Overnight Sensation

Let’s get one thing straight: Washington DC has never not been a beautiful city. Over the years, however, and contrary to the visionary plan laid out centuries ago by Pierre L’Enfant for grand boulevards angled like rays of the sun to showcase exquisite views of towering monuments in every direction, the capital’s architecturally rich city blocks fell into disrepair. By the 1960s, great swaths of its downtown looked tired and neglected, as did their potential as commercial and residential city centers.

What’s New: Garden Brighteners

Some people just don’t have green thumbs. Others in harsher climates face long winter months where nothing grows. Still others look for garden brighteners they won’t have to water—ever. How to help? If you’re a savvy retailer, you’ll consider stocking up on works like these from eight American design studios:

Artist Profile: Lisa Kovatch

“Three winters ago, I kept hearing a great horned owl in the early morning hours,” says West Virginia potter Lisa Kovatch. “Up to that point I had been working strictly with a white-bodied clay with patterned surfaces reminiscent of indigenous textiles.