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In My Home: A Crash Course in Interior Design!

5 Jul

This July, from the 12th – 28th, I’ll be teaching a class at the Corcoran College of Art + Design called “In My Home.”  It will mark about the 20th time I’ve taught it.  A good friend of mine who is a very talented designer was scheduled to teach it this session, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a teensy bit sad about relinquishing my continuing education duties in favor of moving to more degree courses and delving into my clients’ projects a little deeper. Well, not to worry, because she’s gotten a job in a new city (bittersweet for me) and now I’m happily going to instruct another section of In My Home in a few short weeks! …just bring on more babysitting hours. 

A board from a previous class.

In the class we learn about how to draw and read floor plans, how to choose and place furnishings, and we learn about lighting, materials (counter tops, floors, carpets, textiles, etc…), paint, and different vendors.  At the end you make a board featuring your design scheme, which usually pertains to an actual space in your home…hence the name of the course. One of the biggest assets of the class, in my opinion, is that you’re part of a small group of like-minded individuals who can share tips and inspiration, all while sneaking in a few valuable one-on-one questions to a design professional.  And I won’t even charge you by the hour for the emails you’ll inevitably send me during class to ask about the rug you just found, or if your paint color looks gray or blue!

Confession: I think this young student went on to enter a design program after the class. And rightfully so -- do you see how she painted the board in a fade pattern from top to bottom with interior paint?! I was beyond impressed.

In My Home will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-9:30pm from July 12th – 28th at the Corcoran’s Georgetown campus (right across the street from the big new Safeway). It’s for non-professionals only. You can find out more and register here.

Hope to see you in class!

Shopping Trip MUSTS For This Weekend!

28 Apr

There are four BIG must-check-out events happening over the next few days in DC that are on my radar. So let’s get to it…

I can't wait to visit the newest addition to MY neighborhood! (image via Trohv)

1.) Thursday’s opening of TROHV, a new haunt in the Takoma neighborhood of DC that is “an inventive, independently-owned shop featuring home goods and gifts. We aim to inspire your shopping experience with varied collections of new and vintage goods. Our mix of urban grit and southern sensibility playfully blends multiple aesthetics to create an artful sense of home and personal style.” Be sure to swing by on or after Thursday (when they open) at 232 Carol Avenue, NW!

2.) A 20% off “Royal Wedding” weekend sale at Sukio Design Co., where my friend and proprietress extraordinaire offers tons of decorative goodies. Sukio is at 1712 14th Street NW, upstairs.

3.) A weekend sidewalk sale at one of my favorites…Reincarnations Furnishings. Peruse their offerings at 1401 14th Street NW – it should be a beautiful day.

4.) The much-hyped opening of CB2 is slated for Saturday, April 30th. Honestly, I haven’t heard too much about it, so I’m hoping it’s still on track. Be sure to hop on over to 3307 M Street NW and see their lovely catalog-wares in person.

Pillows at Sukio Design Co. (image via Sukio Design Co.)

Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.

Cupcakes, Portraits, and Paintings…oh my!

28 Mar

Umm.  Well….I had so much fun at my son’s birthday party that I forgot to be diligent about taking pictures of the actual party.  We did, however, get a lot of good pictures of the people at the party, which is really what matters.  Thankfully I managed to get a few excellent shots of the cupcake tier that I made:

The bottom (white) is a cake plate that a good friend gave us for our wedding, and the black top piece is actually a candle pillar from Crate and Barrel!  A perfectly toned down vessel for the super bright birthday treats! Sigh…I didn’t even get a chance to photograph the banner, or the way we used an old Coke crate to display other food.

But we got a good family portrait! Even if my son’s hand is in his mouth…

This is a rare happening: we hardly ever take family pictures, and when we do someone’s eyes are closed.  The painting on the left is by Abbe McGray and it’s one of my favorite things we have. Here’s a better look at it (it’s huge). I believe it’s called “It’s Me” — as in the artist as a little girl, not “me.”  But I get asked that a lot.  If this “me” had tons of money, I’d ask her to do another half-face portrait of my son…and also one of our cat.

(image via Abbe McGray)



So that was our weekend.  Family, food, trucks, and fun. Hope yours was good as well!

Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.

A Color Workshop – A Success!

21 Mar

The Color Workshop that Jessica of Design Wonderland and I did together at Sukio Design Co. this past weekend was lots of fun! I’m so glad that Jessica asked me to join her in leading the workshop, and was thrilled to get to spend time in Desiré’s fantastic new home accessory store.

The Jessicas, doing what we do. (image via Sukio Design Co.)

We met a bunch of creatively-minded and interesting people on Saturday and Sunday, which is something that designers live for!  We talked walls, paint, wallpaper, accessories, and even met one person with a fantastic federal-style gold mirror that was salvaged from the old DC General Hospital’s basement: green AND glamorous! To hear Jessica describe some of the highlights, keep reading here over at Design Wonderland.

Me, just excited to be around pretty things. See those Adler pillows in the back? (image via Sukio Design Co.)

Hopefully we’ll be leading some more workshops or designer Q&A sessions in the coming months, so stay tuned for more!

Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.

Got Any Interest In Color Workshopping?

17 Mar

Then don’t forget about my workshop with the fabulous Jessica of Design Wonderland this weekend at Sukio Design Co.!

Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.

A Color Workshop, March 19th and 20th at Sukio Design Co!

14 Mar


For those of you in the D.C. area, Washington Fine Properties is sponsoring a Home and Design Weekend on March 19th-2oth!  The participants include virtually all of the fantastic design merchants on 14th Street NW, ranging from Reincarnations Furnishings to Timothy Paul to Miss Pixies to Vastu. You can see the full list on the WFP event webpage. There will be new spring collections, artist-in-residence’s original works, and lots of workshops and treats for you to partake in…for free!

I am especially happy to announce that I will be leading one of the workshops with my friend and fellow designer, Jessica over at Design Wonderland.  We’ll be at Sukio Design Co. on Saturday and Sunday from noon until one for a mini-class that’s all about color!  Goodies are provided by Graham & Brown, and there will be an “ask-the-designers” Q&A to follow.

Come visit Sukio Design Co. and ask us some of your burning color questions!


Sukio Design Co. is a brand new retail store and creative space that contains a beautiful collection of artwork, accessories, and small furnishings from a variety of colorful and eclectic designers: it’s modern glamor at it’s best. Sukio Design Co. is located at 1712 14th Street NW, upstairs in suite 2.1.

A colorufl pillow and luscious ottoman from Sukio Design Co. (image via Sukio Design Co.)


When you do stop by, whether it’s during WFP’s Design Weekend or not, please be sure to check out the gorgeous floors: they are spectacular (and there’s a tiny sneak peek of them in the image above)!

Hope to see you this weekend!

Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.