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.

Stark Carpet and its A-List Designers

Charlotte Moss and other top designers will discuss the decorating power of carpets at Market Day, whose agenda also includes many other publishing and design celebrities.

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 […]

Scenes from the DC Design Center Opening

It’s been a loooong time since you saw this kind of concentration of the design community flocking to the Washington Design Center: Hundreds of people, as far as you could see, filling the lobby of the design center’s new home on 14th Street. The head of the downtown business improvement district and Mayor Gray made […]

Coming to DC: Windsor Smith for Century Furniture

The new DC Design Center is up and running for the fall, with design events already lined up. I was incredibly honored to be asked to help out with the first one, coming this Thursday, when LA designer Windsor Smith will be on hand to talk about her new collection for Century Furniture. I will […]

Showrooms are OPEN at the New DC Design Center

The transition is in full swing between the old and the new, and many showrooms are already open for business at the NEW design center at 1099 14th Street NW: I got my first chance to go there a couple weeks ago, and it was so exciting to see new space, new windows, new light—and […]

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. First, a note to those who don’t […]

Washington Design Center: New and Improved!

Welcome to the new Washington Design Center, where showrooms will begin opening their doors in May, with 100 percent moved in by September, when a grand-opening celebration is planned. Not only is the location at 1099 14th Street Northwest new, but the center hired the Adams Morgan design and branding firm Project DC to create […]

A New Home for the Washington Design Center?

After 10 months of agonizing, searching, and meeting, meeting, meeting, the Washington Design Center showrooms finally seem to be coalescing around a new permanent location, smack in the middle of downtown DC. Welcome to Franklin Court at 1099 14th St. NW, where the Washington Design Center will have its own entrance on L Street. Move-in is […]

Working at The Washington Design Center

Who wouldn’t love to work in a place that is surrounded by beauty? This week, I became lucky enough to do just that. I started work as the marketing director at The Washington Design Center — a place I have always loved to go to see the quality and craftsmanship in more than 50 showrooms on […]

EdwardFerrell + LewisMittman Furniture

I have known about EF|LM for a long time, as top designers constantly use them as sources for projects, but I had never seen their showroom at the Washington Design Center until last week, when Showroom Manager Annie De Meo invited a small group of designers and moi for an elegant lunch. We all had […]

Beyond Rugs at Odegard

I went downtown the other day to have coffee with Ruth DeHart, the showroom manager at Odegard in the Washington Design Center. She brought a square piece of wood, carved like a screen in the middle, along with her to Starbucks. And there was more where that came from too: I thought I was going […]

A Tour of Barry Dixon’s Brain

Since I could never afford to hire Barry Dixon to decorate my own house, I like to go hear him speak as often as possible, so his ideas will make me smarter. Barry was at the Washington Design Center the other day with Ann Maine, editor in chief of Traditional Home magazine, where he talked […]

David Iatesta’s Artistry

It’s so nice to see House Beautiful celebrating the beauties of wood in its current issue. Too bad David Iatesta wasn’t exhibit No. 1, but we’ll celebrate his Stephensville, MD, company right here. He was at the Holly Hunt showroom at the Washington Design Center last week, describing the painstaking process by which his eponymous […]

The Washington Design Center’s Ones to Watch 2010

Watch out for these up-and-comers in 2010: Tricia Huntley of Huntley & Co., Sandra Meyers of Sandra Meyers Design Studio, and Julie Weber and Joe Ireland of J.D. Ireland Architecture and Design. The Washington Design Center named the three winners last week to cap off its Capital Design Days; they were chosen from among 12 […]

Barry Dixon’s New Fabrics for Vervain

It’s official: Barry Dixon‘s new line of fabrics for Vervain has officially launched — in the form of a feature in Traditional Home‘s latest issue, a launch party at Charlie Palmer Steak last night, and a presentation in the J. Lambeth Showroom of the Washington Design Center today. First, the mag: And last night, he […]

Retail Therapy: Feb. 13 Sample Sale at the DC Design Center

By now, all of us are going stir-crazy at home, but it seems as if the snow might be melting a little bit, so by Saturday you might be able to get out and about. So head to the Washington Design Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for its semi-annual sample sale, where the […]