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Vintage By Design

June 5, 2018

You probably know this designer's dazzling behind-the-scenes work from the annual Washington Winter Show and Washington Mardi Gras. Jonathan G. Willen's new company, Vintage Affairs, Vintage By Design, LLC, gives clients a chance to showcase their personal style, whether it's for a bridal shower, wedding, corporate event or celebratory dinner.

 

"Tradition and generational history are often important parts in telling their story," explains Willen. "I often encourage folks to find pieces within their family heirlooms that can be worked into tables capes or furniture pieces that can be worked into the atmosphere of events.  

 

The story starts with the invite and ends with the thank you note is Willen's approach. This event planner extraordinaire was looking for an opportunity to be more creative and have a fun set of furniture, props and china that he could incorporate into everyday events when he first discovered Vintage Affairs.

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"I fell in love with the farm tables, the 100-200-year-old barnwood distressed naturally and reclaimed by our craftsmen just lend themselves to both wild fields and five-star hotel ballrooms. They can play against vintage or modern furniture, they're versatile, and their beauty speaks volumes. I often ponder what stories the wood could tell us having stood somewhere for 200 years."

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With inspiration coming from everywhere, Willen often sees something sitting on the side of the road, perhaps an old settee or a pair of shutters and knows exactly how best to reuse them.

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Modern mixed with vintage is his mantra. And elegance is a must in every detail. Lush tables where guests catch scent of the floral arrangement, the aroma of the meal, and hear the music playing. All senses addressed with visaul delights carefully positioned from every angle of the room. "Always leave them (the guests) wanting more," adds Willen. 

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Georgetown Village Honors Nancy Taylor Bubes

May 13, 2018

Recalling the days when Georgetown was best known for its exploding manhole covers, DC councilmember Jack Evans beamed, "What a beautiful view of the Georgetown waterfront! We've come a long way and Georgetown has never looked better."

Nancy Taylor Bubes, Lynn Golub-Rofrano, Gail Nordheimer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nancy Taylor Bubes, Lynn Golub-Rofrano, Gail Nordheimer

Several hundred friends and neighbors came out Thursday evening to the offices of Foley & Lardner with its panoramic views of Washington Harbour to honor Nancy Taylor Bubes and support Georgetown Village's annual spring benefit.

"Nancy is a fixture in Georgetown," continued Evans. "I remember when she started in real estate and her picture was on Safeway carts." For over 30 years, Nancy has offered her hospitality, talents and generosity to the community, and since Georgetown Village was established 7 years ago by Sharon Lockwood, she has supported every Village event. Evans honored Washington Fine Properties' top seller with a plaque proclaiming May10th Nancy Taylor Bubes Day in the District of Columbia.

David Dunning, Sharon and David Lockwood and Jack Evans (Photo by: Judith Beermann) David Dunning, Sharon and David Lockwood and Jack Evans

"The spirit of Georgetown is the spirit of Nancy," said Georgetown Village president Gail Nordheimer

Georgetown businesses generously provided silent auction items and Tony and Joe's/Nick's Riverside Grill donated delicious hors d'oeuvres.

Georgetown Village is a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer services, educational and cultural programs to enable neighbors to age independently in their homes. Now in its seventh year, Georgetown Village has about 200 members and many trained and vetted volunteers who, with their staff, meet the needs of members. For more information, contact Georgetown Village.

Peter and Motrya Calafiura with Gail Nordheimer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Peter and Motrya Calafiura with Gail Nordheimer

Luis and Kate Semerad Bakker (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Luis and Kate Semerad Bakker

Gary Nordheimer and Bill Plante (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gary Nordheimer and Bill Plante

Craig Wilson, Melissa Lee Huston and Jack Cahill (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Craig Wilson, Melissa Lee Huston and Jack Cahill

Gail Nordheimer and Dr. Ernest Brown (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gail Nordheimer and Dr. Ernest Brown

Dana Landry with David Dunning (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dana Landry with David Dunning

Kelly and Greg Casten (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kelly and Greg Casten

Alan and Liz Bubes (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Alan and Liz Bubes
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Karen and Bill Sonneborn Host the Georgetown Patrons' Party

April 26, 2018

Belinda Winslow and Frank Randolph (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Belinda Winslow and Frank Randolph

"It all started when my mother wanted to help the Georgetown Ministry," explained Belinda Winslow. It was 2001 and the Grande Dame of Georgetown told her friend, "Kitty, you're going to have a party!" "You can't say no to Frida Burling," was best-selling author Kelley's predictable response.  

Since then, Georgetowners have thrown a Patrons' Party every spring at a prominent residence to kick off the annual Georgetown House Tour. The event benefits St. John's ministries to homeless adults and children, the unemployed, senior citizens, and young children in DC schools.

Patrons' Party at Williams-Addison House (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Patrons' Party at Williams-Addison House

This year's gracious hosts, Karen and Bill Sonneborn welcomed patrons, friends and neighbors to their historic home, the Williams-Addison House, also known as the Friendly Estate, where Pultizer Prize-winning former editor of the Washington Post, Alfred Friendly and his wife once lived.

Cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres were served in the tented garden as guests mingled and peeked into the charming guest house on the elegantly landscaped estate. 

Four renowned Washington DC-based architects and designers will lead panel discussios during the Georgetown House Tour this Saturday, April 28th. Christian Zapatka, Deborah Winsor, Dale Overmyer and Frank Randolph will share their inspirations and challenges working in and around historical homes.

Wally Greeves, Sonya Bernhardt and Christian Zapatka (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Wally Greeves, Sonya Bernhardt and Christian Zapatka

Tickets to the Georgetown House Tour can be purchased here.

Charlie Eisen and Jackie Pletcher (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Charlie Eisen and Jackie Pletcher

Belinda Winslow and Constance Chatfield-Taylor (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Belinda Winslow and Constance Chatfield-Taylor

Williams-Addison House (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Williams-Addison House


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