HOUSE OF GEMS

TWO TI­TANS OF DC JEW­ELRY IN­VEST IN DECA­DENT STORE RE­DESIGNS.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY CHAR­LOTTE SAFAVI

Two ti­tans of DC jew­elry in­vest in deca­dent store re­designs.

The own­ers of Boone & Sons Jewel­ers, a fam­ily-run bou­tique since 1966, knew that their Chevy Chase shop, at 1025 Con­necti­cut Av­enue NW, was due for an up­date when they called on in­te­rior de­signer Sara Tut­tle (571-4428687; saratut­tle.com), who hap­pily took on the jewel box of a job.

“My aim was to re­fresh the space while keep­ing the jew­elry the fo­cal point,” says Tut­tle, who de­cided to layer in neu­tral tex­ture by means of var­i­ous wall­pa­pers. A French blue and hand-painted gold botan­i­cal wall­pa­per by Gra­cie gives the third­gen­er­a­tion Chevy Chase shop a feel that is, as Tut­tle says, “at once clas­sic and mod­ern—ex­actly what we wanted.” On the ceil­ing, she used a wall cov­er­ing made from mica chips for “a sense of luster and sparkle, like di­a­monds.”

Across the city in Vi­enna, ac­claimed de­signer Barry Dixon (540-341-8501; bar­ry­dixon.com) went to work bring­ing an­other jewel box to life. When Lil­jen­quist & Beck­stead de­cided to open a new flag­ship store in the space once oc­cu­pied by Gucci at The Shops at

Fair­fax Square, the own­ers tasked Dixon with fash­ion­ing an el­e­gant space that rep­re­sents their brand.

“Our ap­proach was to craft an as­sem­blage of cus­tom ta­bles, mir­rors, light­ing, and up­hol­stery,” says Dixon of the care­fully de­vised clas­sic in­te­rior, whose de­sign was in­spired by the shop’s own jew­elry. “We worked in shades of plat­inum, gold, and bronze. We also con­trasted the cool sparkle of glass and crys­tal against the rich warmth of leather, ma­hogany, and wal­nut in a dra­matic mélange of geo­met­ric shapes.”

At Boone & Sons, Gra­cie’s Sky Shim­mer wall­pa­per fea­tures a botan­i­cal scene hand-painted in gold on a rich blue back­ground. ƥƞƟƭ: Lil­jen­quist & Beck­stead’s clas­sic un­der­stated in­te­rior. A real stun­ner: The jewel in the crown at Lil­jen­quist & Beck­stead...

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