May-June 2021 | Home & Garden

Tradition with a twist

A new generation embraces gracious living with time-honored decor classics

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1. Light show

A chandelier is like the crown jewel of a beautiful room. This charming fixture, with paper shades and delicate branch details, is the six-light Thomas O’Brien-designed chandelier from Visual Comfort’s Channing Collection. It comes in three finishes, including antique brass (pictured), and retails for $1,149 at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Rockville (301-424-1393;

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2. Make a scene

Say goodbye to boring beige and hello to patterns and color on the walls, windows or furniture. Toiles, classic prints inspired by Chinese porcelain motifs, are back. There are bright, updated options such as Thibaut’s Pagoda Garden in blue. The cotton/linen fabric is 54 inches wide and $116 per yard, and the wallpaper is 27 inches wide and $94 per single roll, through the Mill End Shops store in Rockville (301-881-6585;

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3. Coupe, there it is

Life is short; treat yourself to some bubbly or spirits in an elegant glass. With a modern take on shapely retro barware, the Pryce Collection features blown glass adorned with metallic bands of gold or silver. The 8-ounce gold-rimmed coupe is $14.95, and the 14-ounce gold-rimmed rocks glass is $12.95, at Crate and Barrel in D.C.’s Spring Valley neighborhood (202-364-6100;


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4. Name game

Personalized linens are a custom touch that never goes out of style. These all-cotton, fringe-trimmed Turkish towels, embroidered with a monogram and whimsical zebra design, will perk up any kitchen or powder room. All of the colors can be customized, and they’re priced at $40 each at Bethesda-based online seller Wiggle + Scoot (240-676-7139;


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5. Timeless tabletop

You don’t have to inherit antique serving pieces from grandma to set a pretty, vintage-inspired dining table. This oval-shaped piece from Veitri features hand-painted green and white herbs, and measures 8¼ by 16½ inches. Find the Erbe Basil platter for $99 at The Cottage Monet in Rockville Town Square (301-279-2422;


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6. English lesson

At last, a traditional chair that’s actually comfortable. With soft lines, turned legs and button tufting, the Piccadilly chair offers a familiar silhouette with a generous, cozy seat. It’s available in more than 100 fabric options, including this preppy, oversize blue and white gingham print, and sells for $2,698 to $3,698 at Serena & Lily on Bethesda Row (240-531-1839;

Carolyn Weber lives in Silver Spring and frequently writes about architecture and home design.