58th Potomac Country House Tour


Let’s be honest. There’s only one reason you want to go on the annual Potomac Country House Tour this weekend: To see the gargantuan, 40,000-square-foot “American Palace” that was just profiled in the Washington Post. All photography in this post by John Troha The endeavor took six years to build, with Jim Gibson of Gibson […]

A Politico’s Keen Style Sense near Logan Circle

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Here’s some glorious eye candy for the start of the weekend, from my story this month in DC Modern Luxury. It features a dashing young political couple: Johanna Maska, director of press advance for President Obama, and Henry C. Jackson, a reporter for the AP: Johanna has oodles of natural style, but she enlisted the […]

High Fashion at Cosmo Couture 2014


Nearly a week later, I’m still blown away. I was asked to be a judget at the annual Cosmo Couture fashion show, in which the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the International Interior Design Association asked 25 design teams—mostly architecture firms in the DC region—to create “fashion” from the home-building materials of their sponsors. Sponsors included rug […]

The Richmond Symphony Designer House is Open


There’s good reason head south in the next month, especially if you’re a show house junkie: The Richmond Symphony Designer House opened this week, with 24 designers featuring their work in the Hallsley development in Midlothian, Va. Two of my favorite Richmond designers are in the group—Gary Inman of Glave & Holmes and Susan Jamieson of […]

LOL! Entertaining Designer-Client Dialogue

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It’s natural for designers and clients to go back and forth on product choices. Thanks to Pinterest, a lot of that dialogue is now public—open for anyone to see who follows the designer’s boards. So it was that my friend Samantha Friedman pointed me to one of her boards, where she’s gathering product ideas for a “very […]

Showrooms are OPEN at the New DC Design Center

With so many colors and patterns everywhere at Galleria, this showroom is like a candy store.

The transition is in full swing between the old and the new, and many showrooms are already open for business at the NEW design center at 1099 14th Street NW: I got my first chance to go there a couple weeks ago, and it was so exciting to see new space, new windows, new light—and […]

Summer Love at the City Market at O


September’s sweltering start makes me appreciate our New England summer all the more. And part of my fond memories was a private tour—followed the next week with a rooftop reception—at the City Market at O. My interest was piqued when I wrote this story in DC Magazine about Roadside Development‘s conversion of the crumbling 1881 market into […]

Jane Gershon Weitzman’s “Art & Sole”


Sigh. I can’t believe the summer’s over. I just put the kids to bed and set the alarms for the first time since June for the early school wakeups. I think I’m in mourning! But the one thing about fall is that we all get to put our fabulous shoes back on, after a summertime […]

Dorm Decorating

Note the handiwork on the dresser drawers to the left.

I’m really glad I’m not in college anymore. I’m also really glad I have sons. Here’s the reason why, in a story I read in The Washington Post this morning on dorm decorating. Parents are spending thousands on dorm decor for their little darlings—mostly daughters—for this kind of look: Have you ever seen a dorm […]