Finding High-Style at Home: Favorite Home Decor Shops in BethesdaBy: Heather Bien Category: Design
Whether I’m scrolling through the Instagram feeds of local designers, searching for ideas on Pinterest, or flipping through my favorite glossy decor magazine, I’m always on the lookout for new design inspiration.
So, as a lifestyle writer who covers interior design and home, and who can never get enough of decorating…and redecorating, I was so excited to get a sneak peek of the apartment homes that are coming to The Elm this fall. Y’all, my design inspiration gears are turning — these are homes where an evening in would be just as exciting as an evening out. You can totally imagine a place to enjoy a cozy morning on the sofa with a hot cup of coffee or a golden hour cocktail after a long day of work.
I’m envisioning The Elm’s bright, modern apartment spaces filled with organic textures and vintage patterns for an earthy bohemian meets bold and modern vibe. I love the look of a warm color palette that plays off of the brass and tile finishes used throughout The Elm and offers a unique spin on monochromatic and muted. Intricate wood details, rattan elements, nature-inspired motifs, and, of course, plants, plants, and more plants, are the design elements that I’m gravitating towards right now and that would be completely at home at The Elm.
And, of course, one of the best places to track down the pieces to make this design vision come to life is the vibrant shopping district of downtown Bethesda, just steps outside The Elm’s front doors. You can recreate The Elm’s rich, textural decor with finds from shops in Bethesda — plus, there’s the added bonus of supporting local retailers with established roots in the community. Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite home decor shops in Bethesda and the items I’d choose to accessorize a space at The Elm.
Find country relaxation and urban sophistication at Urban Country Designs
7121 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD
From gilded dining tables to cane-detail media cabinets, Urban Country is your place to find luxurious furnishings that merge a sleek city feel with a relaxing rural sense of comfort. Founded in 1991 by Jeffrey and Rachelle Roth and now run by Rachelle and her two daughters, Jillian and Sascha, Urban Country is where you go to find the pieces that will turn your home into a sanctuary. In this stunning showroom space, you’ll find high-end furniture, lighting, and accessories from brands including Hickory Chair, Wesley Hall, Dash and Albert, and more.
Brighten up your home with colorful decor from The Blue House Bethesda7770 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD
Pick up a little something with personality at The Blue House Bethesda, a fixture in downtown Bethesda for the past 20 years (plus, they’re celebrating 32 years in business!). Add a statement piece with colorful local artwork from Cherry Blossom Collective or snag quirky home decor that’s perfect for a pet lover. Need to grab a quick housewarming gift for a friend (or yourself)? You’ll find eclectic kitchenware and splashy throw pillows, blankets, and more — perfect for making a house a home.
Try out life as a plant parent at Anthropologie/Terrain 4801 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD
Stop by Anthropologie for the romantic, natural vibes that have just the right dose of modern Parisienne chic. From the antique-inspired mirror you’ve seen all over your Instagram feed to gauzy textured bedding, you’ll discover your dreamy aesthetic here. Don’t forget to pop into Anthro’s sister store, Terrain, to try a green thumb on for size. Work on your urban garden or choose a succulent or two to breathe some life into your space.
“Live well. Do Good. Gift it forward.” at Red Orchard10253 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD
The best part of having a beautiful home? Showing it off when you entertain friends and family! At Red Orchard, a staple in Bethesda’s shopping scene for over 15 years, you’ll find stunning glass pitchers, vases, and bowls from Simon Pearce, mid-century inspired wooden bowls and serving trays, unique kitchen finds, and more. Pick up a sea salt candle or incense matches to give your home its own signature scent.
Ready to be the interior design curator of your own high-style home? Let your well-lived space take shape at The Elm, opening in Fall 2020.Learn More about Heather