Guest Post: Fabulous Home Design Finds on U Street

Hey guys, it’s Heather from Falls Design. Working for a design firm, I am inspired by great design all day, but what I’m most passionate about is home design. When I’m not blogging or reading trade pubs, I’m coercing one of my girlfriends to check out a new design store, or bribing my husband to drive around and look at houses. After living in Washington for years, I finally took the plunge and bought a house in Falls Church where I can exert all of my pent up design energy. On Falls Design, I document my adventure filling my first home with great design, as well as DIY projects and anything I find inspiring.

Today, my sister and I decided to focus on U Street….

Before any big reconnaissance mission, you must start out with a good meal. We stopped by Vinoteca to test out their infamous brunch. Bottomless Mimosas for $5…enough said! But this was a working day so I stuck to 1 extra-spicy Bloody Mary with green olives. I ordered their pan catalan and eggs (2 eggs sunny-side up, tomato pulp, prosciutto, and manchego cheese). Let me just say hands down this was the best brunch I have had in a very long time.

Perfect. Then we were off. Here are 4 of my favorite finds:

1. Room & Board
1840 14th Street Northwest

Now I know SPY has written about Room & Board in the past, but I just couldn’t help myself. Their U Street location is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Room & Board offers timeless design, plus 80% of their collection is American made.  The 4-story loft like store provides the perfect modern, streamlined backdrop for their pieces.

You forget you are in a store! Look at those gorgeous black windowpanes looking out over U Street. Not only did I want to buy everything, I wanted to move in.

I’m seeing this trend everywhere—white marble on top of steel—and I love it! So fresh and modern, and it’s the perfect complimentary piece to any color palette.

You could easily replicate something like this for super-cheap. Buy a couple of graphic illustrations on iStock, make them whatever color you want in Adobe Illustrator, and print off at Kinkos. Matted in a modern frame, and presto!

2. Urban Essentials
1330 U Street, NW

This eclectic store offers everything from high-end sofas and coffee tables to uber modern lighting fixtures and Hawaiian candles.


3. Muleh
1831 14th Street, NW

This is a great place to find one of a kind unique pieces, plus the clothes are too-die-for!

5.  Hunted House
1830 1/2 14th Street, NW

This store is surprisingly charming. I love the way each showroom is staged. You feel like you just stepped back into whatever time period the furniture is from, a 60′s living room, a 70′s office…it’s very cool…and a little spooky.


Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th Street, NW) and Home Rule (1807 14th Street, NW) are also two of my favorites. Miss Pixies offers a home to vintage finds and current leave behinds, so you can’t help but leave feeling nostalgic, while Home Rule is far from your mother’s kitchen store. Chock full of anything and everything you could ever want for your kitchen, this store is a neighborhood favorite.

No matter what your style, here are my tips for creating spaces you will love:

  1. Stay open-minded
  2. Get Inspired–then DIY
  3. Add texture & contrast
  4. Go with what you love
  5. Let your room tell a story

Feel free to email me with any design questions. Ciao!

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