spooky

Happy Halloween!  I hope you have a day full of spooky pumpkins, kick ass costumes and lots of candy. I'm happy to report I survived Sandy with no damage.  I never lost electricity, cable or internet.  Condo living does have it's advantages.   Yesterday, I was busy checking on listings and gathering things because we're off to Paris this evening!!!  I can't believe it's finally time to leave.  I was worried that Sandy was going to impact our trip but it looks like it's a go.  Whew.   Posting will be light to non-existent for the next week.  I need a break from the blog.  I'm not inspired right now and it's reflected in my content.  I'm bored and I'm sure you're bored too.  I'm hoping I'll have an epiphany in Paris....
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riveting rooms

We're hunkered down in DC, waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit.  When I woke this morning at 7:30, it was so dark outside I thought it was 3am.  It's rainy and dreary.  Days like today make me wish for a cheery fireplace.  I'm drawn to the more traditional fireplaces vs. the modern.  The room above is the perfect blend of traditional and modern.  My new obsession is finding the perfect mix that still reflects your personality.  Hard to achieve but when it's done correctly, it looks fabulous. photo:  Home to...
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first friday

1740 13th St, NW Washington, DC 20009 5 bedrooms/3.5 baths 3,529 square feet/$5,556 yearly taxes list price: $1,595,000 I haven't written a First Friday post for a couple of month because I was bored.  DC real estate is interesting and varied but it also tends to be the same.  A lot of Colonials, Wardmans, pre-war condos and coops with a couple of modern places.  But every once in a while, a house I love hits the market.  This weeks featured property is one example. 1740 13th St, NW is a house I've walked by for years.  It's interesting to me because of it's shape:  it's wide instead of deep which is really unusual.  In 2007, it was listed for sale for 850K.  It was described as an estate sale, livable but a fixer upper.  It sold for 849K.  I waited for it to be redeveloped.  Finally, in 2010 it sold for $1,472,500.  I've always been really curious to see the finishes and the space.  As you can see from the pictures, it's stunning. The home has hardwood floors, a formal living with a double sided fireplace, a dining room, a chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and 3 bedrooms upstairs including a sumptous master bedroom and bath. There's also a 2 bedroom rental in the basement.  It's located 2 blocks to the 14th St. corridor of retail and restaurants. photos via MLS.  listing courtsey of Jeffery Lockard, TTR Sotheby's...
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next week

This time next week, I'll be having a coffee in Paris.  The thought is mind boggling. It's my first visit to the City of Light and I'm looking forward to exploring.  I haven't been to Europe in three years which is entirely too long.  We've rented an apartment in the Marais, have numerous ideas about what we want to do but no hard plans.  It's my favorite way to travel.   Any suggestions? photo by ma andrew, color added by...
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novel novels

I've read thousands of WWII novels and they never fail to fascinate.  The two latest I enjoyed are War Brides and Flight from Berlin. War Brides is set in a small, coastal English village where evacuees have been billeted.  There's air raids, rations and your typical WWII existence.  What makes this novel unique is the story of five very different women who bond over their shared experiences during this time.  It's a lovely story about hardship, friendship and revenge.  Flight from Berlin is set in Berlin during the '36 Olympics.  I haven't read many books that use the Olympics as the background for a WWII novel which is why I enjoyed it.  It's told from the perspective of a spoiled American socialite who was supposed to compete in the games for the US.  There's intrigue, drama, suspense and a satisfying ending....
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riveting rooms

Sometimes, all you need is one piece for visual impact.  This entry way, with it's moody gray walls and red, ornate mirror, is a perfect example.     photo: Morten...
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friday favorites

This week has been insane.  My listing went under contract, I wrote two contracts, attended Realtorfest (I did not learn anything new but saw a few people I enjoy) and today I'm showing million dollar condos.  Holy cow, right?  I like it but I need a nap. Meanwhile, a few fun things from the blogosphere: Zara Home hit the US last week.  Lots of cute stuff.   I just discovered brussel sprouts.  I know, I know.  I had them a couple of times in the past and they were horrible.  Earlier this year in NYC, I had them on a pizza and they were wonderful.  Now I'm sampling them whenever possible. Here's a great recipe you can make at home. I'm am totally doing this for Halloween. Mrs. Lilien cracks me up and I'm loving her take on the black and gold trend. This is the best hair on hide rug I've ever seen.  I need a black and white room so I can buy it. Have a great weekend! *photo Steve...
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a necessary evil

Today, I'm attending Realtorfest.  I'm not excited.  In fact, I can think of 20 other ways I'd like to spend my day. Unfortunately, it's a necessary evil.  Part of the "fest" is the opportunity to attend continuing education classes. Realtors are licensed and every 2 years, we have to take renew our licenses.  Mine isn't up till 2013 but I thought I'd knock a few off the list.   Except I hate CE classes.  They're 3 hours of stuff we already know.  Plus, I have a hard time sitting still for that long.  I'm dreading this and anticpating a long day of boredom.  *sigh*   On the upside, the classes are in DC.  I might learn something new.  I'm closer to fulfilling my CE credits.  I'm trying to be positive, people, work with...
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‘hood happenings

links top to bottom: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 photos via CJDC, Curbed, Eater, DC MUD, DCist, DC...
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riveting rooms

Do you decorate your house for the different seasons?  I don't.  In fact, I barely can muster up the enthusiasm to decorate for Christmas.  Forget about Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Easter, the 4th of July, Spring, Summer or Winter.   Although I love gazing at other people's ideas, I don't feel the compulsion to recreate them in my own abode.  I think mini gourds are cute.  But I don't want to paint them.   Regardless, I love this picture. Doesn't it look like it'd be fun to have a meal there? Bring on the outdoor party.   *photo via Sweet Paul Magazine, p. 32-33.  photo by the Lexington...
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so i made a little video…

  In August, I made a short video in conjunction with Urban Turf.  It went live on Friday. What do you...
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