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Sitting Pretty: Where to Find It
Where do interior designers shop for one-of-a-kind accessories and distinctive home furnishings? Here are 80 of their favorite retailers.
By Melissa Romero
A Jonathan Adler store—featuring his quirky, modern home decor—opens in Georgetown next month. Photograph courtesy of Jonathan Adler.
Comments () | Published May 10, 2012

In the market for new furniture? Whether you're searching for a stylish dining table, a comfortable chair, or a charming bedside lamp, it's sometimes hard to know where to look.

Interior designers know some of the area's best sources for great furniture and accessories. While many of the places they frequent are to-the-trade-only showrooms in the Washington Design Center, they let us in on their favorite retail hunting grounds.

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Accessories, Lamps, and More

These retailers were recommended by interior designers for interesting home accents, including lighting, art, and rugs--though many also sell furniture.

A Mano This shop has a wonderful mix of home accessories, says interior designer Lavinia Lemon. Owner Adam Mahr travels to Europe to find decorative, handmade pieces such as crystal tableware by William Yeoward. Lamps by Vermont-based Simon Pearce are also appealing. 1677 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-298-7200; amano.bz.

Coco Blanca At this 2,800-square-foot store, all of the furniture and home accessories are in neutral shades, giving an airy feel. The two-year-old shop is arranged in four themes breezy beach bungalow, chic city loft, French farmhouse, and rustic lake cabin. 122 Waterfront St., National Harbor; 301-567-2002; cocoblanca.com.

Dalton PrattOpen since November, this Georgetown shop has already become a popular spot for its elegant home goods. The first floor is devoted to women's accessories and jewelry, the second to home design. There are lamps by Arteriors and handwoven throws by Textillery. Furniture lines include Bungalow 5 and Pebblehill. 1742 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-3256; daltonprattdc.com.

Dwelling & DesignInterior designers and co-owners Fiona Newell Weeks and Donald Wooters stock fun and often colorful furniture, art, and home accessories. Weeks's favorite piece right now is a coffee table with a map of the Eastern Shore on top. 13 Goldsborough St., Easton, Md.; 410-822-2211; dwellinganddesign.com.

Flora's Feathered Nest Rustic, weathered-looking garden decor, tables, lamps, storage cabinets, and art fill the two floors of this charming 1930s-era barn turned store. "You can still smell the hay in the summertime on a hot day," says owner Marcia Copenhaver. 12211 River Rd., Potomac; 301-765-0003; florasfeatherednest.com.

Gaylord's Lamps and Shades While Gaylord's is known for its great selection of unusual lamps and shades, designer Andy Staszak also recommends its custom services. The store will drill and wire almost any object or vase, turning it into a lamp. 7833 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-986-9680; gaylordslampandshade.com.

Illuminations This store specializes in the latest lighting technology. Contemporary floor and suspended lamps by designer brands such as Foscarini, Terzani, and Tobias Grau are available. 3323 Cady's Alley, NW, 202-965-4888; 415 Eighth Street, NW, 202-783-4888; illuminc.com.

Jonathan Adler Opening in late June, this 3,000-square-foot furniture store is the designer's 19th. Adler's self-described "happy chic" style shines through in colorful accessories such as the hand-embroidered bargello pillows ($120 to $175) and orange herringbone rug ($165). Upholstered furniture, including the Morrow slipper chair ($976 and up), can be done up with your own fabric. 1267 Wisconsin Ave., NW; jonathanadler.com.

Miss Pixie's Furnishings & WhatnotYou can't miss this bright-pink store on DC's 14th Street, stuffed with unique auction-bought items brought in every Thursday. Recently for sale--a wooden checkerboard table ($295) and a two-tier butcher block for the kitchen ($595). 1626 14th St., NW; 202-232-8171; misspixies.com.

Moss & Co., Oliver Dunn Antiques, and Catharine Roberts Interior designer Zoe Feldman loves going to this Georgetown shop when she's looking for "fun, one-of-a-kind" pieces that will go with a casual decor--think beach house or shabby chic. 1657 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-338-7410.

The Nest EggThis 4,000-square-foot showroom is filled with cute, affordable gifts and home accessories, including rugs, colorful floor pillows, and lighting by Currey & Company and Jamie Young. Furniture lines include Lee Industries and the European-style, handcrafted furniture from Gabby. 11940 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax; 703-988-0944; shopthenestegg.com.

Pear Tree Cottage Located in a 1917 house, Pear Tree Cottage specializes in mostly European and traditional pieces for the home and garden. Designer Lauren Liess recommends the store, which opened in 2008, for its unusual accessories and lighting. 130 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; 703-938-1331; thepeartreecottage.com.

Timothy Paul Carpets & Textiles and Timothy Paul Bedding & HomeTimothy Worrell and Mia Worrell's high-end rug-and-textile store was so popular that they opened a second shop a few doors down for bedroom furniture and accessories. The two are good spots for designers to pick up made-to-order carpets, high-thread-count bedding, and colorful throw pillows. 1404 14th St., NW, 202-319-1100, timothypaulcarpets.com; 1529-A 14th St., NW, 202-234-2020, timothypaulbedding.com.

Antiques

Acanthus AntiquesThis shop's antiques and chandeliers are mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Designers say the team has a great eye, and customers can count on the merchandise to be in good shape. 4132 Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-530-9600; acanthusantiques.com.

Carling NicholsThe three owners of this store, which specializes in 18th- and 19th-century Chinese furniture and decoration, regularly travel to China to find one-of-a-kind pieces. Designer Thomas Pheasant says that the Asian antiques--perhaps a hand-painted Tibetan cabinet or elmwood drum stools--mix well with both modern and traditional decor. 1655 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-338-5600; carlingnichols.com.

Chartreuse & Co.For three days once a month, 22 vendors set up spaces in three barns and sell antique and vintage furniture, art, and accessories from estate sales and auctions. Kelly Tyree of Madison & Mabel--who also sells her own line of locally made industrial furniture--says customers often clear out the barns during monthly tag sales, but they can also set up appointments. The next sale is May 11 through 13. 4007 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick; 301-874-1882; chartreuseandco.com.

Comer & Co. Antiques and InteriorsThis newcomer to DC, which got its start in Kilmarnock, Virginia, stocks a mix of traditional and midcentury furniture and accessories. "A lot of things that they have are painted and mirrored and have a beautiful, decorative quality," says interior designer Robert Shields. 1659 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-525-2767; comerandco.com.

Côté Jardin Antiques At this charming store, visitors are welcomed by a small courtyard with a garden and fountain. The shop offers antique French and Gustavian furniture, lighting, and accessories plus a great selection of garden pieces. The owners are inspired by the time they spend in their home in Provence. 3218 O St., NW; 202-333-3067; cotejardinantiques.com.

Darrell Dean Antiques & Decorative ArtsIf you're looking for furniture with a "wow" factor, come to this antiques store, says interior designer Zoe Feldman. It's her favorite place to hunt for unusual pieces to finish a room. A recent find; a blue-painted apothecary cabinet ($4,800) with 24 drawers. 1524 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6330; darrelldeanantiques.com.

David Bell AntiquesAmong the many antiques stores along Wisconsin Avenue, this is one of designer Frank Babb Randolph's favorites. He loves its selection of high-end 20th- and 21st-century furniture. 1655 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-2355.

East & Beyond This three-floor gallery is a designer favorite for Asian furniture, accessories, and antiques. Owners Mary and Joe Arnold--whose love of Asian pieces grew after living in Japan--have items shipped from China and Japan. 6727 Curran St., McLean; 703-448-8200; eandbeyond.com.

Eclectic Elegance Home Décor and StagingA distinctive pink building in Falls Church houses one-of-a-kind accessories, antiques, and vintage furnishings. High-end furniture companies also have a home here, including Baker and Christopher Guy. 817 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-536-4663; eclecticelegancedecor.blogspot.com.

German Favorite AntiquesDesigner Lauren Liess likes this store for its "beautiful, old German pieces on the more rustic side." Containers of items--from vintage artwork to grandfather clocks to painted armoires--are shipped monthly from Germany. 120 E. Market St., Leesburg; 703-777-5775; germanfavoriteantiques.com.

GoodWoodThis newly expanded vintage shop is known for its affordable one-of-a-kind furniture. Inventory changes frequently; recent items have included antique ice-cream-parlor stools. 1428 U St., NW; 202-986-3640; goodwooddc.com.

Great Stuff by PaulTwo Frederick locations are stuffed to the brim with thousands of imported antiques. Every few months, owner Paul Berkowitz gets a shipment of furniture and accessories from China, England, Germany, Holland, or France. Recent items include storage trunks made of willow from China ($95) and Himalayan pottery ($19). 257 E. Sixth St., Frederick, 301-631-5340; 10 N. Carroll St., Frederick, 301-631-0004; greatstuffbypaul.com.

John Rosselli AntiquesThe quality at this antiques store is superb, says designer Annette Hannon. The shop is recommended for everything from well-crafted accessories to lighting, cabinetry, and seating covered in hand-printed fabrics. 1515 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-7676; johnrosselliantiques.com.

Marston Luce AntiquesThe owner spends more than half the year in France searching for furniture and accessories for his 30-year-old shop. You'll find 18th- and 19th-century French and Swedish furniture, garden accessories, and a wide variety of lamps. "They have a great eye for interesting and decorative objects," says designer Thomas Pheasant. 1651 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6800; marstonluce.com.

Miller & Arney AntiquesThis 39-year-old shop specializes in American, English, and Continental antiques dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. 1737 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-338-2369; millerarney.com.

The Old Lucketts StoreFurniture and accessories billed as "vintage hip" are constantly being added to this three-story emporium--from a bright-red sofa ($498) to a leather sleigh bed ($398). 42350 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg; 703-779-0268; luckettstore.com.

Patrick Sutton HomeThis 11-year-old boutique moved to a new 1,500-square-foot space on Baltimore's waterfront in April. The store is filled with antiques and contemporary furniture hand-picked or designed by designer Patrick Sutton, plus accessories and fine art. Popular pieces include his custom coffee tables ($4,975 and up) and bookshelves ($9,800). 700 President St., Baltimore; 410-605-0196; patricksuttonhome.com.

Silk & BurlapMuch of the furniture here is brought in from auctions up and down the East Coast, so it's a great place to shop for vintage, midcentury furnishings. The owners and staff look for furniture they'd want in their own homes. New furniture, accessories, art, and apparel are also plentiful. 28 E. Patrick St., Frederick; 301-360-9648; silkandburlap.com.

Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques.Designer Lauren Liess comes to this charming store, tucked into an 1890 rowhouse, for its artwork and traditional antiques. You'll find 18th- and 19th-century furniture as well as paintings, engravings, chandeliers, and other lighting. 112 N. Columbus St., Alexandria; 703-548-4917; spurgeonlewis.com.

Susquehanna Antique CompanyThis 99-year-old store has had many locations over the years; in Georgetown since 1982, it carries antiques, fine art, and 19th-century garden decor. The team offers repair and restoration of antique furniture and fine art. 3216 O St., NW; 202-333-1511; susquehannaantiques.com.

Tone on ToneThis shop specializes in Swedish antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries, painted in neutral colors. You'll find a range of furniture including settees, dressers, chests, and tables. 7920 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 240-497-0800; tone-on-tone.com.

Verdigris Antiques & InteriorsA rowhouse filled with one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories, from a burnt-orange Scandinavian swivel egg chair ($300) to a mahogany English library cabinet ($1,325). It's also a good place to find art and vintage lighting. 1215 King St., Alexandria; 703-505-9970; verdigris.bondandbowery.com.

Modern and Midcentury

AdlonThis store is a favorite of designer Robert Shields, who describes the furniture as contemporary, high-end, and extremely comfortable. Adlon carries lines by B&B Italia and Kasthall. "Their furniture has beautiful finishes, like gray wood, which is hard to find," Shields says. 1028 33rd St., NW; 202-337-0810; adlondesign.com.

Archer At this sister store of Crate & Barrel, you'll find modern furniture and home accessories geared toward apartment living. The products are intended to save space; The Swedish-designed Flip n Dine table ($499) seats up to six and folds into a side table, while ottomans that come with a tray double as a foot rest and coffee table ($399). 3307 M St., NW; 202-333-6204; cb2.com.

CB2A destination for solid teak furniture including Adirondack chairs, dining sets, chaises, and planters. 7601 Rickenbacker Dr., Gaithersburg; 301-926-9195; countrycasual.com.

Contemporaria A 4,000-square-foot showroom of contemporary European furniture that's a designer favorite. Owned by architect/designer Deborah Kalkstein, the store carries furniture and accessories by such brands as Missoni Home and Poemo. 3303 Cady's Alley, NW; 202-338-0193; contemporaria.com.

Crate & Barrel This international retailer--it now has two stores in Dubai--rarely disappoints designers, thanks to its wide variety of stylish accessories and furniture, including many lines that are eco-friendly. DC, 202-364-6100; Arlington, 703-890-2300; McLean, 703-891-0090; Alexandria (outlet), 703-739-8800; Bethesda, 301-365-2600; Annapolis, 410-224-2048; crateandbarrel.com.

Daniel Donnelly Modern DesignYou'll find a mix of midcentury pieces, Herman Miller for the Home furniture, and Donnelly's modern originals. Furniture can be customized, too. 520 N. Fayette St., Alexandria; 703-549-4672; danieldonnelly.com.

Design Within Reach The Georgetown location of this national retailer is newly expanded; the Bethesda branch allows customers to peruse the modern, clean furnishings in an Art Deco building. In both stores, the pieces are arranged in sections; office, bedroom, living, patio, and more. 3306 M St., NW, 202-339-9480; 4828 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda; 301-215-7200; dwr.com.

Factory 20 Owner Eric Ginter travels the US and Europe to find pieces for his design collective. He says the style of the furniture ranges from primitive to industrial to midcentury modern. Some tables and chairs are made from salvaged and reclaimed wood. By appointment; Abingdon, Va.; 703-655-8831; factory20.com.

Furniture From ScandinaviaOwner Annette Rachlin, who is Danish, fills her 750-square-foot gallery with iconic, midcentury Scandinavian furniture, including Arne Jacobsen's famous Egg and Series 7 chairs. You'll also find pieces by Artek, Carl Hansen & Son, and Fritz Hansen. 1531 33rd St., NW; 202-944-8585; ffsgallery.com.

HomebodyThis 2,500-square-foot furniture boutique also offers help with space planning, lighting design, and furniture selection. You'll find contemporary furniture by Gus Modern, Bontempi Casa, and District Line, which is handcrafted in DC. 715 Eighth St., SE; 202-544-8445; homebodydc.com.

Home on the HarborThis nine-year-old store recently moved to a 4,400-square-foot space off I-95 that's three times larger than its previous location. Owner Karen Graveline, who has a degree in interior design, describes her store's offerings as "modern classic." Many of the pieces, whether midcentury in style or contemporary, are just right for smaller, urban spaces. Popular lines include Gus Modern, Blu Dot, Kartell, American Leather, and Knoll. 1414 Key Hwy., Baltimore; 410-433-1616; homeontheharbor.com.

Hunted HouseThe owner of this vintage retailer hunts for midcentury and modern furniture at auctions and estate sales. One recent find; four Saarinen swivel stools made of fiberglass ($700). The store recently moved from DC's 14th Street to a spacious, modern spot along the H Street corridor, which should be open by May 1. 510 H St., NE; 202-549-7493; huntedhousedc.com.

IkeaAn international retailer known for functional furnishings at low prices. Accessories, tableware, and lighting are also plentiful. Designer Celia Welch likes to shop here when looking for inexpensive modern pieces for children's rooms, such as lamps with white paper shades, as low as $10. 2901 Potomac Mills Cir., Woodbridge, 703-494-4532; 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-345-6552; ikea.com/us.

Kala Studios Inspired by his grandfather's and father's wood workmanship, owner Kaleo Kala studied furniture design in Australia. All of the wood in his custom pieces comes from sustainable logging practices, and he uses nontoxic glues and finishes. Look for an upcoming line of children's furniture. By appointment only; Fredericksburg; 540-222-1542; kala-studios.com.

M2LA designer favorite for high-end contemporary furniture, M2L has a staff made up of architects and designers. Best-selling lines include Walter Knoll, Former, Artifort, and USM. 334 Cady's Alley, NW; 202-298-8010; m2l.com.

Mitchell Gold & Bob WilliamsDesigner Celia Welch recommends this international retailer for its simple but sleek furniture--she loves the eco-friendly lounge bench by Miller, which she says went well in a client's hallway with dark walnut floors. She also appreciates the quick turnaround on furniture orders. 1526 14th St., NW; 202-332-3433; mgbwhome.com.

Modern 50 You'd never expect this midcentury house along Montgomery County's Paint Branch Creek to hold so much inventory. Owner Dino Paxenos says he picks pieces with a "modern and architectural eye" when hunting at estate sales and thrift stores. "It's very much midcentury, industrial, and craftsmanlike," he says. By appointment only; White Oak, Md.; 703-577-5596; modern50.com.

Muléh Modern and organic style is the root of this high-end furniture, lighting, and clothing store. The offerings blur the lines between outside and inside. Dedon is a popular outdoor and eco-friendly line offered here; Hive is a favorite for contemporary floor lamps and suspended lighting. 1831 14th St., NW; 202-667-3440; muleh.com.

Poltrona FrauKnown for high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, this international retailer offers contemporary, Italian-made pieces. 1010 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-1166; frauwashington.com.

Roche Bobois Those with adventurous personalities may want to check out this shop, which features contemporary styles in bold patterns and fun prints. 5301 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-686-5667; roche-bobois.com.

Room & Board A national retailer offering a wide assortment of furnishings in its 36,000-square-foot showroom. The clean-lined pieces have a contemporary flair--and most are handcrafted in America. 1840 14th St., NW; 202-729-8300; roomandboard.com.

Skynear Designs Gallery In this 1890s rowhouse in Adams Morgan, you'll find both old and new furnishings from all over Europe and the US, including chaises, coffee tables, and chairs. A new line of artisan furniture and accessories is made from salvaged wood. 2122 18th St., NW; 202-797-7160; skyneardesigns.com.

Theodores A mainstay on DC's furniture scene for 43 years, Theodores offers modern American and European furnishings in its 10,000-square-foot showroom. Its sectional sofas, some of which are made in the USA, are very popular. 2233 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-2300; theodores.com.

Vastu One of several retailers making DC's 14th Street a mecca for home furnishings, Vastu carries contemporary lines for home and office, including Herman Miller and Knoll. The store places an emphasis on "green" products, from its EcoSmart portable fireplaces to Eco-Life leather products. 1829 14th St., NW; 202-234-8344; vastudc.com.

Well Built This is the place to shop in Washington for sustainable, eco-friendly furniture. Each piece the store carries, from a quirky octopus chandelier to a walnut Atlantico queen bed, has been developed using environmentally responsible practices. By appointment only; 202-299-0597; wellbuiltllc.com.

West Elm An international retailer offering a variety of clean-lined, modern furniture that, says interior designer Annette Hannon, is perfect for someone looking for "decor that is easy on the pocket." Designers particularly like the accessories including pillows, vases, and throws. Georgetown, 3333 M St., NW, 202-333-2928; Tysons Corner Center, 571-633-0227; westelm.com.

Traditional and Transitional

And BeigeAdmired by designers for its clean, classic neutral pieces, this shop takes simplicity to a new level. Christopher Spitzmiller's handmade ceramic lamps are popular. Also look for furniture by Hickory Chair, Oly, and Julian Chichester. 1781 Florida Ave., NW; 202-234-1557; andbeige.com.

Antique Tables Made DailyWant a one-of-a-kind piece? Head to Rappahannock County and you can get a custom farm table or chair made just for your home. Customers can choose from various types of wood, including oak, maple, and antique hemlock. 11669 Lee Hwy., Sperryville, Va.; 800-413-2459; antiquetables.com.

ArhausThis national retailer is "fantastic for relics," pillows, and accessories, says designer Samantha Friedman. The "relics," such as coffee tables with wrought-iron legs, are made from reclaimed wood that's at least 100 years old. The store also sells restored pieces, such as a handcrafted, 19th-century food cabinet from China ($599). 11412 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-230-2973; Tysons Corner Center, 703-734-9001; 4213 Fairfax Corner East Ave., Fairfax, 703-968-9688; arhaus.com.

Baker GeorgetownIf you're looking for traditional- or transitional-style sofas with staying power, head to this tastemaker, where design and craftsmanship are at the heart of every piece. Among the lines it sells is the Thomas Pheasant Collection, which includes elegant sofas and love seats, lamps, storage pieces, and more. 3330 M St., NW; 202-342-7080; bakerfurniture.com/baker/index.jsp.

DecoriumDesigner Sandra Meyers heads to this store to find fun, whimsical pieces. It carries dozens of lines of furniture, gifts, and accessories, including upholstery by Old Hickory Tannery and case pieces by Luna Bella. 116 King St., Alexandria; 703-739-4662; decoriumhome.com.

Ethan AllenA team of designers is on hand at all local Ethan Allen Design Centers to help you choose furniture, accessories, fabrics, paint, and more. Each center features rooms designed according to the company's five lifestyles; elegance, modern, romance, explorer, and vintage. The newest location in Annapolis is all about interactivity; Customers use touch-screen monitors to browse products and preview how furniture will look in their own homes. Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations; ethanallen.com.

GoreDeanThis store carries more than 400 lines from all over the world as well as its own line of furniture. Owner Deborah Gore Dean-Pawlik describes the style as a mix of classic and avant-garde. She stocks upholstered furniture as well as china, crystal, and decorative pieces for the home and garden. The DC location closed in December, but Dean-Pawlik plans to reopen it in the fall of 2013 with a wider selection of antiques and furniture. 5100 Falls Rd., Baltimore; 410-464-1789; goredean.com.

Hamiltons Sofa & Leather GalleryAn extensive selection of sofas, recliners, and sectionals from 25 manufacturers, including the eco-friendly makers Rowe and Hooker. Entertainment centers, accessories, and occasional tables are also plentiful. Rockville, 301-881-3900; Leesburg, 703-319-8000; Falls Church, 703-820-8000; Chantilly (showroom/clearance center), 703-766-8000; hamiltonssofagallery.com.

Hollis & KnightDesigner Dana Tydings heads to this showroom for its accessories, especially the velvet, hand-painted pillows. It also carries antiques and a wide selection of furniture, ranging from English pine armoires to 18th-century ottomans. 4229 Howard Ave., Kensington; 202-333-6999; hollisandknight.com.

The Kellogg CollectionThis local chain offers traditional furnishings, lighting, and accessories from Europe. It also stocks a lot of furniture made in Maryland and Pennsylvania. 5215 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-363-6879; 10241 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, 301-897-9102; 1353 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, 703-506-0850; kelloggcollection.com.

The Loft at AIou're likely to find a bargain on designer furnishings at this two-level, 15,000-square-foot showroom. The Loft resells pieces that were bought but went unused in interior designers' projects. Common items include desks, side tables, and upholstered goods. 25 N. East St., Frederick; 301-662-6205; theloftatai.com.

More Space PlaceThis showroom is a good place for Murphy beds, says designer Deborah Houseworth. Also available; home-office furniture, media consoles, and closets that are built to save space and increase storage. The national retailer offers custom furniture-design services, including software programs that show how your pieces will look. 14502-F Lee Rd., Chantilly; 202-683-8114; morespaceplace.com.

Pottery BarnContemporary living is the mission of this popular international retailer, but designers also like its "eco-chic" pieces--furnishings and accessories made from materials such as reclaimed pine, harvested seagrass, and organic cotton. Its furniture and accessory lines for kids and teens are also popular. Rockville, 240-221-0001; Arlington, 703-465-9425; McLean, 703-288-0316; Fairfax, 703-385-7550; Reston, 703-437-6001; potterybarn.com.

Random Harvest Antiques & Home FurnishingsYou never know what you're going to find at Random Harvest. The selection varies at each location; buyers scour for antiques all over the world. Designer Celia Welch praises the moderately priced lighting, while Annette Hannon likes the vintage chairs, which can be reupholstered in the fabric of your choice. 1313 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-333-5569; 7766 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-280-2777; 810 King St., Alexandria, 703-548-8820; 4522 Lee Hwy., Arlington, 703-527-9690; randomharvesthome.com.

Red Barn MercantileOwner Amy Rutherford's showroom is a blend of old and new. It carries the Cisco Brothers' sustainable and casually elegant furniture line, which is made in the US and can be customized, plus plenty of vintage items found at flea markets and auctions. 113 S. Columbus St., Alexandria; 703-838-0355; redbarnmercantile.com.

Restoration HardwareAt this national retailer, you'll find high-end, handcrafted home furnishings and a big selection of textiles and Italian bedding. The newest tableware collection includes a Russian-style reclaimed-oak dining table that comes in four sizes ($2,500 to $3,500). 1222 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-625-2771; Tysons Corner Center, 703-821-9655; restorationhardware.com.

Thos. MoserThe showroom features fine wooden furniture handcrafted by Thos. Moser's team of almost 70 cabinetmakers in Maine. Most pieces are built using American black cherry, including the Lolling chair ($2,975), a favorite piece among Washington customers, and the new Drift reclining chair ($3,200). The staff offers free in-home design consultations. 3300 M St., NW; 202-338-4292; thosmoser.com.

Trohv Home & Giftn 8,000-square-foot store carrying repurposed and industrial-vintage items as well as kitchenware and other home goods. Popular pieces include vintage tables made from reclaimed materials. 32 Carroll St., NW; 202-829-2941; trohvshop.com.

Urban CountryThis Bethesda showroom offers a wide range of styles, including contemporary. Almost all of the upholstery and case goods are made domestically, and the store will often showcase art by local artists. A member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Urban Country also sells products that are "green." 7117 Arlington Rd., Bethesda; 301-654-0500; urbancountrydesigns.com.


This article appears in the May 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

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