On Saturday the Washington Design Center, which usually sells only to the trade, will hold a one-day sample sale open to the public. Participating showrooms will display hundreds of furnishings, carpeting and decorative accessories in one location the seventh floor.
The admission fee to the sale is $5, and hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The design center is located at 300 D St. S.W., three blocks south of the Mall. For more information, call (202) 554-3003.
Feng shui workshop
For everyone who wanted to know more in response to the story on feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, which appeared in the Sunday Today section Aug. 21: Interior designer Hope Karan Gerecht, who has studied under feng shui master Lin Yun, will hold a workshop on the art of creating a harmonious environment from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. at Heidi's Spa, 10425 Stevenson Road. The cost is $45. Call (410) 833-9237 for more information.
Newsletter on decorating
Decorator's Insider, a glossy newsletter edited by New York interior designer Lemeau Arrott-Watt, has a mission: to demystify the basics of decorating. Ms. Arrott-Watt aims to reveal sources and ideas for furnishing a home to consumers and professionals alike. (A third of her subscribers are designers, architects and manufacturers.)
The first issue gave advice on finding the right upholsterer, plus names and addresses. A thumbnail sketch of the Cotswolds for antiques lovers followed, and then a listing of garden shops that offered particularly beautiful items.
A year's subscription, 10 issues, costs $39.95 from Decorator's Insider, 38 Grove St., New York, N.Y. 10014, (212) 620-0435.
Candles are hot
Candles for decorative accents and gifts are selling like the proverbial hot cakes -- manufacturers expect an increase in sales by as much as 40 percent this year over last.
What are the trendiest colors, fragrances and styles? Wicks 'N' Sticks, a national specialty retailer of candles, picks Caribbean island (yellows, blues, teals and corals) and harvest colors (terra cotta, eggplant, brick and hunter green). Popular fragrances include French vanilla, mulberry, citrus, cranberry, "woodsy" pine, and spiced apples. Among the hottest styles are aromatherapy candles, '70s retro (incense products and candles Chianti bottles) and botanical candles.