Apologies for my prolonged absense — I’ve been blessed with an abundance of freelance assignments, which have taken precedence this week. But in the course of reporting one of my stories, I was lucky enough to meet Jeff Albert, the owner of Decorium in Old Town Alexandria.
I drove there last week to meet Jeff and his partner (in business and in life), David Chenault, who is in charge of D2 — the interior design business upstairs. The store is hard to miss, as it’s dripping in artificial wisteria on the outside walls — which will be replaced this fall with some other seasonally fabulous hangings. You have to duck when you go inside, as there are more plantings hanging from the ceiling, along with all manner of chandeliers.
The store is stuffed to the gills with furniture, gifts and accessories — unapologetically over the top. (Jeff, at times, has carpeted the floors with sod, and in the autumn, customers have walked over crunchy fall leaves.)
So, you can imagine what their house must be like. Here’s a tour of their 90-year-old farmhouse in Lorton, which was designed to resemble a Tuscan farmhouse — or maybe a psychedelic dream version of one.
So many people these days preach clean lines and minimal interiors, that it’s almost refreshing to see such an unabashed overabundance — the house is a good illustration of the incredibly generous personalities of Jeff and David, who greeted me with a lovely spread of coffee and muffins in the design studio over the store.
Decorium is worth a visit for the eye candy alone.