SucculentsHave you noticed that plants are popping up in all the cool interior design publications?  I'm constantly seeing fiddle leaf fig tree, ferns and rubber plants. I've wanted plants in our home for years but a black thumb and a curious cat were a fatal combination.  My kitty passed away a year ago and I decided it was time to overcome my black thumb.  This time I started with something easy (and trendy…natch): succulents.

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cool it

New-fanLadies and gentlemen…the new fan has arrived!  For once, I didn't dilly dally on a house project. Temperatures in DC are increasing by the day and I'm officially done with being over heated.  I picked the Embrace fan and ordered it through ylighting. 3 days later, it arrived at the house.  While I loved the name of the "ball hugger" (tee hee), it wasn't exactly right. This was the first time I'd purchased a ceiling fan and the choices were overwhelming.  Did I want 42" blades or 52" blades?  Did I want a light?  Did I want a remote control?  Sheesh. The Embrace included a light, 2 different fan blade sizes and a remote.  Bingo..it was the fan for me.

My immediate impression: it's the best.  It's quiet.  It's produces a lot of air. We have an overhead light!!  The install is not as ugly as I feared.   Wahoo! Best house purchase in forever.

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Rasp-lemon-cake-sliceOn Sunday I went to a pot luck cook out and my contribution was this delicious cake.  The fresh flavors were a perfect finale to a wonderful meal. Enjoy!

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riveting rooms

Patio nycNice weather makes me want to entertain outside.  Isn't this patio lovely? I imagine coffee or cocktails or cook outs.  Isn't that the best part of summer?

photo via architectural digest

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happy memorial day!

Flags photoAre you having a fantastic holiday weekend?  I hope so.  Mine was full of activities like dinners and cook outs with friends plus a little work. We've been having spectacular weather in DC and it's been lovely.  I love this sort of weekend.  

 

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2812-34-extSorry for the radio silence yesterday but all hell broke loose. Everything is fine but yesterday morning was full of tiny glitches that make your life miserable.  When that happens, the blog gets the shaft.

Meanwhile, lets discuss this amaaaazing house that Lori Graham renovated at 2812 34th St, NW. I die. I love every touch that she's added:  the dark floors, the light fixtures, that incredible kitchen (look at the pulls!) and those beautiful bathrooms.  It's for sale for $1,795,000 and my friend Ross Vann is the listing agent.  It's Open on Sunday from 1-4 if you want to check it out.  

Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!  

 

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Hood-happenings-5.14links top to bottom: washington business journal, eater, washington business journal, district source

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a big week

Mom & dad 80'sIt's a big week in the Angotti household:  it's my parent's 46th anniversary AND my Dad's birthday.  They celebrated their anniversary with a trip to northern California/visit to my Uncle.  For my Dad's birthday, which always falls on Memorial Day weekend, they'll be whoopin' it up at the beach house.  Have a great time Mom and Dad!  xoxo jen

ps-this photo cracks me up!  it's got to be in the 80's and my Mom is giving someone the death stare…possibly me or my brother.  aren't they cute??

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riveting rooms

Black-libraryMixing modern and classic styles is one of my favorite looks.  This black and white library nails it.  The ornate fireplace mantel and tufted chairs are a perfect contrast to the hair on hide rug and over sized light fixture.  I could spend hours in this room!  Happy Monday.  How was your weekend??

photo via Nixon Tulloch Fortey

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my beach weekend

My-beach-weekendI wish I was back at the beach.  I've only been home a couple of days and already, I'm looking forward to my next visit.  As you can tell from the photos, it's beautiful. This visit, the weather was absolutely perfect.  It was in the 70's and a tiny bit chilly.  I rode bikes, I read on the front and back porches, I played with the crazy dog and I drank beer on the beach.  I visited with my folks, ate delicious food, celebrated Mother's Day and relaxed.   It was fab. Only 45 days till my next trip!

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Ceiling-fansMy bedroom in my condo is stuffy.  Every evening, I get up in the middle of the night and turn down the air conditioning.  I do not like to be hot when I'm sleeping.  For years, I've considered a ceiling fan.  The wrinkle: the ceilings in our condo are concrete and we don't have an overhead light junction. It'd have to be installed and it's probably going to be unsightly.  (boo)  I've finally gotten over the idea that it's going to look horrid. This year, I'm pulling the trigger and getting one installed.

Part two of the saga: finding a fan that would look good, be unobtrusive but effective and modern.  Let me tell..there are some ugly ass fans out there.  Luckily, I found three that appeal to me.  I think I'm going to buy the third option just because it's name "the ball hugger." (snicker)  Which one do you like?

space saver $179, embrace $269, ball hugger $316

 

 

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1840-Vernon-Street-NW-ext1840 Vernon St., NW #208

Washington, DC 20009

1 bedroom | 1 bath

650 sf | $160.11 condo fee

list price: $415,000

Charming one bedroom, 1 bath condo in a boutique building with newly refinished hardwood floors, open floor plan, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, w/d in the unit and a balcony.  Located at the edge of Adams Morgan and beginning of U St. Corridor, short walk to 3 Metro stops, restaurants and retail. 98 walk score.  Open Sunday from 1-4pm.

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