The new Room and Board store opened two weeks ago in the U Street corridor area of Washington, DC. The building, formerly known as the R. L. Taylor Building, was  a Ford Motors showroom. Room and Board purchased and renovated the property to create 36,000 square foot of showroom space.  I was like a kid in a candy store checking out all four levels of the showroom. And of course many things caught my eye for use in projects.   Additionally, I always enjoy the power of seeing furnishings in person.  The following are some of my findings.

It is important to see and experience a piece of furniture before you buy.  I loved the Louis leather chair (above) in person but disliked the chair online.   A great contemporary take on the club chair and surprisingly comfortable.  What is also great about showrooms is how the different room scenes and vignettes  can generate ideas.   The kidney shape of the Newbury desk (shown above) in walnut worked very well in this tight corner.

The most eye catching scene for me was the living room shown above.  I loved the color scheme.  The rich camel colored Wells leather sofa paired nicely with the Noguchi table, dark charcoal Wegner wing and easy chair.    I loved the use of  clustering of the Makenge baskets as artwork.

Oddly, I was perusing the West Elm Fall 2010 Preview catalog and noticed similar bowls, see above photo.  Although, I must say that the Room and Board options are far better quality.  However the West Elm versions are much cheaper ranging from $29-99, while the  R&B baskets are $79-189.

This article barely scratches the surface of what Room and Board has to offer.  So, stop by the new showroom at 1840 14th Street, NW.  For more information check out the website by clicking here.