Before visiting the showrooms below, check websites for store hours. Some locations may be open by appointment only.
AJ Madison Appliances opened its first DC-area location in March 2020. The 5,000-square-foot Tysons showroom offers appliances by brands such as Miele, Bosch, Sub-Zero, Viking and Gaggenau, with an emphasis on the best products for multi-generational living and aging-in-place. Factory-trained staff members provide expertise for consumers seeking advice, from planning to installation. 8500 Leesburg Pike; ajmadison.com
Anna Kemper Atelier, designer Anna Kemper’s 2,430-square-foot boutique, made its debut in DC’s Union Market district in July 2020. Kemper, who previously designed interiors and ran a shop in Columbia, South Carolina, brings a global aesthetic to her first eponymous brick-and-mortar store with furniture, lighting, vintage rugs and accessories. Also look for art by international and DC-based artists. 1266 5th Street, NE; annakemperatelier.com
Baker, a go-to, to-the-trade source for furniture and couture-level fabric and upholstery, has traded its longtime location in Cady’s Alley for a 6,000-square-foot showroom in the Washington Design Center. In addition to Baker’s Milling Road and McGuire brands, collections by such local design icons as Thomas Pheasant and Darryl Carter are sold. 1099 14th Street, NW, Suite 400;bakerfurniture.com
BLU DOT, a source for modern furniture, lighting and accessories best known for its online emporium, has expanded its retail presence with a ninth U.S. location—this one in Georgetown. Opened in September 2020, the 6,100-square-foot showroom spotlights the full range of Blu Dot’s wares, all designed and manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis. bludot.com
Braemar Cabinetry opened its 800-square-foot showroom in Old Town Alexandria in September 2020. Two kitchen-and-bath designers on staff offer design consultations, guidance on material selection and product ordering, and the showroom features visual-rendering technology that allows clients to see their designs on a big screen. Cabinet lines include Decora, Schrock and KitchenCraft. 205 South Union Street; braemarcabinetry.com
Case Architects & Remodelers’ location in Alexandria sets it apart. The showroom, which debuted in May 2020, is housed in an historic building—with a meeting room inside a former bank vault. Featuring a coffee bar and vignettes of kitchens, baths and mudrooms, the 2,400-square-foot space also displays outdoor kitchens with tile and countertop combinations. 119 North Washington Street; casedesign.com
Contemporaria traded its industrial-chic Georgetown showroom for an updated, 100-year-old house in Potomac in March 2020. While founder Deborah Kalkstein has shifted her focus towards design, remodeling and construction services, the new 2,000-square-foot location still showcases such modern European brands as Minotti, Cappellini, Flos, Foscarini, Ingo Maurer and Kartell in three floors of retail space. 10030 Falls Road; contemporaria.com
David Sutherland Showroom, Sutherland Furniture’s first DC outpost, opened in the Washington Design Center in July 2020. The 5,000-square-foot space offers fabrics from Perennials—part of the Dallas-based company’s brand—and Sutherland outdoor furniture; other vendors include Hellman-Chang, Ochre, Mattaliano, Pavoni and Bradford Stewart. 1099 14th Street, NW, Suite 410; sutherlandfurniture.com
Gramophone’s new location in Gaithersburg encompasses two adjacent showrooms totaling 6,000 square feet. One houses a lab where consumers learn about lighting, circadian rhythms and color temperature in residential-style spaces. The other, an audio/visual design center, showcases outdoor A/V systems, high-performance music systems, surround sound, custom theaters and more. 8513 Grovemont Circle; gramophone.com
Grof USA Showroom & Distribution Center opened its doors in November 2019 in a 2,970-square-foot outpost in Chantilly. At this one-stop shop for kitchen-and-bath remodeling, design consultants offer inspiration and advice. The showroom boasts such brands as KOHLER, Kallista, Robern and Sterling, as well as Italian manufacturers Vives, Barausse and Stosa Cucine. 3656 Centerview Drive, Suite 7; grofusa.com
The Home Depot Design Center opened in September 2020 at Rockville’s Montrose Crossing. Unlike a typical big-box store, this 36,000-square-foot showroom—only the second of its kind in the U.S.—specializes in custom kitchens and bathrooms, offering in-house design and project-management services. Custom cabinetry, countertops, appliances, flooring, tile and fixtures are on offer. 12087 Rockville Pike; homedepot.com/c/designcenter
John Rosselli & Associates joined the Washington Design Center’s roster in September 2020, moving from a location in Georgetown. A purveyor of antiques, hand-painted reproductions, fabrics, wallpaper and lighting—all curated by antiques maven Rosselli—the new 2,000-square-foot space also represents Glant, Adelphi Paper Hangings, Kathryn M Ireland and John Robshaw, among other vendors. 1099 14th Street, NW, Suite 325; johnrosselli.com
KOHLER Signature Store by GROF USA opened its doors in Bethesda in March 2020. The 3,999-square-foot outlet houses kitchen and bath vignettes, while on-site consultants offer in-person and virtual design advice and project planning. The showroom also carries collections by Ann Sacks, Kallista and Robern. 7626 Old Georgetown Road; kohler signaturestorebethesda.com
Pella Windows & Doors of Northern Virginia, which opened in Vienna in October 2019, emphasizes a hands-on approach. The 2,500-square-foot showroom offers what it terms its Experience Center, with functioning windows and doors. Here, customers can curate product selections and try out products for themselves. 8150 Leesburg Pike, Suite 140; pellabranch.com/northern-virginia
Serena & Lily, the California retailer, brought its laid-back, coastal vibe to a 3,000-square-foot Bethesda Row boutique in August 2020. The company’s first mid-Atlantic location showcases indoor and outdoor furniture, bedding, rugs, lighting, upholstery and decorative accessories—including items not found online. A curated gallery wall features works by local artists. Design consultations are available. 7121 Bethesda Lane; serenaandlily.com
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Old Town — An excursion to Virginia’s Old Town Alexandria is a chance to soak up the atmosphere as well as the deals. Located on the Potomac River, this historic district of brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets was founded in 1749 and is lined with locally owned boutiques, galleries, antiques stores and national retailers—many in vintage row houses an easy stroll from one another.
Tysons Corner — Virginia’s bustling Tysons Corner encompasses three major shopping areas: Fairfax Square, with select upscale boutiques; and Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria—both sprawling, multi-level indoor malls chock-full of fashion and home-design showrooms. Stand-alone stores also abound, from Crate & Barrel to The Container Store, plus specialty shops tucked away in smaller shopping strips.
Cady’s Alley — This 120,000-square-foot enclave in the heart of Georgetown is mainly comprised of contemporary home-design showrooms sporting lofted ceilings, exposed brick and glass-and-steel stairways. Shops proffer everything from chic bath resources to sleek furnishings and stylish lighting, conveniently centered around a pedestrian-friendly cobblestone alley that makes one-stop shopping easy.
14th Street — Once a shabby neighborhood of warehouses and body shops, this vibrant stretch between Thomas Circle and U Street, NW, is now home to industrial-chic abodes and a hip design district that culminates on L Street at the Washington Design Center. Home-décor showrooms along 14th Street range from a four-story Room & Board to quirky Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot—interspersed with trendy restaurants. The Design Center, in the iconic Franklin Court building, is home to 24 designer showrooms, some of which are to-the-trade only.
Bethesda Area — A construction boom has transformed Bethesda, Maryland, from suburban sprawl to urban metropolis. In Fall 2018, a new Anthropologie with a home-design center joined Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma on Bethesda Avenue; they keep pace with fixtures such as Urban Country and Random Harvest. Nearby Kensington still lures visitors to its Antique Row, a bastion of antiques dealers, galleries and more—just as it has for decades.