Bowled over by DC

So I thought I’d post up a few of our snappies from last weekend in DC.  It was more of a touristy weekend whizzing around seeing the sights, than a design-inspiration-hunting weekend, but there were a couple of design gems that caught my eye.

So we naturally sprinted around The Mall. trying to see as much as we physically could, after a very sobering trip to Arlington Cemetery:

May I present to you the lovely younger MacD, say hi Karen!

And totally fell head over heels for the architecture (ahem, and the shopping) in Georgetown:

But the real star of the show for me, were the i.n.s.a.n.e interiors of the Library of Congress.  I was staring skywards slack-jawed for approximately 2 hours:

Crazy, no?!   It’s a vibrant fun energetic city, I’d highly recommend it!

So anyway, the crazy ceilings made me remember an article featured in Elle Decor from a while ago about using wall/ceiling murals in interior design, and I thought I’d post up a few for your viewing pleasure this morning.

(all credits: Elle Decor)

I have to say I’m not a massive fan of these in a residential setting (although that fuchsia one up top did make my heart skip a beat), but click here and here for a few other ideas for jazzing up le ceiling.  What do you think – fan or foe?!


  1. annie says:

    I can’t look at pictures of that statue without seeing it as Tim Roth in Planet of the Apes. And look at all the chinooks! So American. Looks like a brilliant trip.

    Not a fan of the ceilings but love those cute houses in Georgetown!

    • Elly Hails says:

      You have a wonderful home city Alena, we had an awesome time!! I had the same dilemma with London when I lived there – I guess when it’s on your doorstep you just take it for granted a little. I’m looking forward to being a tourist there over Crimbo though!

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