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Photographs of renovated kitchen by Robert Radifera

Despite their home’s spaciousness, a Chevy Chase family left their tight galley kitchen untouched for 18 years. At first, the wife—a New York transplant used to tiny apartment kitchens—was able to deal. But over time, the avid cook and entertainer grew tired of being cut off from guests while she prepared meals. She called Nadia N. Subaran of Aidan Design to carve out a bigger kitchen without adding onto the house.

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Posted at 07:13 PM/ET, 10/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
An elevator! A double waterfall shower! A thing that shoots flames! By Michelle Thomas

When a home pops up on the market with a price tag nearing $10 million, insanely cool features are pretty much a given. And this six-bed, six-bath Georgetown home doesn't disappoint.

Built in 1960 but completely renovated from the ground up a few years back by owner Will Langhorne, a former pro racecar driver, the modern-minimalist design is decked out with slick amenities. Among the many: A skylit glass elevator, floating oak staircase, and panels of "smart" glass—which toggles from transparent to opaque and is featured in the home's 1,000-pound pivoting front door and a bathroom wall—plus geo-thermal heating and cooling, antique architectural built-ins, and top-of-the-line fixtures from brands like Balthaup and Boffi.

There are seven skylights, five fireplaces, a star-ceilinged theater, and accordion glass doors that open to a garden terrace outfitted with a fire pit and saline swimming pool—with fountains. Upstairs in the master suite, an enormous bathroom features a huge, skylit double waterfall shower and a freestanding soaking tub (which supposedly cost the Langhornes more than $13,000 alone). Oh, and there's parking space for four. Race cars not included.

3245 N Street, Northwest, is listed at $9.995 million. It's listed by TTR Sotheby's. Head to the home's site for more details.

Posted at 01:43 PM/ET, 10/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Photographs by Bonnie Sen

When they bought their house, Allyson and Alexi Maltas knew it needed updating throughout, but their top priority was overhauling a galley kitchen cut off from the family room by a wall of built-in shelving. Along with opening up the space, Allyson says, “pretty much our major kitchen requirement was that it not be white.”

They enlisted Kiera Kushlan and Jessica Centella of Residents Understood to help achieve a classic but modern look. Allyson had been leaning toward a gray color scheme until the designers included a dark-navy Shaker style among the cabinet samples they showed the couple. “They’re good at pushing us out of our comfort zone,” Allyson says, adding that they were immediately drawn to the color that now makes their kitchen stand out, especially against the Caesarstone counters and handmade clay backsplash.

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Posted at 05:43 PM/ET, 10/07/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Among DC's abundance of builder-basic flips, these super-stylish units from the owners of GoodWood are a breath of fresh air. By Marisa M. Kashino
The penthouse of Shaw's Huntress Coal Oil building. All photos courtesy of The Mandy & David Team.

When we first heard that Anna and Dan Kahoe, owners of U Street home furnishings destination GoodWood, were partnering with S2 Development and architect Shawn Buehler on a boutique condo project, we knew the final product would be something to behold. Situated on a previously empty lot in front of the restored Blagden Alley carriage house where the Kahoes live, the new, three-unit building—called Huntress Coal Oil—beautifully complements the century-old Shaw rowhouses surrounding it. And as for the interiors, the results are even better than we expected.

The Mandy & David Team put all three condos on the market today: the 900-square-foot, one bedroom/one bath basement unit is listed for $599,555; an 1,100-square-foot two bedroom/two bath is priced at $899,555; and the 1,300-square foot, two bed/two-and-a-half bath penthouse with its own roofdeck is listed at $999,555.

Each condo is staged with GoodWood's unique blend of funky furniture and accessories, some of which is vintage, and all of which can be negotiated into the sale.

A glass wall divides the bedroom from the main living areas of the basement unit, allowing natural light to flow throughout the subterranean space.
Another view of the one-bedroom basement-level condo.
The bathrooms in each unit feature brightly colored, lacquered vanities.
The living room of the two-bedroom, second-floor condo.
A view of the kitchen in the second-floor unit.
The penthouse's living room. (And if the buyer is crazy enough not to negotiate for that yellow sofa, we'll take it.)
One of two bedrooms in the penthouse.
An en suite bathroom.
The second penthouse bedroom.
The exterior of the Huntress Coal Oil building, named for the original owner of the Kahoes' carriage house, coal oil dealer Samuel Huntress.

Posted at 10:58 AM/ET, 10/01/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
All photographs via Washington Fine Properties.

A presidential penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in the West End sold for $6,050,000 yesterday, making it DC’s highest-selling condo since 2013.

Washington Fine Properties agents Matthew McCormick, Ben Roth, and Ellen Morrell teamed up to complete the transaction between seller Jeff Fine, a venture capitalist, and an undisclosed buyer. The property sold for $900,000 less than it was listed for, but McCormick says, “It’s still a record-setting price, so I think that all parties were pleased.”

The 5,664-square-foot high-rise has four bedrooms, five baths, and two fireplaces. The luxurious unit also has three balconies overlooking the city, a custom wet bar, and two separate entrances. Residents get hotel amenities like 24-hour maid and room service, plus valet parking.

Politico called the Ritz-Carlton Residences building the “new Watergate” last April, citing the political power brokers who’ve bought condos there, including Senate minority leader Harry Reid.

Posted at 02:11 PM/ET, 09/30/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Hurray! Autumn! By Hillary Kelly
Looking forward to more weekends in front of the fire? Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt for Hus & Hem.

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Posted at 09:22 AM/ET, 09/25/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Photograph by Jean Allsopp via Country Living.

This beautiful, color-filled art display that Julie Wolfe created has us inspired. Wolfe used chemicals and organic materials to create her light-filled display, but with these eight simple DIYs, you won't have to break out any copper sulfate or methylene blue to make a lovely mason jar display at home.

Setting for Four has a super easy way to "tint" your mason jars.

A lot of DIY recipes for tinted mason jars call for paint and time (you have to bake the jars to let the paint tint the glass). For a much faster, and easier DIY, all you need is water and food coloring. Add some in-season flowers and line up your jars in a windowsill for a pretty window display that took zero effort.

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Posted at 11:00 AM/ET, 09/11/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A remodeled room at the forthcoming Rook & Mason hotel. Photograph courtesy Kimpton Hotels.

Kimpton Hotels plans to close down the Hotel Helix in October for extensive renovations and rebranding. When the 178-room Logan Circle hotel reopens in spring 2016, it will be called the "Mason & Rook."

It'll still be a boutique hotel, although one can't be faulted for thinking the new name sounds like some new restaurant that specializes in up-tempo pub cuisine and cocktails made with egg-white froth. The name Mason & Rook borrows at least two tropes from the restaurant-name playbook.

The name Mason & Rook, says Kimpton spokeswoman Jaclyn Randolph, is a nod to both Freemasonry, a secretive order to which many of the United States' founders—and supposedly BeyoncĂ© Knowles—belonged, and to the "strategic game of chess," because politics is like chess and something something Washington.

While Kimpton plans to keep the Illuminati-themed hotel at 178 rooms, the guest quarters will be slightly more spacious when it re-opens. In a previous life, the Helix was an apartment buildling, with each unit including a kitchenette. Those spaces have been walled off since the building was turned into a hotel, but will be reopened during the renovation and turned into expanded bedrooms and bathrooms. While the fixtures and furniture will be replaced, the remodeled hotel will keep Kimpton's usual amenities, like free wine in the lobby.

The Helix has accomodations open through October 16, but the hotel's lounge is scheduled to close this week, Randolph says.

Posted at 10:36 AM/ET, 09/10/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()

Want to up your home’s intelligence? These gadgets—among the most popular “smart home” toys on the market—function via your phone and voice, and even on their own, learning your schedule and programming themselves accordingly.

RELATED: Look Inside the Smartest Apartment in Arlington.

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Posted at 10:00 AM/ET, 09/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Welcome to the smartest apartment in Arlington. By Jennifer Sergent
A custom chandelier with dozens of LED crystal rods is both sculpture and light source for the 20-foot-tall living room. Photograph by Marlon Crutchfield.

Like a lot of young bachelors, Brian McCarthy wanted to deck out his place with high-tech toys. But unlike most of his peers, he could afford to: McCarthy won the lottery—literally. Four years ago, at age 25, he pocketed $68.4 million thanks to Mega Millions. Since then, the now-former account manager at Pepsi has spent nearly $200,000 on technology for his Arlington penthouse.

Today McCarthy rarely touches an actual switch or power button in his home. He uses his iPhone to operate the lights, temperature, stereo system, and TV. When he wakes up, he grabs his smartphone to turn on the TV built into the bathroom mirror. By the time he rolls out of bed, the morning news awaits him.

He relies on the phone when out of town, too. McCarthy can remotely let friends into his place to crash if they need to. A camera records anyone who enters the condo when he’s away, and stores the video to his phone.

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Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 08/28/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()