Product Picks: Fireclay; Noir; Middle Kingdom; Prima Alpaca

This is the season for new spring collections, and I’m seeing some striking new introductions from Fireclay Tile, Noir, Middle Kingdom, and Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca.

Dolly Howarth Hits ‘Refresh’ at Old Town Condo

Designer Dolly Howarth transformed a waterfront condo in Alexandria with smart tweaks—and some new furniture—but retained and repurposed much of what was already there.

On Walnut Hill: Four Seasons of a Maryland Garden

As we’re hunkering down for this historic snowstorm that’s coming our way, my mind is wandering toward springtime and flowers. Adept as I am at killing any plant that comes my way, I nonetheless have deep affection and appreciation for gardeners who can create whole new worlds outside their back doors. That’s why I was so […]

ISeeDC, DoYou?

I swear this is not just a blog about exhibits around town, as it might seem from my last few posts. But I AM a sucker for all things beautiful in DC, so when I saw that the District Architecture Center made an Instagram callout for hometown images using the #iseedc2015 hashtag—and asked an architect and […]

Awestruck by “Wonder” at the Renwick

Fine, Washington Post. Steal everyone’s Wonder thunder. Blame us all for being a bunch of boobs and madly Instagramming our visit to the Renwick Gallery’s new Wonder exhibit, the first since reopening in November after a two-year renovation. Is it so bad to have this glorious feeling after waiting up to an hour just to […]

Texas Jacks: Designing for Barbecue

When I wrote for Arlington Magazine this summer that Texas Jacks was coming to town, I was excited to see that the interior designer on the job was Jeff Akseizer, whose warm, contemporary aesthetic can be found in ultra-high-end spaces such as The Lauren condos in Bethesda, and the White Moose Inn in Washington, VA. Well, […]

New Apts: It’s All About The Backstory

Is it time to update the old real-estate saying? Is it not ALL “location, location, location” anymore for prospective apartment dwellers? Should we replace one of those “locations” for a really good backstory? The big developers—Douglas Development; Insight Property Group; The JBG Companies—certainly are, with new apartment buildings infused with history and persona: To access your […]

Sightseeing at Home

Being relatively new to Instagram, I’ve been learning to capture beauty in things I see every day—and then post those yummy details for instant gratification. What’s more, I’ve been lucky enough this fall to find myself in places around town that are striking and memorable. So here’s a visual smorgasbord of my comings and goings. Sep. […]

Homage to Women “Pathmakers” in Art, Craft & Design

What a great time to be a design lover in DC! The Renwick Gallery is preparing its grand reopening after a two-year renovation on Nov. 13 with the kick-a** WONDER exhibit (think wall mosaics made from bugs; ginormous, meandering tree-like sculptures that fill the halls). But even before then, set your sights on the National […]