Big Moving Sales at the DC Design Center

I must admit I hadn’t been to the design center in a long time before last week, when I went to the Kravet showroom for Wayne Breeden’s sendoff party—he’s going into business for himself as an interior designer after more than two decades as Kravet’s beloved showroom manager.

L to R: My Facebook design friend, Daniel Gossard, myself, and Wayne Breeden

L to R: My Facebook design friend, Daniel Gossard, myself, and Wayne Breeden

First, a note to those who don’t know: The building at 300 D St. SW is still open! But it’s a shadow of its former self. The Kravet showroom is still very much up and running, and due to move to the new design center building at 1099 14th Street NW this September. But several showrooms are already gone (see my post on Donghia’s new Georgetown location, here), and a couple more are shutting down next week: Henredon and AmericanEye.

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I took my husband and son back on Monday to take a gander, and wow—the sample sales are everywhere!

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Of course, that means there are a lot of sad-looking spaces as everyone packs to leave. But it’s a lot of fun to rummage through all the stuff  that showrooms are anxious to sell before they leave.

Take Henredon, for example. Michael-Cleary, which already moved to the new building, is picking up its Pearson and Hickory Chair lines, but Henredon itself will no longer have a presence in DC.

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Sure, it looks pretty barren. But there are some real gems here if you happen to be looking for a wonderful arm chair, dining set, or accent table. GET THERE SOON, because its last day is this coming Monday, July 7.

My husband and son are trying out the merchandise!

My husband and son are trying out the merchandise!

 

I ADORE this console/ only wish I had a place for it.

I ADORE this console/ only wish I had a place for it.

 

VERY cool coffee table with slideouts for drinks or a meal maybe?

VERY cool coffee table with slideouts for drinks or a meal maybe?

We were looking for a coffee table to go with the rug we previously purchased from J. Asher (which will be combined with Holland & Sherry in the new building). Sadly, the table above ended up not looking quite right on top of the rug — the showroom manager let us take it upstairs to try it out.

They are kindly holding on to it for us until we're ready to put it in our family room, which we're redoing. So it was nice to visit it!

J. Asher is kindly holding on to it for us until we’re ready to put it in our family room, which we’re redoing. So it was nice to visit.

AmericanEye is just across the hallway from J. Asher, and while we were unsuccessful in our coffee-table search, our son Chalmers, 9, found the perfect pouf for sitting on while he plays video games in the basement:

AmericanEye has so many floor samples to sell, they took over old space in another empty shoroom, which is where Chal spotted this guy.

AmericanEye has so many floor samples to sell, they took over an empty showroom next door, which is where Chal spotted this guy. There’s nothing like a child pleading with you to buy something, with ever-increasing emphasis on “Pleeeeeaaase???”

While we were “thinking about it,” we browsed the rest of the showroom—they’ve even lined the the 5th-floor hallway with samples.

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Need last-minute decor for July Fourth?

Need last-minute decor for July Fourth? Note the 50-percent-off signs. (and Sold signs—looks like they’re going fast)

 

A lot of sale prices on furniture can still be a little pricy, but there are some great accessories here that are totally affordable.

A lot of sale prices on furniture can still be a little pricy, but there are some great accessories here that are totally affordable.

 

Lots of great lighting is on sale, too.

Lots of great lighting is on sale, too.

Needless to say, we’re the new owners of a pouf. Chal wore us down, draping his body across it and refusing to leave unless it left with us. Here’s his victory pose:

There's still another one available -- $250!

There’s still another one available — $250!

We were running late that day, so we didn’t have time to go to any more showrooms, but you can be sure I’ll be back this summer to look through the other sales.

Wondering about the design center’s future home? Here’s my previous post on which showrooms you’ll find there, right here.

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Comments

  1. Jennifer Sergent says:

    Open to anyone–please let me know of you come to town!

  2. Part of me is seriously considering the trip from Charlottesville…is the sale to the trade or open to the public?