Staring at the Same Four Walls?

In the midst of COVID-19, I am trying to stay hopeful. We don’t know when this is going to end, but I believe it will. So, I’m doing my best to look to the future and plan for the time when we see the other side of this. We are two weeks into staying home and I’m finding all kinds of home improvement projects that I want to tackle. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of staring at the same four walls. When I’m not at the store curating Easter Baskets and quarantine kits for folks or chasing after two teens to do their homework, I’m planning a little room refresh for our master bedroom. If you’re doing the same kind of planning, then we want to help with some inspiration from a few of our interior design friends.


Photo from Nicole Lanteri of Nicole Lanteri Design


Starting today, we are launching a series of “Meet the Designer” posts on our Instagram page. We have asked some of our favorite DMV interior designers to share a picture of their favorite project and tell us a little bit about it. Then they will be taking your questions. Ask them whatever you like. It can be about the project itself, your own project that you’re planning, or the meaning of life. It’s up to you!

We are excited to bring you projects from our old friends, Lindsay Boudreaux of Shotgun Double, Kristin Try, and Regan Billingsley, and to introduce you to a few new folks. In the coming weeks, you’ll have the opportunity for design guidance from color loving Nicole Lanteri, my new design crush, Lori Anderson Wier, stylist extraordinaire, Kristin Alcorta of Pursuing Vintage, and the queens of classic Rebecca Penno and Liz Mearns.


Photo from Suzanne Manlove of Arlington Home Interiors


First up is Arlington Stylebook contributor, Suzanne Manlove of Arlington Home Interiors. Her cool and contemporary style is ridiculously appealing. I think you are really going to enjoy the beautiful outdoor space that she created for her clients. Be sure to check out all our designers’ websites to see more projects!

As we stay home, we will bring you more content from these fine folks. I’ve always believed that planning for the future brings hope and hope is what we need right now. The goal of this series is to keep us moving forward together. Because it’s together that will bring a better – and prettier – tomorrow. Take care and stay safe!


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Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.

We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.

1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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