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Monday, 20 June 2016 04:32

Get The Look: Quadrille


Get the look by interior designer Eugenie Niven from the June 2016, House Beautiful. Quadrille's Gorrivan Fretwork and Meloire Reverse. Click the Pattern name to view the collection at Quadrille. For information and samples please contact the showroom or stop by suite 335 in the Washington Design Center.




Published in Design Trends
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 08:56

Spotlight: Handcrafted Lighting

Handcrafted Lighting

Avrett is a collection of exquisite handcrafted lighting available in the J Lambeth showroom at the Washington Design Center. Avrett's history dates back 36 years (c 1980) and is in creating one of a kind works in our their town of Charleston, SC.

Handcrafted Lighting

Avrett pieces adorn nearly every city block in any direction of historic downtown Charleston SC. Their works have been awarded with numerous historical conservation awards. Avrett takes pride in creating work that is of the highest quality. All of their pieces are bench made by master craftsmen and artist blacksmiths. Their efforts are focused on making bold statements with their products within the interiors they are placed.

Handcrafted Lighting

Avrett's catalog pieces are offered in multiple sizes and finishes. Their bespoke program extends those options and gives you full range to create a truly one of a kind piece. You will find commissioned works in homes, hotels, and restaurants through out the country and the DC metro area. 

Handcrafted Lighting

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Handcrafted Lighting


Published in Lighting
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 06:10

2016 WDC Easter Holiday Hours

WDC Easter Closures

Easter is this weekend and a few of our showrooms at the Washington Design Center will be closed on good Friday. Please note there are a few early closures on Thursday as well. If you plan to visit the #WDCDesign Center this Thursday or Friday, please call the showrooms to confirm hours before coming to the Franklin Court building as these hours are subject to change.


  • Osbourne & Little
  • Holland & Sherry
  • Hines
  • Stark
  • Galleria
  • Romo
  • Quadrille closing at 2:00 PM Thursday. Friday closed
  • Holly Hunt closing at 2:00 PM Thursday. Friday closed
  • Doris Leslie Blau closing at 1:00 PM
  • Pindler closing at 12:30 PM
  • Kravet closing at 1:00 PM
  • Century closing at 12:00 PM
  • Duralee closing at 2:00 PM


  • Arc|Com
  • Cowtan & Tout
  • Michael-Cleary
  • Schumacher
  • American Eye
  • J. Lambeth
  • Robert Allen open but call in the afternoon
Published in Showrooms
Monday, 21 March 2016 09:38

Editor At Large At #WDCDesign Center


The Editor At Large created two videos and a wonderful online post for the inaugural Washington Design Center Market Day. Throughout the day, a videographer captured the events and commentary from various visitors to the #WDCDesign Center. If you have not seen the videos or were not able to visit the WDC during the Market Day, click on the links below and watch them to see what you may have missed.

Thank you to everyone at The Editor At Large for your hard work and the wonderful product you produced on the first annual Market Day at the Washington Design Center.

Editor At Large Video Part 1

Editor At Large Video Part 2


Published in What's New


Throwback Thursday this week is a nod to the successful Market Day last week and all of the photos everyone took in front of the step & repeat at the sign in table in the lobby.  Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope you were inspired somehow by the new spring products and wonderful guests throughout the day. Spread the word and let's make next year's Market Day even bigger!

Click For Step & Repeat Album


Published in What's New
Friday, 05 February 2016 04:00

Chocolate’s Hot!

Chocolates hot at Doris Leslie Blau


What’s more cozy than a steaming mug of hot chocolate by the fireplace after a wintery afternoon of ice skating or skiing? Not only after alpine sports, hot chocolate, or any chocolate, for that matter, is welcome by most folks 24/7.

On a recent trip to Switzerland, I had the opportunity to sample some of the world’s finest chocolate. Deep, rich, and seductively smooth, this hand-made wizardry was a step up (or leap) above my conventional Snickers bar.

You’ve likely read in the past couple of years that dark chocolate has some health benefits, like improving brain function, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, and its antioxidant qualities. On top of that, chocolate is a supposed aphrodisiac, fueling the same stimulants we feel when we fall in love. No wonder we love it so.

Looking to indulge in some chocolate? Consider adding some chocolate-hued décor instead of hightailing it towards the truffles. Here’s how to make it work:

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Published in What's New
Friday, 06 November 2015 06:30

Colormix 2016 Presented by Sherwin-Williams


Colormix 2016 Event Recap

Sherwin-Williams for Design Pros presented Colormix 2016, a color forecast CEU event, at the #WDCDesign Center yesterday and DC designers turned out for the event with open reception. Designers were presented with a networking opportunity during registration followed by an informative presentation on color forecasts for the coming year in design. In preparation for the event, showrooms were each given a photo for color and design inspiration.  Inspirational palettes of fashion and color drove showrooms in the Washington Design Center to create vignettes in each of the showrooms based upon one of four fashion portrait color themes.

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Photos from a few of the showrooms and their color inspirations. Shown below are Doris Leslie Blau, Michael-Cleary and J Lambeth.  After the presentation, designers browsed the #WDCDesign Center and visited showrooms to view their displays.

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What event would be complete without some refreshment! Many of the showrooms provided catering from local bakeries and festive beverages to mark the event. Georgetown cupcakes were a hit at Doris Leslie Blau while Cowtan & Tout served logo decorated desserts!

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Designers attending the event were given a chance to network before the presentation and then had ample opportunity to peruse the showrooms and all of the fall collections packing every showroom with all of the latest interior design trends, colors and newest collections.

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Did you miss out on this event? Don't miss out on future events at the #WDCDesign Center! Check out upcoming events today by clicking here!


Published in What's New
Thursday, 10 September 2015 05:39

First #WDCDesign Board Meeting

Yesterday, September 9th, the Washington Design Center held its first board meeting.  Since the reopening of the new #WDCDesign Center, the showrooms have taken back the management of their design community starting with a marketing committee composed of representatives from the showrooms.  Recently, the showrooms elected a board to assist in the operations of the showroom owned and operated design center.

This years #WDCDesign Board include:

  • David Klaristenfeld 
  • Lisa Kravet
  • Madeleine Mitchell
  • Ken Berry
  • Matt Costigan
  • Tim Cohen
  • Key Hall

Here are a few photos from the meeting.

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Published in Showrooms

The Michael-Cleary showroom has recently added Maxwell fabrics to their ever growing list of fabric vendors at the Washington Design Center showroom location. As part of their expansion project in the new #WDCDesign Center, the Michael-Cleary showroom will expand their fabric section and the overall showroom floor space. They are the first showroom to undertake a remodel project since the opening of the new #WDCDesign Center.

As an introduction to their newest fabric vendor, they have provided some beautiful and dramatic before and after pictures from furniture pieces refinished with Maxwell Fabrics patterns.

Before & After -- This HUGE (it's nearly 4' x 4'!) mid-century lounge chair, designed by Adrian Pearsall, came from Maxwell Fabrics Annex inventory. Their clients, a wonderful couple with incredible taste, chose two textiles from Maxwell Fabrics for the redo -- Vibrant in Dragonfly and Supple in Spruce. Reupholstery minus the dated tufting has turned this gorgeous chair into the beauty it was always meant to be!

Maxwell Fabrics from Michael-Cleary

Published in What's New
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