Chairs for Charity: IFDA’s Take a Seat Auction


I was sad to learn recently that the Georgetown Jingle is taking a break this year, so we won’t be seeing the amazing trees our local designers create for the annual event. On the flip side, however, the DC chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association, along with four other chapters around the country, has […]

London’s Decorex, Through Skip Sroka’s Eyes


No doubt everyone is preparing to head for High Point later this week—an easy design market to get to from DC, thank goodness, but I’m just waiting for my chance to go to London’s annual Decorex International design fair. DC designer Skip Sroka went last month, and he was kind enough to send pictures back […]

Coming to DC: Windsor Smith for Century Furniture

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The new DC Design Center is up and running for the fall, with design events already lined up. I was incredibly honored to be asked to help out with the first one, coming this Thursday, when LA designer Windsor Smith will be on hand to talk about her new collection for Century Furniture. I will […]

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 […]