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It's called "switcheroo" by Sincerely Hanna.  Mesmerizing.  

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Riveting Rooms

Crazy lamp
I am captivated by this crazy lamp.  The ceiling mount, the scale, and the position in the room is so interesting. I can imagine myself sitting in a pool of light as I read in the evening.  Isn't it intriguing?  

seen on sfgirlbybay.  image from llamas' valley.

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Sold: First Friday

I'm changing this feature a bit.  I'm never, ever going to catch up on all my First Friday posts.   I only run this post once a month and I feature a house every week. It's interesting but it's not that interesting. Instead, I'm going to take my favorite First Friday post of a previous month and let you know what happened.  This should allow me to progress a bit.  Let's rewind to July 2011.  

2218 Hall Place, NW

Washington, DC 20007

3 bedrooms/3 baths

list price: $1,245,000

sold price: $1,190,500

DOM: 25

I featured this house in July 2011 because I coveted many of the design elements. Sold in 25 days, I guess somebody else felt the same way!  The property has three bedrooms and three full baths.  It's total square footage is 2,121 square feet and the yearly taxes are $6,683.  Features include hardwood floors through out and an updated kitchen with an open floor plan.  (The kitchen is gorgeous! I love the tile back splash.  Plus I'm a sucker for nice appliances.)  The baths have been updated and the back yard is lovely.  It's a couple blocks to Whole Foods and restaurants on Wisconsin Ave, NW. 

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2026 klingle exterior
2026 Kingle Rd, NW

Washington, DC

5 bedroom, 4 baths


2026 Klingle Rd, NW is a renovated, corner Wardman with a lot of charm.  It's a multi-unit home which is fantastic for offsetting a portion of your mortgage. Interesting features include original refinished hardwood floors, two sun rooms (one on the main level, one on the second floor), the dining room has a coffered ceiling, and a brand new kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a glass tile back splash. The baths have been renovated, the attic is finished, there's a garage/workshop + a driveway parking spot, a deck, and a lovely front porch with views of Rock Creek Park.  There's also a new dual zone HVAC, new plumbing, electrical and roof.  The rental unit is a one bedroom + den with a brand new kitchen, it's own washer/dryer and a side entrance.  The home will be Open on Sunday 2/26/12 from 1-4pm.  

2026 Klingle living 1
2026 Klingle kitchen
photos via the mls.  listing courtesy of me.'s been a busy couple of weeks. which i love!

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take me away

I'm still reeling from the day I had yesterday.  Athough I can't discuss it because it's work related, needless to say, it sucked.  big time. 

What do I do when the day is beyond rotten?  Escape.  My favorite escape? Reading.  Below is my current book plus another that caught my interest (as in, I stayed up all night to finish it).  

The house i loved
This book is touching.  It's about love: for your spouse, your home, your children.  Although it's not as good as her previous book Sarah's Key, it was a wonderful read.  Plus, Paris!  How can it be bad?

State of wonder
State of Wonder was on every "Best of 2011" fiction list that I encountered.  It was so engaging, I devoured it in one sitting.  I always enjoy Ann Patchett's prose and this was no exception.

 I hope you enjoy them!

*book covers via

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The second part of my Pacific Northwest adventure was a trip to the Willamette Valley for a vineyard tour and a quick visit to Portland.    

Willamette valley1The Willamette Valley was beautiful.  We visited ten (yes ten!) vineyards, tasted a bunch of pinot noir and ate a ton of good food.  We stayed at the Allison Inn, which was one of the nicest hotels I've experienced.  We had a fireplace in our room which was a perfect antidote to the chilly weather.  I didn't want to leave.

Portland cargo1

On the way back to Seattle, we stopped in Portland for lunch and a walk around the Pearl District.  I fell in love with this fantastic store named Cargo.  It was chock full of the coolest stuff:  lanterns, door knobs, furniture, clothes…it was the best store ever.  Then we ate at Pok Pok (which just opened a wings place in NYC), a phenomenal Thai place.  It was delicious and if you're ever in Portland, go.  

Overall, the Pacific Northwest was an incredible trip despite the weather.  It's a majestic place with incredible scenery, the food is local and fresh and the vino is unbelievable.  It's my kind of place.       

willamette photos from left to right: brick house vineyard, swine wine from eieio, vineyard at penner~ash, wine barrels at penner~ash.

portland photos from Cargo left to right:  lanterns, door knobs, lingerie drawers, pom poms.

all photos via instagram.

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For me, the most difficult part of finishing a space is finding something for the walls.  Today's picture inspires me because I never would have imagined that grouping of art together.  It's incredible.  The rest of the composition is bad ass as well.  

*seen on apartment 34.  source residence magazine.

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Old hr 57 space
Eater  reveals (as reported by POP and Dining Bisnow) the old HR-57 space is going to be another Hilton brother venue.  The application is for an Italian gastro pub/wine bar.  

1728-1736 14th St, NW
Urban Turf reports that a large parcel at 1728-1736 14th St, NW has just been listed for sale.  One suggestion for the land is 65 new homes.  Keep your eyes peeled for the final resolution.

POP announced that Solly's is expanding next door to Madjet Ethiopian restaurant.  Although this piece of news is a little old (mid january), I'm still happy about the news.  It's wonderful when local business thrives.

According to Urban Turf, JBG developers is courting Trader Joe's (!!) for their new development on the corner of 9th and Florida Ave, NW.  There's definitely some truth to this rumor because Trader Joe's has started mailings to our 'hood. While I'm not a fan of Trader Joe's, the rest of the world LOVES them.  This would be so major if it happens.  

New coffee shop alert!  Blind Dog Cafe (aka Darnell's at 944 Florida Ave, NW) opened mid February.  I've yet to sample the goods because I was out of town when it went live.  Yesterday, I drove by and there were tons of people enjoying the space and having coffee.  They also have food.  Open 7-4 pm then it reverts back to Darnell's.

The downstairs level of Brixton has a new paint job.  Looking good!  Now hurry up and open.

photos top to bottom:  me, Urban Turf, POP, Urban Turf, me, me

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First Friday

86 P St exterior large
86 P St, NW

Washington, DC 20001

4 bedrooms/3 baths


86 P St, NW is a renovated rowhouse built in 1900.  It's 2,310 square feet and the yearly taxes are $3,873.  The home has new bamboo floors and an open floor plan.  The kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a subway tile back splash.  The Master bedroom has an Elfa closet system and a bathroom en suite with a jacuzzi tub and a double vanity.  Additional features are a new water heater and a lovely fenced backyard with a deck.  It's a short jaunt to the NY Ave. Metro, the new Harris Teeter and Big Bear Cafe.  Also in development around the corner is the O St. Market and the new Walmart.  Open House on Sunday, 2/19/12 from 1-4pm.

86 P St living room
86 P St NW Kitchen 1-1
photos via the MLS.  listing courtsey of me!  you read that correctly..this is my latest listing. i hope to see you sunday at my open house.

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Seattle instagram
Last week, I took my first trip to the Pacific NW.  February isn't a typical time to visit Seattle and it was rainy and damp the entire visit.  I didn't care.  I love trips and I'm always happy to get out of DC.  (love ya mucho DC but a girl has got to go on occasion)

We spent three nights in Seattle and then drove to Willamette Valley in Oregon for a tour of the wine country.    

Seattle was fantabulous.  It's picturesque.  The food was amazing.  The shopping was incredible.  I'll definitely visit again.

pictures left from right:  view of the city from the boulevard, street art, coffee from zeitgeist, oysters with kim chee ice at matt's in the market, pike's place market, oranges at sosio's produce, display at watson kennedy, meatball sub at salumi, chandelier at great jones home.  all photos via instagram.

btw:  I used the design sponge seattle and portland guides and they were genius.  I highly recommend!

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Built in bookcase
It's a perfecty curated bookcase and I'm in awe.  It's cheeky, smart and imaginative all at once. 

*seen on sfgirlbybay.  photo via the selby.

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Hoping you and yours are having a lovely Valentine's Day!

photo via the purl bee

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