BEHOLD! THE UGLIEST KITCHENS IN THE WORLD

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The kitchen is probably the most important room of any house.  You may technically spend more time in the bedroom, and corral all the guests into the living room, but most of the real quality time is usually spent in the kitchen.  (For example, now that I think about it, every one of my breakups happened in the kitchen.)  A warm, comfortable kitchen can make up for a low ceilings, bad light, even wall-to-wall carpeting, but a bad kitchen ruins a house.

These kitchens are so bad, the houses attached to them should be quarantined like nuclear waste sites.  Let’s look at a few of the worst, and feel utterly foolish that we ever complained that the all-white kitchen was getting boring. BEHOLD! THE UGLIEST KITCHENS IN THE WORLD

THE WALLS MIGHT NOT TALK, BUT THEY’RE ALIVE: PHOTOSYNTHESIZING WALLPAPER

If you missed the memo, please refer to a past post, but I can catch you up to speed in a sentence: Wallpaper is, like, so in. For a minute (or a decade) or so, we painfully peeled it off the insides of our homes and turned up our noses while we stuck to more neutral décor, like simple paint, but now…it’s back and better than ever. Not only is bold, retro-inspired wallpaper back on-trend for interior design, but also the decorative staple has also somehow found itself at the forefront of scientific discovery. Yeah, you read that right. THE WALLS MIGHT NOT TALK, BUT THEY’RE ALIVE: PHOTOSYNTHESIZING WALLPAPER

DC’S HIPPEST HOTELS WORTHY OF A STAYCATION

I don’t know when the term “staycation” was invented, or who was able to twist the sad notion that they were just too tired to go anywhere on vacation into a hip thing that people strived toward, but….props to the 21st century for this one. If you’ve ever gotten back from vacation having seen a new slice of the world but honestly feeling like you probably should have just slept the whole time, you’re not alone – the act of actually going and doing is, quite frankly, exhausting. DC’S HIPPEST HOTELS WORTHY OF A STAYCATION

DC ARCHITECT INSPO: OSSOLINSKI ARCHITECTS

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Do you ever have one of those days when you’re walking around the city, the sun’s out, the metro was running on time, there’s the smell of coffee and your favorite whiff of bakery in the air, and you almost get goosebumps thinking about how great DC is? On the days that you get stopped for hours upon hours in presidential motorcade traffic or pay your mortgage, it might be hard to remember – but it’s important to take stock of what an amazing city we’re living in. Of course, there is a long list of elements that make it great – the people, the history, the energy, the places. Oh, the places you can go in DC – and what makes a city more city-esque than the buildings, from the sky high rises to the home sweet homes where city dwellers lay their heads at night, architecture is a huge piece of any city’s puzzle. DC ARCHITECT INSPO: OSSOLINSKI ARCHITECTS

YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

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Container houses are literally made of trash, you know – the steel containers, most of which originate in China, just aren’t cost-effective to ship back and reuse, so thousands of discarded ones began piling up around port towns.  One day, someone looked at one and said, “I should make this into a house.”  That’s where so many things came from;  someone looked at a piece of trash and said to themselves, “I can work with this.”  (I mean, that’s how most of my relationships started, too.) YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

“If you prefer your brick discreetly plastered and wallpapered like a 19th century gentlewoman in 11 floor-length petticoats and a ruffled turtleneck, this isn’t the place for you.  But if you like your brick as naked as a 58-year old French guy at a nude beach, call your bank.”

“If you prefer your brick discreetly plastered and wallpapered like a 19th century gentlewoman in 11 floor-length petticoats and a ruffled turtleneck, this isn’t the place for you.  But if you like your brick as naked as a 58-year old French guy at a nude beach, call your bank.”