plants are the new home accessory

Have you noticed that plants are popping up in all the cool interior design publications?  I'm constantly seeing fiddle leaf fig tree, ferns and rubber plants. I've wanted plants in our home for years but a black thumb and a curious cat were a fatal combination.  My kitty passed away a year ago and I decided it was time to overcome my black thumb.  This time I started with something easy (and trendy…natch): succulents. Two weeks ago at the farmers market, I picked up 3 succulent plants.  I bought soil and planters then replanted them.  Succulents are hardy plants and good for beginners.  I did some research and found some tips on keeping succulents alive: 1. Succulents love indirect light and bright sunny rooms.   2. Succulents should be watered once a week until the soil is wet to the touch.  (Do not over water!) 3. Succulents need to be planted in soil not rocks or sand.  (I purchased Espoma Organic Cactus Soil.  I'm sure there are other, cheaper versions of soil you can buy but this is what I found.  So far, so good). 4. Succulents need air and circulation so their roots won't rot.  Make sure your containers have drainaige holes.  Mine didn't and I had to "make" some by nailing a few holes in the bottom of the pots I purchased. I picked these pots because they were cute, cheap and white.  Fingers crossed they'll work...
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cool it

Ladies and gentlemen…the new fan has arrived!  For once, I didn't dilly dally on a house project. Temperatures in DC are increasing by the day and I'm officially done with being over heated.  I picked the Embrace fan and ordered it through ylighting. 3 days later, it arrived at the house.  While I loved the name of the "ball hugger" (tee hee), it wasn't exactly right. This was the first time I'd purchased a ceiling fan and the choices were overwhelming.  Did I want 42" blades or 52" blades?  Did I want a light?  Did I want a remote control?  Sheesh. The Embrace included a light, 2 different fan blade sizes and a remote.  Bingo..it was the fan for me. My immediate impression: it's the best.  It's quiet.  It's produces a lot of air. We have an overhead light!!  The install is not as ugly as I feared.   Wahoo! Best house purchase in...
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delish dessert | raspberry, lemon & pistachio cake

On Sunday I went to a pot luck cook out and my contribution was this delicious cake.  The fresh flavors were a perfect finale to a wonderful meal. Enjoy! Raspberry, Lemon & Pistachio Cake  ingredients Nonstick vegetable oil spray 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 4 large eggs 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 3/4 cup olive oil 1 cup fresh raspberries (about 4 ounces) 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted, raw pistachios Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9" diameter cake pan with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With mixer running, add vanilla and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, then gradually add oil, mixing just until combined. Fold in lemon zest and dry ingredients. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Scatter berries over cake, then pistachios and 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake cake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes. Meanwhile, bring remaining 1/4 cup sugar and remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar; let lemon syrup cool. Transfer hot cake (still in pan) to a wire rack and immediately brush with lemon syrup (use all of it). Let cake cool completely in pan. Do ahead: Cake can be made 2 days ahead. Store wrapped tightly at room temperature. recipe via...
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riveting rooms

Nice weather makes me want to entertain outside.  Isn't this patio lovely? I imagine coffee or cocktails or cook outs.  Isn't that the best part of summer? photo via architectural...
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happy memorial day!

Are you having a fantastic holiday weekend?  I hope so.  Mine was full of activities like dinners and cook outs with friends plus a little work. We've been having spectacular weather in DC and it's been lovely.  I love this sort of weekend.  ...
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this house is beautiful

Sorry for the radio silence yesterday but all hell broke loose. Everything is fine but yesterday morning was full of tiny glitches that make your life miserable.  When that happens, the blog gets the shaft. Meanwhile, lets discuss this amaaaazing house that Lori Graham renovated at 2812 34th St, NW. I die. I love every touch that she's added:  the dark floors, the light fixtures, that incredible kitchen (look at the pulls!) and those beautiful bathrooms.  It's for sale for $1,795,000 and my friend Ross Vann is the listing agent.  It's Open on Sunday from 1-4 if you want to check it out.   Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!  ...
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‘hood happenings

links top to bottom: washington business journal, eater, washington business journal, district...
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a big week

It's a big week in the Angotti household:  it's my parent's 46th anniversary AND my Dad's birthday.  They celebrated their anniversary with a trip to northern California/visit to my Uncle.  For my Dad's birthday, which always falls on Memorial Day weekend, they'll be whoopin' it up at the beach house.  Have a great time Mom and Dad!  xoxo jen ps-this photo cracks me up!  it's got to be in the 80's and my Mom is giving someone the death stare…possibly me or my brother.  aren't they...
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riveting rooms

Mixing modern and classic styles is one of my favorite looks.  This black and white library nails it.  The ornate fireplace mantel and tufted chairs are a perfect contrast to the hair on hide rug and over sized light fixture.  I could spend hours in this room!  Happy Monday.  How was your weekend?? photo via Nixon Tulloch...
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my beach weekend

I wish I was back at the beach.  I've only been home a couple of days and already, I'm looking forward to my next visit.  As you can tell from the photos, it's beautiful. This visit, the weather was absolutely perfect.  It was in the 70's and a tiny bit chilly.  I rode bikes, I read on the front and back porches, I played with the crazy dog and I drank beer on the beach.  I visited with my folks, ate delicious food, celebrated Mother's Day and relaxed.   It was fab. Only 45 days till my next...
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it’s gettin’ hot in heeerreee

My bedroom in my condo is stuffy.  Every evening, I get up in the middle of the night and turn down the air conditioning.  I do not like to be hot when I'm sleeping.  For years, I've considered a ceiling fan.  The wrinkle: the ceilings in our condo are concrete and we don't have an overhead light junction. It'd have to be installed and it's probably going to be unsightly.  (boo)  I've finally gotten over the idea that it's going to look horrid. This year, I'm pulling the trigger and getting one installed. Part two of the saga: finding a fan that would look good, be unobtrusive but effective and modern.  Let me tell..there are some ugly ass fans out there.  Luckily, I found three that appeal to me.  I think I'm going to buy the third option just because it's name "the ball hugger." (snicker)  Which one do you like? space saver $179, embrace $269, ball hugger $316  ...
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new listing! 1840 Vernon St, NW #208

1840 Vernon St., NW #208 Washington, DC 20009 1 bedroom | 1 bath 650 sf | $160.11 condo fee list price: $415,000 Charming one bedroom, 1 bath condo in a boutique building with newly refinished hardwood floors, open floor plan, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, w/d in the unit and a balcony.  Located at the edge of Adams Morgan and beginning of U St. Corridor, short walk to 3 Metro stops, restaurants and retail. 98 walk score.  Open Sunday from...
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