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Consider It Done Turns 20

August 24, 2014

Tim setting a grand table (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Tim setting a grand table

When The Georgetown Dish stopped in to congratulate Timothy Albrecht on 20 successful years at Consider It Done, it was a treat to find Bernardaud's regional sales manager, Yann Rowland there too.

For those not familiar with this treasure trove of museum quality tableware -- everything from exquisite antique and new porcelain and crystal to luxury lighting, Consider It Done is unique.

Yann and Tim with Bernardaud chargers (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Yann and Tim with Bernardaud chargers

An authorized retailer of Baccarat, Crystal Saint-Louis, Bernardaud, Herend, Seguso, Versace and Moser, the shop is eye candy for the tabletop lover, but so much more. Thanks to the vision of its owner, who “concentrates on items that are art – that come from the soul and can be appreciated whether it’s your style or not,” there’s a mix of Old World and modern at every turn. With decades of experience in showroom displays and interior design, Albrecht also helps clients find special pieces to update their own collections. “I believe in enjoying and using,” he says.

Rare Antique Meissen figurine (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Rare Antique Meissen figurine

Since his start in the 1970s with a formal initiation into the culinary arts via an American Culinary Institute apprenticeship at famed Jean-Louis Restaurant in the Watergate, Albrecht hasn’t left the table. “I’ve always been interested in the aesthetics and the food itself,” this chef turned business owner/charity fundraiser/events planner explains.

Kintsugi by Sarkis (Photo by: bernardaud.com) Kintsugi by Sarkis

Partnering with family-owned Bernardaud means the boutique's walls are filled with this creative French company’s plates.

To celebrate the company's 150th year, Bernardaud recently invited moviemakers, photographers and artists to express themselves through porcelain. One of the author's favorite designs is 'Kintsugi' by French artist Sarkis, an interpretation of the 16th century Japanese art of making visible repairs on ceramic with lacquer and gold. The collection includes 12 different plates and matching cups and saucers.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Dubbing it, ‘charger cave,’ Rowland explains that “every single service plate made by Bernardaud is carried here. Tim is the only one who has some of these pieces.”

“We’re very deep into the brands we carry,” explains Albrecht. Dealing strictly with companies that don’t outsource means Consider It Done carries only the world’s most prestigious lines. “After Meissen, the hottest fired porcelain in the world is made by Bernardaud and Herend,” he says. All the hand-painting will last. And last it does. Segusco (Murano glass) started in 1397, Baccarat in 1764, Herend has been active since 1829, Bernardaud since 1863 and Moser since 1857.

Consider It Done officially turns 20 on August 25th.

Consider It Done is located at 7806 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, MD. Tel: 301.654.8690

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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Gorgeous, Modern, Sexy

August 13, 2014

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"Nobody does it better," says Michael Reamy, quoting James Bond and referring to Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy of Washington Fine Properties (WFP). A fan of the duo, who, partnering with Ditto Residential have been rolling out one after another of the city's most spectacular residential renovations.

Kimberly Casey, Michael Reamy and Farleigh Jewett (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kimberly Casey, Michael Reamy and Farleigh Jewett

Wednesday evening marked the debut of two contemporary Capitol Hill properties on Constitution Avenue with a VIP preview cocktail party.

The architect, Chuong Cao of Dep Design Group explains, "We wanted to do something different than just a typical rowhouse diagram of a single loaded corridor down the length of the house. All floors are visually connected, where light becomes the focus and the organizing element of the house; it's the center of circulation, spatial programming and social and celebratory activities."

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

In addition to three floors of living and entertaining space, each of the two 2,400 square foot properties boasts two parking spaces, landscaped first floor terrace, smart home systems, skylights, spacious closets, and a rooftop deck.

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As guests admired the homes' stunning furnishings, details, and custom features, including an 11-foot kitchen island with seating, white oak floors, architecturally minimal wood staircase leading to the rooftop deck, Kimberly beamed, "These are the most gorgeous, modern, sexy homes in DC on the market."

Each home is offered at $1,299,900.

For more information, contact Kimberly Casey (kimberly.casey @wfp.com 202.361.3228) and Daryl Judy (daryl.judy@wfp.com 202.380.7219) at WFP.

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1325 and 1327 Constitution Avenue NE (Photo by: HomeVisit) 1325 and 1327 Constitution Avenue NE

Jaye Langmaid and Holly Theis of Red House Staging & Interiors (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jaye Langmaid and Holly Theis of Red House Staging & Interiors

Martin Ditto, Steve Swenson, Stewart Lewis, Daryl Judy and Rowan Lewis (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Martin Ditto, Steve Swenson, Stewart Lewis, Daryl Judy and Rowan Lewis

For a virtual tour, click here.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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Meet Poltrona Frau Group

August 6, 2014

Poltrona Frau 'Lyra' Chair (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Poltrona Frau 'Lyra' Chair

When a 100-year old Italian furniture company merges with a 90 and 70-year old company, the result is dazzling.

Welcome to Poltrona Frau Group Washington in Georgetown. The windows are pretty much the same since you've been to Poltrona Frau. But now the showroom has been totally redesigned to showcase the more contemporary architect-designed pieces of Cassina, and the whimsical work of young international designers at Cappellini. While The Poltrona Frau Group has owned Cassina and Cappellini since 2005, last November, Ezio Mattiace sold his stake in the showroom back to the company and took ArcLinea and Miele with him to open his new design firm, Arte Modus in Canal Square.

Cassina living room (Photo by: Poltrona Frau Group) Cassina living room

"Our brands overlap," says Poltrona Frau Group showroom manager, Ezra Lizio-Katzen, "but having three very distinct lines: traditional, contemporary and very modern means there's something here for every taste." As a regional hub for the Mid-Atlantic states, this Georgetown showroom serves clients in DC, MD, VA, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Delaware and even Tennessee.

With the showroom 'lifestyled' with harmonizing rugs and lighting, you'll still find the same luscious selection of custom leathers from the Frau Color System, offered on every piece of Poltrona Frau furniture. With an emphasis on fabrication and craftsmanship, this company maintains its reputation for unparelleled quality. Designed in 1924 and made since then, the 'Lyra' chair, with a seasoned beechwood frame and hand-tied steel springs positioned on jute belts. The backrest and arms are padded with rubberized horse hair. while the seat cushion is filled exclusively with goose feathers.

Cappellini 'Container System' in bedroom (Photo by: Poltrona Frau Group) Cappellini 'Container System' in bedroom

If you're looking for classic contemporary Italian, including iconic designs by Le Corbusier, Piero Lissoni and Philippe Starck and you'll find them by Cassina.

Shiny lacquered cabinetry including night stands, media cabinets, bookcases, buffets, and dressers, dubbed 'Container System' is a versatile set of units by Cappellini offered in varying dimensions and an array of colors and finishes to meet storage needs in spaces of all sizes.

Stop by and check out the latest in Italian designer furnishings.

Poltrona Frau Group is located at 1010 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 220. Tel: 202.333.1166



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