Living Walls (& Plants For The Rest of Us)

The president’s portrait has provoked some thinking about living walls—plants as a 3D replacement for wallpaper. I took a look at real versions of the painting’s backdrop—plus easier plant options for us normal people.

Fond Memories of the DC Design House

The DC Design House is closing its doors after 10 years, which has provoked so many fond memories for me as a design writer covering all its talent.

Architecture & Design Film Festival

In its tenth year, the Architecture & Design Film Festival arrives at the National Building Museum. Read more about the program—and win a ticket to your film of choice!

Marshall Watson’s Art of Elegance

New York designer Marshall Watson will be in DC Feb. 5-6 to discuss his captivating new book, The Art of Elegance. We got a preview.

British Invasion: Pillar & Post

This new shop on Book Hill in DC features English antiques, modern art by British artists, and UK brands such as Burleigh, Dartington Crystal, Daylesford and India Jane

Winter-Wonder Tablescapes

When designers are asked to use their imagination, they have the power to amaze, and their table settings in the Washington Design Center’s showrooms do not disappoint.

Light Up the Season

I was crushed when the old Georgetown Jingle stopped—it was an annual fundraiser for children’s cancer programs at Georgetown Hospital, founded and supported by the DC design community. Each year designers would decorate elaborate trees, wreaths, mantel displays and tablescapes throughout the pubic spaces at the Four Seasons, all of which would be auctioned. But […]

DC Landmark Ghosts, Reborn

A Watergate Hotel room where the burglars stayed and Ampeer, the former Dupont Circle Patterson Mansion, gain new looks that give a wink and nod to their histories.

The Museum of the Bible

Behind all the debates about the content and exhibits, the architecture and design of the structure that houses the Museum of the Bible is very impressive.