I think there are more recovering lawyers in the design trade than I initially thought. Most of you may know the well-established examples — Darryl Carter and Dana Tydings. But Elaine Block, a former assistant state attorney general in New York whose family just moved to DC, is the third lawyer I’ve met since starting this blog who is currently thinking about or in the process of switching over.
Elaine is considering masters-in-fine-arts programs in the area. She sent me pictures of her family’s house that she decorated “on the cheap” in Albany — the start of great things to come in DC.
Elaine shopped E-Bay for the chairs, the deco light fixture, and the credenza in the background. (I really need to start checking out E-Bay more thoroughly!). There is a lot of crisp apple green on the walls — a color she loves because it’s fresh and reminds her of nature. But most of us couldn’t get it to work as well as she does.
In the dining room, Elaine got the contemporary chandelier from a local store in Albany, and the antique mirror came from a shop in Hudson, NY. And, she continued in an e-mail, “Everything else in both rooms is from either Marshall’s or Target, my two favorite places for cheap accessories.”
Elaine is like one of those decorators on HGTV, who can make a room look fabulous just with cheap finds. But I think she — and most designers — would tell you that you have to have a really refined eye to separate the gems from the crap at those big-box stores.
Upstairs, Elaine continued the green and blue on the walls for pleasing, calm bedrooms.
I can’t wait until Elaine finishes decorating her family’s new place in Woodley Park. She has such a knack for design already — I can only imagine how much better it will get from a design degree. Good luck, Elaine!