My Entry for the Chairish Style Challenge


I recently got an email from Holly Hughes, the community manager at Chairish—a great site devoted to vintage furnishings and accessories. She invited bloggers to use items from the Chairish site—and elsewhere—to put together a dream room. This challenge gave me the chance to create my ideal home office:     My dream home office by jensergent featuring […]

Q&A with Sheila Bridges on her P Street Makeover

Sheila Bridges in her Harlem home, via New York Social Diary

New York designer Sheila Bridges—famous in DC for decorating President Clinton’s Harlem offices—is coming back to town, but she won’t be decorating anyone’s house. This time, she’ll be remaking a block of P Street in Georgetown in honor of Small Business Saturday, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving where people are encouraged to spend their holiday […]

Scenes from the DC Design Center Opening


It’s been a loooong time since you saw this kind of concentration of the design community flocking to the Washington Design Center: Hundreds of people, as far as you could see, filling the lobby of the design center’s new home on 14th Street. The head of the downtown business improvement district and Mayor Gray made […]

Nature’s Calling in Stephen Shutts’ Bath Design


What a gorgeous time of year—especially since it’s so warm outside to enjoy all that cacophony of color in the trees. That’s why I was so pleased to receive these beautiful bath photos from a newly constructed house in Morgantown, WV, where Stephen Shutts oversaw the interior design.   “In the master bathroom, I drew inspiration […]

The Team Behind the 2015 DC Design House

The 2015 DC Design House, located at 956 Mackall Farm Lane in McLean.

Here it is— the next DC Design House, a new home being built in McLean by a formidable team of builders and architects who’ve already worked on several notable projects together: I’ve been lucky enough to write about this group, which includes Stephen Yeonas, who helms Artisan Builders; architects Greg Palmer and Bulent Baydar, who oversee the […]

Dazzling DC


Let me first say I’m so excited to write for a new Web site called The High Boy—sort of a younger, hipper version of 1st Dibs. Earlier today, I was looking for my story, about a perfect fall neighborhood jaunt through the city, but instead (as will happen with this site), I came across this wild, […]

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

DC - Windsor Smith Event

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 […]