It gets lots of press for its trendy restaurants and bars, but Northwest DC’s 14th Street is also home to some of the city’s best decor stores, which offer new and vintage furniture and home accessories.
1. Mara Home
Apartment-size sofas from Gus Modern, colorful rugs, customizable glass-topped dining tables, and local art fill this cement-floored showroom.
2213 14th St., NW; 202-232-4526.
2. Room & Board
On four levels of a 1919 auto showroom, you’ll find clean-lined outdoor furniture, low-slung sofas in your choice of fabrics, and bright kids’ furnishings, all with a midcentury vibe.
1840 14th St., NW; 202-729-8300.
An elegant outpost for boho-cool printed plates, throws with exotic patterns, and gifts like jewelry and kids’ clothes, plus bar-cart and kitchen supplies (cherry-bark/vanilla bitters, anyone?).
1401 S St., NW; 202-621-6647.
4. Home Rule
This shop—itself the size of a studio apartment—sells moderately priced kitchen gadgets, quirky shower curtains, and seasonal decor such as whimsical Christmas ornaments (glittery peacocks, glass sushi rolls).
1807 14th St., NW; 202-797-5544.
For finishing touches—wall paint by Benjamin Moore, balcony-scale grills and Big Green Egg cookers, window blinds—this multilevel Ace outpost (unusually large for a hardware store in the city) also offers tools for rent and a large garden section with plants on a breezy outdoor deck.
1734 14th St., NW; 202-265-8900.
6. West Elm
Colorful, inexpensive bedding (a preppy orange-stripe duvet cover, purple cotton sheets), well-priced wool rugs, terrarium supplies, and more fill two buzzing floors of a national chain that’s Pottery Barn’s cooler, younger sibling.
1728 14th St., NW; 202-986-2165.
This pink-walled souk traffics in vintage finds such as retro garden furniture, midcentury dressers, and funky wineglasses, plus it’ll deliver for cheap in a brightly painted van.
1626 14th St., NW; 202-232-8171.
The kings of snazzy sofas also sell elegant occasional tables (such as a silver-leaf river-rock coffee table) and oversize art in loft-like digs.
1526 14th St., NW; 202-332-3433.
Globetrotting design wizards Timothy and Mia Worrell source rugs from Morocco, Turkey, and India, as well as luxe bedding and exotic pillows (they can also make one from a textile you bring in).
1529-B 14th St., NW; 202-234-2020.
The annual flea market in the first week of August offers deals on art and furniture once featured on Studio’s stages (say, red Italian acrylic chairs that starred in The Wolfe Twins).
1501 14th St., NW; 202-332-3300.
11. Lori Graham Home
A color-savvy interior designer oversees a collection of contemporary art, Mad Men-era vintage barware, glam Hollywood Regency-style furniture, and haute decor books to help you pull it all together.
1412 14th St., NW; 202-745-0118.
12. Urban Essentials
Futuristic-cool light fixtures (oodles of glass and chrome), apartment-size sectional sofas, and balcony-friendly outdoor furniture coexist in a two-level space also hawking Tempur-Pedic mattresses.
1401 14th St., NW; 202-299-0640.
This article appears in our July 2015 issue of Washingtonian.