Sleek hardwood floors. An earth-toned tile backsplash. A stone fireplace that matches the stone floor of a refinished basement. These are just a few of the many customized remodeling options that Lofft Construction Inc. offers up to its customers. It does so by working directly with architects and each client to design new additions, update a kitchen, or make a basement a livable space for the family members who aren't ghosts.
The approach has paid off. In addition to making customers happy, the company has racked up awards, including the COTY Contractor of the Year Award in 2009, 2011, and 2013. It also gives back to the community, donating unused building materials to Habitat for Humanity and hosting meal nights to feed those without homes.
Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & What Not keeps customers coming back with their “blast from the past” apparel and furnishings. Large windows draw customers into the granite floored shop with neon pink walls and unusual chandeliers. The massive vintage store on 14th Street carries everything from old photographs and lunch boxes from the 1950s to vintage mirrors and old lamps to old-school rotary phones, and that’s only the beginning. Miss Pixie’s also has Matchbox cars, old beer glasses and used books and records. Aside from these exercises in knick-knack nostalgia, the store is also a home decorator’s dream. Between the vintage furniture and the unexampled artwork, there’s enough funk here to furnish the most whimsical crib.
Design shops are a rarity in colorful Adams Morgan, but the eclectic nature of Skynear makes up for the dearth. Located in a Victorian townhouse built in the 1890s, Skynear Designs Gallery offers a modern and cool take on everything from furniture and artwork to jewelry and iPad accessories. While most of the handmade products are local, Skynear does sell one-of-a-kind, silk-screened Cuban movie posters, along with art from nationally-known painters. While not part of Skynear proper, a wander up the stairs will lead shoppers to a gallery featuring art from artists of various origin including South America. Skynear hosts once-a-month curated evening events, which often feature artists whose works are sold in the space.
Sitting at the intersection of interior design and fashion, Muléh stocks upscale, hip and modern collections of both clothing and furniture. The U Street corridor lifestyle store is funky and chic. The industrial-feeling interior houses clothing and accessories from fashion designers like Phillip Lim and Vivienne Westwood. Muléh also carries modern, arty and witty furniture lines from Kenneth Cobonpue, Hive and Argo. Muléh carries a unique mélange of furnishings that cater well to the recently gentrified neighborhood. This makes it easy for customers to create a place that is distinct and individual, even if the shop tends to run a little more expensive than some of the nearby stores.
Home Rule may be smaller than the average Bed, Bath & Beyond, but this cheerful space packs in hundreds of cool kitchen tools, bath accessories and decorative items. The common bond is that the products are distinct, well-made and well-priced. For those in need of a shower curtain, a funky alarm or a wall clock, as well as skin care products or fancy dishwashing soap, the perfect stop is this 14th Street corridor bazaar. Plus, Home Rule stocks top quality kitchen products from brands like Baggu, Bodom, Umbra and Le Creuset. Indeed, for stocking a kitchen with everything from pots and pans to apple corers and zesters, Home Rule rules.
BB & Co. Construction takes all the cons out of construction with its fully licensed staff of insured contractors. Clients can solicit BB for interior or exterior painting or request more complicated tasks such as carpentry, plumbing, or sneaking a 6-foot party sub into a movie theater. When not rehabbing homes, BB contributes its materials and services to such charitable organizations as Toys for Tots and Children's Hospital.