Friendship Heights Village Center & Park in the Summer of 2017
Gardens & Homes
The entrance to The Elizabeth Condominium in the Summer of 2017
The DC Design House
The 10th Annual DC Design House is open thru October 29 and is a 23-room houseat 9004 Congressional Court in Potomac, Maryland. Twenty-three designers decorated the spaces, and there are four boutiques, a Decade of Design Celebration and special events throughout October in the home’s ballroom – plus a café onsite. The boutiques are:Ibhana Creations by Meena Tharmaratnam, Jeff L Designs by Jeff LiaBraaten, Coco Blanca,& Whyte House Monograms by Debbie McCarthy Whyte; the latter has a pop-up boutique in The Collection in Chevy Chase. Proceeds from the house tour will benefit the Children’s National Health System.
Image below:The exterior of the DC Design House. Photo by HomeVisit.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Spectacular: Gems & Jewelry from the Marjorie Post Collection, thru January 1, 2018.Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, “tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.”
Her collection “represented the finest assembly of gems and historical and twentieth-century jewelry in America. She commissioned great pieces from the most important jewelry firms of her time including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and Verdura and many others…..
New and previously unseen pieces from the Merriweather Post collection are an added highlight of this exhibition.”
The Blue Roomin the Mount Vernon Mansion reopened on October 7, after a major seven-month restoration. Based on new research and investigation, the bedchamber’s dramatic transformation includes reproduction French wallpaper, cream-painted woodwork, and a bedstead draped in a blue-printed cotton. The room “introduces modern-day visitors to the richly-furnished interiors experienced by the Washingtons’ guests. Its architecture and furnishings represent more than forty-years of personal and cultural change experienced by the Washingtons, and the furnishings in particular highlight Mrs. Washington’s influence in the home.”
Image below:The Blue Room in the Mount Vernon Mansion.
The Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown are temporarily closed to the public until March 15, 2018. During that time, the estate will make large-scale improvements to the gardens’ water-supply network as well as enhancement of storm-water management throughout the property.