Like the idea of winning a grand to spend on Room & Board’s modern-meets-classic furniture line? Then you’d do well to swing by the 14th Street showroom this weekend: Not only is the store’s latest collection now on display, but shoppers who visit this weekend also get the chance at a $1,000 gift card. This year’s collection features plenty of timeless-yet-current interior trends (including such Open House faves as marble, velvet, and Scandinavian-inspired white and wood pairings, plus texture blending and lots of animal hides) spread out on four full floors of showroom space.
How to win: Head to Room & Board Saturday 11 to 7 or Sunday 11 to 6 to register for the prize.
Room & Board. 1840 14th St., NW; 202-729-8300.
In a reflection of the growth industry that restaurants have become in Washington and other US cities, the National Restaurant Association has moved to larger, cooler digs in downtown Washington. The association will celebrate the new duplex offices at 2055 L Street, Northwest, with a party Wednesday night featuring cocktails from Todd Thrasher (PX, Restaurant Eve) and food from Occasions Caterers.
We stopped by the space for a tour, which included the kitchens—there are five in all—and the large event space. It holds the largest kitchen, which is restaurant-grade and equipped with high-definition cameras to shoot food segments that can be broadcast inside, on several big-screen televisions, or used for TV programs (Top Chef, perhaps?). There is also an outdoor terrace, contributed by the Trinchero Family Estates winery in Napa, California.
The NRA, which says it represents half a million restaurants nationwide, moved from smaller offices at 17th and L Streets, Northwest. The local office holds 80 of the total 225 employees; the rest work out of the Chicago office. According to CEO Dawn Sweeney, the new offices show a 20 percent growth in the NRA staff over the last decade, which she says matches the growth rate of the industry.
The new space also includes the NRA’s Education Foundation, which is celebrating a new two-year program to bring culinary training to high school classrooms. The program, according to the NRA, is offered in 1,900 schools in 48 states, including the local area, serving 95,000 students overall.
1837 Some of the National Restaurant Association’s brain trust: Christin Fernandez, manager of media relations; Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO; Marion Austin, head of office services; Sue Hensley, senior vice president of communications; and Katie Laning Niebaum, communications director.
With one of fall’s favorite holidays right around the corner, you may start to notice some over-the-top decorations taking over your neighbors’ homes—a fake graveyard spread across the entire front lawn, perhaps. But there are plenty of ways to festively dress your home while keeping it classy—and without dropping big bucks. We've found five great DIYs to try.
1) Try sweetening up your candles by adding candy corn to the holder, like these ones from Women's Day. Tip: Place the candles somewhere the kids can’t reach so they don’t burn their hand trying to steal a piece. Total cost: Under $20
2) Light up your walkway with this tin can luminary DIY tutorial from Jolly Mom. All you need is an old can, some black paint, a hammer, and a nail. Doesn’t get much easier than that. Total cost: $2.99
3) Switch out your usual flower pots for pumpkins with this easy craft from I Heart Nap Time. Try incorporating synthetic pumpkins so you can reuse them for next year’s festivities or swap in flowers anytime. Total cost: $16
4) Finish off the last of the olive oil or syrup that’s been sitting in your pantry forever, and use the bottle to add a spooky touch to any mantelpiece or entry table, as seen on Instructables. By spraying them black and adding an appropriate label, you’ll have witch potion bottles in no time. Total cost: $6
5) The patron saint of creativity, Martha Stewart, can help you wow Halloween party guests with this pumpkin cooler. Throw in some Oktoberfest beer and you’re good to go. Total cost: Market price of a pumpkin at your local patch
Hickok Cole Architects released these renderings today of the new NPR headquarters, which is under construction in NoMa and is scheduled to be finished by the end of March. Unlike the old NPR headquarters in Penn Quarter, this new building will be much more open to the public—a concept that is reflected in the glassy, open design. There will be tours of the 90,000-square-foot newsroom as well as an exhibit tracing the history of NPR. A big coup for NoMa, the building will breathe even more life into a neighborhood that’s undergoing tremendous change. And it looks pretty good, too.