latest and greatest

What caught my eye in August.  Via instagram.  follow...
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tubin’

I can't believe that summer is at an end.  Seems like yesterday, I was at the beach celebrating my parent's 45th anniversary.  Usually, I'm out of town this week. This year I have a couple closings (wahoo!) so I'm here.  It's strange being in DC when everyone else is out of town.  I kinda love it too.   I decided a couple weeks ago that if I wasn't working the last two Saturdays of the summer, I was going on adventures.  The DC metro area has a plethora of fun things to do yet I never enjoy them.  Last weekend, my husband and I went white water tubing at Harpers Ferry and it rocked. There were a couple of rookie errors, a few spills but mostly it was a beautiful day spent floating down the river. The weather was perfect.  We rented our tubes from Harpers Ferry Adventure Center.  I'd go again in a heart beat.   This weekend, I'm planning a sailing adventure!  Fingers crossed it remains sunny for the...
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riveting rooms

Project "make my condo more colorful through art" is going well.  I have one more area I'd like to change:  the entry way hallway.  When you enter my condo, I have a wonderful old mirror over a mid century modern secretary.  On the opposite wall, I have four white squares.  When the hallway was light blue, it looked fab. Now that I'm neutralville, it needs some work.  Hence today's "riveting room".  Once again, Emily Henderson brings it home with this living room and focal wall.  This is one of her signature moves and I love it!  I also like her helpful video on how to create one.   photo via Emily Henderson...
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novel novels

I love a good mystery.  The intrigue of figuring out the bad guy and the fast pace always hook me.  My latest favorites have been Multiple Exposure by Ellen Crosby and The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling.    Multiple Exposure is about Sophie Medina, is a photo journalist embroiled in conspiracy that involves a Russian billionaire and Faberge eggs.  The novel is set in DC and it was engaging from the first sentence.  I really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next installment. The Cuckoo's Calling is a classic detective novel.  Cormoran Strike, the main character, is barely making it. His career and personal life are a mess. Then he's asked to solve one of the most sensational deaths in recent months. The story unfolds quickly and the ending was a surprise.  I'm hoping J.K. Rowling introduces a new series with Cormoran.   ...
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it’s the little things

I can always rationalize the purchase of something outrageous.  Case in point:  the new hardware in my master bath.  Remember when I was thinking of replacing my vanity?  Instead, I painted it.  In my mind, that means I saved myself $500-$800.  Therefore, hand cast brass quatrafoil hardware from Rocky Mountain Hardware seemed like a perfect addition.  Right?   Regardless of my faulty rationalization..I LOVE the new hardware in the master bathroom.  It's unique and beautiful.  I did a little happy dance around the bathroom after I swapped out the old knobs.  It's come a long way from the original and I couldn't be happier with the results.  (One day, I will learn to take better before and after shots.  One...
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get your craft on

Occasionally, I like a DIY.  My biggest problem with DIY is I live in a condo and it makes an almighty mess. Not having an outdoor space or a garage, I'm forced to complete my little projects on the dining room table.  My husband loves it! However, I just discovered Topaz + Arrow, "a lifestyle resource for the art and design-driven community."   They host DIY workshops.  You can get your craft on without messing up your condo!   Topaz + Arrow throws monthly events.  Their first event, "Feathers, Yarn and Branches: A Home Decor Craft Session" was in June.  This month, they're holding 2 events.  The first is called "Lace, Lighting and Jars." It's Aug. 25th and tickets are still available.  The second is a party called "End of Summer Bummer". Grab your glue gun and go! photos via Topaz +...
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‘hood happenings

links and photos top to bottom:  Urban Scrawl, Urban Turf, The Washington Post,Urban Scrawl, The Washington...
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riveting rooms

Beach houses always have a decorating scheme.  If done right, it's stylish.  Often, it goes horribly awry and becomes tacky.  This beach house, Nanette Lepore's in Amagansett, is the exact opposite.  This is her daughter's bedroom.  Of course the color and the patterns are amazing.  I also love that it's not too cute. Can't you imagine hiding up here after a long day at the beach, giggling?  Check out the rest of her house on The Glamourai.  It's inspiring. photo via The...
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art alert | caroline wright

Color. I love it.  I'd paint every wall a different color in my perfect world.  However, I'm trying something new and I'm embracing the neutral.  Which means I had to add my color through different means.  Recently, I purchased 2 paintings from Caroline Wright (top image, bottom image via Caroline Wright website) for the kitchen.  What do you...
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wth?

Sometimes, listing photos make you scratch your head and say "wth?"  A few of my favorites below: gross on so many levels this is not making me want to buy this place i guess making the beds and putting away stuff is out of the...
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real estate round up

links top to bottom: Urban Turf, The Washington Post, NY Times, Washington Business...
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new listing | 1300 Mass Ave, NW #406

1330 Mass. Ave, NW #406 Washington, DC 20005 820 sf | $404.00 coop fee list price: $397,500 Sunny 1 bedroom, 1 bath coop with 9.5 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, renovated kitchen with marble counters, KitchenAid stainless steel appliances, updated bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Pet friendly. Close to 14th St. retail, Whole Foods and Studio Theatre. 95 walk score. No underlying mortgage and fee includes all utilities & taxes.  Open Sunday 8/18/2013 from...
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