Since 1919, the knowledgeable staff at Wilson Lighting and Interiors have illuminated thousands of lamps, fixtures, and lighting accessories for customers. Set a shabby-chic parlor aglow with a distressed lamp base ($53), perhaps topping it with a classic hand-stitched Canterbury lampshade ($74). Nightlights ($11.50) comfort nocturnal pets and boogeymen banished to dark closets. Beacons for all purposes await dusky corners in the comprehensive bulb department, including three-way bulbs ($3.60) and full-spectrum bulbs ($17) that form a perfect spotlight for the prima-donna hand of the after-dinner puppet show.
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.
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.
Bazensky's Furniture's sprawling store brims with one of the largest selections of dinette sets, patio furniture, and bar stools 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 showroom lights.
Phina's for the Home offers a comprehensive collection that includes everything from bedding sets and decorative home accents to soap and skincare products. Declared best linens in the city by Baltimore magazine in 2007, the luxury linens are far from bulky, but garner the largest chunk of customer attention in the home-décor haven. The tranquil hues and delicate textiles found in the Bliss Living Harmony bedding collection can soften the grinchiest houseguest with peaceful slumber, while the selection of giant-sized tablecloths might help to hide the emergency card-tables erected to accommodate holiday house parties. Prices start around $10 for candles and luxury soaps and can reach into the hundreds for premium linens and bedding.