Not content to fill downtown lofts and suburban bungalows with squared-off sofas and massive mirrors, Crate & Barrel is going into the housekeeping business, too. Its new Clean Slate department (in stores and at Crateandbarrel.com) features German-made Redecker brushes and dusters (shown, $5-$30), a sleek gray-and-white-striped laundry basket ($40), closet organizers and other stylish-yet-simple tools designed to guilt you into neatnik-ism.
Trina Turk’s retro dresses and bright swimwear summon Palm Beach cocktails and Catalina surfing. Urban Chic (1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-338-5398) hosts a trunk show of the L.A. designer’s preppy dresses, starlet-worthy pants and ethnic-print tops (shown, $188) on Saturday and Sunday. Mimosas and 15-percent-off orders up the appeal.
Knot, Not Happening
For those leaving the wind-swept look at the beach, the Tangle Teezer’s Salon Elite hairbrush keeps strands kempt ($18, Tangleteezer.com). The plastic pod (which some at our office mistook for a groovy mouse) boasts plastic teeth that detangle tresses but don’t tug too hard on the scalp. It works on wet or dry locks.
Ware It Goes
For those who didn’t grow up at Downton Abbey, setting a nice dinner table presents challenges. What’s a fish fork? Should you serve the cheese course before or after the sloppy Joes? Ice Milk Apron’s washed linen napkins ($42 for four, Red Barn Mercantile, 1117 King St., Alexandria; 703-838-0355) can help, since they include a cute, cutlery-holding tab.
We’re dreading having to pick cicadas out of our hair when Brood II swarms in. But hunks of chocolate shaped like the vermin we’re happy to cuddle up to ($3.50 each, Chocolate Moose, 1743 L St. NW; 202-463-0992). Made by Baltimore’s Mary Sue candy company, the dark or milk chocolate beasts are crunchy, but that’s puffed rice you’re chomping, not bits of exoskeleton. Still, the beady, white-chocolate eyes are an eerie reminder of the invasion to come.