I was at an open house recently for some sprawling Palisades mansion with six or seven or eight bedrooms, and a family room, a living room, a sitting room, and a great room, and as I walked down yet another endless hallway, I thought, “this must be the biggest house in DC. Also, they should give us Segways for these house tours.” Turns out, it wasn’t even close to being the biggest house in DC. … THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN DC IS SMALLER THAN THE GARAGE OF THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was collecting wood for a skyscraper?
Then go ahead and say this:
When thinking of a typical skyscraper, most think of steel beams, concrete, and reflective metals soaring closer to the sun and holding the dreams of many as they hustle through their 9-5. One architect, however, is challenging the status-quo (as artists do), and urging the business world to think outside of their well-known, ironclad box. … ARCHITECTURE TREND ON THE (HIGH) RISE: TIMBER TOWERS
If you hear church bells ringing, it might be no more than an echo. Okay, that might be a tad dramatic –– there are plenty of places of worship untouched by DC’s growing pains. Still though, it’s only right to acknowledge that as development creeps up in unsuspecting corners, some of DC’s establishments get pushed out. That is the case as The Perla, one of DC’s developments in the works, comes to fruition in the heart of Shaw. … DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PERLA
Proud or not, I’d describe myself as a trend follower. As soon as mid-century home décor items found their way onto the pages of leading brands and influencers, I found myself slowly gravitating toward modern furniture, vivid colors, and clean lines. When macramé hangings became a thing, I blindly followed without ever thinking to myself if stringy art was actually something I was into. There’s one thing though, that as trends come and go, is always a mainstay in my home –– greenery. Whether it’s a drab day in winter when I can no longer remember how the sun feels beaming upon my skin, or in the middle of summer with the light rays hitting the leaves just right, I’d go so as far to say that there are few things that can perk up a room more successfully than a good old fashioned house plant. I’ve never owned a pet, but I’m a proud plant mom, through and through. … NO GREEN THUMB REQUIRED: 5 HOUSEPLANTS YOU CAN KEEP ALIVE
If I’m being honest, I would admit to you that I’m a firm believer that birdhouses are having a major real estate crisis. I find that there are less and less folks willing to give up their picture-perfect tree limbs to house a monstrosity that is more or less a wonky, anti-chic decoration that’s meant to attract the very creatures that some have nightmares about (and yeah, by “some,” I mean me). Birds have been a source of discomfort for me ever since I a first popped open a bag of Lays at the beach and found that every seagull that has ever lived also shares my lust for salt (or any food, really) –– and they aren’t the least bit bashful about it.… BIRDHOUSE ARCHITECTURE: ART BY DOUGLAS BARNHARD