Foundry: Past Present Possible

Foundry: Past Present Possible

Leah Moss
Nov 14, 2011
  • Location: multiple locations and online
  • Specialty: Vintage Art and Furnishings
  • Price range: $$
  • Website: foundrybyfreeman.com

Store History

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

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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