In our spring 2013 Washington, D.C. edition, insider Paul Corrie tips you off to his favorite local spots (like Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Street). Appropriately a fan of his own store (who wouldn’t be?), we’re giving you a further look into his eponymous U Street outpost, and finding out the pieces he can’t get enough of. The studio consists of vintage and antique home furnishings, accessories and curiosities that Corrie has personally curated from flea markets, estate sales and dealers nationwide. “My intention was to find affordable pieces for the window shopper while still retaining my design brand!”
Antique frame: I’m always looking for antique frames. They add so much character to a space and can make any photograph or simple art rich in appearance and personality.
Birdcage: I recently went through a birdcage phase. I love the texture and life that they bring to a room. I also try to think of how to use pieces unconventionally so this one, for instance, could house a plant inside of it. I found the birdcage in its original condition and then oxidized it in a bronze finish for a more modern look.
Burlap bag: When the District decided to go green, I figured “why not offer a versatile tote?” I use these burlap bags all the time as they’re great for the grocery store, making trips to the design center or even as an overnight bag for the beach!
Presidential print: Being a native Washingtonian, I’m always drawn to presidential prints, since they speak to our history. They don’t need to be expensive or even an oil. A great frame will do the trick!
Glasses: With the different seasons and constantly entertaining, I like to change up the look of my tableware and glasses. Right now, I’ve been going through a purple period; with so many different shades of the hue, it can read feminine or masculine. It’s a soothing color.
Sconce: I’m obsessed with lanterns and I love using exterior lanterns indoors. They can be placed anywhere: rooms, hallways, you name it, they will work there. I found this particularly diminutive one that I found to be quite unique but it had no wiring so I had it wired.
Kitchen scale: I always like incorporating design elements into all spaces, including kitchens and bathrooms. These antique kitchen scales have so much texture and character. I’m always drawn to pieces that have a certain patina with imperfections and flaws that show use and function. I think a grouping of these would look fabulous in a kitchen!
Military art: Art can be so subjective. It has to have true meaning to the observer. I actually find these military portraits to be filled with so much depth. The coloring is just spectacular and the feeling that it evokes can be relatable on so many levels.
Wall console: This wall console is a serious find. If it doesn’t go soon, I’m taking it myself! The scale is to die for and the detail can’t be matched in a reproduction. I love the olive undertones with touches of gold—perfectly scaled for the smallest of spaces.