new listing! 86 P St, NW

86 P St, NW Washington, DC 20001 4 bedrooms/3 baths 2,310 square feet/$3,874 yearly taxes list price: $589,900 Spacious 4 bedroom, 3 full bath remodeled rowhouse with an open floor plan, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, a subway tile back splash, bamboo hardwood floors, a new hot water heater in 2012, a dual zone HVAC, master bedroom with master bath en suite with a jacuzzi tub and double vanity, plus a fenced back yard with a deck. Perfect for entertaining! Walking distance to the Metro, Harris Teeter, Big Bear Cafe and the upcoming O St. Market.  Open Sunday 3/3/13 from...
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bathroom vanities

Now that I started day dreaming about new bathroom vanities, I can't stop myself from doing research.   I decided a grey vanity would suit our bathrooms.  The granite in our bathrooms is dark grey and black which would look amazing with a grey vanity.   The four vanities pictured are the best options available on line.  Of course, I'll be looking at stores in the area plus I'm still thinking about painting the cabinets. With new paint and new pulls, it'd be a new look. Are you embracing my vision yet?  Which vanity to you like best? Vanities left to right: iotti $1732, hudson $1995, iotti luna $854, verti...
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neighborhood guide: mid-city

Some people would say designating "mid-city" as a neighborhood is silly.  To me, it makes perfect sense.  It's mid-way between Logan Circle and U St. Corridor on 14th St, NW and it has a distinct personality.  It's chock full of interesting, independent stores and restaurants that have anchored the area long before it became a popular destination. SHOP at Vastu  and Miss Pixie's.  Vastu offers modern and contemporary furniture.  That includes Knoll.  I'm obsessed with all things Knoll.  Miss Pixie's is full of treasures:  vintage furniture, glass ware, paintings and as Miss Pixie says "whatnot".    EAT at Pearl Dive  and St. Ex.  Pearl Dive is one of my weekly fave's.  I have a standing Friday lunch date (the only day they're open for lunch) with a revolving cast of characters.  The food is delicious. Plus, they serve homemade donuts.  Yum. St. Ex. has been a neighborhood fixture for years.  You can always get a great burger or a fried green tomato sandwich or a scrumptious homemade muffin at brunch.   DRINK at Cork Wine Bar and Black Jack.  Cork offers 50 wines by the glass and a number of delectable small plates.  Black Jack has 2 indoor bocce courts. Enough said.  ...
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riveting rooms

Last week, a friend decided to redo her powder room.  Immediately, I was intrigued and thought to myself "maybe I should redo our bathrooms too".  I've already replaced the mirrors and light fixtures.  Next, I could replace our vanities.  I hate them but they provide a lot of storage.  The idea of replacing them or painting them or SOMETHING led to a marathon browsing session.  Although this isn't exactly what I want, Ikea has a similar vanity for $300.  Not that I want an Ikea vanity, but see what I mean?  Ideas are percolating.   image via Dawna Jone...
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let’s move to..

This cold weather is getting to me.  I'm constantly dreaming about warm places. This month, I want to move to Mykonos, Greece into this stunning white abode.   It's located in the cliffs above the port and as you can see, it has amazing views. There's 4 bedrooms (2 master suites with their own baths plus two independent guest rooms) AND a studio for the staff.   There's also an infinity pool and an outdoor dining area.  All for a cool $7,682,031.   listing and photos courtesy of Christie's...
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salt & sundry @ union market

Have you been to Salt & Sundry at Union Market?  It's an adorable boutique full of stylish entertaining goods: tableware, linens, vintage glasses, barware, artisanal foods and hand hewn farm tables.  The owner, Amanda McClements, is also the author of the widely read food blog Metrocurean.  The shop offers a colorful, unique mix of items.  It's the perfect place to grab a hostess gift or a new set of plates if you want to jazz up your table for a dinner party.   I like to go to Union Market just to visit her store.  I'm constantly wishing I had a house vs. a condo so I could fit one of the hand hewn farm tables that are built by her Dad.  I'm also a *tiny* bit obsessed with the linens she offers.  Go visit!  photos by me via my iphone.  they really don't do the store...
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‘hood happenings

links and photos top to bottom: TWP, POP, Borderstan, WCP...
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delish dessert: chocolate cake with cream cheese icing

Chocolate cake with cream cheese icing is my favorite cake.  I made one over the weekend for a friends birthday and let me tell you, it was divine!  I added a tiny bit of coffee to this version and it added a new layer of flavor.  Chocolate Cake: 2 cups cake flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, very soft 1/3 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup milk 1/2 cup brewed, cooled coffee 4 large eggs Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare two 9" round cake pans with flour and butter or spray with a non-stick spray. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa and sugar.   In another bowl, add butter and mix for 1 minute.  Add oil and mix for 30 seconds.  Add eggs, one at a time. After each eggs addition, beat mixture for 30 seconds.    In a measuring cup, combine milk, coffee and vanilla.   Add a cup of flour mixture to butter/egg mixture.  Mix for 30 seconds.  Add a 1/3 cup of the liquids (milk/coffee/vanilla). Alternate adding flour mixture and liquid mixture to the butter/eggs until all ingredients are incorporated. Once all ingredients are mixed, divide batter between the two 9" round cake pans. Bake for 28-30 minutes.  The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool on a rack before frosting. Cream Cheese Icing 2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and milk; beat until smooth. Place cake layer, bottom side up, on a platter.  Spread with 1 1/2 cup frosting.  Top with second cake layer, bottom side down.  Spread remaining frosting smoothly over tops and sides.  Enjoy! chocolate cake recipe adapted from back of King Arthur flour box.  Cream cheese icing adapted from...
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riveting rooms

Emerald green…it's pantone's color of the year and one of my favorite colors.  I love how it can be sophisticated or playful in decor.  Happy President's Day! photos: living etc., designed to...
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wth?

Sometimes, listing photos make you scratch your head and say "wth?"  A few of my favorites below: why yes, a blurry picture of a garage spot does entice me to go see this unit. an unmade bed and clutter everywhere makes this bedroom really appealing. crazy wallpaper is exactly what I want in my new dining...
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smooches

Hope you and yours are having a wonderful Valentine's Day!  I plan to swill some champagne, eat some delicious ricotta gnudi with pomodoro sauce and hang with my man.  That's my perfect...
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real estate round up

Links top to bottom: 1, 2, 3, 4 Photos top to bottom: Urban Turf, WSJ, FHA website,...
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