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.
Essential beauty product
Sleep and my Stewart & Claire lip balm in Old Fashioned flavor.
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.
Check out Amanda and all the other Southern tastemakers in the 75 Most Stylish Southerners.