it never ends

New-car1
I haven't prepared anything for today.  I'm distracted by my ongoing new car situation.  Remember this post? How I had a terrible experience buying my new car?  The bank fraud?  The perfect misery of my life for month? Unfortunately, it's not over.  

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Neighborhood-guide-dupont
Dupont Circle is one of the oldest and well established neighborhoods in DC. Some of the most beautiful (and expensive) homes in the city grace this area.  It's easily accessible by Metro and public transportation. There's a lot of retail and restaurants which make it a popular place to live.  

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riveting rooms

Neo-trad-lr
One of my friends recently purchased a brick Colonial.  Being the curious sort, I visited last week to check it out (so pretty!) and talk design.  Half the fun with a new house is making it yours. Her style is neo-traditional: classic proportions, traditional comforts with an updated twist.  Like the the photo above from the latest edition of Lonny.  It's sophisticated but functional.  I can't wait to see the final result!

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new listing!

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3883 Connecticut Ave, NW #712

Washington, DC 20008

715 sf | $516.00 condo fee | $2,989 yearly taxes

list price: $398,000

 

Welcome to 3883 Connecticut Ave, NW, a luxury condo building in Cleveland Park.  This sunny 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo has hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen plus a juliet balcony with a stunning view.  The furnace and water heater are new.  Building amenities include a concierge, party room and business center, an exercise room and a roof top pool with grills.  Short stroll to Metro, restaurants and retail.  Open Sunday 7/28 from 1-4pm.  

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piola

Piola
Piola, the international Italian pizza chain, opened in May at 2208 14th St, NW. Although I'm not a fan of chains, I can't resist pizza.  Especially pizza that's three blocks from my house.  My husband and I went for lunch a few weeks ago.

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home office

Home-office
There's a reason you've never seen a photo of my office.  Up until Monday, it was a total disaster.  I thought it was cute and organized but really, it wasn't.  I had the exact same set up but there were random clear tubs and boxes full of crap.  

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too blue?

Blue living room
One thing I realized about my new neutral condo:  my eyes are freaking out because there's no color anywhere! The blue kitchen was a statement.  My rust couch was another one.  Somehow, it all worked together. However, over the last year, I've gradually transitioned to a more neutral palette.  Which I like.  Except I miss my color.  Now, when I look around our living space, I don't feel like it's really me anymore.  As one of my friends recently stated: hello!  if it's your place, there's color.  

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Organized office
Today, I'm organizing my home office.  I'm pretty together but lately, piles of paper have been littering every surface in my office.  It drives me crazy.  I have a great set up..a huge desk/Elfa system but somehow it's still not functional.  The office was also repainted last week and it's the perfect opportunity to throw stuff out.  Like Windows programs from 2007.  Manuals for appliances I no longer own. Computer disks and CD's.  I also bought a new micro shredder.  I've always been a shredder because I'm crazy like that.  I will be crazier as a result of the bank fraud. Hence the micro shredder.  I'm can't wait to plug in that bad boy and shred stuff. It's so satisfying.  I'm hoping the final result will be simliar to this guys office. We shall see.

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teaser

New paint
Will you look at that new paint??  (Please excuse the mess..the house is in total disarray).  I'm still not used to it.  I'm mid process of re-hanging art and getting used to the lack of color.  It makes the place look really big. I'm also having color withdraw.  I know..I need to get over myself.  Hahahaa.  I'm already dreaming up ways to add color through accessories and art.  Stay tuned.

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Summer-risotto1
I love risotto.  It's delicious in every season.  My favorite summer version features whatever is fresh at the farmer's market.  Last weekend, my husband made this fantastic version with tomatoes, corn, bacon and basil. It was a show stopper.  He served it with grilled chicken and big salad…yum!

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Hood-happenings-7.13links and photos top to bottom: POP, WCP, CJDC, WCP 

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color me bad?

 

Paint-dr

dining room

Guess what's happening this week?  The condo is getting a new coat of paint!  I don't know why I'm so excited about this event but I am.  Maybe because I've been over the blue kitchen for a year?  Or because we haven't painted since 2007 when we bought the place?  Whatever the reason, I'm giddy.

 

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