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Grey and blue bedroom
I'm exhausted.  I want to crawl into bed and watch Mad Men.  I had a busy weekend: a lot of work and way too much fun.  This bedroom is so inviting with it's cool grey tones and pops of peacock blue.  

*photo Elements of Design

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1528 Swann St, NW

Washington, DC 20009

4 bedrooms, 3 baths


This Victorian rowhouse built in 1885 is a swanky gem.  It's been renovated and updated but retains it's charm. There are hardwood floors, a formal living and dining room, two fireplaces, the kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops plus there's a charming back yard and parking.  The fourth floor has been transformed into a master suite with a master bath en suite that includes a jacuzzi tub and a sky light.  There's also a lovely roof top terrace with views of the city.  Located within walking distance to Dupont or Logan Circles.  It's Open Sunday, 4/29 from 1-3pm.

photos via MLS.  listing courtesy of David Bediz, Coldwell Banker.

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As you might have gathered, I'm having a rough couple of weeks.    

Lately, I've been contemplating packing my bags and high tailing it out here.  Why can't we move somewhere else and start fresh?

Then I remember I need to work and even if it's not perfect, real estate is a lucrative career.

So I'll turn my frown upside down.  

I'll go to early morning spin classes.  I'll dream of places I will travel.  I'll redo my bathrooms. I'll hang with my silly friends.  I'll laugh with them. I'll focus on my fab clients.  I'll try to get back to that positive place.   


photo: by my dad when I was in 6th grade and really unhappy he was interrupting my reading for a photo. (sheesh)

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mixin’ it up

Fancy-mirrorsNext on my home improvement agenda is updating my master bath light fixture and mirror.  After the endless spackling in the guest bath, I determined another round mirror was not an option.  Seeking inspiration, I began gazing at bathroom images.  I was leaning towards a square mirror (less work) but concluded that was boring.  After a lot of contemplation, I decided an octagon might be interesting. That led to my discovery of the quaterfoil mirror and finally..I had a winner.  

Finding a quaterfoil mirror that fits the space and my budget was a challenge.  My favorite was from Restoration Hardware but it cost over $700. After a lot of searching, I found one from Lowe's that seemed like it should work. Except the closest Lowe's is somewhere in MD and the delivery fee was $75 (!). So I called my Dad, who loves Lowe's and goes once a week.  Being the nice guy that he is, off he went to collect it.  He going to ship it to me this week.

My next dilemma was the light fixture.  A quaterfoil mirror is a traditional shape. My bathroom is modern. How was I going to mix a modern light fixture with a traditional mirror?  All the photos I'd pulled for inspiration showed scones.  My light fixture is mounted above the mirror. *sigh*  This is why people hire interior designers.  After considering ten different light fixtures, I found one that mimics the shape of our Moen faucet.  It's sleek yet simple.  Hopefully, it will look as fantastic as I've imagined.  

Master-bath1.light fixture  2. mirror

photos via houzz.com


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sold: first friday


3513 Idaho Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20016

6 bedrooms, 3 baths

list price: $1,285,000

DOM: 12 days

sold price: $1,285,000 with a $14,900 seller subsidy

In February, I featured 3513 Idaho Ave, NW, a grand dame in Cleveland Park. Built in 1923, this detached home is 3,913 square feet and the yearly taxes are $11,813.  The house has been updated but many of the original architectural details have been retained.   The home has it's original hardwood floors plus french doors to the living room and sun porch. Additional features are the unfinished basement, a lovely back yard and a garage.   The abode is located a short walk to Wisconsin Ave. shops and restaurants like Cafe Deluxe and 2 Amy's.

photos via mls.  listing courtesy of Marjorie Dick Stuart, Randall H. Hagner and Co. 


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I am blown away by the immense windows in this converted mill house.  The natural light makes everything look beautiful plus the view of the back yard and pool isn't shabby either.  Check out the rest of the house here.

photo via Nuevo Estilo

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2446 Belmont Rd, NW

Washington, DC 20008

9 bedrooms/8.5 baths


While this week's listing is wildly expensive, it's so beautiful I couldn't resist writing about it.  It's a 1920's Tudor that went through an extensive renovation in 2011.  It's 7,210 square feet and the yearly taxes are $20,715.

The home is absolutely magnificent and hits every popular interior design trend but still manages to look classic. It's four levels, it has three fireplaces, has hardwood floors through out, a formal living and dining room, an open kitchen with marble counter tops (I want those pendants!), a family room and a black and white powder room.  That's only the first floor! 

On the second level is the master bedroom (note the quadrafoil light fixture), his and her bathrooms (!), an amazing dressing room and bedrooms two through seven. 

The lower level is the au pair suite with includes another gorgeous kitchen, a bedroom, a media room and the garage.  There's also an enormous back yard and patio.   

Astounding home!

photos via MLS.  listing courtsey of Mark McFadden, Washington Fine Properties

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cool covers

Cool-coversMy Kindle broke yesterday and it sent me into a full fledged panic.  Although I always have books in my vicinity, I've been lax about it since I also had a Kindle. With my Kindle, I didn't have to worry about being without a book because I could always download or re-read one in seconds.  Me without a book is like forgetting to brush my hair.  I never, ever am without a book just like I always brush my hair. So I'm a little distressed.  Especially since I was re-reading a Sookie Stackhouse novel which is where I go when I need a happy place.  This week has been lousy.  

On a more positive note, Amazon is replacing my Kindle with a new one at a reduced price (yahoo!).  Since it's a 3rd generation vs. my 2nd generation, I need a new cover.  Which led to some happy browsing and the discovery of a few stylish options.  Can you figure out which one I purchased?  

1. Dodo case $65, 2. DVF-$39 3. Etsy $32 4. Etsy $34

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latest and greatest


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‘hood happenings


Like to support local business?  Here's a great feature on Miss Pixie's on 14th St. and the story behind the store.  (the washington post)

Howard Theatre opened with a lot of fanfare, a great musical line up and delicious food.  (cbs news, eater)


Not so fast dmv-ers, the old HR-57 space is not becoming the latest Hilton brothers project.  Instead, it will become an Italian restaurant. (pop)

U St. will not get a hotel after all.  New plans by JGB on the corner of 13th and U St. are for another apartment building.  (washington city paper)

photos:  washington post, cbs, pop, city paper

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Thank you Mad Men for the resurgence of the bar cart.  Having a bunch of bottles huddled on the kitchen counter makes me think of a house full of frat boys on Brent Rd.  Since we all graduated from college many moons ago, a bar cart is an attractive option to organize your booze.  I'm currently on the hunt for a mid century modern number that will compliment my furniture.  (Apartment Therapy has a swell round up here.) On that note, let's go put on our sleek shifts and skinny ties and have an aperitif.  Salud!

photo via Apartment Therapy

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1201 N St, NW #D

Washington, DC 20005

1 bedroom/1 bath


This updated corner condo has it all:  sunlight from the east and west, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, a built in dining banquette (which I love!  this is such a clever way to use limited space), a renovated kitchen with a wine cooler, surround sound + in ceiling speakers.  It's 677 square feet and the yearly taxes are $3,116. Located a short walk from the 14th St retail, it's a perfect pied a terre for the city. It's Open on Sunday, 4/15/12 from 1-4pm.  

photos via the MLS, listing courtsey of Jeff Sachse at TTR.

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