Urban Essentials is the quintessential store of the new U Street corridor. It's jazzy and modern and hip and fairly expensive to go with that. Still, the collection of furniture is very nice and sleek, as long as you're okay with a fairly modern minimalist look, and if you can afford to pay a bit more than IKEA prices, then this is a good place to have a look. The dining tables and chairs are particularly nice. And there are plenty of other home furnishing stores in the area if you don't find what you need here.