Monday, October 5, 2009

Home & Design Magazine gives you Washington-area shopping districts to help you outfit your home in style

Get the full skinny HERE, but here is a preview of some of my favorite designer stores from their list that should be on your radar.

Bethesda, Maryland

The Blue House is a cheerful store jam-packed with jewelry, gifts and home items such as glasses and pillows representing the 50 states by Cat Studio; kitchen gadgets, including brightly painted salt shakers and pepper mills by Katiedid Studio; aprons; cookbooks; area rugs and furniture by Maine Crossings and Tradewinds. More gift shop than furniture store, it’s a good place to find unique home accessories. 7770 Woodmont Avenue;

U Street Corridor

carries 19th-century American furniture and decorative accessories with a hipster attitude. The roomy store has a well-priced collection of hardwood tables, statuary, frames and fun accessories like a giant electric clock salvaged from an apartment lobby. 1428 U Street;

At artsy Muléh the organic forms of designer Kenneth Cobonpue are standouts. Notable is the sculptural “Croissant” collection of tables and chairs made from hand-sculpted steel covered with abaca rope. Don’t miss the collection of Ango lamps. The “Chrysalis Sky” floor lamp sports a shade comprised of white silk cocoons. This store is like an art gallery where you get to play with the art. Or wear it. The clothing collection is in the back. 1831 14th Street;

Miss Pixie’s
is a fun stop for used furniture and accessories. The eclectic finds can range from “vintage” Ikea chairs in molded gray plastic and bright orange metal to a pair of leather armchairs. 1626 14th Street;
Vastu has an eco-friendly bent, showcasing contemporary furnishings by Steven Anthony, Knoll and David Edward, along with EcoSmart fireplaces. Vastu has an in-house design center, and can customize furnishings for individual spaces and color schemes. 1829 14th Street;

Cady’s Alley
Contemporaria doubles as a full-service design firm owned by architect Deborah Kalkstein, and a showroom with a well-edited selection of modern furniture, lighting and accessories on display.

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