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Celebrate Georgetown's Little Folks at Annual Gala Nov. 1

October 13, 2019

The Little Folks School, an arts-focused preschool in Georgetown is marking their 47th anniversary with an Annual Gala on November 1, 2019.

Head of the school, James Gilroy tells The Georgetown Dish, Little Folks is an extraordinary school for our youngest learners. I'm fortunate to be a part of a teaching community that puts the child at the center of their work each and every day.  The warm, safe, and engaging classrooms are vibrant with enthusiasm, laughter, and curiosity.  I have the pleasure of welcoming our students, parents, and care givers each morning with a hug, handshake, or high-five, a true highlight of my day. We stay true to our philosophy of allowing children to learn, play, create, and explore." 

(Photo by: Little Folks School)


The Gala helps raise money to support facility upgrades and maintenance, financial aid, and professional staff development. Recent improvements include new flooring in the classrooms, repainting of the building, and new windows.


The school’s philosophy is rooted in commitment to the needs of the whole child and follows a curriculum focused on students developing a sense of independence, cooperation, and responsibility. Through their mixed-age classes, they support an atmosphere where students learn from one another, explore the world around them, and solve problems creatively while discovering their unique interests, talents, needs, and skills. 

(Photo by: Little Folks School)


You may often see little ones walking up Q Street to Volta Park or up Wisconsin Avenue to the library. With their students coming from all over the DC Metro area, their community continues to grow and extend past their walls on Q Street. 


To instill a sense of greater community, Little Folks has established a tradition of giving back through community service as part of the school curriculum. These efforts include: a monthly “Sandwich Patrol,” providing food for the homeless, an annual food drive through So Others Might Eat (SOME) and creating 100 holiday gifts bags for homeless children through the Early Learning Center at Martha’s Table in Southeast, DC .

Little Folks School at 3247 Q Street in Georgetown (Photo by: Little Folks School) Little Folks School at 3247 Q Street in Georgetown

For more information, to purchase tickets and/or make donations, visit Little Folks School.

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DIGEST DESIGN VIII: Patrick Sutton's Storied Interiors

September 22, 2019

"It was time for a new approach, for spaces where family members could be themselves, for a happy juxtaposition of edgy art and family antiques and collectables.... The house now feels like a home; more important, it feels like their home."   Patrick Sutton 


The Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) held its 2nd Annual Fall Classic Cocktail Party last week in a Georgetown home, one generously opened for many a chic soirée by its current owner, Kevin Plank following a thorough renovation and underground expansion a few years ago.

Guest room in Georgetown residence (Photo by: Patrick Sutton) Guest room in Georgetown residence

If you’ve been lucky to step inside, you don’t soon forget this spectacular project of Patrick Sutton, one of 10 residences and four hotels and restaurants featured in "Storied Interiors: The Designs of Patrick Sutton and the Stories That Shaped Them," the Baltimore-based interior designer’s first monograph.


He grew up touring the world with travel journalist father, Horace Sutton, credited with coining the term “jet lag” and a fashion model mother.  His youthful adventures to exotic places led Patrick to a career in architecture and interiors where he now explores the relationship between the story we all carry in our mind of what our life might look like, the spaces we live in, and the lifestyle we dream of. Authentic stories that he brings to life using site, location and the personal history of his clients.

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel (Photo by: Patrick Sutton) Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel

Whether it’s an historic Georgetown residence, the award-winning Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel or an equestrian estate, the designer’s “happy intention between invention and familiar” push the boundaries of design with artful details to create luxurious and timeless spaces.

Between rooms in Georgetown residence (Photo by: Patrick Sutton) Between rooms in Georgetown residence

Many designers overlook the importance of crafting the in-between spaces.”

Clocker's Tower (Photo by: Patrick Sutton) Clocker's Tower

"I have come to think of it as a bouillon cube of the qualities of this equestrian estate, a distillation of hundreds of equine acres packed into a single, tiny structure with wraparound windows that place him right in the center of the rural valley." 

New chapter (Photo by: Patrick Sutton) New chapter

"My client spoke about removing the trappings of her previous home life to make the house feel new, modern, uncluttered. Until someone understood her intentions, no floor plan, material selection, or swatch of fabric could possibly have been relevant. We removed walls, edited the furnishings, and introduced a simple palette of neutrals and naturals." 

Enchanted forest (Photo by: Patrick Sutton) Enchanted forest

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DIGEST DESIGN VII: Lightbulb Moments With Martha

September 2, 2019

General. Recessed. Overhead. Task. Accent. Wherever it shines, lighting sets the mood and creates ambience.


Overhead lighting is for the overall illumination of the space. Recessed cans, or overhead ceiling fixtures are important for even  coverage in a room


Task lighting addresses functional needs in precisely the place it’s required, providing visibility for reading, cooking, dressing, or working at a desk. 


Decorative accent lighting adds some jewelry to a room plus some added illumination at various heights. Important because recessed lighting often does reach "human level." Use it to highlight artwork and sculpture, in a foyer or as an architectural feature to provide that wow moment in a dining room or over a kitchen island. 

This was a custom fixture by Brooklyn-based Allied Maker. Some of the pendants are 30 (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) This was a custom fixture by Brooklyn-based Allied Maker. Some of the pendants are 30" tall. This stunning fixture has walnut accents, handblown glass and leather straps

One of her favorite design features, Martha Vicas chooses every fixture with an eye to her clients’ needs, and then goes for so much more.


DISH: At what point in planning out a room do you choose fixtures? 


VICAS: We do an electrical plan very early on when space planning. We no longer automatically lay out recessed lights in a strict grid pattern. We consider the function of the room combined with other decorative lighting. For example, some people do not like much recessed in bedrooms. We may use bedside lamps for reading and general illumination on one side of the room while relying on a couple of targeted

recessed fixtures on the other side.


LED lighting has revolutionized the industry and there are so many ways to use lighting to highlight spaces. When we are 

working on new homes, we often rely on our friend Ronni Glaser at Illuminations. She has the knowledge to keep our clients’ homes on the cutting edge of lighting design and automation.

A traditional fixture from Neirmann Weeks--always beautiful. (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) A traditional fixture from Neirmann Weeks--always beautiful.

DISH: What are your rules for measuring from ceiling, over a table, etc? 


VICAS: I like to place pendants or chandeliers 32-36" over a table or 62-66" from the floor. It depends on a variety of factors including the type of fixture and the height of the people that live in the house!

This fun fixture is from a large lighting company and is oversized for the room which provides added drama (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) This fun fixture is from a large lighting company and is oversized for the room which provides added drama

DISH: What are some novel ways you’ve used lighting? 


VICAS: We have used rope lights under stairs, cute little rectangular recessed lights along a stair wall and even interspersed lights in a living room wall. We worked on a contemporary home that had the ability to change the color of the LED bulbs remotely. 

This is another artisan produced fixture by Brooklyn-based Roll And Hill (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) This is another artisan produced fixture by Brooklyn-based Roll And Hill

DISH: Any favorite styles of lighting? 

VICAS: I love vintage lighting from the 40's, 50's and 60's. However, I think that the new crop of artisan lighting producers are making very exciting fixtures. We often collaborate with them to produce custom fixtures that are perfect for the space.

We clustered 3 pendants to create a chandelier from British-based Cameron House (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) We clustered 3 pendants to create a chandelier from British-based Cameron House

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