THE MOST ANXIETY-INDUCING ARCHITECTURE PHOTOS ON THE INTERNET

The apartment I live in now has a dropped ceiling, except for the parts where it doesn’t, and you can look up through random un-dropped ceiling portals and see the original metal ceiling, and from certain angles you can see sections where the original metal ceiling has been torn away to expose wiring and roof beams and various dark crevices that I’m absolutely certain are teeming with silverfish and roach nests.  Examining my trashed, and possibly hazardous-to-health, ceiling makes me feel incredibly anxious, and yet I do it like twice a day.  Looking at this kind of thing is like watching a horror movie;  the anxiety is terrible, but you can’t get enough.   Grab your Xanax and let’s look at some terrible, horrible, irresistible photos of precarious houses. THE MOST ANXIETY-INDUCING ARCHITECTURE PHOTOS ON THE INTERNET

NO MORE BUYER’S REMORSE: RENT YOUR FURNITURE

Whether you’re a chronic home swapper, still in your rental phase, or way too indecisive to buy furniture that’s supposed to last you eons, let’s be honest: shopping for the perfect fit in every room can grow tiresome, and fast. I mean, do you really want to drop $700+ on a table if mid-century modern is going to be out by next Spring? Can you commit to loving any couch ‘till death do you part? What the heck is a credenza again? NO MORE BUYER’S REMORSE: RENT YOUR FURNITURE

Stroll down the foyer and you come to the living room.  What can I say, it’s a room.  It’s nice-sized, with several large windows, and enough space for one of those huge sectional sofas that are more comfortable to sleep on than an actual bed.  What else?  There’s a little shelf on the wall.  You can stack all the cash you’re not paying towards rent anymore on the shelf.  Your friends will come over and be like, “why is there $75,000 in stacked hundreds on that bookshelf?”  (“That’s all the money I’m not paying on rent anymore, since I bought this place.  I’m stacking it on that shelf because my aunt forwarded me an e-mail about the Federal Reserve and now I don’t trust banks.”)  It’s a nice living room.

Stroll down the foyer and you come to the living room.  What can I say, it’s a room.  It’s nice-sized, with several large windows, and enough space for one of those huge sectional sofas that are more comfortable to sleep on than an actual bed.  What else?  There’s a little shelf on the wall.  You can stack all the cash you’re not paying towards rent anymore on the shelf.  Your friends will come over and be like, “why is there $75,000 in stacked hundreds on that bookshelf?”  (“That’s all the money I’m not paying on rent anymore, since I bought this place.  I’m stacking it on that shelf because my aunt forwarded me an e-mail about the Federal Reserve and now I don’t trust banks.”)  It’s a nice living room.

ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: BONSTRA HARESIGN

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Watching any town or city develop from the sidelines is amazing. Take a step back, and you’ll see time passing by as places evolve, neighborhoods gentrify, and skylines rise from the dirt. It’s a fascinating concept, and in today’s environment, it’s happening fast. Leave your neighborhood for a few years, and when you come back, you might recognize little more than the bones of your favorite spots. The city doesn’t do this on it’s own, though. Of course, there are masterminds hard at work behind every construction scene, mapping out the details and drawing up the next attraction. That’s one of the many reasons I love covering local architecture firms: showcasing the talent that’s so often hidden amongst the shadows. Today, I wanted to introduce Bonstra Haresign Architects. ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: BONSTRA HARESIGN

ON EXHIBITION: NAKED EYES, CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

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The summer mood is here, with DC’s patios in full swing, beers on tap, and vacations to the beach booked. Everyone’s happy (well, everyone will be happy, once it stops raining). But even though we’ve all been collectively aching for summer, it won’t be long before the drawn out whines of “I’m ready for summer” and “ I just want it to be warm out” will be replaced with the stifling realization that “ugh, it’s too hot out!” So, once you get over the replenishment of Vitamin D, it’s safe to say that you might be searching high and low for sunscreen or a fun way to escape summer’s sweat. What better way to stay cool (and cultured) then checking out an exhibit? ON EXHIBITION: NAKED EYES, CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

EVEN THIS RECORD-BREAKING $135 MILLION MANSION HAD AN AWKWARD PHASE

We all had a few years when we weren’t, perhaps, at our personal best, style-wise.  For me it was the first part of high school.  My parents still have a school photo of me, dressed in head to toe “Charlotte Hornets” gear, with a perfect trapezoid of tanned skin in the middle of my otherwise pale forehead, from wearing a backwards baseball cap all summer.  Now, if you saw that photo, you might smirk, but you wouldn’t come right out and mock it.  You wouldn’t riff on it.  But if we were talking about a house?  If we were talking about embarrassing old photos of a $135 million Beverly Hills mansion?  Why wouldn’t we mock embarrassing photos of a mansion? EVEN THIS RECORD-BREAKING $135 MILLION MANSION HAD AN AWKWARD PHASE

THE ALWAYS UPDATED ARTS GUIDE: JUNE EDITION

You know what time it is! Art events in the District that you totally can’t miss. That’s right — we’re back in action after a brief hiatus and just as good as ever with one exception — no theater events!

Say wha!?

That’s right. I said it. NO THEATER EVENTS.

Becauseeeeeee…..

I literally have an entire post dedicated to theater events for the month of June. So rest assured all you theater junkies out there — you’ve all been well taken care of. You’re welcome.

So without further adieu — I bring you — the hottest arts events in the District. This event will be continually updated every week with additional events for your viewing pleasure. So Enjoy! You little art yuppie, you… THE ALWAYS UPDATED ARTS GUIDE: JUNE EDITION