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Spruce up your pad for V-Day with help from the Washington Design Center sample sale.

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Please tell us you're not planning to bring your V-Day date home to see all those ancient pizza boxes and the Craiglist furniture covered with cat hair. Oh ... you were? Hmm. And do you hear anyone silently judging you? No? REALLY? ... How about now?

Right.

On Valentine's Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the Washington Design Center (300 D St. N.W.) is holding a sample sale where you can score furniture, rugs, laps and home accessories of "investment" quality at garage sale pries. (OK, we are exaggerating just a little bit, but still.)

Browse showrooms from more than 50 top home designers, such as Century Furniture, FENDI Casa, Stroheim and Arc|Com Fabrics. Imagine your closet-sized Dupont studio looking just as nice. Then make it happen!

And since the sale's all over at 3, you'll still have plenty of time to get rid of the pizza boxes and get ready for your hot date.

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