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What with their tendency to rapidly deteriorate, making antiques profitable isn’t easy; just ask Grumpy Old Men star Jack Lem…oh, umm, well maybe ask Walter Matth…see?!? For a vintage furniture store whose stuff’s holding up like Ann-Margret: Foundry.
Just opened by an interior designer/ collector who formerly worked at the renowned Freeman Development Group (ooo la la!), Foundry hawks reclaimed and repurposed homewares in a lower-level shop on U Street, and’s named in honor of the owner’s father’s years spent at a submarine foundry — she probably didn’t see him much, as he must’ve been totally submerged in his work. Notable pieces include ’70s movie theater seats from Chicago, a ’60s dresser painted with the Union Jack, an old steel railroad cart that weighs in around 400lbs (far more reasonable than the 600lb model), and a ’70s faded burgundy leather “lawyer” couch, which has certainly seen its share of assholes. Other notables include a multi-pronged meat hook from a Cincinnati butcher shop, a small US flag with 48 stars sewn by the same woman that wove the one in the Smithsonian, and even a slew of old print letters from an actual Chicago Tribune printing press. If it ain’t an email newsletters, who the hell cares!?
And because who wants to sit without a drink, they’ve also got barware like an early ’50s silver liquor decanter trio, a ’60s glass bar cart, and dual vintage shakers, also what you called Grumpy Old Men‘s dynamic duo.
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It’s a short metro or cab ride from the capital’s stately monuments and museums to neighborhoods brimming with gorgeous designer boutiques, eco-minded concept shops and tons of vintage.
At this new addition to the vintage promenade that is U Street, Yvette Freeman sells lovingly refurbished, reasonably priced 20th-century estate-sale furniture and industrial signage. Recently spotted: a pair of cowhide-covered director’s chairs for $525.
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FOUNDRY has been a dream in the making for owner and creator, Yvette Freeman. Half of the brother-sister team of Freeman Development Group, a boutique real estate development firm that has been developing flagship properties in the District for over ten years, Freeman has recently launched FOUNDRY, a Parisian Flea Market in the hottest furniture design district of DC. Known for her “little black dress” design philosophy, FOUNDRY will bring unique vintage, industrial and reclaimed statement pieces to the 1522 U ST NW location that will positively complete any homes décor.
DC meets Paris flea market! Foundry is an upbeat mix of vintage and re-imagined decor — both refined and rugged — perfectly situated in DC’s 14 St./U St. design corridor. Foundress and creative jack-of-all trades, Yvette Freeman, refreshes the store every two weeks with unique finds, artwork, and newly upholstered vintage furniture.
When I say store owner Yvette Freeman is a creative jack-of-all trades I’m notexaggerating. In addition to co-running a boutique staging company, interior design business, and estate liquidating service, Yvette does everything from re-upholstering and furniture refinishing to vintage furniture rentals. Naturally, her shop is a happy extension of her design talent and access to great vintage wares. Every FOUNDRY item is selected for its ability to be a room’s pièce de résistance, and already the new shop is making a name for itself as one of the best sources for unique on trend decor. It’s the perfect spot for one-of-a-kind light fixtures, cowhide upholstered furniture, and reasonably priced artwork. Foundry also sells Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, the super tough wonder paint that is to the DIY addict what crack is to, um, a crackhead— super addictive.
In addition to the U street shop, Foundry also offers monthly barn sales — vintage on a grand scale — at The Barn that Yvette owns with her pal, Kelly Thompson, in Frederick, Maryland. The Barn offers a mix of re-invented vintage pieces and new home accessories as well as unfinished “raw” furnishings awaiting a good face-lift.
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Because vintage and consignment shopping is the ultimate hunt, consider this your field guide for “new-to-you” stores in the Washington, D.C. metro area. We’ve included best bets for both Mad Men-era duds and sources for gently-used, high-end designer bags and shoes at way less than retail.
When Yvette Freeman moved her shop from U Street to H Street, she had room for Foundry Threads, her selection of very cool vintage jewelry, dresses, and more.
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When you round the bend off hip and bustling H Street NE toward the historic alley that houses Foundry, a part of you will feel like you’ve randomly discovered Yvette Freeman’s Paris flea market–inspired boutique completely on your own. The other part of you will feel deeply in the know.
An interior designer, real estate developer, and personal stylist, Freeman recently relocated her distinctive furniture and home goods shop from U Street—where it had been since opening in 2011—to a charming carriage house in the Atlas District.
Up a staircase, framed by an exposed brick wall, lays an eclectic yet elegant mix of vintage and modern pieces, many painstakingly refinished, painted, or reupholstered by Freeman herself.
After combing the world for her distinctive wares, Freeman then brings them back to her 2,500-square-foot studio space directly below the store, where she refurbishes them before putting them on retail display. However, some pieces never actually make it upstairs, says Freeman. Instead, they’re snatched up by designers who pop by her studio to see what she has in the pipeline on the days when the store is closed.
The shop is often restaged, and remaining pieces are rotated in and out on a weekly basis, so no two visits are the same. On the day we took our excursion, we spied an elegant antique French armchair upholstered in a old army blanket ($1,350), a nearly flawless Chesterfield leather chair ($1,140) that we wanted to curl up in with a nice Scotch and a good book, and a dinged yet extremely cool metal pub table ($290) that the entire family could dine around in style. Scattered throughout the space are carefully selected new pieces, such as fanciful platters, buttery leather-bound journals, and a Philippe Starck Ghost chair reproduction.
As a child growing up near Williamsburg, Virginia, Freeman would accompany her father, a builder and furniture refinisher, to barn sales. That’s where she fell in love with the act of discovering and collecting pieces that may have seen better days. She taught herself how to give them a second life, and she put herself through college and graduate school by repainting and customizing old furniture.
Although her shop may leave you yearning to have the entire inventory moved into your row house, Freeman believes homeowners should carefully curate their interiors, buying “one special item at a time” that reflects their personal style. She says her goal is to help Washingtonians find “unique, quality pieces that are not mass-produced, but attainable.”
Her philosophy extends to clothing, and—fortunately for us—her new shop houses a not-to-miss wearable goods boutique in the back room. It’s here you’ll find exquisite vintage Gucci silk skirts, Pucci-esque dresses, and delicately beaded Prada shoes. For the fellows, there are military jackets and James Bond–inspired garb, including mint-condition Burberry dress coats.
Freeman hosts private styling sessions for DC socialites and politicos looking for unique pieces to wear to black-tie dinners, weddings, or simply around town. She won’t name her clients, but shares that they’ll put on some music, pop open a bottle of wine, and spend an afternoon giddy from trying on her treasures. We sense she turns all her customers into friends.
As published in Home & Design
The up-and-coming H Street Corridor in DC’s Atlas District has just welcomed a new addition. Transplanted from U Street, the home-design mecca Foundry is owned by designer Yvette Freeman, who conceived the store as a showcase for vintage furnishings and accessories. Though Foundry carries new items such as candles and linens, the merchandise is 90 percent vintage, with a range of pieces that Freeman finds and refurbishes herself.
The new 4,000-square-foot showroom more than doubles the size of the previous store. “The move gives us space for my workroom, plus storage and a design studio under one roof for the first time,” Freeman says. In addition to upholstered furniture and casegoods, the showroom offers textiles, fabric, rug samples and lighting. Freeman has also launched a vintage clothing division, Foundry Threads.
Foundry is tucked between H and I Streets in an alley called Atlas Court that was recently designated by the city as historic. The new store occupies a two-story space that began life as a carriage house in the 1930s —a vintage that makes it the perfect fit for Foundry. 819 11th Street Rear, NE; 571-277-5245. foundrybyfreeman.com
As featured in Mid-City DC News
Previously based on U Street NW, Foundry Home Furnishings recently relocated to the H Street NE Corridor. Their new space is significantly larger than the old one, and owner Yvette Freeman plans to take full advantage of that fact by adding a production space, as well as introducing a new vintage clothing shop called Foundry Threads. Foundry Threads will primarily feature men’s clothing, but will offer some women’s selections as well. The new 4,000 square foot space is in a carriage house (accessible through the alley) located behind 819 11th Street NE.
According to Freeman, “as more condominium and apartment complexes deliver in the H Street corridor, the need for furniture and home accessories increases. Our move to a loftier showroom helps us display and showcase even more merchandise.” Frankly, I suspect current residents, along with her previously existing clientele, can provide an ample market in the mean time. – See more at: http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/h-street-life-9#sthash.V77kD0xe.dpuf
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Whether guests like their drinks on the rocks, shaken or stirred, it is easy to create an instant bar that brings fun to the party as a great conversation-starter.
All that’s needed is a surface, great bar ware and a tray, said Yvette Freeman, owner of the Foundry (foundrybyfreeman.com), a Parisian-style flea market on U Street. Freeman transformed a 1920s vintage ironing board into a bar.
“It’s a great space saver. It’s unexpected,” Freeman said. “For folks that live in D.C., everything has to be dual purpose. So it can be an ironing board, and you can collapse it and put it away when your company leaves.”
Vintage bar ware is a great choice for creating that bar atmosphere. “The glassware that was made in the 1930s and ’40s has beautiful patterns, and you can mix and match,” she said. “It’s hardier, made sturdier and is dishwasher safe.”
Freeman has used everything from console tables to medical carts as a bar. She often suggests night stands, “because everyone has at least one in the house.”
“The scale is small enough for you to pull out in a living room or dining room,” Freeman said. “With a really nice tray, a shaker and glass bucket, you can make a great bar really quickly. And when it’s done, put it back as your nightstand.”
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Yvette Freeman, owner of the vintage-decor destination Foundry, just moved her shop to a historic carriage house in the H Street Corridor. The new, bigger space has allowed her to expand into fashion, carrying designers like Valentino and Chanel. Here, Freeman discusses the new Foundry Threads (opening in January) and why vintage is always in vogue. 1129 Atlas Court NE, 571.277.5245, foundrybyfreeman.com
Why did you decide to incorporate fashion into Foundry?
Vintage clothing and jewelry are my personal weaknesses. Nine times out of 10, I have something vintage on, and when I work the retail floor, people come in and want to buy the dress or jewelry I’m wearing. Regulars started to ask me to style them for weddings and black-tie events!
How did you get the collection going?
I’ve been collecting vintage clothing and jewelry since I was about 20. My collection grew over the years, as I met people around the country and in Europe, and I now curate what they send me. My husband is also a huge consumer of vintage clothing, so we have a balance of men’s and women’s clothing, as well as jewelry.
Who are your favorite designers?
I love Chanel. I think Valentino is unbelievably beautiful from start to finish, from thread and fabric to finished buttons on any collection he’s done. I don’t think you could ever go wrong with Yves Saint Laurent vintage from the ’40s and ’50s, with beautiful Thai silk and really lush, thick cashmere. For jewelry, I have a personal affinity for Pauline Rader and Hattie Carnegie. It’s artwork to wear and enjoy.
What does the future hold for Foundry?
Now that Threads is running, my next offering will be dedicated to entertaining, maybe with tablescapes or [gorgeous] china. This year, I want to help people entertain and live beautifully.