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Now only $899,000! By Michelle Thomas
So much exposed brick! Photos via Jenn Smira/Compass Real Estate.

So you missed your chance at snagging this Dupont garage when it hit the market for $900,000 in late April? No worries: The place just dropped its price. By $1,000. That's .1 percent!

To recap, this 1,008-square-foot brick garage, built in 1921 and located in an alley behind the O Street Mansion, is completely unfinished and has “no real street address,” according to the listing. But you can bring an architect to “see the potential!” and turn it into a “project of your own!” The listing also now helpfully includes a rendering of what it could look like reimagined as a home. Pay no mind to the 2014 tax assessment of $68,780.

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Posted at 12:39 PM/ET, 06/18/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Awesome decor items that don’t cost a month’s rent. By Michelle Thomas

Who says you have to plunk down a million bucks to snag a decent design find? Thanks to some carefully chosen resources—hello, CB2 and Nate Berkus for Target—high-style can be scored for relatively low-cost. Here are five of our favorite recent finds—all featuring bright hues, bold graphics, and playful sensibilities.

1) Kate Spade Saturday Outdoor Tray, $20

Perfect for picnics, this durable melamine tray boasts a bold graphic pattern guaranteed to spruce up any spread.

2) CB2 Stella Cabinet, $399

While, sure, this one’s a bit more of a splurge, CB2’s boldly striped cabinet still gets the thumbs up for combining form, function, and lots of fun—at a price that’s way less than what we’ve spotted elsewhere.

3) Swimming Pool photo by Lucy Snowe Photography, $20-$85

So summery! Etsy ranks as one of our favorite resources for tracking down affordable art, and we especially love Lucy Snowe’s minimalist photography.

4) Ikea Stockholm chair, $119

We’re big fans of the most recent release from Ikea’s upscale Stockholm collection, which offers midcentury-inspired items with a emphasis on conscious design and subtle organic influences—including the brilliant green of this wooden chair.  

5) Nate Berkus for Target pillow, $21.24

It’s a trendy triple threat: Punchy brights, metallics and geometric. Nate Berkus’s throw pillow manages to cash in on several right-now looks without breaking the bank.

Posted at 01:05 PM/ET, 06/06/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The budget-friendly chain just opened its first store in the District. By Michelle Thomas

Georgetown is flush with droolworthy design shops: Jonathan Adler, Design Within Reach, Contemporaria—the list goes on. But truth is, sometimes a decor budget is a bit more modest. Enter HomeGoods. Using the same off-price discount model behind its sister store, T.J.Maxx, the retailer sells fun, trendy furniture alongside cookware, dishes, linens, and accessories, all at über-reasonable prices. We’ve never left without a cart full of goodies. The only downside? These stores are typically way out in the ’burbs, which makes bargain-hunting tough for urbanites. Until now, that is. After a long renovation, the former Georgetown Park Mall was transformed into a 50,000-square-foot combination T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods megastore, which officially opened for business on Sunday morning.

We went by for an early glimpse at the new digs last week just before the grand opening. Read on to see a handful of the stylish scores you can snag at the new store.

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Posted at 01:29 PM/ET, 09/09/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Plan your romantic getaway with these deals and packages. By Hannah Lauterback
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is one of many hotels offering special Valentine’s Day packages. Image courtesy of the hotel.


Hay-Adams Leading Celebrations Romance Package
Spend the night being neighbors with the Obamas with a romantic stay for two at the Hay-Adams Hotel. Guests are greeted with chilled Champagne, a bouquet of red roses, and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and in the morning can enjoy a full American breakfast for two. You can also spend the evening canoodling in the hotel’s lush red lounge, Off the Record. Packages start at $529.

Date Night at the Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill
Snuggle up with your loved one this Valentine’s Day with the Hyatt’s Date Night package, which offers all guests free drinks and an appetizer for two at Article One Lounge and two movie tickets of your choosing to Regal Cinemas Gallery Place. Sleep in the next morning; checkout isn’t until 2 PM, which gives you plenty of time to stock up on the full breakfast buffet for two at Article One American Grill. Prices start at $264 and the package is available until December 31, 2013.

Bubbles and Breakfast at Savoy Suites Hotel
Pamper your special sweetie this year by reserving a skybox suite at Savoy Suites in Georgetown—each one comes furnished with a personal in-room deep-soaking Jacuzzi. Crack open the complimentary bottle of chilled Champagne, dine on breakfast for two at Twist, and burn off all the extra calories with free access to nearby Washington Sports Club, Georgetown. Checkout is at 2, ensuring time to do a bit of everything. Prices start at $229.

The Art of Romance Package at Palomar Washington DC
Upon arrival, couples receive chocolate-covered strawberries, Champagne, and a room with an oversize luxury-Fuji soaking tub for two. Breakfast is served in bed the next morning, or you can head over to the hotel’s restaurant, Urbana, with a complimentary $50 credit. Use code PROM when making reservations, and make sure to book five days in advance. Rates start at $335 on Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate, Champagne and Jazz: A Special Valentine’s evening With Ski Johnson to Benefit Boys Town at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC
For the ultimate night of decadence, escort your date to the Ritz-Carlton DC where five-time Grammy nominee Ski Johnson will be performing. For $125 per person, you’ll also receive Veuve Clicquot Champagne, chocolates, and desserts prepared by executive pastry chef Nelson Paz. All profits from the event will also be directly donated to Boys Town Washington DC. All attending will also receive a special discounted hotel stay of $209.

Romance Getaway Package at Embassy Suites—Chevy Chase Pavilion
Woo the right way with the Romance Getaway package from Embassy Suites. Before checking out your two-room suite, start the evening with free appetizers and drinks during the manager’s reception. Head back to the room for dessert, as all guests receive wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. And make sure to pack some popcorn, as you’ll also receive a complimentary in-room movie of your choosing. The next morning you’ll receive a 2 PM checkout and a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast at Cafe Cino. Available Thursday through Sunday only; a minimum two-night stay is required. Weekend rates start at $169 a night.

Date Night Package at St. Gregory Luxury Hotel & Suites
Is your lady obsessed with The Bachelor? Bring her to St. Gregory for Valentine’s Day, as each guest is greeted with a single rose. You’ll also receive a bottle of Champagne, an automatic upgrade to a junior suite (at no extra charge), and a 15 percent discount “passport” to the hotel’s restaurant. Available Thursday through Sunday only; rates start at $187. The package is available until March 31, 2013.

Ignite the Spark at W Hotel
Sparks will fly when you bring your date to the W for a night of romance. In addition to the complimentary bottle of bubbly, you’ll also receive two free drinks at the Living Room Bar. Rates start at $279, and the package is available February 1 through 24. Thursday through Sunday. Use Code VALLAP when booking.

Rediscover the Romance at L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
Your stay begins with dinner for two, including a bottle of wine, at the American Grill. You’ll also receive a luxurious nightly turndown service, free morning newspaper delivery, and a 2 PM late checkout. Upgrade to the executive king room and enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet for two. Rates start at $229; executive king rates start at $289.

Magnifique Romance at the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
Create memories that will last forever this Valentine’s Day. Guests receive a bottle of Champagne on ice delivered to the room, a romantic gift of chocolates or flowers, breakfast served in bed, and a luxuriously late checkout at 4 PM. For an additional $85 a person (on Valentine’s Day, or $65 on the 15th and 16th), dine on a specially crafted three-course dinner, Trois Jours D’Amour. Rates start at $240.

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Posted at 02:15 PM/ET, 02/11/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()