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They're designers, artists, and the interiors-obsessed. Your home is where their hearts are.
Linda Plaisted Many Muses Studio
Life may not be all sunshine and Ferris wheels, but it sure seems that way for Linda Plaisted. The mixed-media artist captures old-fashioned ephemera that make the world a bit merrier. Read more
Muse You Can Use
Manymuses Studio Art
Ah, the good old days of running around in your polka-dot bikini, riding the Ferris wheel, and climbing tall trees.
Okay, fine. You never did any of that stuff. Point is, summer’s only just over, but it feels like a lifetime ago.
Recapture that carefree spirit with the work of local artist Linda Plaisted of Manymuses Studio. She layers drawings, photographs, and paintings to create art with ephemeral appeal.
At sights like carnivals, tree swings, and baseball fields, Plaisted captures images that she tints and layers with bright colors and vintage-cast borders to create retro scenes that would fit right into a Tim Burton set.
You can also find more haunting images: open fields, hovering crows, and Civil War battlefields, often with old, dust-covered viewfinders.
Either way, you’ll give thanks for the memories.
Available online at manymuses.com.
Hillary Sloate Hillary Sloate Mosaic
Old candy wrappers can be more than a hot, sticky mess thanks to Hillary Sloate. The mosaic artist brings a magic touch to tabletops and wall art with renditions of album covers, arcade games, and candy logos. Read more
Romancing the Stone
Mosaics by Hillary Sloate
Your love affair with your living room has hit a bump in the road (please put that crusty shag carpet out of its misery, already).
Before you call it quits, try adding a little spark.
Artist Hillary Sloate designs intricate mosaics that spice up any space. She’ll construct a piece using a clay process to incorporate glass, natural stone, even sentimental trinkets.
Commission a small piece incorporating your home’s colors (waves made from beachy glass) or give her free license to design a wall. Sloate can reinterpret record albums, candy logos, or a favorite personal image. If you’re a DIY-er, she’ll offer at-home lessons.
Think of it as love, set in stone.
Hillary Sloate (202-355-3262 or hillarymosaic.com).
Daryl Wakeley Bungalow Homewares Gallery
You can't always have it all, but design shop owner Daryl Wakeley makes sure you can have a lot -- with high-style, ecoconscious dishware, textiles, and furniture conceived to fit smaller spaces. Read more
The Weekend Guide
What to Do This Weekend
Try this on for size.
What: Catch the blog-photog’s show before it closes.
Why: Clothes make this man.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th St. NW, b/t Church & P Sts., ste. 202 (202-232-0707).
What: Sip on the requisite wine and check out paintings by Judith Peck and photos from Ken Ashton.
Why: See and be seen.
When: Thurs., 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Vegetate, 1414 9th St. NW, at O St. (202-232-4585).
Book Hill French Market
What: Wine Tasting at Bacchus Wine Cellar; $5 yoga at District Fine Arts; and deals galore from Urban Chic, Sherman Pickey, and more than 30 other shops.
Why: C’est bon.
When: Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Wisconsin Ave. NW, b/t P St. & Reservoir Rd. (202-298-9222).
What: Get high-flying lessons (whether you’re scared or not) at the Trapeze School New York Baltimore.
Why: Talk about spring fling.
When: Info online at baltimore.trapezeschool.com.
Where: 300 Key Hwy., Baltimore (410-459-6839).
Bungalow Homewares Gallery
What: The new spot stocks ecofriendly furnishings like Honduran pine beds, abaca pillows, and a bamboo dining collection.
Why: Bungalow great.
When: Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1901a Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria (703-299-8899).