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Laura Swanstrom Reece is a sixteen-year resident of the Washington Metropolitan area, she is a philanthropist and fundraiser at heart. With experience in corporate and grass-roots fundraising, event production on an Olympic scale, and volunteer management, this entrepreneur and member of The Washington Ballet Women's Committee is passionate about supporting the arts and other non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to make change in our nation's capital and beyond.

Miss A’s DC Editorial Team Visits DC’s Room & Board Furniture Store

Last week, the Washington, DC editorial team of Miss A was treated to a special soireé at Room & Board near the U Street Corridor.  Hosted by the store’s Manager, Scott Jussila, the team enjoyed a little wine and cheese while touring the historic building and learning about the brand’s history and unique furniture products.

“Room & Board creates top quality, hand-crafted, American-made pieces that are stylish, but also unpretentious and achievable,” as was noted by writer Amanda Phillips. “The furniture and décor can be described as modern yet comfortable, with clean lines, great design and a livable feel.  The showroom honors several themes, including mid-century modernism, 1930s glam, hip/traditional, and modern, but allows its buyers to mix and match for a style that’s unique to their taste.”  Room & Board has a universal appeal and 90% of the collection is made in the USA.

Eames Plywood Screen, $1,849; Photo courtesy of Room & Board.

Jackie Fishman‘s eye was caught by this Charles and Ray Eames screen, which offers “instant privacy with the sculptural elegance of molded wood.” Offered in ash, cherry or walnut, this versatile home accessory is a classic and innovative example of the Eames signature wood molding designs that led to a commission from the US Navy and The Most Influential Design of the 20th Century Award from the Designers Society of America. “Pull it out and divide a room into two, fold it along its’ six sections’ polypropylene mesh edges and slip it out of sight.” It’s the perfect room accessory for any loft apartment and can easily fit into anyone’s décor.

One of Miss A’s beauty-obsessed fashionistas, Jessica Dunaway of Hela Salon and Spa channeled her inner Hugh Hefner when she saw the most amazing sheepskin rug. “I wanted to put it in front of a fireplace and curl up regardless of the weather.  I’m somewhat obsessed with rooms that have a sixties feel mixed with contemporary pieces. I feel like it mimics the upcoming NYC fall fashion week. Who doesn’t love cozy fabrics and luxurious textures?  I couldn’t leave the store without this piece in hand!”  Since her visit she’s placed the rug by her bed and can’t help but notice the richness it brings to the room.

Sheepskin Rug on bed, $199; Photo courtesy of Room & Board.

Susan Dobridge noted that “Room and Board makes an effort to integrate with the U-Street neighborhood, inviting customers to swap their designs for another local store’s when necessary, and welcoming customers from other locations vice versa.” It’s all about integrating with the community,” added Scott.  Room and Board has also made an effort to hold its outdoor deck open to community and non-profit gatherings, recently garnering as many as around 500 guests for an event.

If you’re in the market for furniture, Room & Board on 14th Street is a must-see.  It’s pretty certain that you will walk away with several pieces of well-made furniture that you will love for a lifetime.


Room & Board
1840 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Ph. 202-729-8300


Monday through Friday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

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