Design Tools: Christopher Patrick’s 5 Must-haves
The local designer shares the tools he relies on to help liven up any space.
While most designers are called upon to implement their own vision to decorate a space, Christopher Patrick doesn’t do it alone. “I like to bring the client out with me to embark on an adventure together,” he says. “It’s an entirely collaborative process.”
Patrick’s designs are informed by his abiding wanderlust and are drawn from a variety of sources during his travels, whether an unusual piece found at an antiques show or a shade of color in a muddy barn.
That love of exploring stems from a childhood spent moving from place to place, starting with North Carolina and followed by Ohio and Texas. He then made it to DC, where he got his degree from Marymount University. He has since honed his contemporary aesthetic at various design firms, and opened Christopher Patrick Interiors in 2011. Here, he shares the tools he relies on to help liven up any space.
“Custom doesn’t necessarily mean more expensive, and we try to encourage our clients to use custom pieces to create a look that is uniquely theirs. It can be anything from an upholstered headboard to a custom vanity; it can be as simple as using your own fabric or as extravagant as designing a piece of furniture and having it built. We typically work with KALA Studios to create custom furniture for clients.”
“Design books are decorative and can add visual interest to a home. They’re great to mix with accessories to create more dynamic vignettes. It’s a way of having access to your favorite designers at all times without the huge price tag. We like to turn to specialty publishers like Abrams and Phaidon.”
“We love Lucy Smith’s Vogue round table for its flexibility and versatility. It comes in two sizes and a multitude of finishes to fit a variety of design aesthetics, and is the perfect accent table for furniture groupings. The contemporary pattern paired with the right finish can give a traditional space a modern edge. We also love the fact that Lucy Smith is a unique artisan specializing in handcrafted metal furnishings. We’re always on the lookout for new and unexpected craftspeople, and Smith’s entire line of furniture has been such a find.”
“Flowers should be an everyday luxury. Fresh flowers add life to a space and bring in color and texture. It’s an easy way to change the mood of a space. We particularly love H. Bloom’s arrange-your-own subscription service, where loose stems are delivered to your door, and the company’s clever blog gives you tips and teaches you how to design your own arrangements.”
“We like to bring the warmth of wood into unexpected places, and wood tones soften contemporary spaces. A great way to do this is to add teak accessories to your bathroom. We recently used a custom-size teak shower tray from MTI Baths in our DC Design House bathroom.”