riveting rooms | loft living room

Whenever I think of NYC interiors, I immediately imagine a real loft like this one.  DC *tries* to emulate NYC in this regard but really, it’s not the same.  Isn’t this living room fantastic?  I like the endless, white expanses and pressed tin ceiling.  I’m off to NYC for a few days for a girls trip and I can’t wait.  I’m staying at the Gotham and intend to do some wandering, shopping and dining.  Details when I return! photo via...
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‘hood happenings

links and photos top to bottom:  POP, Urban Turf,  Washington City Paper, District...
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good eats | asparagus, pea and proscuitto fritatta

Nothing says brunch like a fritatta.  It's easy, delicious and it's always a crowd pleaser.  This version embraces Spring flavors and vegetables.  Enjoy! asparagus, pea and proscuitto fritatta Ingredients 5 eggs 1/3 cup milk half a clove garlic, minced olive oil, for the pan 3-4 pieces of proscuitto, chopped 1/2 cup chopped asparagus tips 1/2 cup peas 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella pieces* 1/4 cup crumbled feta* 1/4 cup chopped basil salt & pepper a few pinches of red pepper flakes Instructions Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium (8-inch) skillet, lightly sauté the garlic & asparagus pieces in a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper. Remove from the pan after just a few minutes. Blend eggs, water, salt and pepper in a blender until combined and lightly foamy. Wipe out the skillet you used previously and coat it with a bit of olive oil. Pour in the eggs, add veggies, cheese, basil and proscuitto. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Put the skillet in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes until fritatta puffs and eggs set.  Let cool before slicing. * if you don't eat cheese, skip the fresh mozzarella and feta.  if you don't like asparagus and peas, sub...
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dance a jig

Listen to bag pipes, wear green, eat shepard's pie, drink a Guinness and have a happy St. Patrick's...
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good eats | baked oatmeal

I eat oatmeal everyday because it's heart healthy.  Let me tell ya..I am soooooo sick of oatmeal!  When I saw this recipe for baked oatmeal, I was immediately intrigued.  It was easy to make and it's delicious.  It's a great option every day or to serve at a brunch.  Enjoy! Baked Oatmeal ingredients 2 cups rolled oats (do not use instant!) 1/2 cup sliced almonds  1/3 cup natural cane sugar or maple syrup, plus more for serving (I used Splenda baking sugar) 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Scant 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt 2 cups milk (I used fat free) 1 large egg (I used egg whites) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (I did not use butter) 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch/1 cm pieces 1 1/2 cups blueberries Preheat the oven to 375°F with a rack in the top third of the oven. Generously butter the inside of a 9 x 11 pan. In a bowl, mix together the oats, half the almonds, the sugar, if using, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, if using, the milk, egg, half of the butter, and the vanilla. Arrange the bananas in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle two-thirds of the blueberries over the top. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Gently give the baking dish a couple thwacks on the countertop to make sure the milk moves through the oats. Scatter the remaining berries and remaining almonds across the top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle the remaining melted butter on the top and serve. Sprinkle with a bit more sugar or drizzle with maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter. *I made a low fat version of this and it was still delicious.  However, I am not going to use the Splenda baking sugar next time.  Sometimes, Splenda has an aftertaste.  In some recipes, it's not apparent.  In this recipe it was apparent which made it meh for me.  I'll use maple syrup next time. *recipe adpated from epicurious.com Read...
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‘hood happenings

links and photos top to bottom: WBJ, WCP, POP, Urban...
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art in the foyer

A couple of months ago, I decided the art in the foyer needed a revamp.  I wanted to brighten up the area because it felt very "blah" with the new paint job and white squares.  While it's still a work in progress, I'm pleased with the results so far. What do you think?  Better before or...
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‘hood happenings

Back to reality and back to what's been happening in the 'hood.  Links top to bottom: CJDC, POP, TWP,...
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people are so creative

Photographer David Wile took an entire series of photos capturing the first time a kid tastes a lemon.  It's called Pucker....
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riveting rooms

It's an absolutely gorgeous today.  I want to spend the whole day outside and this pool wouldn't be a bad place to lounge.  The "you look sexy" is part cheesy and part hilarious.  My favorite kind of statement.   photo via Nuevo...
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latest and greatest

This is what I would have posted yesterday:  a tiny recap (via instagram) of life in July.  *all photos by me via instagram.  follow...
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too blue?

One thing I realized about my new neutral condo:  my eyes are freaking out because there's no color anywhere! The blue kitchen was a statement.  My rust couch was another one.  Somehow, it all worked together. However, over the last year, I've gradually transitioned to a more neutral palette.  Which I like.  Except I miss my color.  Now, when I look around our living space, I don't feel like it's really me anymore.  As one of my friends recently stated: hello!  if it's your place, there's color.   I didn't realize repainting the condo would lead to a shopping frenzy but it looks like it's going in that direction.  I've been obsessively reading my design blogs and I've found my eye drawn again and again to rooms with crazy blue rugs.  All designed by Emily Henderson.  (If you don't read her blog..start.  It's hilarious and I love, love, love what she does).  Both of these rooms are her work.  Notice the color of the walls and how she accessorizes with colorful art and furniture. Striking, right?  But is it too much or just right? *photos via Emily Henderson's...
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