Georgetown Jingle and More

Georgetown Jingle; Washington Craft Show; Green Paints; New books

Georgetown Jingle and More

At the 2007 Georgetown Jingle at the Four Seasons Georgetown, David Herchik of JDS Designs created a whimsical Christmas tree using pillows covered in Palanquin fabric from German textile design house Zimmer & Rohde.

Georgetown Jingle

A festive charity event supports children’s cancer research

The second-annual Georgetown Jingle, held December 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington DC, will once again combine style with good will. More than 30 of the area’s top interior designers will create holiday trees and tabletop vignettes that will be on display and included in the evening’s silent auction. Celebrity designer Jamie Drake will create the “Holiday Glamour”-themed center tree. Proceeds from the event benefit children’s cancer research and programs at Georgetown University Hospital.

Designers decorating trees include Darryl Carter, Sheree Friedman and Ricardo Ramos of Studio Nuovo and Susan Gulick. Other notable Washington-area designers, including David H. Mitchell, Frank Babb Randolph, David Herchik and Victor Shargai, will work with The Washington Design Center to create tabletop vignettes for the Jingle. These designers, along with the Design Center, will donate all of the material used in their displays. “Knowing I can make a small contribution to Georgetown Pediatrics is really what the holiday season is all about,” said tree designer Camille Saum of Camille Saum Interior Design. Last year’s Georgetown Jingle raised $275,000 for the pediatric cancer program.

The tabletops and select trees will be on display at The Washington Design Center from November 15 to December 7. A Preview Party hosted at The Washington Design Center on November 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. will reveal the designs to the public for the first time. Tickets for the Preview Party are $25 per person.

The Georgetown Jingle takes place December 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Jingle will also feature a holiday gift boutique as well as tastings from top local restaurants. Children are welcome to attend the Jingle, which will feature cookie decorating, art projects and holiday films for the younger set. Admission is $100 for individuals and $250 for a family package. For more information, visit —Amanda Jones

A Collectors’ Mecca

The Washington Craft Show celebrates its 20th anniversary from November 30 to December 2

Whether you’re an aficionado or just starting a collection, the Washington Craft Show is a collectors’ mecca. The juried show, held at the Washington Convention Center from November 30 to December 2, will showcase the work of 190 of the nation’s leading contemporary craft artists. Nearly every medium and form imaginable will

be on display, from glass, ceramics, basketry, wood and studio furniture to fiber, metal arts, mixed media, jewelry and wearable art.

This year the event celebrates its 20th anniversary with the theme “Craft Works at 20.” Special events during the weekend include 20/20, featuring artists in their 20s and artists who have been working in the same medium for 20 years coming together to share their perspectives and approaches. Twenty artists will also participate in Works in the Works, where they will display and discuss a special work in progress.

Admission is $15 per person, $13 for seniors and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call (800) 832-7813 or visit —AJ

Eco Ideas: Paint the Home Green

A few tips on finding truly “green” paints

As the green movement gains momentum, more companies are striving to make a difference. This means, however, that consumers need to be better educated as well. When it comes to paints and stains reported to be low- or zero-VOC (emitting low or zero volatile organic compounds), a little knowledge means a lot.

In order to claim a product is zero-VOC, manufacturers only have to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on “how the VOCs combine to create smog—not human health issues,” says Bill Updike of Nature Neutral Green Building Supply in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chemicals not regulated include formaldehyde, ammonia and acetone, among many others.

Before buying paints, do your research. Browse Web sites such as the Green Home Guide ( to find out more about what you should be looking for. Ask major paint companies what chemicals are in the paint to know what you’re really getting. Visit green retailers, such as Nature Neutral or Amicus Green Building in Kensington, Maryland. “Most green retailers sell four or five major lines that are true environmental paints,” says Updike. These companies officially declare that they don’t have any harmful chemicals beyond the EPA regulations. “We’re only going to sell ones we know to be true environmental paints; the ones we trust.”

• AFM Safecoat products contain no solvents, heavy metals, formaldehyde or other harmful preservatives. The paints have almost no odor during application and, once cured, are odor free. These paints are also LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Visit

• American Pride paints are highly rated for performance as well as their environmental friendliness. They are Green Seal certified and contain no suspected carcinogens. Visit

blown- and cut-glass geode by Dan Mirer.

• YOLO Colorhouse selects its paint ingredients to minimize VOCs to approximately 1/1000th of the level known to cause health issues. The products are Green Seal certified and exceed the paint industry’s performance standards. Visit

• BioShield is dedicated to creating products that not only live up to high standards of ecology, but quality and durability. Its Kinder Paint is a zero-VOC, solvent-free and low-odor paint that is derived from natural and easily renewable resources. Visit —Heather C. Jackson

On the Bookshelf

New reads for design aficionados

Storage: Good Ideas
by Cristina Paredes offers cutting-edge design solutions for every major room in the house. Full-page photographs illustrate the latest stylishly conceived bookcases, boxes, wine racks and more. A resource directory is also included. Collins Design, New York, NY, 2007; $24.95. —AJ

Restoration Home: Creating Beautiful Interiors With Rescued Treasures introduces readers to the avant-garde style of authors Mark and Sally Bailey. The duo creates new furniture from reclaimed pieces, taking readers inside the homes of top European designers, including their own. Ryland Peters & Small, New York, NY, 2007; $29.95. —AJ

Olga Gutiérrez de la Roza’s An Eye for Color is designed to teach even the most color-clueless reader how to develop a sense of color and use color forecasting in interiors, graphic design, painting, fashion and craft. The book’s compact design makes it ideal for students or designers on-the-go. Collins Design, New York, NY, 2007; $35. —Xarissa Holdaway

A wooden double gourd hand-built and turned on a lathe by Joel Hunnicutt.

YOLO Colorhouse eco-friendly paint

Storage, by Cristina Paredes

Restoration Home, by Mark & Sally Bailey

An Eye for Color, by Olga Gutierrez de la Roza.