“Everything was green and beautiful, and there was a lot of space,” recalls Lefebure. “It was love at first sight. Growing up in a city of 10 million people, I had never seen such a brilliant space. To me, at 16, DC seemed like paradise, in a way.”
Three decades later, Lefebure doesn’t just call the District home: the entrepreneur is a fixture of DC’s creative community, having co-founded the firm H Street. design army with her husband, Jake, and launched the study space in yolk. Throughout her career, during which she went from foreign exchange student who knew no English to creative director and industry pioneer, Lefebure has created campaigns for clients such as Pepsi, Bloomingdale’s and the Academy Awards.
the Brookland resident is appropriately inventive in her perfect day in DC, starting and ending her day in unusual places, and squeezing plenty of food and fashion in between.
When I open my eyes, I want to wake up inside the [Yayoi] Kusama exhibition at the deer antler after a night at the museum. I’d start my day by walking around the Hirshhorn to kick-start my creative brain, then walk to grab a quick breakfast at the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art. It has that Parisian vibe, and a fall day would be perfect. I would sit there with my feet in the water with my daughter, Sophie (she just went to college in New York, so I miss her so much) and enjoy a coffee and a croissant.
I need a little time to take care of myself, and I like to get a medical grade facial, not a little spa, but the real deal, so I would go to the MI Skin Dermatology Center. dr [Melda] Isaac is amazing, and his staff is amazing. After 90 minutes, he magically appeared in the ritz carlton spa in Georgetown to melt away tension with a massage.
Then I would have lunch at Centroline a CityCenterDC. There’s usually a cool art installation there, so it would be really nice to sit outside with Sophie and my French bulldog, Luna. I’d order the pasta of the day, with a bit of champagne: after detoxing, I need to get some bad stuff back. then i would stop do to on H Street for a quick afternoon coffee. It’s a one stop shop as they also have cool sneakers and t-shirts and I can also do some shopping.
In the evening, I would go for a walk from the yards to Nationals Park – it’s a really lovely place to watch the sunset, enjoy the scenery and do some sketching. then i would stop In some place, which is another cafe that also sells shoes and clothes. A lot of people don’t know about this store, but they have really cool brands – it’s almost like a fashion space as art, and the owners spend time carefully selecting the pieces there.
For dinner, I’m going to eat at the White House with all my creative friends and a meal of cider form, who is this really amazing private chef. She only cooks with the best seasonal ingredients available, makes great wine pairings, and makes this herbal cocktail that is so unique, and I always try something that she has never tried before. She’s also an amazing florist, so it’s the complete package of hers when you invite her over for dinner. Since I love Duke Ellington and would like to celebrate the king of jazz who was a true Washingtonian, we would have a pianist playing his music all night.
Then I would cross the street to the off the record bar in the basement Hay-Adams. My husband would join me at the end of the night and I would have a gin and tonic in front of the fireplace. After a few drinks, we’d sneak into the National Arboretum — I just think that place is magical — and I fall asleep looking at the stars.