‘hood happenings

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novel novels

For my trip to Barbados, I stocked up on novels.  Long flight + beach time = non stop reading.  I took six books and my two favorites were the new novels by Stephen King and John Irving. The Wind Through the Keyhole is the latest in The Dark Tower series.   It was a fast read and I quickly re-acquainted myself with Roland and his band.  It wasn't as scary as I expected but it was definitely strange. I loved every word.  I've decided to re-read the entire series.  It's been over twenty years since I read the first novel, The Gunslinger and I can't wait! John Irving's characters are always unique.  The protagonist of In One Person is William, a young bisexual man who's attracted to transgender women.  This won't be a novel for everyone due to the subject.  However, the best part of John Irving's novels is his exploration of his characters imperfections.  It's a funny, well written, emotional, weird and complicated.  My kind of...
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riveting rooms

After showing tons of property over the weekend in the sticky heat, I am longing for a dip in a pool.  Doesn't this look refreshing?   *photo Chris...
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first friday

1344 Mass. Ave, SE #9 Washington, DC 20003 3 bedrooms/3.5 baths 2,075 sf/$5,820 yearly taxes list price: $899,000 This week's new listing is a unique condo that was the congregation hall of St. Monica's church.  It's a stunning unit with many unique features.   It's three levels with a soaring ceiling and exposed timber beams, hardwood floors through out, an open floor plan in the living room, an updated kitchen (i love the pendants and back splash), an impressive master bedroom suite (look at those windows!), multiple outdoor spaces and two car garage parking.  It's located a few blocks to Lincoln Park and Eastern Market.  Open House, Sunday 6/10 from 1-4pm.   photo via MLS, listing courtsey of Jeff Lockard,...
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lights in

After months of vacillating, I finally took the plunge and installed new pendants in the kitchen.  I am so thrilled!!  I've been talking about it since March and thinking about it since 2007.   I chose one of the pendants I featured in my lights out post, the e27 from Design Within Reach.  It's so cute! The light bulb was larger than I anticipated and it's my favorite feature.  I also love how the pendants don't dominate the divide between the kitchen and the living area.  They fade into the background but are still striking.   Lighting is my favorite way to make a space unique.  I wonder what I can replace next….I definitely should repaint the kitchen and add new art....
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big deal

4344 Forest Lane, NW Washington, DC 20007 8 bedrooms, 5.5 baths 6,635 square feet/$25,195 yearly taxes DOM: 0 List price: $3,350,000 Sold price: $3,350,000  May's largest sale was a renovated Tudor in Wesley Heights.  Details were scarce as it was entered into the MLS as a comparable.  When I called listing agent Nancy Itteilag for additional details, she said it was a perfect neighborhood match.  One of her clients that lived down the street was searching for a house exactly like this residence.  A deal was struck before it hit the market.   The home has hardwood floors, five fireplaces, an updated kitchen and baths, a two story addition and a lovely slate patio.   *photos via MLS.  listing courtesy of Nancy Itteilag,...
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riveting rooms

Yesterday, I went to an Open House (pictured above, left) that reignited my infatuation with leopard runners.   I'm especially enamored with the tone on tone version.  It's endlessly chic.  Don't you want one too?   photos: mls, flikr, casa...
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first friday

1919 9 1/2 St, NW Washington, DC 20001 3 bedrooms/1.5 baths yearly taxes: $3,947 list price:  $569,900 This week's listing is an adorable rowhouse on 9 1/2 St, NW (who knew we had a 9 1/2 St!).  Most of the houses in the immediate vicinity are only 2 bedrooms while this one is 3.   Furthermore, the home is 1,260 square feet.  I also like the open floor plan, the wide plank floors and the renovated kitchen.  In addition to those features, it has a lovely back yard with a new stone patio, a new roof, central AC, gutters, windows and sky light.  It's a one block walk to the U St. Metro and U St. corridor.  This one will not be on the market for long!  Open House on Sunday June 4th from 1-4pm. photos via MLS, listing courtesy of Rachel Valentino, Keller...
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