NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S WALLPAPER: WHERE TO BUY TODAY’S TRENDS

Everything that was fashionable once will be fashionable again, right? That’s the theory – and there are few exceptions. If you need proof, see wide leg cropped pants (hey seventies, we missed you!), crimped hair that I was never ready to let go of when in came and went in the nineties, thick eyebrows, and more that are blazing the trail back into style from their hiding place in trend’s past. While there are no shoulder pads to dodge in home décor style, the here today, gone tomorrow, back again later life-cycle of fashion still holds up. So what’s the latest comeback story? Wallpaper. NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S WALLPAPER: WHERE TO BUY TODAY’S TRENDS

BREAKING GROUND: 3 DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE WORKS

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Within the real estate industry, especially in commercial real estate, many projects are discussed, proposed, and negotiated for months or even years. There is usually a lot of time that passes before the end consumer (yes, that is you reading this) actually sees a shovel or a crane cracking open the ground. While some of these projects are purely residential, some are government-owned, and others mixed-use. Regardless of their orientation, they all play a role in reshaping and evolving the cultural landscape of the nation’s capital. BREAKING GROUND: 3 DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE WORKS

TRANSFORM YOUR LIVING SPACE FROM BORING TO DAZZLING WITH A GALLERY WALL

Whether you’ve lived in your home for many years or you just moved in last weekend, you may struggle with decorating. You might wonder why the homes you see in magazines and online always look so beautiful while yours seems to look blah or humdrum.

The truth is, there is no one big secret to making a home beautiful, but there are lot of little ones. One of these is to turn an ordinary wall in your home into a gallery wall. TRANSFORM YOUR LIVING SPACE FROM BORING TO DAZZLING WITH A GALLERY WALL

THIS IS EITHER THE GREATEST HOUSE EVER, OR THE WORST, AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHICH

Do you think minimalism is a plague on humanity?  Do you really, really like the last third of “Goodfellas,” when everyone’s paranoid and wearing totally bonkers asymmetrical shoulder-padded Eighties outfits?  Do you look at the ceiling murals and gold trim of Rococo style design (i.e. the style of the President’s penthouse in Trump Tower) and think, “eh, too subtle, I prefer something with a bit more pizzazz”? THIS IS EITHER THE GREATEST HOUSE EVER, OR THE WORST, AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHICH

NEW ECKINGTON PROPOSAL: 328 UNIT MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT

imageAlthough it is often overlooked by neighborhoods such as NoMa, Brentwood, Edgewood and Bloomingdale, Eckington has become a more attractive and affordable alternative to work, live, and play. Newer developments, amenities and even dog parks have been woven into the long-term plan for this D.C. neighborhood. One design, in particular, rendered by Foulger-Pratt aims to deliver an 83 foot-tall pentagonal mixed-use building with 328 residential units and 8,380 square feet of ground-floor retail. This proposal is set for the 1.79-acre site at 1501 Harry Thomas Way NE. NEW ECKINGTON PROPOSAL: 328 UNIT MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT

WHY GO THROUGH THE TROUBLE OF MOVING AN ENTIRE HOUSE? BECAUSE YOU CAN, I GUESS

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Two West End rowhouses, free for the taking.  It seemed too good to be true, and it was, kind of – the houses are free, but the lot is earmarked for a condo development, so if you want the houses, you have to move them.  It sounds sort of like the punchline to a not-really-funny joke, but the fact is, there have been so many houses moved in DC that it’s surprising we don’t see them in morning traffic. WHY GO THROUGH THE TROUBLE OF MOVING AN ENTIRE HOUSE? BECAUSE YOU CAN, I GUESS

ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

When homelessness is a concern, the home-less aspect is often (and unfortunately) only the tip of the iceberg. Those who find themselves battling homelessness can often come from heavy, challenging backgrounds that expose them to things such as abuse, addiction, violence, and more. Finding both the mental strength and physical resources to bounce back from homelessness is no small feat – which is why having effective programs in place cannot be overlooked. ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS