Furniture and Home Goods
Putting your clothes away is a privilege in B&B Italia’s modular wardrobes. Available in both freestanding and built-in models, with sliding doors in various finishes—such as the waved glass, a textured panel that looks like a Venetian blind—the design is sleek, minimalist, and expensive. The store also carries a range of furniture, including the popular Maxalto collection, a transitional line that’s not quite modern, not quite traditional.
1028 33rd St., NW; 202-337-0810; bebitalia.com.
Darrell Dean Antiques & Decorative Arts
“I’ll tell you what I’m into,” says Dean in his Southern drawl. “Ratty, beat-up, and fraying at the seams.” This translates to offerings such as an oversize piece of weathered driftwood, a group of santos faded to perfection, and a pair of 18th-century Venetian candleholders, each a roaring lion’s head with a human arm extending from the mouth.
1524 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6330; darrelldeanantiques.com.
Marston Luce Antiques
Luce has the kind of practiced eye that comes with more than 30 years in the business. His shop, which feels like the nicest summer home you’ve ever been in, contains a well-chosen collection of 18th- and 19th-century French and painted Swedish furniture as well as garden ornaments and fixtures.
1651 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6800.
“It doesn’t make coffee yet,” jokes Ezio Mattiace, CEO of Poltrona Frau’s Washington outpost, referring to a futuristic leather armchair that swivels and tilts on a piston. The chair, like most seating offered here, comes in 96 colors. “We have 18 tones of brown,” says Mattiace. The century-old Italian company’s leather is also used in Maserati cars, and the store sells both classic and modern designs.
1010 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-1166; frauwashington.com.
Gifts and Other Finds
Christ Child Opportunity Shop
Stepping inside this two-story consignment shop is like stepping back in time. Remember that candy dish on your grandmother’s table? It’s here. Same goes for your mother’s good china, your grandfather’s Hamilton wristwatch, and the bowl-of-fruit still life that used to hang in your childhood home.
1427 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6635; christchilddc.org.
Georgetown Pet Gallery
Woody Neilson fills his shop with animal-related paraphernalia he finds on his travels as an international-dog-show judge. His collection includes sterling-silver dog collars studded with Swarovski crystal, pet beds that look like gilded Fabergé eggs, and chandeliers decorated with white ceramic rabbits.
3204 O St., NW; 202-333-3174.
Keith Lipert Gallery
The go-to guy for the diplomat who has everything, Lipert fills his shelves and showcases with sleekly designed decorative arts and bold, architectural jewelry—items he says reflect his international style and clientele. “We’re basically a village store,” he says, “but our stage is the world.”
2922 M St., NW; 202-965-9736; keithlipertgallery.com.
Moss & Co.
Next time you need to impress the hostess with the mostest, go for one of Moss & Co.’s whimsical topiaries. Owner Moki Moss sells these myrtle masterpieces in shapes ranging from cones to globes to double spheres. The store also sells tabletop accessories and French antiques.
1657 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-0540.
Rooms With a View
Owner Jill Goodrich-Mahoney grew up using G. Lalo’s hand-laid stationery when she lived in France. (Her father worked for the Foreign Service.) Now she stocks her brightly colored store with the Parisian stationer’s goods, among other finds. “Hand-laid paper is slightly dimpled, so the ink holds better,” she explains. E-mail suddenly seems déclassé.
1661 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-625-0610.
The refreshingly retro toys here don’t need operating instructions, and there’s little or no assembly required. The Wheely Bugs—little sit-down scooters in the shape of bumblebees, ladybugs, and cows—are bestsellers. Parents did double takes when Brad Pitt visited in March.
1319 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-338-9476.