Friday, October 17, 2008

Frank Babb Randolph.....Washington DC Designer

Randolph's Georgetown townhouse.
His lovely diningroom (notice no rug)

The Livingroom in Randolph's Georgetown townhouse.
Frank Babb Randolph..... what a delightful person and talented designer.......



Mr. Frank Babb Randolph is a talented and very prominent DC designer who I have had the honor of meeting in person and entertaining as a GUEST in my home. A few years ago, I had engaged Mr. Randolph to speak at our ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY as I was program chairman that year and saw an article about him in Southern Accents. WHAT a DELIGHTFUL guest he turned out to be and now a FRIEND! Randolph was raised in Washington, DC as the son of a Congressman and as a Washington insider , so to speak. He has the NOTABLE distinction of meeting every First Lady since ELEANOR ROOSEVELT. He says his favorite would have to be LADY BIRD because of her graciousness and her program of WILDFLOWERS on the highways of AMERICA.

Frank was the DESIGNER in charge of the renovation of the Vice Presidential Home and worked very closely with the CHENEYS. He LOVED being an integral part of that project and found Mrs. Cheney to be lovely to work with. He had the honor of having lunch with her and the First Lady , LAURA BUSH (his latest meeting with a first lady!). Hmmmmm....wonder who the next will be!

The GEORGETOWN TOWNHOUSE where Frank resides has entertained many dignataries over the years, because it had previously been the residence of Henry Kissinger!
Frank absolutely loves living there and says it feels like HOME to him as he has a view of the HIGH SCHOOL where he and his brother attended.

I have featured a few pictures of the INTERIORS of his Lovely GEORGETOWN Townhome and I want you to notice how MININALISTIC his designs are and also the BARE floors. WHILE staying in my home, Frank was aghast , I am sure , at ALL MY STUFF! He made the comment after I said I had gotten something at an ESTATE SALE...."Lee, I think you need to quit going to those SALES and have ONE OF YOUR OWN!" In other words, GET RID OF SOME OF YOUR JUNK! He doesn't even care for window treatments and after he left I TOOK DOWN my draperies in my diningroom and have LOVED the CLEANESS of that!

I only wish that I could have found more photos to share with you of this wonderful DESIGNER'S work, but I hope I have given you a little insight into his WORK and when you see him in a publication (he has been featured in them all!) you will recognize him and appreciate his TALENT! One of his lay outs in SOUTHERN ACCENTS was titled , SIMPLY FRANK, and that so describes him and his work........always ELEGANT but done so with SIMPLICITY!














39 comments:

Joyce said...

I'm not sure if the wall above the fireplace is painted or it is art. Either way I love it and fireplace!
What a great designer indeed!

Joyce said...

I'm not sure if the wall above the fireplace is painted or it is art. Either way I love it and fireplace!
What a great designer indeed!

Be the change..... said...

I was in his home on the Georgetown house tour last year, it was STUNNING, my favorite house on the tour :-)!!

MIMILEE said...

THAT is great, btc! You know I had asked you earlier if you were familiar with Frank and you weren't sure. Now you know!!
Thanks for visiting my blog todaY!

vicki archer said...

What wonderful interiors and how interesting does Mr Randolph sound - I am sure he has some wonderful anecdotes to share with such an illustrious career.

Cote de Texas said...

That is just the funniest story - why do interior designers always have the biggest mouths? I am so like that! I can't keep it shut about things like that - I am just cracking up at his comments to you!!!!

great great post!

thanks for the comment too!
Joni

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE that townhouse! It looks like the perfect place for a single girl... white, clean, no men to dirty it up! Aaaah a girl's dream... especially when she lives with 3 little pigs... LOL... thak goodness they are ADORABLE!

Savvy Mode SG said...

wow so elegant, and simple. just what a gal needs.

Ivy Lane said...

Beautiful! I too love the art? above that gorgeous fireplace! I like that there is no rug in the dining room..the space seems a bit larger and lighter...

Denise C said...

Hello!!! SO nice to meet you!!! Thank you for your kind words and for introducing yourself! I just love meeting new friends!!!
You are so sweet...and I look forward to "visiting" with you again!
Sweet Blessings!!!
Denise C

pve design said...

Part of being a designer is being honest, being open and paring down life to what is essential, what is beautiful. Many people love to acquire and have a hard time seeing that less is actually more. I think we all live with more than we need. Letting go is freeing yet so hard to do.

pve design said...

Part of being a designer is being honest, being open and paring down life to what is essential, what is beautiful. Many people love to acquire and have a hard time seeing that less is actually more. I think we all live with more than we need. Letting go is freeing yet so hard to do.

Cote de Texas said...

I adore this designer! one of my favorites.
thanks for your comment today! so sweet!
Joni

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