The Casual Cup’s tiered tea service tantalizes sophisticated sippers with richly flavored libations and elegant eats. Diners commence their ambrosial afternoon with a steaming pot of tea of their choice. Scones slathered in house-made lemon curd and decadent clotted cream make diners feel as important as workers at a red-carpet manufacturing plant. A cup of belly-warming soup or a verdant helping of salad warms up taste buds for the main event, which consists of chef-picked tea sandwiches and assorted desserts elegantly displayed atop a tiered platter. The service requires 24 hours notice prior to guests’ arrival.
Dedicated to rewriting the traditional furniture-store formula, the well-edited shop eschews the sales in sales. Here, you can bed flop and couch surf without interruptions from sales-hungry staff. The hassle-free environment, coupled with a policy to only stock first-line releases and brand-new inventory, gives the 50,000-square-foot facility showcasing more than 350 manufacturers a comfortable, shopable feel. With items running the gamut from vanities to lighting to the bathroom sink, Brandon Home Furnishings is a one-stop fix for any painfully plain corner, closet, nook, cranny, or dollhouse cranny.
Bazensky's Furniture's sprawling store brims with one of the largest selections of dinette sets, patio furniture, and barstools in the area. Bazensky's also boasts full lines of living-room, bedroom, dining-room, and youth furniture, thanks to a recent expansion. Against muted pastel walls, a massive array of furnishings from manufacturers such as Canadel, Saloom, Flexsteel, Amisco, Trica, and Meadowcraft basks beneath the golden show-room lights. Flexsteel sofas and Vaughan-Bassett solid wood bed-and-dresser sets ($1,000+ each) hail from U.S. manufacturers, and a pair of sturdy Amisco barstools ($300+) is crafted from high-quality North American steel. A resplendent selection of lamps ($99+) and ornate floor coverings ($199+) give any dining room the self-esteem necessary to one day grow into a full-size banquet hall. Patio furniture flanks a bouquet of outdoor umbrellas ($149+), ideal for outdoor gatherings and half-giant flying nannies.
Amazing Glaze makes it simple for amateur artisans and ceramic virtuosos to produce colorful pottery pieces using a variety of stencils, stamps, and tracing outlines. Start by choosing your desired paint-vessel from a vast selection of more than 400 ceramic compositions ($3–$50), including coffee mugs and dinner plates to adorn kitchens and vases to grow your pet panda's bamboo snacks in. Pick a design from the store's volumes of sample books or enlarge a wallet-sized photo of your homecoming date on the studio's copy machine, select from more than 100 colors, and then create a design for your earthenware masterpiece. For the artistically stymied, on-staff artists will be standing by to assist with the pigmenting process. Glazing, firing, and brilliantly hued paints are included in the $7 per hour studio fee (caps off at $12/day), and polished objects are ready five days later.
One of the largest furniture retailers in the country, RoomStore offers furnishings for all tastes and budgets. Browse elegantly practical seating for the dining room such as a Manhattan side chair with a faux leather seat ($129.99) or a Hancock bench, a classic medieval trestle form that welcomes soul sacks with dignity ($199.99), like the moon welcomes a handsome astronaut. Bedroom pieces are sturdy beauties, such as the Montpelier nightstand ($199.99), that have matching mirrors ($100+) to boast your own beauty. A selection of kids’ furniture, accent tables, and armoires proves RoomStore's forest of furnishings has the makings to feather any nest, birdhouse, or airy loft apartment. Reliable delivery teams ensure furniture is placed and assembled in the preferred spot, be it on the roof or nestled inside a kitchen cupboard.
Listed in the Washingtonian as one of DC's top tile providers, Architectural Ceramics employs trained design consultants to flesh out customers' skeletal designs, creating individualized bathrooms, kitchen back-splashes, fireplaces, and more. Stop by to browse through 25,000 samples with tiles ranging in price from $5 to $40 per square foot, depending on the collection. Oceanside Glasstile ranges from $30 to $40 per square foot, and Sonoma Tilemakers from $20 to $30. Architectural Ceramics's showrooms also feature green options, created by artisans using natural and recycled materials whenever possible. Its consultants stand by to develop prospective redecorators' ideas with conceptual drawings and work hard to make design dreams come true, except for those that involve live bear-skin rugs.