In the beginning, there was a humble storefront in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. It was called Elements of Design and inside it housed an incredible collection of exciting, elegant, and unique furniture, lighting and home accessories, all of it curated by owner Pamela Culvahouse, an interior designer with 18 years of experience and counting. Soon, word of her impeccable eye for detail and her undying passion for interior design got around town, and she was able to open several more successful stores in the area. However, demand for her talent and comfortably elegant aesthetic continued to grow, and before we all knew it, that once humble storefront had closed up and morphed into a busy, full-fledged, high-end interior design firm called, coincidentally enough, Elements of Design (which still totally exists, by the way. Give us a ring!).
Today, in our fabulous lair out in the wilds of McLean, VA, we the Elements team - Pam, our “Intrepid Leader,” Lindsay, our fearless “Lieutenant Princess,” and, Rocky, the “Resident Male” - are constantly on the look out for new lines, new artists, and new ideas. We spend our time, day in and day out, devising novel ways to bring the most exciting, innovative, and beautiful design into our clients’ homes. We believe in never sacrificing comfort for elegance or vice versa; we strive to make sure our clients get the best of both worlds. It’s an honor to assist our clients in making their dream homes realities, and, honestly, we just have so much fun. Basically, we love what we do.
Sounds perfect, right? Well, last winter we realized that something was wrong. Something was missing. We want to share our love of design and the cool, new, exciting products and ideas we find with everyone, not just our clients. But it seems like so many people believe that luxury can’t be affordable! There’s no law saying that high-end design and comfortable elegance are things only the 1% should be able to afford. No matter your tax bracket, we believe everyone deserves a cozy, luxurious little piece of the world to call home, and, contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t necessarily require spending millions of dollars. (Necessarily...) Take it from us, sometimes all it takes is a few gorgeous, well-placed pieces and suddenly the lowliest studio or the tiniest dorm room becomes the swankiest penthouse in town. So we wondered…
How can we utilize our passion for design, our experience and our know-how to bring a brand of affordable, effortless elegance to the masses?
We put our heads together and out sprang our dear Ella & Boss, the web’s one stop shop for those exciting, versatile, and unique home goods you can’t find anywhere else. The ones that can transform any boring, old house into a sophisticated, comfortable home. Our goal is to bring you the best products at the best prices, so we've already done the shopping for you! However, it’s our hope that you don’t just consider this a store. We hope to build a community of folks who love design as much as we do. We’ve got all sorts of tips, and tricks, and stories to share, and we hope you’ll feel comfortable sharing all of yours with us as well. And if you want to see something on sale, or feel like we’re missing something, please let us know! Because whether you’re coming by to shop or just to see and learn something new about design, it’s our hope that when you come to Ella & Boss you’ll always find something that makes you stop, smile and say, “It’s good to be home.”
Also, thanks to all of you, on November 16, 2012 we opened up a brand new retail shop here in McLean, chocked full of all the same great gifts and accessories available here on the website plus so much more! So if you're in the area, stop on in and say hello!
1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd., Ste 180
McLean, VA 22101
M-F: 10AM - 5PM
Sat: 10AM - 4PM
We hope to see your lovely, smiling face soon! Shop in good health, everybody!!!
-Pam, Lindsay, and Rocky