Deborah Kalkstein's Private Contemporaria

Deborah Kalkstein's Private Contemporaria

Leah Moss
Aug 30, 2010

When visiting interesting shops and showrooms I'm often curious to see how the homes of the owners compare — creative store designs so often translate into beautiful abodes. As Washington Life shows, the home of Deborah Kalkstein, owner of design firm and showroom Contemporaria in Cady's Alley, doesn't disappoint.

Lima-born Kalkstein launched her modern design firm in DC in the early nineties and her first showroom a few years later when she found a severe shortage of contemporary furnishings available in the District. Since opening her second location in Cady's Alley (she closed down her first location in Bethesda), Kalkstein has become one of the leading names in DC's modern design scene.

Like the rough luxe, concrete interior of Contemporaria, Kalkstein's Potomac home boasts expansive stretches of bare floors and occasional groups of high end, clean-lined furnishings. Despite being relatively spare, her home possesses a great deal of warmth thanks to walls of windows, lots of wood, and warmly-textured accent walls.

To see more, check out the full article in Washington Life Magazine. And you can also view a few more additional rooms in the home in Contemporaria's portfolio.

Images: John Heale for Washington Life Magazine

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