IBB Bedroom

Congratulations are in order for IBB Design Fine Furnishings and its owner/founder, Beth Rafferty. The 40,000-square-foot high-end home showroom with 28 talented interior designers won “Best Furniture Store in the Country” for the second year in a row at the ARTS Awards, one of the biggest awards programs in the home design industry.

“Being recognized as the Best Furniture Store in the Country by the ARTS Awards is such an honor,” Rafferty said. “At IBB we pride ourselves on offering a unique collection of furniture and accessories with a designer look. What sets us apart is our talented staff of interior designers that work with clients to make their house a home.”

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“We don’t need to go watch HGTV for drama. This was real drama — it wasn’t ‘staged,'” said Michelle Lynne, catching herself, a real estate stager, in an accidental pun. The drama was, of course, the last-minute flurry of activity before the doors opened at 10229 Linkwood, an L Streets home built in 1955 that got a complete facelift thanks to Stephan Sardone of Sardone Construction.

Yes, look closely at the photos, because this is the same home we featured in July. What an incredible transformation!

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“I am in love with the office. It is definitely the best use of space,” said Lynne, echoing the comments I overheard all evening as Realtors and trade representatives perused the home as Main & Sides chef Shaun Collins dished out amazing hors d’oeuvres and Lakewood Brewing offered sweltering guests cold beer at the outdoor kitchen.

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I was truly floored by what Sardone Construction accomplished without increasing the 1,320-square-foot footprint of the home. By vaulting ceilings, opening the space, and increasing the flow and utility, the home got a second life as a modern marvel.

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All of the closets are completely organized, thanks to Elfa systems courtesy of The Container Store. The office got the Elfa treatment, too, which will help the homeowners immensely, I’m sure! Another amazing feat is the five-piece master bath Sardone managed to shoehorn into a 5.5″  x 12″ space. It incorporates a rather new trend called a “wet area,” and when fully complete, will include a frameless glass door that separates the vanity from the shower and soaking tub.

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Tina Garry, a sales rep from Floor & Decor, was amazed at what Sardone had accomplished with the home. Her company contributed the penny accent tile that covered an entire wall of the kitchen — a high-impact detail that doesn’t overpower the whole room, but begs to be noticed. Floor & Decor also contributed the tile in the master and guest baths.

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(Guests, including Larry Paschall, Michael Veale, and Robert Hernandez, padded through the home in socked feet to protect the refinished hardwood floors from Lumber Liquidators.) 

And the master bedroom featured several LED lights canvassing the ceiling, giving off a subtle glow that fills the room without tons of shadows. LEDs are incredibly efficient, too, and Nauhaus Lighting & Decor sourced some great models for this home.

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In the kitchen, well, it’s a far cry from the dated and bland one that once stood in its space, and features a huge island and chef-grade Jenn-Air appliances from Capital Distributing. Of course, I am sure the homeowners wish Chef Collins could come with the kitchen, too.

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Truly, this home was amazing, which was attested by the crowd that turned out last night. The design, an outstanding work of art from HPD architect Larry Paschall, will be one that will last.

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Most attics are used for storage, as a way to keep odds and ends from taking over a home. They can also become time capsules, preserving history until we are brave enough to explore them. For Bernadette Schaeffler, attics are so much more.

“The world changed and architects embrace attic rooms into their design. In some homes attics are pretty appealing and therefore more and more people realize the potential of space and remodel the attic into wonderful living areas. The space under the roof can be fantastic for a variety of rooms and easily maximize the home,” Schaeffler said.

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While they can be odd shaped, thanks to the slope of a roof, they remain versatile, accommodating a wide range of uses. In Schaeffler’s native Germany, converted attics are sometimes called “sky parlors,” a romantic term if there ever was one.

“Attics can be bedrooms, computer rooms, TV rooms, and playrooms. The big advantage of attics is that they are mostly separated from the rest of the house and more private,” Schaeffler added.

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Want more inspiration for your attic conversion? Visit the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection showroom.