Doro DC Designer — Vintage Chic



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Doro DC Designer — Vintage Chic

A Trip To Anthropologie

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Black House and White Shutters? Black and White patterns, color scheme…REALLY an ACHROMATIC scene.

I have always been a fan of black and white together.  Recently I came across a new collection of plates Kate Spade designed.  So, this gets me on a roll.  I see black and white everywhere and from there to here I share my flare!  The thrill of the hunt and gathering of inspiring design finds to include in this blog has been great fun.  Black and white is a wonderful color scheme in a room.  I like to add a pop of orange, red or blue and tone down some of the black with a gray rug or paint color.  Beige, tan and brown hues can pull the room together quite nicely as well.   A room is described as having an achromatic color scheme if the colors are only, black, grays, whites, tan, beige and browns.  This is a very sleek and modern look.

I am on Cape Cod for a few days.  My cousin Dorothy is getting married this weekend.  Lots of pics to post on the most beautiful Gray homes with white trim later this weekend.  Oh, and don’t forget the flowers, they are AMAZING!

Dramatic entrance


Black and White room. FAB!

White kitchen with splashes of color. Aerin Lauder, Elle Decor

White and Black kitchen

Alice LaneBreezyEdgewater Tile, Morocco

The Wave

Interior Design mimics fashion. What is on the runways will be in textile design everywhere.


Kate Spade Black and White Plate

Make it beautiful everywhere!  Dorothy

Kate Spade Black and White polka dot pattern plate. LOVE IT!

Kate Spade Black and White Plate

Kate Spade Black and White Plate

Familiar Stranger by Linnea Heide

INMOD Pendant Light,

Lee Jofa Pays Tribute to Hand Blocking with Heritage Collection:

Hand blocked fabric can add that special element of surprise to any room.  This is a beautiful collection.  I am thrilled to post this on my blog.  

What’s your style???

Color scheme of warm colors.

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High style!

This is a great alternative to the standard bed frame.A blend of colors and stripes in bold pops of color give this room a warm and lively feel.

High style!

I come across so many photos of beautiful rooms.  I can design a room in any style and color combination a client desires.  The first step is the question, What IS your style!  This is not a question I ask but more a question answered through observation of person, place and things.  Here are photos of many beautiful rooms.  What’s your style?

Excellent example of how to blend style with organization is a studio setting.This is a great alternative to the standard bed frame.A ladder is not only a stylish statement but also utilitarian. With this ladder high places are no longer out of reach.Pink is a wonderful color to bring in to a room. Flowers too!Many wonderful hours will be spent in this conversation piece. A modern, eclectic style.Walk this way...This closet is designed to make one's dressing time an event. Love it!A blend of colors and stripes in bold pops of color give this room a warm and lively feel.

The fabulous colors from Tina Turk

A QUICK POST!  I took this photo today.  Love this MOD print!


Design by Tina Turk

Interior Design follows Fashion

Here is an article recently posted on H&M’s (LOVE this store) website.  Fashion dictates the trends we will see in the Interior Design field.

My dress is a room!

Fashion has a longstanding love affair with interior design and furniture. Maybe it’s not the most obvious of inspirations, but this spring, interiors are rocking the fashion house.

In the early 00s, avant-garde designers such as Hussein Chalayan and Martin Margiela made collections based around the idea of wearable furniture and while not exactly spawning a big fashion trend they pointed to the fact that fashion can find inspiration and beauty anywhere.

Scroll down to this season and you’ll find the wonderful dresses of Mary Katrantzou with trompe-l’œil patterns depicting actual interiors from old issues of Architectural Digest and World of Interiors. Blue curtains in photographs turned into blue fringes on the dress, a chandelier into a necklace. Katrantzou’s dresses dazzled the fashion crowd and had Tim Blanks of gushing that the concept was “so artful, but so elementary that it made you wonder why no one else had attempted it.”

Strangely enough, another distinctive micro trend for S/S 2011 is the use of tassels, seen here at H&M in belts and blouses, while houses as different as Louis Vuitton and Emilio Pucci put them on bags. Where do you often find tassels? You guessed right, as ornaments on furniture.

At the same time we’ve seen the rise of interior design blogger Todd Selby and his blog The Selby, documenting the houses of creative people together with the inhabitants. Proving there’s a link between fashion and furniture, he has since landed campaigns for fashion brands such as Dockers and Converse.

Even for the fall season, interiors seem to be in vogue, but this time it is the seats and details of cars that have piqued the interest of fashion designers. Ann-Sofie Back together with Phoebe Philo at Céline both based their collections around cars and their sumptuous designs, showing that even the most masculine of worlds can be turned into beautiful and feminine clothes.

Fashion meets Interior Design. Photo H&

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Dwell Studio for Target, Fab Finds by Candace Olson and others…and Washington D.C in the Spring.

Courtesy of Dorothy Durbin Designs

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Durbin Designs
Photo courtesy of Dorothy Durbin Designs

My dream closet.

By Poliform Description Ubik walk-in closet with back panels, movable shelves, floor chest of drawers and shirt holder in Canaletto

The Washington Design Center is filled with GREAT IDEADS!

I am amazed at how quickly the Washington area steps out of winter into full blown spring.  Everything looks so beautiful with the bright green leaves sprouting on the trees.  Flowering trees of pink, white and purple.  What a time for inspiration.  I have collected some photos over the past few weeks.  Check out some of my FAB FINDS!  Dorothy 

First and foremost, Dwell Studio at Target.  Check out the line of linens available at a price that makes good design affordable to EVERYONE!

Dwell Studio base 941

The beauty of Spring begins with a longer day.

I love the way Pottery Barn uses the drapes to frame this room. A monochromatic theme with a splash of red gives this room a fresh look.
I love the way Pottery Barn uses the drapes to frame this room.

Nothing like it on a beautiful Spring day!

Pottery Barn window treatments

Lighter colors and plenty of sunshine.  Today was a great day to walk around Reston Town Center.  Do you have a dark color drapery or maybe a heavy velvet you have loved on your windows all winter?  It is time to think about an update for the spring and summer.  Put away the furry blankets and pull out the cotton weave.  Purchase a pretty, flowering plant and hang some fresh, light colored sheers on your windows for the Spring an Summer.  Here comes the sun!  Beauty is all around us.


Dressing up the outdoors!

The trend, we are living in space outdoors. This is a great place to add an addition to your home without building walls or a ceiling. You may want to run electricity for lighting etc. Water is a whole other question. Do you want a fountain, a pond or a pool. Maybe just a super outdoor kitchen/bar area with running water. Oh the options are endless. So many beautiful arrangements running through my mind. It is outdoors week at the Washington Design Center. Check out some of what I have have spotted.<img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-288″ title=”Candle-lit dining room viewed from arched doorway” src=”” alt=”” width=”350″ height=”449″ />

Morrocan Pouf! This is a great way to add style and EXTRA seating to a room.

By John Derian

Bathtubs, which one is perfect for you?

A bathtub can be a place to escape to at the end of a long day. It can be the compliment piece in a bathroom.

Here is a FAB FIND!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Fun, love, togetherness, valentines day

Happy Valentines Day

The Dancing — Design of the week in black and white.

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Progress Lighting, SPOTTED, a fabulous Chandelier!

Spark a magical atmosphere with Chanelle. Graceful glass beads surround a classic frame. Optional pleated crème chiffon shades available to complement the hand applied gold and silver layered leaf finish.

Color from Loophouse has fabulous handmade 100% Wool Rugs in an amazing array of colors.


loophouse is a contemporary design studio based in London, specialising in custom handmade 100% wool rugs and related products including wallpaper and accessories.

Wall Art!!! LOVE IT!

Just mad for this new Wall art from Loophouse.

Wall Art



New York City, a moment of solitude in the DESIGN capital of the world.

Lighting and Lamps spotted!

Chandelier at the Sonoma Depot ca

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Chandelier of the Reformed Church in Luncani, ...

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I have had this thing about lighting and lamps these past few days.  I photograph them, spot them on the internet and dream up new designs for lamps and chandeliers.  Lighting can make all of the difference in how a room looks and feels.  Take a look at some of my

photos.  The lamps finish the rooms in some photos.  In others, the lighting could make a huge room warmer, like the large chandelier that drops down bringing the eyes with it.


Color is fabulous!!!!

Dorothy Durbin Design

Garage Door

The answer…It occurred to me when asking myself the question, what is on your mind?

It is always the same, an idea, an inspiration, something I have seen, heard or smelled stirs my senses. This all means one thing, it ends up in what I call the blender in my head. I take it all in, toss it around and see what is “on” my mind.

Today it is the garage door used in unconventional ways.



If in doubt, get out the spray paint!

If in doubt, get out the spray paint!

Black chandelier

Cumberland Chair – Safavieh Home Furnishings






Cumberland Chair – Safavieh Home Furnishings.


I simply love chairs.  This color is IT for the coming season.   Teals, blues and green hues are popping up everywhere in design.

Decorative Vintage Accents from Jarlath Mellet

Decorative Vintage Accents from Jarlath Mellet.

Spotted! Design Find!