before and after | the master bath at 1623 New Jersey Ave, NW

I love a “before and after”! The master bath at 1623 New Jersey Ave, NW is a wonderful example how a little investment can turn into a big return. The original master bathroom was very 2006. It needed updating to appeal to today’s buyers. Interior design is one of my interests and when the opportunity arose to redo this bath, I jumped on it! Immediately, I knew the tile had to be updated. Grey remains a huge design trend which is why I chose to use a grey floor tile with white subway tile in the shower and around the tub. Instead of the typical white or grey vanity, I picked a natural colored maple vanity. I also didn’t want to stray too far from the design in the rest of the house. The grey I used on the bathroom floor mimicked the grey staircase. The vanity was the same tones as the hardwood floors throughout the house. Buyers want bathrooms to look updated but not too funky. The most expensive part of the upgrade was the custom double vanity. I didn’t want to move any plumbing because it’s expensive. While the seller agreed to make upgrades, they didn’t want to spend a million dollars. The size of the vanity needed for the space wasn’t standard. I considered one vanity that wasn’t custom but it was backordered  6 months!! Instead, I had a custom maple, double sink vanity designed with a white quartz countertop. Quartz is one of my favorite materials for bathrooms and kitchens. It’s durable and it looks sleek. I am so pleased with the final result! I’m positive it was one of the reasons the house went under contract so...
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happy valentine’s day!

hope you’re having a wonderful valentine’s...
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cheers to the new year!

Hello and happy 2019! Hopefully you had an amazing holiday season and new year. I spent mine enjoying family, friends and getting over my cold. It was fun and exhausting. I’m happy to be back in DC although I’ve been out or working since I returned. It’s a great way to begin 2019!...
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ciao bella!

After a tumultuous Spring selling season (that’s not over yet. aiyiyi), I need a break. I’m off to Florence, Italy for an epic girl’s trip. There’s 8 of us renting a gorgeous villa outside of Florence. I’ve renting a mini van to tote us around the countryside. Let the adventures begin. I.can.not.wait. Ciao!...
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first dc wise fundraiser next week!

Please join DC Wise for our Georgetown Shopping Event on April 26th from 6-8:30 pm. It’s the first fundraiser in 2018 and we’re super excited that rag & bone AND hu’s shoes | hu’s wear are participating. Bubbles, bites and shopping is never a bad combo, right?...
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life lately

Why hello there and happy 2018! It’s been a while, right? Despite the freezing temperatures, I’ve been kicking around town. I went to dinner at my friends place. (Amazing view from their condo, right?) Saw some shows at the 9:30 Club. (this was Mø & Cashmere Cat. Loved Mø. Think I’m way too old to appreciate Cashmere Cat. Lesson learned). Drank espresso and grabbed snacks for a cheese and charcuterie plate at the newly revamped Cork Restaurant & Market (which is so damn cute it’s unreal and I really, really love this tile). Checked out Gaslight Tavern, the latest bar/restaurant in the ‘hood. It opened Monday. I read about it a couple of weeks ago and since it was my Mr.’s birthday, it seemed like an opportune time to give it a...
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happy new year!

Happy New...
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happy holidays!

Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday...
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travel guide | venice, lake como and padua

Italy has a special place in my heart. As an Italian American, I feel a connection with the people and the food. I also love it because one of my best friends from college lived in Torino for years. I’ve been to Italy more than any other country. This was my sixth sojourn and it was as incredible as my first. Venice and Lake Como have been on my list of places I wanted to visit for years. This trip was full of nostalgia and adventure which to me, equals a fantastic vacation. Our first stop was Venice. All of my friends told me I would hate Venice; that it’d be crowded and smelly. While is was overrun by hordes of tourists (which I did hate), I loved the quiet corners. I especially enjoyed the Airbnb we rented on the Grand Canal. Sitting on the balcony watching the boats gave me a glimpse into the daily life of a Venetian. We didn’t see any of the major tourist sites. Instead we wandered the streets of Venice and took a ferry to Burano. In Burano, I had grand plans for us to eat lunch at Da Ramano but it was closed for the August holidays. We also intended to ogle the the colorful buildings. Except it was too damn hot. Italy was having an unprecedented heat wave when we visited. Sweating a lot was a daily occurrence, as were stops for apertivos and Aperol Spritzes. After 2 nights and 1 full day in Venice, we hopped in our rental car and drove to Lake Como. Lake Como was impressive. We stayed in Como at a swanky apartment complex that overlooked the lake. Of course the unit we rented had a view of the garden and the apartment building next door. Since we were only there to sleep and cool off occasionally, our view didn’t matter. If I ever go again, I’d stay further north in Cernobbio or Varenna. Unfortunately, even though the average temperatures were supposed to be in the high 70-80’s in Como, it was 90+. We distracted ourselves by taking the funicular up the mountain. It was a gorgeous ride and the view was incredible. We did a “hike” (it was really a 20 minute walk up a hill), stumbled across this wonderful shrine and then stopped for an apertivo. We also took the ferry to Bellagio which was...
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ciao till next week

Tomorrow, I’m hopping a flight to Italy to spend 7 days visiting Venice, Lake Como and Padua. I can’t wait! We’re spending 2 days in Venice (this will be my view from the Airbnb we’re renting!), then 3 days in Lake Como and 1 day in Padua. I’ve never visited this part of Italy and these places have been on my “to see” list for years. Any...
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5 lessons from my Dad

“Five Lessons from My Dad” is something I wrote a couple of years ago. While I rarely look backwards, many of my life decisions have revolved around these lessons and it’s worth revisiting. Happy Father’s Day! Just like my Mom, my Dad taught me valuable lessons about life.  When you’re growing up, you’re not thinking about what your parents are teaching you.  You’re thinking “Man..this is so dumb.  Why are we talking about this again?”  (This was constantly running through my head while in middle/high school along with: “Why do I have to stop reading to listen to this?”)  In honor of my pops and Father’s Day, here are five things my Dad taught me. Be kind.  This sounds like a no brainer but I’m constantly surprised by people’s bad behavior. It’s one of the tenets of my personality and a lot of days, it’s hard. Everyday there’s someone I want to blast but I don’t.  (Most of the time.  I’m not perfect and I complain a lot instead). Be on time or early.  My Dad taught me that being late is rude.  It conveys a message to the person you’re meeting that their time isn’t important.  I’m always punctual and when I’m late, it stresses me out. Pay your bills on time.  This lesson was one of the best things my Dad taught me.  I always had a job at our restaurant when I was growing up. When I got my first bills in college, my Dad made certain I knew the importance of paying bills on time and how it led to good credit. Having good credit has been instrumental in my adulthood when purchasing cars and my home. Work hard and you shall achieve.  When I was growing up, my Dad worked incessantly. When I was little and we lived in Northern Virginia, he was a teacher, a painter, a driver’s ed teacher and a photographer.  He worked hard to provide my brother and me with a great childhood.  It also led to a beach house and a wonderful retirement. Your actions say it all.  My Dad was an excellent athlete.  He still has football records that remain unbroken in his home state of WV.  When my brother and I played sports when were younger, he taught us  actions always speak louder than words. While I don’t play sports any longer, I apply this lesson daily to both...
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