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wth? bad mls photos

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


lovely landscaped back yard


this is the dining room???


why is there a toilet paper roll on the bed? WHY??

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Mother’s Day is two weeks away (!?!) I’m already thinking about gifts for my Mom.  This year I found a couple of fantastic options.  Adorable bedding from Serena & Lily.  Cute but comfy shoes for her upcoming anniversary trip.  Of course, baubles are always welcome in the Angotti household!

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Next on the agenda for the living room is finding a new couch. I want the same thing that I have but with sleeker lines and in a smaller size.  We love our current couches but they’re HUGE. Regardless, I’ll be sad to see them go. The replacement MUST be as comfortable and have down filled cushions.  So far, these two have caught my eye.  Which one do you like?

taft sofa with chaise $2598    paidge 2 piece chaise sectional $2598

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2950-univ-ext2950 University Terrace, NW

Washington, DC 20016

5 bedrooms | 5.2 baths

10,000 square feet |

list price | $5,495,000

sold price | $4,500,000

The largest sale in March was a 10,000 square foot house built in 1995 situated on 1.56 acres.  The home has 11′ ceilings, hardwood floors, a formal living and dining room plus a family room and a garden room. There’s an elevator to all levels.  Amenities include a 2 bedroom guest house, a pool, a green house and extensive gardens*.

*While the interior of the house is dated (from the photos, no updates since 1995), the house itself has tons of potential.  The biggest draw is the land which is exquisitely landscaped. 1.65 acres in the middle of DC??  That’s nuts. Check out the rest of the virtual tour here to view the rest of the gardens.  It’s beautiful!

listing courtsey of Heidi Hatfield, Washington Fine Properties

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wendy-on-setTrue confession:  being on TV is hard but highly entertaining.  As I mentioned, last week I went to a taping of the Wendy Williams Show and this is how it went.

6am: After not sleeping much because our hotel room was hot as hades, my friend and I wake up at the crack of dawn.  There is a miscommunication with the front desk/room service about our breakfast order and I almost have a melt down due to lack of coffee.  It wasn’t pretty.


7:30am: We take a taxi to Chelsea and start standing in line with the other Wendy fans. It’s chilly but the crowd is excited.


8:30am:  Almost in the door and to the waiting room!

9am: We’re in!  Wendy’s staff gives us questionnaires to fill out.  Do we want to ask Wendy any questions?  (we do not!  we’re shy.)

9:30: They lead us into a huge elevator that feels like a cattle car.  The staff escorts us onto the set.  The noise is deafening.  DJ Boof is spinning and people are dancing like it’s 1 am. Meanwhile, Wendy’s staff is seating people.  Somehow, my friend and I are sat in the 2nd row, center.  There is a hype ’em up guy.  He hypes us up.  We scream. We hoot. We say “how you doin’??” We chant Wendy’s name. There’s a dance off between audience members. IT’S THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN and the show hasn’t started yet.

10am:  The show goes live in NYC.  We spend the next hour watching Wendy talk about Hot Topics (first photo).  Then she interviews her guest.  Then some more stuff I don’t remember because I am exhausted.  Since we’re front and center, we know we’ll be in a lot of shots so I’m smiling like a crazy person*.


The show ends.  We shake Wendy’s hand and really, our whole day has been made.

Being trendy with Wendy is AWESOME!

*when I ask my husband later if he sees me on TV, he said I was clapping like I’d just seen Elvis.*

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Today, I’m going to a taping of the Wendy Williams Show or in Wendy speak “gettin’ trendy with Wendy*”.  Why?  One of my best friends is obsessed with the show and wanted to go. She sold the experience by saying “we’ll go to NYC for one night, shop and drink, go to the show and come back the next day”.  Shopping and drinking in NYC with one of my best friends? Who would say no to that?  It’s also in the middle of the week which is perfect. So I’m off and I can’t wait.

*side note* this has led to many hysterical conversations that go like this:  “Jen-are you watching Wendy for research purposes so we can be trendy with Wendy?” “Um no but I’m still excited about going.”  Also there’s been tons of discussion about what to wear because Wendy likes her audience to be colorful and no black, navy, white or patterns are allowed. That’s literally my entire wardrobe.  *&^%

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fish tile bathroom emily hendersonAs you can imagine, the news that a Whole Foods is being built across the street has made me very, very happy.  It also means we’re never leaving the condo.  For years, I’ve thought we’d sell eventually and move into a house.  Now I’m content to stay indefinitely.

Which means I can renovate the bathrooms!  Before the the Whole Foods news, I was reluctant to invest anymore money into the condo. Now that we’re staying, it’s on. This is not happening anytime soon but I’m having a ton of fun thinking about it.

First up, the master bathroom.  I am 100% copying this fantastic master bathroom that was designed by Emily Henderson. I’ll use brushed silver hardware vs. oiled bronzed but that’s the only change I’d make.  Isn’t that tile divine?

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The biggest news of the week is a WHOLE FOODS is being built across the street from my house.  I’m seriously excited and the news just added 100K in value to my condo.  Happy dance!  Have a great Tuesday.

Photos and links top to bottom: WBJ, District Source, Curbed DC, POP


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overdyed rugs


Choosing a rug is hard.  I’ve been thinking about it for months and I’ve dithered over style and color.  Do I want something modern and colorful that would work with all my mid century modern furniture? Or do I need to switch it up because I have too many mid century modern influences?  Lately, I’ve been drawn to a mix of classic and modern. It’s a look that would work for a long time without seeming dated.  What do you think?  My favorite is in the top left corner except it’s $8,000 and that’s not happening.  My next favorite (and the one in my budget) is the bottom right rug. What do you think?


*Links later after I decide what to buy.  I don’t want anybody to steal it!*


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2120 Vermont Ave, NW #412

Washington, DC 20001

1 bedroom | 1 bath

650 square feet | $355.00 monthly condo fee

list price | $425,000

Sunny one bedroom condo with an open floor plan, hardwood floors in the living area, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops in the kitchen, Elfa walk in closet in the bedroom, w/d in unit, a balcony and garage parking. Building amenities include a fitness room, roof deck with amazing views and communal grill. Minutes to U St. Metro, retail and restaurants. 96 walk score. Across the street from the Whole Foods coming to 965 Florida Ave, NW (!!).  Open Sunday, 4/12/15 from 1-4pm.

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a day in philly

philly streetOur weekend in Philly was fantastic.  On Friday afternoon, we took the train up. It was lovely. I’m a big fan of not driving especially since I was able to enjoy double vodka and soda on the train.  It’d been one of those days and that’s the joy in taking the train: you can drink!  (priorities, people. priorities)  The BYOB restaurant we went to on Friday night, Kanella, was excellent too.

My favorite part of the trip is what we did on Saturday and for me, this is a perfect day in Philly. We started the day by walking to La Columbe coffee, the best coffee shop in Philly. Then we went to Reading Terminal and went nuts.  I was with a group of friends that were also attending the wedding and they had never been to Reading Terminal.  The excitement level was insane. Half made a beeline for the Dinic’s counter for their famous pork sandwiches.  I wanted a classic breakfast and headed to the Dutch Eating Place, an Amish breakfast counter.  The key is to get it to go and then eat at one of the communal tables in the market.  Otherwise you’ll wait forever for a seat at the counter. It was delicious.

macy's flowersOnce we conquered Reading Terminal, we went on a walking tour of Philly.  My cousins took us on a spin through Macy’s to show us the Spring flower show.  It was so pretty and the Macy’s building is majestic.  Then we headed to Egan Day, an incredible jewelry store. I wanted multiple items but settled for a pair of earrings.  Next we went to a funky eye glass shop called EYEsite.  If you want original eyewear, this is the place to visit.  I found a pair of frames that I loved but I just got new glasses. sigh. Our last stop was the high end shop Joan Shepp.  This store is for the serious fashionistas.  It had many designers that you don’t see everyday: Rick Owens, Dries Van Noten and Marni to name a few. After I wandered around Joan Shepp, I was done and ready for a nap. were fun and I can’t wait to go back!


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