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, which is a 23-room housein Potomac, Maryland, will be open September 30-October 29. Twenty-three designers will decorate the spaces, and there will be four boutiques, a Decade of Design Celebration and special events throughout the month in the home’s ballroom – plus a daily café onsite. The boutiques will be:Ibhana Creations by Meena Tharmaratnam, Whyte House Monograms by Debbie McCarthy Whyte, Jeff L Designs by Jeff LiaBraaten and Coco Blanca. Proceeds from the house tour will benefit the Children’s National Health System.
Image above:The exterior of the DC Design House. Photo by HomeVisit.
The Design House will have a Florals & Fascinators Brunchon October 5.Visitors are invited to wear “Sunday’s Bestand Fabulous Fascinator Hats! Dine on made-to-order waffles and omelets while listening to Special Guest: Former Chief White House Florist Laura Dowlingas she talks about her time in the White House with the Obamas! Laura will also introduce her new book A White House Christmas - including floral design and tutorials! A book signing will follow immediately after brunch concludes. Admission ticket to this event includes a self guided tour of the Design House.
The TWIG will present the 2017 Alexandria Tour of Homes, sponsored by Joe Hadeed, on September 23.The TWIG is the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital.Eight lovely homes and gardens in Old Town Alexandria will be showcased on the Tour, which is now in its 76th year. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history and design of the unique homes, all of which are located on North Columbus Street and within easy walking distance of each other. The buildings on display date from the turn of the 19th century to the present.Current uses of the homes show how to retain historic essence while modernizing, how to live easily in a small space, and how to experience the joys of living green.
Image below: A rendering of one of the homes which will be featured on the tour.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting You Can Grow It!in the Conservatory Terrace and East Gallery, thru October 15. The exhibit “helps experienced and novice gardeners alike to have more fruitful indoor and outdoor gardening experiences. Wander the Terrace and the exhibit Gallery to explore the basics of growing plants and investigate solutions for many common plant problems. Along the way, discover foolproof plants, learn about the right plant for the right place and person, and even pick up a few specialty horticulture techniques for plants requiring a little extra care.” The exhibit is designed for all skill levels of gardening.
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 will reopen on October 7, after a major seven-month restoration. Based on new research and investigation, this 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.