A Designer’s Delight


Growing up minutes from Washington, DC, BARBARA FRANCESKI was encouraged to explore her creative side through various artistic mediums as a child. She was also fortunate to travel to various cities around the world exploring and training her eye for detail. So, if it’s true that we are the sum of our experiences, then Barbara is a great example of that because she has channeled her childhood experiences into a promising interior design career.


Barbara is known for creating nuanced interiors that are classic with a contemporary twist, and her design style is evident in the guest sitting room she created for this year’s DC Design House.


Every project starts with an idea or a vision and for Barbara’s guest sitting room, the inspiration came from the ancient plaster busts and heads at the Accademia in Florence and the trees outside the guest sitting room window. If you look closely at the photo above, you will see that Barbara displayed framed images of those Italian busts as art in the room. And one of her “twists” was the use of a curly lamb’s wool seat atop the black acrylic side chair.


Believing that the imperfect wood floors gave the space authenticity, Barbara decided not to stain them, but instead played up the “rough luxe” by contrasting the floor’s worn patina with a beautiful custom area rug in a unique geometric shape. To contrast the circular curves of the loveseat and chairs, Barbara added an angular Condotti table in the middle of the room, and to bring nature indoors, she added an Arbor floor lamp and tree branches she found outside.


Barbara painted the entire room Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray and placed a rather interesting caricature of birds titled “Gaggle” on the wall. The roman shade fabric is a lush Bergamo Rubelli fabric and the tub chairs are covered in a soft hair-on cowhide.


Barbara has been one of the most talked about designers at this year’s DC Design House because she successfully created a serene and relaxing room that any weekend guest would be thrilled to stay in.

Photos: Angie Seckinger

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