Christopher Patrick’s Fab Family Room


Anyone who reads DC Modern Luxury magazine might recall the recent Best of the City issue, which featured designer Christopher Patrick looking oh-so dapper: Photographer Greg Powers shot that portrait in the family room of of a Cleveland Park home where his client, a bachelor, wanted a dose of cool sophistication. Christopher sent me the […]

Tons of Spring Design Events!


This is a huge season for design events—no sooner did I send out my newsletter yesterday than I got word of even more events than I listed in the e-blast. So here’s a review, with bonus events added in for those who already got the newsletter—plus my museum picks for the season. Mark your calendars […]

Fabric Presentations at Rockville Interiors


Ever wonder how designers seem to be able to match fabrics so perfectly—even those that seem at first blush to be completely incompatible? Well, of course, they get a lot of training, not the least of which involves representatives of fabric houses who do presentations for them using new patterns from their collections. Ilan Fulop, […]

Barry Dixon’s Latest Home Collection


I think I ask Barry this question every time I see him: “Do you ever sleep?” Well, I’m glad he doesn’t. It’s not enough that he’s already got drool-worthy fabrics for Vervain, furniture for Tomlinson Erwin Lambeth, plus accent furnishings and accessories for Arteriors—and a killer paint collection with C2 (see them all here) —now […]

Auction and Gala for Washington Project for the Arts


In case any of you are looking around at the bland surroundings of our winter leftovers, put some color on your calendar for this weekend: Saturday, March 22 is the annual gala and auction to support the Washington Project for the Arts at Arlington’s Artisphere. One of the event’s chairs this year is designer Robert […]

Donghia’s New Home in Georgetown


Total serendipity. I was having coffee with a friend at Leopold’s in Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley yesterday morning when I ran into a good friend, designer Marlene Weiss, as I was coming back out onto M Street. She was headed down the steps to see Donghia‘s new showroom, which I didn’t know was open yet. Donghia […]

Robert Shields’ Abstract Photography


I first got to know designer Robert Shields when I was working at the Washington Design Center—he created this really moody, elegant, sophisticated library for our DreamHome in 2011, which was inspired by a 1925 Art Deco diamond-and-emerald brooch on a string of black pearls. Fast forward a few years, and we’re both in a […]

Great Bones at the DC Design House


It’s hard to imagine springtime right now as I look out my window to all this snow, but this past weekend’s Bare Bones Tour at the DC Design House, which opens April 13, gave us a good taste of what’s to come when the trees and flowers start blooming. The house is at 4600 Linnean […]

Mary Drysdale + American Standard = Luxe Bath Style


Quick — what pops into your head when someone says “American Standard?” The toilet, right? I’ve just always known them as the company that makes toilets. Well, they’re trying to break out from that box (er, bowl), and they’ve enlisted six top designers from the United States and Canada to create bathrooms using products from […]