Home Rule

Location: Washington, DC and online

(Here's Post #2 from Janie, one of the finalists vying for a blogging position at the upcoming AT:The Nursery. Comment away.)

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Home Rule is not the first place to come to mind when thinking of a destination for your baby’s needs.
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The tiny housewares shop is located on the now hip 14th Street strip it shares with other independently owned boutiques in Northwest DC. Home Rule is a long time local favorite of ours and other design-inclined Washingtonians looking for a well-edited selection of home accessories.

We shopped here frequently when furnishing our previous loft – everything from an emergency shower curtain (don’t forget the rings) to a colander. But it wasn’t until we had our little one recently that I noticed its focused, albeit small, selection of baby products.

Home Rule also carries a few SKUs that can be appropriated for use as baby ware.

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Our favorite find thus far has been the deliciously graphic and perfectly pint-sized washcloths by Cram Cream.

A whole slew of yummy designs is available so I stop in often to make sure baby has all of them in his collection, including larger bath towels and hand towels.


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Home Rule also stocks Cram Cream melamine trays and cups – both good as baby tableware or for organizing his lotions and potions.

You also can find an assortment of other mealtime and bath time accoutrements including French Bull melamine dinnerware and Dinnersaurs utensils by Fred, all of which is good to look at but not too precious to use.

The smallish store is well organized, making good use of height in order to compensate for its limited width (those with strollers need to pay attention). It shops like a hip Bed Bath and Beyond distilled down to its essential design core.

We hope Home Rule will expand its kid offerings in the future. Definitely not your one-stop shop for all things baby, but a good source for baby ware nonetheless.

-Janie

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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