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Best of DC

BY The Editors, with Kelly Magyarics, Nevin Martell and Whitney Pipkin | January 10, 2018 | Feature Features

Our best-of-the-city list is different than most, and it shows: We've curated the finest luxury ideas and diversions in the city for 2018. Get ready to indulge!
Dine in decadence at The Inn at Little Washington.

DESIGN & REALTY

BEST AMENITIES IN A NEW DEVELOPMENT
Living in Shaw has become its own little luxury, especially with the neighborhood’s restaurant boom. And now, 880P—from Roadside Development and Bozzuto, the same team that delivered the hip City Market at O residences—arrives with a bolt of design smarts and amenities we love. We got an up-close-and-personal look at the space during a recent party, and we’re here to say this is one of the finest new developments for putting residents’ needs first. To wit: Private balconies with indoor-outdoor fireplaces, DC’s largest rooftop with a lounging waterfall, a dog park fit for canine royalty and a music room that would fit in nicely at The Kennedy Center. Two-bed/two-bath units from $3,850, 880 P St. NW, 202.715.1167, citymarketato.com

BEST ART ADVISER
When one asks art curator and advisor Peggy Sparks what she likes when it comes to fine art, she doesn’t equivocate: The woman has a gallery to showcase her passions. From pop artist John Stango to internationally renowned photographer Fred Maroon, Sparks has the most diverse yet on-point eye in the city. The good news for companies and individuals who want to populate their offices and homes with beauty? Sparks’ talent is for hire. She believes in the commingling of personal taste and timeless imagery. Artist’s Proof Art Gallery & Consultancy, 1533 Wisconsin Ave. NW, aproof.net

MOST NOTORIOUSLY LUXE HOTEL SUITE
Don’t look for G. Gordon Liddy to approve, but everyone else will love the new Watergate Scandal Room 214. Co-created by Emmy-winning costume designer Lyn Paolo from Scandal, the room captures the infamy of the property’s 1972 break-in that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation two years later. Paolo and Rachel Cohen, Watergate’s senior vice president of the design and development, included historic touches in the luxe space, including 1970s furniture, walls of news clippings, a typewriter and binoculars. And the views of the Potomac are stunning. $800, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, 202.827.1600, thewatergatehotel.com

BEST CUSTOM FURNITURE DESIGNER
For his new collection for Baker Furniture, the crown prince of elegant aesthetics, DC’s own Thomas Pheasant (thomaspheasant.‌com) says he was inspired by artists like Richard Serra, Ellsworth Kelly and Tony Smith. Their “modern works speak to beauty through simplicity of form,” says Pheasant, who has now done five collections for Baker (3330 M St. NW, bakerfurniture.‌com). “I worked with remarkable ateliers in Florence, Milan and here in the United States to oversee all aspects of the collection,” he says. “The result of attention to every detail, finish and the imaginative use of materials helped me bring a unique sense of luxury to each one of these sculptural forms.” Much of what Pheasant creates is custom, and he’s even launched STUDIO (thomaspheasantstudio.‌com), which is his collection’s limited and custom furnishings.

HOTTEST WATERFRONT PROPERTY ON THE MARKET
With unmatched views of the South River—which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay—this impeccably renovated historic home in Edgewater, Md., is a perfect example of a getaway that could double as a permanent residence. After all, it’s a mere hour from downtown DC. The home boasts five bedrooms, 6 ½ baths, a waterside pool and a guesthouse. It also features gorgeous gardens and a sloping lawn leading to 850 feet of private waterfront and a deepwater pier. $6,200,000, 36 Shadow Point Court; listing agent, Georgeann Berkinshaw, 443,994.4456, coldwellbankerluxury.com/property/36-shadow-point-court

MOST EXCLUSIVE DESIGNER
There are many things we love about architect and designer Deborah Kalkstein—including her modern flair for impeccable lines in every space she creates—but perhaps our favorite is the ability to see her curatorial style every day in Georgetown. She’s the woman behind Contemporaria in Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley. Venture into her lush lair to see the latest in European designs (think Italian brands like Minotti and MDF Italia)—much of which will end up in the next exquisite spaces she designs for VIP clients. Kalkstein is making DC even prettier, one imaginative room design at a time. 3303 Cady’s Alley NW, contemporaria.com

STYLE

BEST LOCAL SHOE DESIGNER
When Christina Lombardi (christina-lombardi.com) moved to DC from New York City last year, she brought with her an incomparable style that combines the classics with a modern spin. Yes, she will create custom looks—she has happily designed wedding shoes—but it’s almost overkill since her designs are often so unique the wearer won’t likely see anything remotely similar at a crowded cocktail party. (Our fave: Maiolica tile, $465). Designed in DC and handcrafted in Italy, Lombardi’s creations are also comfortable. “It’s very important for me to strike the balance of glamour, fun and comfort,” she says. “Footwear should always empower women.”

BEST BESPOKE TAILOR
Recently, a client walked into Sanjay Daswani’s shop and made a not-so-simple request: He wanted a winter driving jacket in cashmere to match his new Ferrari—and the lining needed to have vintage pictures of the Italian auto. “We made the jacket’s body in blue with a burgundy accent, and the buttons matched the car’s wood paneling,” says Daswani, owner of The Tailored Man in McLean, Va. “We finally managed to get the fabrics of the coat in Mongolian cashmere.” And the images of vintage Ferraris for the lining? Check. The cost: north of $4,000. This is typical Daswani magic, whether it’s for an exotic coat, custom suit or velvet jackets. All of his fabrics are imported, and the shop—which looks and feels like a regal English pub—obliges any sartorial whim. 1750 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 130, McLean, Va., tailoredman.com


HEALTH & FITNESS

BEST AT-HOME SPIN
The brains behind Flywheel know their legion of fans can’t make it to class every day—and winter presents its own set of hindrances. So, the brand behind the luxe sweat studio recently introduced a bicycling system for home known as Fly Anywhere. Bonus: Flywheel faithful use the bike in conjunction with a live-streaming source—world-class instructors in New York City, using Method and Power training rides—which means workouts don’t get missed when it’s 15 degrees and sleeting. The bike boasts a flex frame, ergonomically designed handlebars, Bluetooth technology and a front-and-center Torq knob for quick resistance changes. Bike system $1,698, monthly class subscription $39, 829 Ninth St. NW, flywheelsports.com

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