D.C.’s Most Stylish Talks Home Decor, Local Hot Spots & Cherry Blossom Festival

March 11, 2014 | By | Comments (1)
Photo: Jeffrey Martin

Photo: Jeffrey Martin

We first started tracking Amanda McClements through her blog Metrocurean—her posts a constant source of knowledge and inspiration for all things home, food, and D.C. lifestyle. Last fall we had the pleasure to meet Amanda when we visited her year-old shop Salt & Sundry in the renovated Union Market. Salt & Sundry brings her eye for gorgeous home wares and under-the-radar food and gift lines to life.

It is Amanda’s taste, championing of regional brands, and all-around charisma that made her a no-brainer choice for our 75 Most Stylish Southerners list. Here, she shares some of her best-kept decorating tips and favorite D.C. spots just in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival that kicks off in the Capitol March 20.

3 home decor brands to watch.
Sydney Hale‘s candles are so dreamy. I also love Moore and Giles, and though I’m biased since he’s my dad, Walter McClements’ salvaged wood farm tables that we sell through Salt & Sundry.

Quick trick to spruce up a room.
Change up your linens! Swap throw pillows out and add a vintage tapestry or colorful throw to cover couches and chairs. I do this a few times a year and friends always ask if I got new furniture.

Must-have coffee table book.
Rough Luxe Design by Kahi Lee. Not only is the cover box a gorgeous aged wood print, the content nails that magic point where old worn things become fresh again.

D.C.’s best furniture shops.
When I’m not bringing things home from Salt & Sundry, I love Goodwood, Home Rule, Miss Pixie’s, and Timothy Paul.

Essential beauty product
Sleep and my Stewart & Claire lip balm in Old Fashioned flavor.

Favorite DC boutiques?
Muleh and Redeem.

D.C.’s hottest restaurant.
Rose’s Luxury—it feels like you’re having dinner at a very cool friend’s house. The pork sausage with lychee is out of this world.

Best drink spot in the District.
2 Birds 1 Stone. I love Adam Bernbach’s hand-drawn menu and cocktails served in vintage glassware.

Secret Cherry Blossom photo-op.
Head to the Tidal Basin by the FDR Memorial, and you can get great shots of the blossoms with the Washington Monument in the background.

Get her look: Leather jacket; maxi floral dress; spiked necklace

Check out Amanda and all the other Southern tastemakers in the 75 Most Stylish Southerners.

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