Mark Your Calendar: Home Design Events Roundup

By: Mary Clare Glover

During Georgetown’s French Market , more than 30 boutiques and home-design stores will take over the sidewalks of upper Georgetown near Book Hill, the front lawn of the Georgetown public library. In addition to stocking up on cool antiques and home accessories—at stores like For Your Home, Carling Nichols, A Mano, Sixteen Fifty-Nine, and Darrell Dean—you can browse clothing, jewelry, and beauty products from shops like Proper Topper, Pink November, Sassanova, and Urban Chic. Stores are offering discounts up to 80 percent.
Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 from 11 to 6.

Some very creative people are headed to the National Building Museum for the Smithsonian Craft Show. The works shown and sold come in many media—basketry, fiber, paper, metals, glass, wood, and more. Of note this year are the coiled-sweetgrass baskets made by MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner Mary Jackson; whimsical straw hats by Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens; handblown glass in delicate forms by Michael Schunke; and Gwen Bennett’s brightly colored paper masks. Many of the 120 booths will be staffed by the artists.
Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, April 26. Admission is $15; seniors, students, military, and Smithsonian employees $12; under age 12 free (no strollers allowed).

Dozens of kitchen designers, builders, architects, interior designers, and landscapers will descend on Tysons Corner during the Luxury Home and Design Expo. Experts will host design seminars and demonstrations on everything from trends in colors to going green.
Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 from 10 to 5 at the Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike
Vienna.