The name Sukio comes from the Japanese word for "like" or "love" but now has become synonymous with what I find luxe, lovely, and too chic not to share! My aesthetic of choice: MODERN GLAMOUR – a style that marries multiple ideas, viewing traditional notions of glamour through a sophisticated lens. In a word, it’s sooo Sukio! - Desiré

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Friday
Apr192013

Friday Fashion: Shanina Shaik in Spring Looks by Dior

Shanina Shaik for Harper's Bazaar India

First, it was Jasmine. Then Joan, Liu, and, most recently, Cara… Now, there's Shanina – the newest addition to Sukio's model watch. Her striking features and killer legs, as noticed in Jason Wu's spring show, instantly inspired thoughts of "Who’s that girl?!?" Since then, Shanina's made more and more editorial appearances. Here she is looking modern-yet-glamorous in Raf Simons first prêt-a-porter collection for Dior. Keep an eye out. This girl is going places!

Shanina Shaik for Harper's Bazaar India

Shanina Shaik for Harper's Bazaar India

Shanina Shaik for Harper's Bazaar India

Shanina Shaik for Harper's Bazaar India

Shanina Shaik for Harper's Bazaar India

Gorgeous right?

Images: Pascal Chevallier for Harper's Bazaar India

Thursday
Apr182013

Interiors: A London Townhouse With An Artistic Twist

Back to our regularly scheduled glamour...

London Townhouse by Francis Sultana

I have some MAJOR problems with this London Townhouse by designer Francis Sultana—primarily, I can't stand how fabulous it is! As a minor offshoot of that, I had a difficult time whittling down the number of images for this blog post. In the end, I decided to simply feature the living, dining, and kitchen spaces - an area that could probably fit my condo three times over. The home is not only spacious, but filled to the brim with modern furniture and art. Two words: Gimme, gimme!

London Townhouse by Francis Sultana

London Townhouse by Francis Sultana

London Townhouse by Francis Sultana

The home's owner, architect, and designer worked closely to balance art and furnishings with renovations and historic details. The homeowner, a Hong Kong–based art collector, notes, "When you’re privileged enough to live in a building with this heritage, you have to do it justice." Mission accomplished! The approximately 180-year-old house looks fresh and modern while maintaining its classic good looks.

London Townhouse by Francis Sultana

London Townhouse by Francis Sultana

London Townhouse by Francis Sultana

Images: Luke White, Architectural Digest

Wednesday
Apr172013

Out and About: Room & Board Hosts HGTV’s Danielle Colding

Danielle Colding, Washington Fine Properties Home & Design Weekend

The DC design scene was bustling last week – from the opening of the much-blogged Design House to Washington Fine Properties' Home and Design Weekend. The latter event featured discounts, raffles, and workshops, including a session led by Design Star-winner Danielle Colding. The weather was absolutely perfect, so I hurried down to our local Room & Board for a chance to meet Danielle and soak up her design wisdom.

The workshop took place on Room & Board's top level, which offers fantastic views and loads of gorgeous sunlight. With a small vignette of furniture as both backdrop and teaching aid, Danielle dispensed tips on color, styling, and other design principles before taking questions from participants.

Danielle Colding, Washington Fine Properties Home & Design WeekendDanielle Colding, Washington Fine Properties Home & Design Weekend

 

Design tips by Danielle ColdingDanielle Colding, Washington Fine Properties Home & Design Weekend

 

Here are a few takeaways from the presentation:

Design tips by Danielle Colding

Danielle began her design with an emerald green small-scale sofa, one of my favorites since it appeared in Room & Board's window several weeks ago. She tempered the bold color with the understated pattern and texture of velvet throw pillows. Other textural elements included an area rug, hide stools, and side tables made of reclaimed wood.

 

Yellow, Danielle's choice accent color, was introduced by way of a small table lamp. She explained how you can carry color throughout a space with subtle touches. For example, yellow makes another appearance in a book jacket on the coffee table.

 

Design tips by Danielle Colding

Danielle also emphasized mixing and matching different materials and styles. Accessory selections included sinuous vases by Eva Zeisel and a rustic metal sculpture. We fell in love with the Nebula Bowl by Tony Wurman. It resembles glass but is actually made of hot glue. Super light and pliable, you can literally fling it like a Frisbee!

When asked where to find more fab accessories, Danielle shared a list of personal favorites. They're definitely worth a look! Also, be sure to check out her website, dcdny.com, to see her design principles in action.

Resources for Accessories,Danielle Colding

Images and typography: Sukio

Monday
Apr152013

DC Design House 2013: Sophisticated Kid Spaces

The last installment of this series brings us to the "children's wing" of the DC Design House – two west-facing bedrooms each with private bath and walk-in closet (naturally!). As with last year's spaces, designers Regan Billingsley and Nancy Twomey exacted a thoughtful approach, mixing sophisticated motifs with a bit of whimsy. Regan's Teenage Boy's Room imagines a well-rounded, "urban, hip kid" with a knack for curation. Set against black-and-white strié wallpaper, many of the room's accessories reflect DC's history and culture. My favorite piece is the hand-painted West Elm console by McNamara Design.

Teenage Boy's Room by Regan Billingsley, DC Design House

Teenage Boy's Room by Regan Billingsley, DC Design House

Teenage Boy's Room by Regan Billingsley, DC Design House

Teenage Boy's Room by Regan Billingsley, DC Design House

 

Nancy Twomey designed the home’s nursery with the parents in mind. The gender-neutral space uses an unexpectedly mature but serene palette of blue, beige, and white. More youthful touches include an installation of crocheted hats, adorable accessories, and a custom bookcase by Kaleo Kala.

Twins Nursery by Nancy Twomey, DC Design House

Twins Nursery by Nancy Twomey, DC Design House

Twins Nursery by Nancy Twomey, DC Design House

Twins Nursery by Nancy Twomey, DC Design House

Proceeds from the DC Design House benefit Children’s National Medical Center. Stop by April 14th – May 12th. www.dcdesignhouse.com

Images: (1, 3, 4) Sukio, (2) Angie Seckinger, DC Design House, (5-8) Finnian's Moon

Friday
Apr122013

DC Design House 2013: The Media & Morning Rooms

Media Room by Akseizer Design Group, DC Design House

The DC Design House has no shortage of spaces to relax and unwind – from the Lounge on the home’s lowest level to the Away Room tucked just below the rafters. For some, relaxation may come in the form of television and tech gadgetry as found in the Media Room by Akseizer Design Group. Flat screens provide an interface with the digital world but can be easily switched off to enjoy quiet moments in the glow of the skylight and live reef aquarium.

Media Room by Akseizer Design Group, DC Design House

Media Room by Akseizer Design Group, DC Design House

The designers were especially proud of the Black Magic Orchid imported all the way from Australia. They also worked with children from Children’s National Medical Center to create art for the space. Very cool!

Media Room by Akseizer Design Group, DC Design House

Media Room by Akseizer Design Group, DC Design House

 

The Morning Room by Iantha Carley was designed to “sit down, take a deep breath and relax.” Mid-century modern fans will enjoy furniture inspired by the period to include a reupholstered side chair from Iantha’s childhood home. I personally love her vignette featuring abstract artwork and a console by Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams.

Morning Room by Iantha Carley, DC Design House

Morning Room by Iantha Carley, DC Design House

Morning Room by Iantha Carley, DC Design House

See it all! Visit the DC Design House April 14th – May 12th, 2507 Foxhall Road, NW, Washington, DC. www.dcdesignhouse.com

P.S. Friday Fashion returns next week!

Images: (1) Angie Seckinger, DC Design House, (Others) Sukio