One of my favorite things about living in D.C. is the blend of the old and the new. I can begin a walk taking in the historic charm of Georgetown, careful not to trip on the unpredictable brick sidewalks made treacherous by years of wear and growing tree roots, and end up on K street peering up at stories of mirrored glass and ever busy tower cranes, in no more than 15 minutes. This blend creates an environment where everyone who visits can find something that makes them tick visually.
For me, D.C. is also a wonderful balance of north and south. Yes, the D.C. hustle is VERY real but it is still nowhere near the level of a city like NYC. There is still room here for the leisurely pace of a southerner and across the board, people in this city love to leave work early for happy hours! Work hard. Play hard. From a design perspective I see influence from everywhere here; a home that looks like it could have been dropped in right from New England or ironwork so intricate that seems it could only exist on a New Orleans French Quarter balcony. I am head over heels for this bevy of styles and feel inspired by this city that is still south of the Mason-Dixon but allows me to draw inspiration from another region.
It is not to be overlooked that D.C. is also an international melting pot. Every time I walk or drive on Embassy Row I get a kink in my neck from staring at the buildings and trying to identify who they belong to. I often try to do this by identifying the flag waving out front but I’m not so great with flags apparently so the google machine it is. My point in sharing this is to express that I love to try to keep my eyes wide-open to see the opportunities for creative inspiration that D.C. has to offer from all over the world.
I am so excited to share all of my ideas with you!