latest and greatest

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What caught my eye in August.  Via instagram.  follow me!

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tubin’

Entrance to harpers ferry adventure
I can't believe that summer is at an end.  Seems like yesterday, I was at the beach celebrating my parent's 45th anniversary.  Usually, I'm out of town this week. This year I have a couple closings (wahoo!) so I'm here.  It's strange being in DC when everyone else is out of town.  I kinda love it too.  

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riveting rooms

Focal wall living room

Project "make my condo more colorful through art" is going well.  I have one more area I'd like to change:  the entry way hallway.  When you enter my condo, I have a wonderful old mirror over a mid century modern secretary.  On the opposite wall, I have four white squares.  When the hallway was light blue, it looked fab. Now that I'm neutralville, it needs some work.  Hence today's "riveting room".  Once again, Emily Henderson brings it home with this living room and focal wall.  This is one of her signature moves and I love it!  I also like her helpful video on how to create one.  
photo via Emily Henderson blog
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novel novels

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I love a good mystery.  The intrigue of figuring out the bad guy and the fast pace always hook me.  My latest favorites have been Multiple Exposure by Ellen Crosby and The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling.   

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I can always rationalize the purchase of something outrageous.  Case in point:  the new hardware in my master bath.  Remember when I was thinking of replacing my vanity?  Instead, I painted it.  In my mind, that means I saved myself $500-$800.  Therefore, hand cast brass quatrafoil hardware from Rocky Mountain Hardware seemed like a perfect addition.  Right?  

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get your craft on

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Occasionally, I like a DIY.  My biggest problem with DIY is I live in a condo and it makes an almighty mess. Not having an outdoor space or a garage, I'm forced to complete my little projects on the dining room table.  My husband loves it! However, I just discovered Topaz + Arrow, "a lifestyle resource for the art and design-driven community."   They host DIY workshops.  You can get your craft on without messing up your condo!  

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links and photos top to bottom:  Urban Scrawl, Urban Turf, The Washington Post,Urban ScrawlThe Washington Post, WTOP

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riveting rooms

Nanette guest bedroom
Beach houses always have a decorating scheme.  If done right, it's stylish.  Often, it goes horribly awry and becomes tacky.  This beach house, Nanette Lepore's in Amagansett, is the exact opposite.  This is her daughter's bedroom.  Of course the color and the patterns are amazing.  I also love that it's not too cute. Can't you imagine hiding up here after a long day at the beach, giggling?  Check out the rest of her house on The Glamourai.  It's inspiring.

photo via The Glamourai

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Color. I love it.  I'd paint every wall a different color in my perfect world.  However, I'm trying something new and I'm embracing the neutral.  Which means I had to add my color through different means.  Recently, I purchased 2 paintings from Caroline Wright (top image, bottom image via Caroline Wright website) for the kitchen.  What do you think?

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wth?

Sometimes, listing photos make you scratch your head and say "wth?"  A few of my favorites below:

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gross on so many levels

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this is not making me want to buy this place

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i guess making the beds and putting away stuff is out of the question?
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real estate round up

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links top to bottom: Urban Turf, The Washington Post, NY Times, Washington Business Journal 

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1330 Mass. Ave, NW #406

Washington, DC 20005

820 sf | $404.00 coop fee

list price: $397,500

Sunny 1 bedroom, 1 bath coop with 9.5 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, renovated kitchen with marble counters, KitchenAid stainless steel appliances, updated bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Pet friendly. Close to 14th St. retail, Whole Foods and Studio Theatre. 95 walk score. No underlying mortgage and fee includes all utilities & taxes.  Open Sunday 8/18/2013 from 1-4pm.

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