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

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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 […]

Overheard at the Washington Design Center


The Hearst Corp. took DC by storm last week, sending its top editors from House Beautiful, Veranda and Elle Decor to the Washington Design Center for the official grand opening at its new location on 14th Street. Last Wednesday was a day full of lectures, lunches and parties, which are impossible to sum up in […]

Guest Post: Barbara Margolis Rescues a Georgetown Basement


Talk about a dramatic before and after. Silver Spring designer Barbara Margolis comes to us this week with an account of how she uplifted a truly depressing basement apartment that was being occupied by her client’s son. “Man cave” doesn’t even begin to describe what she was up against. Take it away, Barbara! When Julie called […]

Architectural Digest Celebrates at Cowtan & Tout


When Margaret Russell hosts a party in your showroom, everyone turns out. So the biggest names in the DC design community flocked to Cowtan & Tout at the Washington Design Center last night to celebrate its new space with the editor in chief of Architectural Digest, Publisher Giulio Capua and several other members of the AD […]