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I can’t believe it’s the last weekend of summer! I’m enjoying the last couple of days of freedom before the Fall selling season begins.  What are you doing this weekend?

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I love living in DC.  I love my friends, my job and most of all, DC itself.  While city living isn’t for everyone, I find it fascinating.  I like parking my car and walking down the street to the post office, the farmer’s market and the dry cleaners.  I enjoy trying new restaurants and bars.  I’m constantly impressed with the endless free activities all over the city. I find it hilarious to catalog the strange (hello guy walking his parrot). It’s the last week of summer and DC is dead because everyone is on vacation.  Traffic is manageable, the restaurants and bars aren’t clogged with people…it’s so refreshing!  Next week, Congress will be back in session and the Fall grind will begin.  Meanwhile, I’m enjoying having the city to myself. What do you love about where you live?

 

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2510 Foxhall Rd., NW

Washington, DC 20007

7 bedrooms | 8.4 baths

9700 square feet | $59,729

list price | $7,495,000

sold price | $6,8333,333

The largest sale in July was a Georgian style house built in 1935.  The home has hardwood floors throughout, a gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, a family room plus a library, an expansive backyard with a pool and a four car garage.  (click here for the entire virtual tour).  It was a cash sale.

photos via MLS.  listing courtesy of William F.X. Moody, Washington Fine Properties

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links and photos top to bottom: urban turf, pop, bon appétit, dc curbed

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perfect towels

perfect-towels

Last weekend, all of my first cousins on the Angotti side visited DC for a cousins reunion. Initially, only the cousins were supposed to attend but then it evolved into a full fledge mini Angotti reunion.  One of my cousins is having a baby (the first Angotti baby!). The parents-to-be had a baby shower and all of the uncles attended.  It was a ton of fun to see everyone and get together for such a happy occasion.  One of the perks of semi-organizing the event was hosting some of my cousins.  They always bring me the nicest gifts even though it’s totally unnecessary.  This time they brought these amazing Japanese towels.  I want them for every bathroom.  They’re absorbent with a smooth finish on one side and terry cloth on the other.  How stinkin’ cute are they??? Perfect for my new bathroom.  They purchased mine at Morihata in Philly.  The e-commerce site is called Rikumo. The towels come in a lot of colors but the blues were my favorite.

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You might say I have a “do over” obsession.  As one of my friends recently said “you have changed that bathroom at least three times” and that’s true.  First I repainted.  Then I changed the mirror and the light fixture.  Later I added new art.  Although I enjoyed each variation, I still didn’t love it.  Hence the latest do over.

One of the hardest thing about living in a condo is deciding whether to spend the money to upgrade the expensive stuff.  Should I gut the bathroom and put in new tile or live with the builder grade finishes?  I am not a person who enjoys brown.  Everything in our condo is brown:  brown floors, brown tile and until recently, brown cabinets. Instead of spending a bunch of money on gutting, I made minor changes that have a lot of impact.

For the guest bathroom, I not only painted the cabinet white, I changed the counter top from granite to marble.  It’s made such a difference! I also repainted the bathroom in Bunny Grey by Benjamin Moore and added new pulls.  I love it!

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madrid living room

This cheerful Madrid living room is brightening my Monday morning.  I never would have imagined this color combo but I love the results.   I hope it enlivens your Monday too!

photo via nuevo estilo

 

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In April, I decided my big vacation for 2014 is a trip to Argentina.  I’m not going until December but I am having so.much.fun planning this trip.  Tickets are booked.  The itinerary is set.  I’m reserving our accommodations for the Buenos Aires today and I’m pumped.  If all goes according to plan, this is where we’re staying.  Pretty swanky, right?

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I love a good before and after.  This Haywood Wakefield chair has been gathering dust at my parent’s house for a couple of years.  I had hopes of using it my next place but it doesn’t look like we’re moving anytime soon.  My brother recently added a few new pieces to his house and he was looking for an upholstered chair.  I immediately thought of this piece and how great it’d look with new fabric.  Over the 4th of July, my brother picked the fabric.  It’s an indoor/outdoor fabric by Bella Dura called Scallop.  I thought indoor/outdoor would work best because he lives at the beach. I love the palette of the fabric because he’s using blue, grey and yellow in his house.  I haven’t seen it in person (thanks for the “after” photo Dad) but I think it’s amazing.  My parent’s found a reupholster in NC and he renewed the chair for $75 (!?!?!).  I know..I need to take EVERYTHING to this guy.  Isn’t it fantastic?

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real estate round up

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links top to bottom: NYT, Washington Post, Business Insider, Columbus Dispatch 

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2120-sold-#19-650

2120 Vermont Ave, NW #19

Washington, DC 20001

1 bed + den | 1 bath

711 square feet | $374 condo fee

list price | $369,000

sold price | $374,000

Modern one bedroom + den with an open floor plan, hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in kitchen, washer/dryer in the unit, new HVAC installed in 2010. Building amenities include fitness room, communal grill and roof top with stunning views. 2 blocks to the U St. Metro, restaurants and retail. Pet friendly.  Congrats to my clients!!

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one day in nyc

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On Monday, I tagged along with a friend who had a fundraiser in NYC.  We were only in the city for one full day and two evenings but it was nice to be out of DC. We stayed at Gotham in Midtown, hit the major shopping spots, ate fantastic meals and visited the Highline.

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Visiting the Highline, a public park on the West side built on the remnants of an old, elevated freight rail line, was the highlight of my trip.  We went early Tuesday morning before the crowds/heat and strolled.  I’d forgotten how loud and smelly NYC can be in the summer so it was lovely to walk up the stairs and escape.  The park is about a mile long.  We stopped in Chelsea which was perfect for the next part of the day: lunch and shopping.

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On the corner of 10th Avenue and 20th St. is a delightful restaurant called Cookshop.  After walking from 46th St. to 20th St., then shopping at Muleh NYC and COMME des Garçons, I was ready for lunch and a glass of wine. We had a wonderful meal of fish tacos, trout and rosé.  Not a bad Tuesday!  nyc-street-chelsea

Chelsea is lovely.  I could’ve wandered around the neighborhood for hours but more shopping was on the agenda so we went back to Midtown.  After a stop in Bergdoff’s and Chanel (I did a lot of window shopping), a siesta was in order.  That evening, my friend went to the Yankee’s game for her fundraiser and I met friends for at Mailiano.  Situated on the edge of Gramercy Park, it was a beautiful space and the food was outstanding. Did you know only the people that live on Gramercy Park have access to it?  It’s the only private park in NYC.  I wonder how much those places cost???

After a whirlwind day, I took the train back to DC on Wednesday.  While it was a fast trip, it was fun.  I can’t wait to return!

 

 

 

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