Washington , DC
Antique and Vintage Homewares
Paul Corrie and Steve Ewens
Fit to Be Tan is a housewares shop in front and custom tanning salon in back, created by interior designer Paul Corrie and his husband. A treasure trove of carefully selected vintage and antique knick knacks, furniture, lighting and accessories.
Unless you live in a small town or far from a city, it is hard to find a store with antique and vintage pieces that isn't ridiculously overpriced. This is certainly the case in Washington DC. So we happily welcome the latest addition to the hip U Street area, Fit to Be Tan, a little shop with a lot to offer, from vintage knick knacks to rare antiques.
The cozy shop is full of fun little finds, including a unique vintage cigarette box, a beautiful reupholstered high-backed arm chair and loads of beautiful mirrors and lamps. Brought to you by local interior designer Paul Corrie and his husband Steve Ewens, Fit to be Tan showcases unique hand-picked pieces Corrie has found scouring the country's estate sales, thrift stores and antique shops. Last year, Traditional Home honored Paul as the favorite Young Traditional designer for 2010.
But here's the really interesting part: Behind the homewares storefront is a sunless airbrush tanning salon (hence the "Tan" in Fit to Be Tan). Yes, a rather unexpected combination. So you can browse upfront and then get sprayed a golden glow (without getting skin cancer!) in the back. I haven't checked, but I am pretty sure this is the first store to combine homewares with tanning! The tanning booths will be open for use late March 2012 but the homeware shop is already up and running!
(Images: Paul Corrie Interiors/Denis Largeron)