Lori Graham’s Washington, DC
LORI GRAHAM is one of Washington, DC’s top interior designers known for creating interiors that are sophisticated and modern with a bit of edge. She’s also an in-demand furniture designer with her own product line called LG Place and when you visit DC you must stop by Lori’s gorgeous home furnishings boutique Showroom 1412 located in DC’s 14th + U Street corridor.
Of course DC is my hometown, but I’ve already added several of Lori’s city secrets to my to-do list this summer and you might too, so keep reading to discover what Lori loves most about her hometown.
TRULY UNIQUE WASHINGTON, DC EXPERIENCES
A night tour of the FDR and Lincoln Memorials. They are accessible at night, not as crowded and you really can soak up each memorial in a more meaningful way. Also the night view from the Lincoln Memorial is stunning.
A hidden gem Dumbarton Oaks is a historic estate in Georgetown. With acres upon acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the museum also features collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art, as well as European artworks and furnishings.
My favorite fine art gallery is Contemporary Wing. It has several exhibitions a year and offers Washington unique access to contemporary artists. Gallerist Lauren Gentile strives to identify and advance artists who will define American art in the coming decade.
The Phillips Collection is a museum of modern art that should not be missed.
The National Museum of the American Indian’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, indigenous landscaping and exhibitions were all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities from across the hemisphere. Be sure to stop by the Mitsitam Cafe for a bite. The cafe features Native foods from the Northern Woodlands, South America, the Northwest Coast, Meso America and the Great Plains. The food stations depict cooking techniques, ingredients and flavors found in traditional and contemporary Native dishes. The fry bread and buffalo burgers are both delicious!
WHERE TO EAT
Table is a new chef’s table restaurant with a menu that evolves daily – perfect for upscale yet casual dining with friends.
Le Diplomate is the quintessential french bistro on 14th Street.
Hank’s Oyster Bar is a great neighborhood joint right off Dupont Circle and the cocktails and seafood are some of the best in town.
Dining at Minibar by José Andrés is such an intimate, exhilarating experience and the decor and layout are outstanding. Minibar was even nominated for a James Beard design award this year.
WHERE TO SLEEP
The Graham is a boutique hotel in Georgetown with well-appointed rooms and a breezy rooftop bar and lounge.
Tabard Inn is a delightful, quaint hotel near the White House. Take time to explore the sitting and reading rooms and be sure to have brunch in the courtyard.
Donovan House is a modern boutique hotel with sleek, sexy rooms and an even sexier rooftop pool.
WHERE TO SHOP
For home + design:
14th Street NW is a hot, new buzzing area for art, furniture and antiques. Don’t miss Timothy Paul Carpets + Textiles and Timothy Paul Bedding + Home.
Head to Cady’s Alley in Georgetown’s Design District for great design.
Be sure to visit And Beige in Adam’s Morgan as well.
Women’s clothing boutiques in Georgetown cannot be beat. Try Urban Chic, Sangaree, Wink, and Sugar.
For men’s clothing, there’s Federal and Lost Boys.
Eastern Market is great for unique local finds.
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