58 // DE­SIGN ON THE MIND

CADY’S AL­LEY IS YOUR IN­SPI­RA­TION DES­TI­NA­TION FOR EV­ERY­THING HOME DÉ­COR, AND NEW OPEN­INGS ARE MAK­ING IT A MUST-VISIT.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY RACHEL COTHRAN

Cady’s Al­ley is your in­spi­ra­tion des­ti­na­tion for ev­ery­thing home dé­cor, and new open­ings make it a must-visit.

When An­thony Lanier, the Rio-born Aus­trian pres­i­dent of Eastbanc, con­ceived Cady’s Al­ley 17 years ago, he en­vi­sioned a Euro­pean, pedes­trian-friendly home fur­nish­ings mecca with spa­ces as beau­ti­ful as the pieces on dis­play. “He’s al­ways been a cu­ra­tor of the re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence,” says his son, Philippe Lanier, who is an Eastbanc ex­ec­u­tive.

On a bustling af­ter­noon in Ge­orge­town, Cady’s Al­ley is a quiet riot of in­spi­ra­tion and good taste. The area is di­ver­si­fy­ing with new ar­rivals like the high-con­cept cloth­ing bou­tique Rel­ish (3312 Cady’s Al­ley NW) and de­signer pas­try pur­veyor District Dough­nuts (3327 Cady’s Al­ley NW). But dé­cor reigns supreme. Modern-fur­ni­ture fa­vorite De­sign Within Reach (3338 M St. NW) has moved to a new lo­ca­tion in the area. Among the new­est ar­rivals are ur­ban-friendly, space-sav­ing fur­ni­ture con­cept Re­source Fur­ni­ture (3340 Cady’s Al­ley NW), The Shade Store (3324 Cady’s Al­ley NW), and lux­ury mat­tress brand Dux­i­ana (3307 Cady’s Al­ley NW).

Kerra Michele Huerta, who owns Kerra Michele In­te­ri­ors (ker­ramichele.com) and the brand-new event space Bu­reau (bu­reau.stu­dio), ex­plains the ap­peal for pro­fes­sional de­sign­ers—and the rest of us, too. “It’s both a pro­duc­tive and plea­sur­able es­cape,” she says. “I can find ideas for ev­ery room, and then re­lax over a glass of wine at Kafe Leopold.”

New ten­ants, like The Shade Store (ƚƛƨƯƞ ƚƧƝ ƫƢƠơƭ) and Re­source Fur­ni­ture (ƭƨƩ ƥƞƟƭ), min­gle with old fa­vorites to make Cady’s Al­ley a go-to for home dé­cor.

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