Soon we'll spend our weekends enjoying cookouts and beach parties. Until then, let's take the time to get our homes in shape for summer entertaining. To help, here are the week's best design-centric sales and events. Check them all out in the Weekend Guide, pass it on and be sure to send us your own sale or event.
Name: Jackie and Sam Hiersteiner Location: Shaw; Washington, DC Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned
friends drop by Jackie and Sam Hiersteiner’s place for some of Sam’s home-cooking,
followed by a nip from his collection of small-batch bourbons; today
I’m there to snap photos, and in Sam’s absence — he’s at work — Jackie has prepared
a simple, lovely spread of fresh bread and cheeses. Beside it, champagne chills.
The couple’s Maltese mix, Pappy Van Winkle (named for Sam’s favorite
whiskey) hops into my lap. Their 1,200 square foot home in DC’s Shaw
neighborhood is flush with warmth and hospitality.
Vintage collectors and bargain hunters rejoice! The arrival of Spring also means the beginning of flea market season. In anticipation of this exciting event, I've rounded up a list of some of the country's best flea markets.
There's no time like Spring to say out with the old and in with the new. Apparently this notion also applies to retailers, as we're seeing more and more spring warehouse sales. We're also seeing more special events, like CraftBoston and the NYC Green Festival, now that the weather's warming up. Check it all out in the Weekend Guide, pass it on and be sure to send us your own sale or event.
Hidden along the side streets of Georgetown's famous M street,
known for its mix of high and low end shopping, are smaller art
galleries and interior design spaces. And now there's a new kid on the
block, Matt Camron Rugs and Tapestries, and it's a welcome addition to the burgeoning fashion and design
The first thing that struck me about the DC Design House this year was how much bolder it is than in years past. I wouldn't call any of the rooms risky per se, but there's a hint of edge in most, and some sweet ideas to glean from each.
For example, Iantha Carley's morning room (seen above) is design sunshine — a mix of textile patterns, bold artwork, and oversize light fixtures, all tempered by a generous amount of white in the high wainscoting.
My favorite time of year in Washington, D.C. is cherry blossom season, which is right now. With the snow and freezing rain pounding down in Toronto, I've been thinking about how much I miss living in D.C. at this time of year. Along with pining over a home that got away, I'm feeling nostalgic for a former city.