Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday: Inspiring Spaces by Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey

So how many of you watched HGTV's Showhouse Showdown after the Design Star Finale last week? I couldn't watch it immediately after, so I had to record it, and am I ever glad I did. I've watched the recording at least 3-times, soaking up the genius work of Washington DC designer: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey. If you hadn't watched the show, the premise goes a little like this: 2 area designers design 5 rooms in 2 identical new-build homes with a budget of ($70,000+), and the public decides who wins. The winner has their design portfolio featured on HGTV's Designers' Portfolio.

I had initially scheduled a different designer for today, but after seeing the show and falling in love with SCW, I had to share some of my favorites from her portfolio with you right away! The above bedroom was from the HGTV show, and I think, was a crowd favorite, helping to land her the win.

What's not to love, really? The Schumacher Chenonceau wallpaper is stunning. And though it comes in several different color ways, I love the fawn color SCW used in this bedroom. So enveloping, and the perfect back drop to her painted furniture, crisp white bedding, and soft green/taupe striped tester canopy. This whole room is a lesson in working with pattern on pattern, and reminds me of another fabulous inspiring designer, Mary McDonald ... don't you think? More rooms from Showhouse Showdown:

There are no showhouses like this around here, but that's probably because builders can't afford such large budgets. Still, while the high-end upholstery and wall coverings are certainly a beautiful addition, and lend incredibly to the overall luxury of the space, a lot of these rooms could be copied for less. Much less. It's the color story, the pattern play, and the space plan that I think are the real lesson here - as with any Tuesday post. Don't get discouraged if you can't afford to wallpaper an entire room in $272/roll wallpaper - be inspired, and then color outside the lines a bit. Get creative! Now that your creative juices are flowing, here's a little more inspiration from Shazalynn's HGTV Portfolio, enjoy - and remember, for her full portfolio visit her website here: http://www.scwinteriors.com/

Love this cozy bedroom, also featured in 2010 Cottages and Cabins:

This same kitchen was part of SCW's Renovation Home Fall 2011 spread:

And this beautiful vignette, part of a room featured in Better Homes and Gardens, 2007:


  1. What a really well-rounded designer. I love that sun room too! Diana

  2. The kitchens are particularly nice! Especially that second one. Hmmm...think I'll have to copy that.

  3. I couldn't possibly tell you which image is my favorite. Her work is so gorgeous. I think this is one of my favorite Tuesday posts! Of course, I also love all the traditional elements, as that's always true love for me. Thanks for the great post Artie. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing all of these creative pictures. Very talented!

  5. I especially love the kitchen with the taupe and cream check fabric. Love the open shelving and hanging pendents. Also, the cabin like bedrooms. Her work is beautiful. Thanks for the feature--I always learn something new!