I took a trip to Washington DC yesterday for an opportunity that was very rewarding and challenging altogether. I was invited to participate in the Designer’s Best Bids series at Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers– a summer series where designers in the DMV area come to decorate their storefront window with the weekly items they have up for auction.
Weschler’s, also known as Adam A. Weschler and Son, Inc., has served the Nation’s Capital as fine art auctioneers and appraisers since 1890. The gallery is now owned and managed by fourth and fifth generation members of the Weschler family. Weschler’s holds an auction each week, as well as the Capital Collection auction (about 6 each season) that includes fine art, jewelry, and furniture pieces.
There were two things I found to be a challenge…finding the right pieces to put this room together and fitting it all in this narrow space. It’s a storefront window and not an entire room, which is what I usually have to work with, so the tape measure was a necessity!
It was a neat space to start with because I always like the look of hardwood floors and I loved the wood wainscoting along the bottom of the wall. Weschler’s has been around for quite some time (In business for 120 years!) so this building had some nice detail and character.
I have to be honest though, it was much harder than I thought it would be, but it’s always a good feeling to come through on the other side of such a challenge. I knew it would be challenging anyway since it is an auction house and you have to work with what they have available, but I didn’t know what that would be until I walked in the door. When I showed up yesterday, there wasn’t much inventory to choose from and only two of three deliveries came through while I was there.
As the second delivery was coming through the front doors, I was a little worried. I saw a few things I liked, but I needed pieces that would work together. THAT was the challenge! The time was ticking away since they closed at 5:00 and it was already getting close to 3:00 and I still hadn’t settled on all the pieces I wanted to use…except for a gorgeous mid-century coffee table….and I went from there.
I wanted that table in there so bad but there were only a few sofas to choose from, mostly ones that didn’t fit with the look I was going for. I spotted a green chaise lounge that I thought would work, and once I got the table and chaise lounge inside the space, the fun began! That’s when I was able to walk around the floor and gather all the accent and art pieces… and add some color.
Thankfully I had Keith there, who couldn’t have been more supportive…thanks to him for hanging all the framed pieces and helping me gather and move pieces for the display! And I should mention, this little room was like a sauna, so we were sweating it out in there.
Sorry I don’t have more photos of the progress along the way. We were quite busy getting this done. Here’s how it turned out looking from one corner of the room. I absolutely LOVE the art pieces they had and the chaise lounge added a pop of color.
So, about this lamp…I thought it worked best with the pieces I had BUT one of the employees told me it was headed for the trash when I picked it up to use as one of my accent pieces. I actually giggled a bit when he said that because I have quite a few pieces on my blog that were on their way to the trash but have been repurposed instead. I had an instant connection with this little gold floor lamp. Since the top bar wasn’t connecting to the bottom bar, we literally had to prop it up on the bottom bar by a screw that was sticking out. Really, I can see why it was headed for the trash. This thing was barely hanging on, but I just had to have it in there.
Now, for the other side of the room that displayed the lovely coffee table and a wrinkled rug. I am hoping the heat from the sun might straighten out those wrinkles while it’s in this little room- much like how I “iron” clothes using the heat of my dryer. Just maybe. But who cares about the wrinkles when the colors of the rug are so pretty! Weschler’s had several rugs to choose from that were pretty, but they had a traditional/floral pattern that I felt didn’t really fit with the look I wanted to achieve…so the wrinkled rug stayed! It really added color to the room though…
These vases were a lucky find! The white vase was so large it really stood out, and the turquoise vase beside it added some shape and contrast.
I was so happy I found this little faux plant at Target on clearance…a few dollars made such a difference! I love the way it looks on top of that colorful book. The rug, table, and accent pieces on top seem to layer perfectly together!
A close-up of the first art piece I chose. My husband asked “Is that a butt?” Yeah- it’s a butt…but aren’t those colors pretty? AND, I’m still loving that pretty little lamp that will eventually be in the trash…so sad.
In case you’re wondering why I decided to throw this banjo in there…that idea was inspired by my husband Keith. I always loved when he would prop his acoustic guitar against the sofa in our house when he was done playing. Now that he has a music room in our house, that never happens anymore. We are a music-loving family and when I saw this banjo arrive in the second delivery, I wanted to include it as an accent. Plus, it gives the space a little bit of a “lived-in” feel.
Just one more close-up of the framed pieces. I went with a contemporary feel and there was plenty of art to choose from…so why not go for a gallery wall? What are your favorite pieces? I think mine would be the drawing of the man at the top (middle piece) and the bottom right piece with the orange background.
I just had to include a picture of my banner, which is now hanging inside the window. Being from a small town and thinking of all the work I have put into this blog over the past couple of years, it was quite exciting to see my sign hanging in a storefront window in downtown DC.
Thanks so much to Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers for this wonderful opportunity! Even though it was a challenge, it was so much fun and I love how the pieces came together. I appreciate the chance to be a part of your ‘Designer’s Best Bid’ series, and would love the chance to participate in one of your auctions someday! I saw a few pieces I wanted to take home yesterday, but carrying them onto the Metro just wasn’t an option. I hope to visit again, soon!
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