek, elegant, no frills or embellishments and very soft colors. Straight lines or gentle curves. Antique pieces are used but painted in beautiful colors."

MPE: Describe your favorite project.
Stephanie: "I got to do three beach houses last year from start to finish including dishes and towels. I got to coordinate everything in the whole house. The owner gave me carte blanche on the decor and a good budget to work with. There were some things in the houses I could use and refurbish and the rest was my "dream house". They were all put on the market to rent and the rental agent said they were their favorite houses."


Designer: Caroline Hart, Welcoming Redesign
Room Theme: Black Tie Affair



MPE: How long have you been in business?
Caroline Hart (Caroline): "30+ years."

MPE: Define your style in five words.
Caroline:
"Transitional, clean lines, detailed, warm and welcoming."

MPE: What was your inspiration for your tablescape?
Caroline: "I have wanted to do a black and white room design and Serving Up Style provided the perfect inspiration for a formal dinner."

MPE: What is the best advice you give your clients?
Caroline: "Don't buy something just to have something. Wait until you find what you love. It's out there, you just haven't found it yet."

MPE: What design trend are you coveting these days?
Caroline: "Color and whimsy."

MPE: Describe your favorite project.
Caroline: "I had a client who was expecting her second child, a boy. She wanted to have a 'big girl' room for her daughter to help with the transition from the nursery to the new room. Her daughter didn't want to sleep in the new room and even quit taking naps. It was a special project as I had worked with the family for quite some time. I found the perfect fabric and made all the bedding and window treatments myself because it was such a special project. With bedding complete I made a bed skirt of soft pink tulle. When I came back for the final touches, my client told me that her daughter had curled up in the new bed and taken a nap. What could be better to hear?"

We can't wait to see what these design darlings serve up at the Capital Home Show, September 19-21, 2014! Grab your tickets to the show early to make sure you get the best deal. We can't wait to see you there! 


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