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 […]

Fixing Your Beach House? Be on TV!

With everyone going back to school and work, this is typically the time of year when beach house owners do a lot of maintenance and renovation, so it will all be shiny and new for next year’s season. If you’re in the midst of planning work at a house along one of the Maryland or Delaware […]

Landis Construction’s Before and After Kitchen

I love seeing transformations that just stop you in your tracks. And it’s not like the space has to be big or grand, either, as we see in this 30’s-era apartment redo in DC that Landis Architects and Builders just completed for a client. The most dramatic before-and-after was in the kitchen/dining area. Here’s the original layout: […]

Designer Jeff Akseizer’s House: For Sale!

If you’ve ever been house hunting, you know what a slog it is to go from house to house, and it seems like each one is a “before” picture that’s going to require a lot of work. That’s why it’s like hitting the jackpot if you land on a house that’s owned by an interior […]