Foundry: Past Present Possible

Store Profile

  • Location: multiple locations and online
  • Specialty: Vintage Art and Furnishings
  • Price range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Website: foundrybyfreeman.com

Store History

  • Founded: 2011
  • Founded by: Yvette Freeman
  • Headquarters: 1522 U Street, Washington, DC

FOUNDRY has been a dream in the making for owner and creator, Yvette Freeman. Half of the brother-sister team of Freeman Development Group, a boutique real estate development firm that has been developing flagship properties in the District for over ten years, Freeman has recently launched FOUNDRY, a Parisian Flea Market in the hottest furniture design district of DC. Known for her “little black dress” design philosophy, FOUNDRY will bring unique vintage, industrial and reclaimed statement pieces to the 1522 U ST NW location that will positively complete any homes décor.

DC meets Paris flea market! Foundry is an upbeat mix of vintage and re-imagined decor — both refined and rugged — perfectly situated in DC's 14 St./U St. design corridor. Foundress and creative jack-of-all trades, Yvette Freeman, refreshes the store every two weeks with unique finds, artwork, and newly upholstered vintage furniture.

When I say store owner Yvette Freeman is a creative jack-of-all trades I'm not exaggerating. In addition to co-running a boutique staging company, interior design business, and estate liquidating service, Yvette does everything from re-upholstering and furniture refinishing to vintage furniture rentals. Naturally, her shop is a happy extension of her design talent and access to great vintage wares. Every FOUNDRY item is selected for its ability to be a room's pièce de résistance, and already the new shop is making a name for itself as one of the best sources for unique on trend decor. It's the perfect spot for one-of-a-kind light fixtures, cowhide upholstered furniture, and reasonably priced artwork. Foundry also sells Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, the super tough wonder paint that is to the DIY addict what crack is to, um, a crackhead— super addictive.

In addition to the U street shop, Foundry also offers monthly barn sales — vintage on a grand scale — at The Barn that Yvette owns with her pal, Kelly Thompson, in Frederick, Maryland. The Barn offers a mix of re-invented vintage pieces and new home accessories as well as unfinished "raw" furnishings awaiting a good face-lift.

Images: Leah Moss

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