Sightseeing at Home

Being relatively new to Instagram, I’ve been learning to capture beauty in things I see every day—and then post those yummy details for instant gratification. What’s more, I’ve been lucky enough this fall to find myself in places around town that are striking and memorable. So here’s a visual smorgasbord of my comings and goings. Sep. […]

Homage to Women “Pathmakers” in Art, Craft & Design

What a great time to be a design lover in DC! The Renwick Gallery is preparing its grand reopening after a two-year renovation on Nov. 13 with the kick-a** WONDER exhibit (think wall mosaics made from bugs; ginormous, meandering tree-like sculptures that fill the halls). But even before then, set your sights on the National […]

Erik Kvalsvik’s Palm Beach Photography

I first heard Erik Kvalsvik‘s name when he shot Barry Dixon’s second book, Barry Dixon Inspiration (which now graces my coffee table) in 2011. Then I saw more of of his amazing work when he shot a book for Fortuny (whose New York showroom Barry designed) in 2012. He’s also shot portfolio photography for many […]

Mark Giaimo’s Politics and Play Toys

It’s so cool when past and present worlds collide. When I was a daily reporter at Scripps Howard News Service in the early Aughts, I worked with this great artist and designer named Mark Giaimo. But as the journalism industry collapsed and we all found different paths, I lost touch with him everywhere outside of […]

From Gilded Palaces to Country Abodes

There’s no place quite like Potomac, Maryland. In the Potomac of my father’s childhood, it was rolling hills, horse farms, and homes set so far back from the street that it was hard to see them. Today’s Potomac is much more of a show-off, with ginormous houses where everything is in your face. This weekend, you […]

My (Fantasy) House is for Sale

For a couple years now, I’ve been lusting after this amazing house on Arizona Avenue in Northwest DC, which I pass ALL THE TIME when I’m driving toward Friendship Heights or Chevy Chase: Seriously, I think I’ve caused some minor traffic backups each time I drive up that hill between MacArthur Boulevard and Loughboro Road, […]

Jan Goldman’s Serene, Craft-Inspired Kitchen Design

This is not just another white kitchen. Yes, it’s got the marble counters, white custom cabinetry, white trim, white sink, and white-paneled fridge and oven hood, but this Chevy Chase space, designed by Jan Goldman of Kitchen Elements, exudes soul through colorful, handmade touches. The runners, cookware and pottery, not to mention the bold ikat […]

Harlem Fine Arts Show Comes to DC

When I was a cub reporter, covering courts in St. Lucie County, Florida, one of my favorite offices to visit belonged to a public defender named Azim Ramelize. African American and disabled from a gunshot to the back when he was a teenaged gang member in New York, he knew a lot more than anyone […]

Guest Post: Andrea Houck

I haven’t hosted a guest post in a long time, so it’s a treat to revive the series with my friend Andrea Houck, a hugely talented Arlington designer whom I wrote about most recently in Home & Design magazine for her work on actress Sandra Bullock’s childhood home. The story didn’t dwell much on the home’s […]