Design Within Reach
Mad Men wannabes like the sleek midcentury furniture at this popular home retailer, which specializes in modern design. The prices aren’t inexpensive—a Danish-style couch with spindly wood legs might run nearly $4,000—but you can find less costly accent pieces. Although the small showroom displays a limited selection of the company’s merchandise, any of the items it carries can be ordered and shipped to your home. 4828 St. Elmo Ave.; 301-215-7200.
French cookware manufacturer Le Creuset opened this Bethesda store in 2008. It carries the same durable cast-iron pieces you find online, but with the added benefit of knowledgeable staff that takes the time to answer questions and explain proper maintenance to ensure that your pieces last. Also in stock are stainless-steel and nonstick cookware, kitchen utensils, aprons, and bar accessories. 7116 Bethesda La.; 301-718-1885.
This large furniture store specializes in updated classics. You might find a few overstuffed sofas, but more ubiquitous are low-sitting club chairs in colorful fabrics and glass-top coffee tables with industrial legs. A member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, Urban Country carries a selection heavy on pieces made with environmentally friendly components. Need help revamping a room? The store offers in-home design services. 7117 Arlington Rd.; 301-654-0500.
CUTE FOR KIDS
Daisy Baby & Kids
Give Junior’s nursery a spruce-up at this furniture shop for kids and babies. Owner Dana Evans helps parents pick the right bedding, cribs, rugs, and accessories from a selection of designer pieces. The shop carries lines by John Robshaw Textiles, Dwell Studio, the Doodle Store, and more. You can also find some gift items, such as stuffed animals, picture frames, and memory books. 4912-A Del Ray Ave.; 301-654-7477.
Tugooh Toys & Yiro
Part toy shop, part clothing boutique, this two-in-one kids’ store focuses on eco-friendly pieces. It’s dominated by well-made toys and books, many of which have an educational slant. In the back, you’ll find a collection of organic clothing and formaldehyde-free nursery furniture. 4823 Bethesda Ave.; 301-654-2412.
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