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.

Products: Pretty in Pink!

Blushing with introductions from Baker Furniture, Drexel, Koket, Haute Living, Pfeifer Studio, Romo Fabrics, The Rug Company, Tracy Glover and Twentieth.

“A Beautifully Broken Virginia”

Richmond photographer John Plashal has traveled the state in search of ruin; he documents his discoveries in a new book called “A Beautifully Broken Virginia.”

Vermeer Arrives in DC

The new Vermeer exhibit at the National Gallery of art shines a light (literally) onto wealthy Dutch home life in the 17th century, and boy was it gorgeous.

Historic Ellicott City Decorator Show House

Check out White Hall, a 200-year-old Maryland estate where nearly 20 designers have decorated spaces for this year’s show house, now open through Oct. 22.

DC Design House 2017

See how 23 designers have injected drama, elegance and warmth into a Potomac, Maryland McMansion.

Gorgeous Locally Made Furniture

I’ve been compiling examples of incredibly artistic work by local furniture makers in the DC region, which prove you don’t have to go far to find exquisite furniture design.

The Art of Saturn

Looking for art that’s high drama—and free? Look to NASA for the Cassini mission’s breathtaking photography of Saturn and its moons.

Guest Post: Jenn Verrier

In a guest post for DC by Design, architectural photographer Jenn Verrier shares her thoughts on how she captured the shot for designers, builders and stagers.

Dear Summer: Thanks for the Memories

As we enter the fall, I’m not yet willing to let go of summer. Here are some incredible landscape designs in Maryland and Virginia that define its essence.

My Curated Rooms at Quinn’s Auction

The folks at Quinn’s Auction in Falls Church asked me to pull items from its regular weekly sales and decorate two “rooms” for its Curated Auction on August 23.

D. Porthault: DC’s French Connection

D. Porthault, the iconic French maker of luxury linens, has strong ties to DC through owner Joan Carl and photographer Erik Kvalsvik, who shot a new book on the company’s legacy.

Master Bathroom Dreaming

Because we just can’t get enough, we’re embarking on our next home reno project with Aidan Design: A new master bathroom.