THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN DC IS SMALLER THAN THE GARAGE OF THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD

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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

ARCHITECTURE TREND ON THE (HIGH) RISE: TIMBER TOWERS

Say this three times fast:

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was collecting wood for a skyscraper?

Then go ahead and say this:

What?!

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

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PERLA

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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

“Through the house and past the open staircase is the kitchen, which features Viking appliances and counters made of quartz, which is technically a gemstone.  Maybe having kitchen counters made of literal jewels will be the thing that finally makes you happy?  (Doubt it.)   There’s also a dining room area right off the kitchen, which would be perfect for family meals in the event that a massive solar flare ever wipes out the internet and all smartphones, tablets, and computers.”

“Through the house and past the open staircase is the kitchen, which features Viking appliances and counters made of quartz, which is technically a gemstone.  Maybe having kitchen counters made of literal jewels will be the thing that finally makes you happy?  (Doubt it.)   There’s also a dining room area right off the kitchen, which would be perfect for family meals in the event that a massive solar flare ever wipes out the internet and all smartphones, tablets, and computers.”

NO GREEN THUMB REQUIRED: 5 HOUSEPLANTS YOU CAN KEEP ALIVE

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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

BIRDHOUSE ARCHITECTURE: ART BY DOUGLAS BARNHARD

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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

CARPETED WALLS AND MIRRORED CEILINGS: THE WACKIEST HOUSE IN AMERICA IS FOR SALE, FULLY FURNISHED

The house of your dreams is here.  All those years you spent cultivating your pristine credit rating and saving up for a down payment are about to pay off, but not in the form of a Logan Circle condo or a Bloomingdale rowhome.  No, the house of your dreams is called Lion Gate Estate, it’s in Highland Park, Michigan, and it was built by a former designer of automobiles.  Oh, and did I mention that it comes fully furnished? CARPETED WALLS AND MIRRORED CEILINGS: THE WACKIEST HOUSE IN AMERICA IS FOR SALE, FULLY FURNISHED