Waterlily Interiors Makes Room to Rebloom


Some may think interior design is a frivolity—a unnecessary decadence. But I’m of the mindset that it can have a serious impact on your mental health—how you feel in the space where you spend most of your life. This concept is especially important in a place of shelter, where women and children seek refuge from domestic violence—a space […]

Hellman-Chang: Brooklyn based, Maryland raised


Take a look at this guy, Eric Chang: What do you think he does for a living? Lawyer? Financier? Corporate executive? Why don’t we call him a startup CEO, along with his best friend Daniel Hellman, whom he met back in sixth grade at Hoover Middle School in Rockville. But their current office environment is a […]

Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Couture at Hillwood


There are so many things that are thrilling to me about this new exhibit at Hillwood, called “Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post,” which opened Saturday and goes through the rest of the year. First, my dear friend and former Washington Spaces editor, Trish Donnally, co-wrote the […]

Kips Bay: Part II


We’re ready to start where we left off yesterday—on the more private upper floors of the Arthur Sachs Mansion on East 66th Street in New York, the site of this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House. 1. The best place to start, OF COURSE, is with the master bedroom. And what a cozy space—not too […]

Kips Bay Turns 100


So, I decided I don’t get out enough. And what better excuse to take a girlfriends’ jaunt to New York than to see the decorator show house that’s benefitting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, which is celebrating its centennial this year? Designer Victoria Sanchez and I went up to check it out. We were allowed […]

Anjali Sunderam’s Henna-like Glass Art


It’s the perfect storm of reporting — you go to cover one story, and you discover another in the process. I’ve recently started covering the local food scene for Arlington Magazine (which also covers Falls Church and McLean), which brought me to the McLean home of Vikram Sunderam, the renowned chef of the Rasika restaurants in DC. Look […]

DC Design House 2015: A Preview


We’re just days away from the opening of this year’s DC Design House, which this year is in McLean, off Georgetown Pike just beyond where I went to high school at Langley! It was great to drive by my old school, and then to see this house, designed by Harrison Design and built by Artisan […]

Guest Post: Powell Brower Interiors

Brower MBR

I’m going to be a bit under water with work for the next couple weeks, so I’m pleased to have some talented guest posters show us their stuff in the meantime. Let’s start out with the Manassas, VA mother-daughter team of Nancy Powell and Bethany Brower of Powell Brower Interiors. My daughter bought her first […]

Stacia Smith’s Church of Interior Design


Those of us who are obsessed with interior design might say we worship at its altar. But for one designer in Maryland, that’s literally the case. Stacia Smith, a designer in Glenelg, MD, recently renovated an 1889-era church to be an office and studio for her business, Homewood Interiors. Smith purchased the property in 2012, after […]