Nothing short of a goldmine, this is the best kept secret in the DC area. In fact, I almost did keep it a secret, but then I remembered AT is all about sharing the design wealth. In this case, you won't need a lot of wealth — just a friend with a pickup truck and a free afternoon — to get your style fix. The Design House provides enough visual inspiration to satiate even the most famished eye, and in terms of quantity (30 vendors), variety (Louis chairs to vintage milk bottles to 50s heels), and prices ($5-$2,500) you'd be hard pressed to find even a close second to the treasure packed store...
What was once a U.S. Post Office property in rural Northern Virginia is now a home goods store, antique shop, and salvage yard packed with everything and anything the owner and her stylish crew deem "vintage hip."
And as if that wasn't enough, they rework their Design House monthly in order to give customers an idea of how to use their wares in a home setting — perfect for those who love treasures but hate the hunt.
Each room in the Design House (a separate building from the Store) is furnished to its function: bedrooms with beds, porches with lounge furniture, etc. They unveil the House's fresh ideas the first weekend every month.
What struck me most, aside from the fabulously upbeat staff and host of awesome furniture under $100, was that unlike most antique shops and flea markets, there was very little that I could actually call "junk." There is a TON of stuff, but each piece seems meticulously chosen.
For directions and more information on their events visit their website.
(Images: Leah Moss)