Awesome Foundation Awards Grant to ATTIC DC

We’re pleased and honored to report that ATTIC was selected as the Awesome Foundation’s (DC Chapter) July 2015 Award Winner. Shana Glickfield, Dean of the DC Chapter, online announcement noted:

It’s highly unusual for us to help a business, but we loved what ATTIC was doing to feature mom’n’pop furniture shops around DC!

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Art Deco from Yesterday (with a Touch of Today) in and around the District

If you’ve only been looking at furniture for the past few years, you might think that midcentury modern and Danish-driven design represent the only ways to go. This could be especially true given the imitation and replication from places like West Elm, CB2, Room and Board, Design Within Reach and many others. However, these same stores are starting to move on – or at least expand – their repertoire. But if you really want to see the possibilities, your best bet will be the DC area’s vintage stores.

The increasing use of glass, polished brass, and elevated levels of ornateness by national retailers are evidence of a new direction and expanding popular appeal. Among our favorite alternative styles are art deco, streamlined moderne and art moderne. Read on for a bit more about these styles and where to look for great deco furniture in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington. We’ll share a few examples as seen on ATTIC, including both well preserved original pieces along with others that have been given nice contemporary updates.

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ADORABLE VINTAGE CHILDREN’S FURNITURE

Pint-sized vintage? From miniature tables and chairs to furniture that stirs up school day memories, it’s easy to fall in love with pieces intended for the little ones. This post rounds up some of the cutest items as listed on ATTIC from stores in the Washington metro area.

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New Store: Klaradal, a specialist in swedish antiques

We’re willing to guess that the last piece of furniture you bought that was made by a Swedish company has a shelf life of about <1 move — that is, it won’t last past your next move. Maybe the pegs will break, maybe a bit of water will have soaked into and engorged the press wood or maybe you’ll have lost that screw-wrench thingy. Don’t get us wrong, there’s a lot to admire about the design of Ikea furniture, but by and large, most of their pieces are not designed to last. Rarely do they use solid wood, quality dove-tail joints, or hardware forged by an artisan. We digress…

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VIRGINIA is for (ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE) LOVERS

Our goal at ATTIC is to make this website a place where you can learn about amazing stores throughout the area and simplify the experience of shopping for antique, vintage and other used furniture. This means presenting you with a wide variety of styles and covering the DMV metro area as fully as possible. To that end, we’re pleased to announce the addition of two new stores located in Virginia for Americana, shabby chic, country and antique furniture lovers: Rust & Refind and Ginger Hill Antiques.

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NEW STORE: MARA HOME for DC’s MIDCENTURY FANS

Good news midcentury modern and danish fans, ATTIC just added Mara Home from the 14th St. / U Street Corridor. Mara Home carries a  blend of vintage pieces and newly manufactured furniture, as well as some other home decor items. We’ll be listing their vintage pieces here on ATTIC.

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MOVING to DC, VA or MD? TIPS FOR FURNISHING YOUR NEW HOME

You’re about to have the opportunity to decorate and furnish your new home — the opportunity to create a space you enjoy coming home to every day, and a place that your friends will remember for the wonderful dinner parties, cocktail parties, book clubs or movie nights. Wonderful.

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THE ATTIC GROWS: FABULOUS FINDS OF VIENNA VA

The “V” part of ATTIC’s DMV just got larger with the addition of our latest store, Fabulous Finds, based out of Vienna, VA. Fabulous Finds carries a variety of antique and vintage furniture, including many repainted classic pieces from dressers to chairs. This cute, vintage child’s table and chairs was their first piece to catch our eye! Check out more of their inventory on the Fabulous Finds store page.