even with the cold weather, it’s time to get outdoors!

By Lauren Hill

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According to the Punxsutawney groundhog, spring is right around the corner!  And although we may be bundled in coats and gloves here in New York, Washington, D.C is ready for warm weather. The Washington Design Center, celebrates its second annual Outdoor Week from February 28 to March 4. The Center’s 30 showrooms will feature the latest collections in outdoor furnishings, fabrics and rugs.

What are some of the week’s must-see events? Tina Turk will be showing off her new fabulous designs in fabric, fashion and jewelry at the Schumacher showroom on Thursday from 2-4pm.  From Brown Jordan, Steve Elton will bring the new 2011 spring line and will talk about how to make an outdoor space grand by  coordinating colors and patterns. Really, you don’t want to miss any of the events! I, for one, am ready for a little sunbathing, especially in a hip, new outdoor space.

To attend any of the Outdoor Week seminars, please register with Nicole Frye at nfrye@mmart.com or at 202.646.6114

Below are the events taking place during Outdoor Week:

Monday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m. A panel of landscape architects and interior designers on outdoor design trends, featuring:

Anthony Cusat, McHale Landscape Design
Jay Graham, Graham Landscape Architecture
Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors
Elizabeth Norman, Elizabeth Norman Landscaping and Garden Design
Dana Tydings, Tydings Design

Tuesday, March 1, 11 a.m. Steve Elton of Brown Jordan will talk about the merits of performance fabrics: How they are built to withstand the elements; the technology that makes them beautiful, with luxurious textures; and from Brown Jordan’s Spring 2011 line, the best coordinating colors and patterns for a grand outside setting. Lunch follows in the Brown Jordan by AmericanEye showroom.

Wednesday, March 2, 10 a.m. Kathleen Litchfield of Petro Design/Build will deliver a CEU-credited lecture on blending indoor and outdoor design.

12:30-2 p.m. Over lunch, Eric Graham of Century Furniture will talk about the construction of outdoor furniture, and which frames and style are appropriate for different outdoor settings.

Thursday, March 3 10:30 a.m. Designer Erin Paige Pitts and Architect Lee Foster, the founders of VacationHouseReview.com, will discuss all aspects of vacation house design, including regional differences, durability and comfort, and marketing your design services

2-4 p.m. In the Schumacher showroom, Suite 523: A fabric, fashion and jewelry trunk show featuring the designs of Trina Turk, cosponsored by Georgetown’s Wink boutique and Charm Georgetown.

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