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 […]

A Chic, Small Space by Residents Understood


I had lots of fun reporting a story for the March issue of Washingtonian Magazine on small space design, which just came out last week: And out of the five projects I profiled, one of them really stood out for me—a 14th Street condo designed by the dynamic duo of Jessica Centella and Kiera Kushlan […]

A Q&A With Chris Lambton of DIY’s Yard Crashers


Just when you can’t even see your yard through all the snow, the lovely Chris Lambton, host of “Yard Crashers” on the DIY Network, is coming to town to put visions of green grass and blooming beauties into our heads. He’ll be speaking, along with his colleague Jeff Devlin of “I Hate My Bath,” at […]

Guest Post: Angela Belt and Sheryl Scruggs


I’m excited to have this guest post from stylist and writer Angela Belt, who’s in charge of the visual merchandising for Room & Board on 14th Street. I wrote a post on her own apartment last year, and in this post, Angela profiles an incredible kitchen transformation by designer Sheryl Scruggs, the owner of DC-based Bronze Interiors. […]

Remembering Sandy Steele


“And that was that.” It seems that no matter who you talk to, those of us lucky enough to have known Sandy Steele have a story about collaborating with her that ends with a quote like this. Sandy never met a stranger, and she was always eager to take on your cause—and that was that. […]

Annie Brahler Explains Aaron Schock’s Office Design


Even if you’re not into interior design, it was hard to ignore last week’s Washington Post story about U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s office, and all the squawking that followed. Everyone seems to be shocked—SHOCKED—(Schocked?) that a member of congress would pay an interior designer to decorate his or her office. If you ask me, more members should follow […]