spooky..scary..

hh-spooky

I hope you have a spooky…scary..happy halloween!

photo via my instagram.  are you following me?

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bathroom good tile

Do you read the Amber Interiors blog? I love her point of view and some of my favorite interiors are from her blog.  Besides the amazing rugs and pillows she incorporates into the houses she designs, she also uses amazing tile.  The floor in this bathroom blew my mind. Check out her post for the rest of the house.

PS-she has a shoppe where you can buy those rugs and pillows. (!!!)

photo via Amber Interiors

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4815-dext-ext

4815 Dexter St, NW

Washington, DC 20007

7 bedrooms | 6.5 baths

8,622 square feet | $28,817 yearly taxes

list price | $4,300,000

sold price | $4,005,000

September’s largest sale was an enormous home designed by architect Donald Lococo.  It has hardwood floors throughout, a formal living and dining room, a rustic family room, a master bedroom suite with his and her baths, a wine cellar, an au pair suite, terrace and a two car garage.

Personally this house is kind of boring to me.  One reason I love this monthly post is to see how people are decorating these enormous houses.  Not only is this one empty, I really dislike the army green and tans.  Oh well.  There are elements that are lovely:  I adore the chevron floor in the foyer.  The master bathrooms that are his and her…I die.  Did you see those closets????  Maybe I need to get over myself.  Hahaaa. (click address for the full virtual tour).

Photos via MLS.  Listing courtesy of Nancy Itteilig, Long & Foster

 

 

 

 

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homemade-granola

At the beginning of September, I discovered that grains and I aren’t friends.  It wasn’t a fun realization. As someone who loves food and especially loves all forms of grains (no more bread or pasta. %*&$), it was depressing.  However, I can’t deny how much better I feel since eliminating them from my diet.  I’ve been cautiously experimenting with recipes and this granola is the first successful endeavor and it’s DELICIOUS.  I’ll be making double batches in the future.

homemade granola

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup blanched, sliced almonds
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup almond flour/meal
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of cinnamon + sea salt

DIRECTIONS
Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients. Turn the mixture out onto the baking sheet and spread into a thin, even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring the mixture halfway through the baking process. Let cool completely before serving to ensure that the granola will harden into clusters.

recipe (slightly modified) via love.life.eat  (fyi: the author of this website is going through a similar experience and is a great source of recipes. I also love the way she writes.)

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graffiti pupatella

Between the DC Wise event, out of town guests, a show at the 9:30 Club and work, this week has gone by at warp speed.  I’m happy it’s Friday even though it means my work week is beginning instead of ending. How was your week?

I’m always on the hunt for affordable art and Amber Interiors has some great resources.

Cupcakes and Cashmere has tips about how to make a cheap bottle of wine taste amazing.

I’m having a dinner party next week and I’m tempted to make these pumpkin spiced peanut butter cups.  Or maybe this flour less chocolate cake again.  What would you want?

I love the entire concept of a classic hip hop station just like classic rock. Yes!

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thank you!

shey.me.amanda

Last night’s Mad Men themed party and silent auction was a roaring success.  We raised $26,000 (!!!!) for N St. Village, threw a fantastic event (hello photo booth with props..always a highlight) and everyone had fun.  Most importantly, the money we raised will help many women at N St. Village.

I personally would like to thank Cork Wine Bar for donating a wine tasting for 4 and Ford’s Theatre for donating tickets for their new winter play, The Widow Lincoln and a Ford’s Theatre membership.  To all my wonderful friends, clients and colleagues that attended last night/bought tickets…you’re the best!

 

 

 

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Did you know your $55 ticket will provide 46 hot breakfasts for the women at N St. Village? Our event is tonight and if you can’t make it, you can still buy a ticket and make a difference.  For those of you that have purchased a ticket and are attending tonight, THANK YOU.  I look forward to seeing you and we’re going to have a ball.  See you tonight at Room & Board!

PS-tickets are $65 at the door and $55 if you buy them now.  Buy tickets here.

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mid-city-art-open

This weekend, the Mid City Artists are having their Fall studio open houses.   You can arrange a group tour or just wander the studios yourself.  Don’t miss it!

image via midcityartists.com

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I love happy hour.  I like to meet friends early, have a few cocktails, discuss random topics (are you watching American Horror Story Freak Show????  Eiiiieeh!) and get home at a reasonable hour. There’s lots of happy hours on 14th St. but below are my favorites.

barcelona store frontBarcelona Wine Bar is a chain with locations throughout Connecticut and in Atlanta. Generally, I don’t like chains but this one is clever.  It has a wonderful patio and decent Spanish tapas.  They recently started offering happy hour from 4-6pm.  Go early..this place is popular and has some of the best people watching in DC.  The happy hour menu is generous.  There are 4 white and red wine options for $5 each.  The featured draft beer is $4 and there’s a handful of signature cocktails that are $5.  Plus nibbles for $4.

ghibellina exteriorThe highlight of Ghibellina’s happy hour is the pizza.  Good god..the pizza (!) and it’s half off during happy hour (4-6:30pm.)  There’s also $6 cocktails, $4 drafts and $5 wines.

pearl-dive-exterior-500Love oysters?  Then Pearl Dive has the happy hour for you.  Monday through Friday from 4-7pm they have 2 for 1 local oysters and the selection changes daily.  They also offer 1/2 price draft beer, $7 Sobieski vodka martini’s, wines by the glass for $5 (a red, white and sparkling) plus $10 oyster or shrimp po’boy or a pound of mussels for $9.  Understandably, it’s always packed.

 

 

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real-estate-round-up-oct14

links top to bottom: Urban TurfUrban Turf, Wall Street Journal, Washington Business Journal

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

great view…of a soggy pillow.  really?  you couldn't move the pillow for the photo?

great view…of a soggy pillow. really? you couldn’t move the pillow for the photo?

not only poorly lit but there's a Christmas tree in the living room.  it's not Christmas.

not only poorly lit but there’s a Christmas tree in the living room. it’s not Christmas.

lady on the couch does not convey.

lady on the couch does not convey.

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lucky 7

wedding#7

When I think about my wedding day 7 years ago, it always makes me smile.  Everyday I feel lucky to have my husband in my life.  While we have our ups and downs just like any other couple, he’s my biggest cheerleader. As I said last year, he makes me laugh and for that, he’ll always be my #1. Smooches.

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