Interiors in House of Cards

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

We just finished a marathon session of House of Cards, Season 2 – and there are two things I love about this show – the story and the interiors from the set. Netflix sums up the plot best: “Kevin Spacey stars as ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire.”

Devious, calculating, manipulative, yep, that would be the Underwoods. In the show, their schemes take place in various locations throughout Washington D.C. and in their townhome. House of Cards uses shots of Washington D.C. in the opening credits but the show itself is filmed in various locations throughout Baltimore, Maryland and on a sound stage in Joppa, Maryland.

capitol dome

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT with references to the plot below!

The Underwoods townhouse living room is elegant and neutral, filled with dark wood trim, a camelback sofa, wingback chairs, a dark stained fretwork hutch, and simple but stylish accessories like crystal candlesticks and glass hurricanes. No one ever drinks out of paper cups in this show, there is always a formal coffee set waiting.

underwood living room house of cards

underwood living room


My favorite interior is their classic black and white kitchen, with Shaker style cabinets, subway tile, metal counter stools and fixtures, sleek appliances, and black countertops. The windows are covered in dark wood traditional shutters by Horizon Shutters.

underwood kitchen house of cards

house of cards kitchen1

underwood white kitchen

For the most part, their townhouse is dimly lit, I’m sure it’s to create a mood for the story but also because the Underwoods are at home only in the early morning or late evening as both work full time during the day wielding power and manipulating anyone who gets in their way.   

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Watercolor Florals for Spring

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

When I was a girl, I would water down my tray of Crayola paints and create a little garden of petals and leaves with a single brush on a pad of paper. To this day, watercolor florals appeal to me as a reminder of those late spring afternoons spent at the table or on the floor attempting to capture in an artistic way what I was observing outdoors.

The painterly trend in textiles and design continues in 2014 with watercolors having a big moment in the spotlight. Spring is just around the corner and today the focus is on delicate blossoms in watercolor form. I believe so much what appeals to us in interior design comes from our fondest memories, both adult experiences and those from childhood, from exotic travels abroad to something as simple as your grandmother’s dishes.

Watercolor florals appeal to me in that same way. They remind me of the wild field of poppies that grew in the open space behind our backyard fence, the ones I tried to paint as a girl. 

watercolor fabrics

textiles by blue bell gray

watercolor floral bed pineconehill

pine cone hill watercolor floral duvet


Whether your style is bright and bold or soft and subtle, if you’re as drawn to watercolor florals as much as I am, here are a few accessories to bring them into your home.

watercolor floral home accents

from top left: peony wallpaperbouquet pillow cover / flower art / watercolor triptych / poppies print / watercolor petals in orange / watercolor upholstered chair / shower curtain / pink floral pillow / peonies clip art