With less than seven days until Christmas, and the busiest shopping day—this Saturday, December 22nd—fast approaching, I ask you this: Where will you buy the perfect gift for you interior design-loving spouse, partner or friend?
Answer: On Capitol Hill, of course!
Homebody Every so often, you will find me wandering around Homebody, secretly wishing somebody would hand me $1,000 and encourage me to buy whatever I want. The store features everything from furniture and textiles, to salt and pepper shakers. While the store has it all, I especially enjoy their collection of tchotchkes, knick-knacks and other assorted home accessories. Homebody is the perfect store to pick up items to finish off a room.
Hill’s Kitchen Yes, this store has made it onto other gift guides, but I assure you that Hill’s Kitchen deserves to be on this list as well. Even the most reluctant cook would happily accept a piece of colorful cookware by Emile Henry or a trio of nesting bowls this Christmas. And, in our small Hill homes, it’s important to purchase things that pull double duty. My favorite form and function item is a ceramic or glass pitcher. One minute it is brewing a quart of sweet tea, the next it is holding a lovely bouquet of flowers.
The Flea Market at Eastern Market Twenty-five dollar end table? Check. Repurposed ceiling tiles? Check. A painting, map or photograph of any person, place or thing you could possibly imagine? Check. Reindeer made of logs and twigs? Heck yeah that’s a check!
My point is, the Flea Market at Eastern Market has it all. The best gift you could get this year that would fit in a shirt box? Turkish towels. They get softer with every wash, fold compactly, and come in a wide assortment of colors. And, an added bonus: they are all about the stripes! The best gift you could get at the Market that can’t be wrapped? A picture or painting of the place where you met, first kissed or fell in love with your loved one.
Hunted House Looking for the perfect mid-century modern piece? Then, get to the Hunted House! They do all of the work, which is to see they hunt for the perfect piece to complete you mid-century collection, and all you have to do is hand them your credit card and arrive at home with the perfect gift this holiday season. The store does not keep traditional hours, so be sure to check their website before you head there.
Finally, when it is the eleventh hour and you’ve got nothing in hand, head to the grocery store or drug store, pick up a copy of House Beautiful or Dwell, fill out the subscription insert and drop it in the mail. A magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving, month after month, for an entire year.