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14TH STREET—Urban Essentials has opened to the public, bringing more decor choices to a street with so many new buildings being built there will be a huge need for lamps, pillows, and sconces in the coming months. See the full press release after the jump. [CurbedInbox]

ARCHITECT WIRE—The Freakonomics blog has an open thread going about architects and whether or not they are still worth it. Click over to add your two cents. [Freakonomics]

URBAN ESSENTIALS DOUBLES SIZE AND OPENS NEW LOCATION

ON 14TH STREET

Home Furnishings Retailer Opens Its Doors with Expanded Showroom

in DC'S Design District

Washington, D.C. – DC's popular 14th Street furniture design district has a new neighbor. Urban Essentials, the modern home furnishings retailer specializing in small-scale furniture for urban lifestyles, has moved into its new location and has officially opened its doors to the public at 1401 14th Street, Northwest. The new 5,700-square-foot showroom, formerly occupied for Reincarnations Furnishings, is more than twice its size from the previous U Street location and features full-scale home living models and vignettes showcasing complete furniture lines.

Urban Essentials larger showroom allows the retailer to expand on hot new design trends offering more than 40 popular brands that include Tempurpedic, American Leather, Bontempi, Elite, BDI and Rowe Furniture.

Before the move, Urban Essentials underwent a one-month cosmetic facelift that included the installation of hardwood floors on the main level, new incandescent lighting and a fresh color scheme of ivory painted walls.

"We are thrilled to open Urban Essentials in the 14th Street corridor," says David Schaefer, founder and owner of Urban Essentials. "With the increasing demand of condominium and apartment development in the area, Urban Essentials new expanded showroom allows us to showcase more smart-sized, urban-scale furniture."

Store hours are: Monday-Friday 12:00 noon – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m. For more information on Urban Essentials, please visit the website at: www.urban-essentials.com.