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Yours for $1.279 million. By Michelle Thomas

A rare find in Arlington, this five-bedroom home was reworked by its owner, an architect, and it's full of features that design fans will appreciate. A short list of the best details: The concrete fireplace mantle, chalkboards in several rooms, wall-width bookshelves, and a blend of natural wood trims, ample sunlight, and industrial accents that lend the place a creative, organic vibe. The sleek little studio office off the master suite and awesome roofed deck round out the modernist aesthetic. 6425 26th St. N was relisted at $1.279 million this morning, a $110,000 drop from its original asking price. Take a look inside below, then go to Frankly Real Estate for the complete details.

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Posted at 04:53 PM/ET, 05/14/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Find inspiration in these stylish solutions. By Michelle Thomas
This bike is hung vertically on a terrace to make the most of a small space. Photo via

While there are lots of things to love about biking, finding a stylish storage solution when you lack outdoor space is certainly not one of them. If your ride winds up stashed in your entryway—taking up valuable floor space and adding visual clutter—it’s time to find a better strategy. Shouldn’t a bike-friendly lifestyle and solid interior design be able to coexist? Pinterest and Houzz to the rescue. In honor of Bike To Work Day (tomorrow!), we've gathered ten creative, inspiring ways to integrate a bicycle into your decor.

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Posted at 11:29 AM/ET, 05/14/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
It’s part of the development’s “wine programming.” By Michelle Thomas
A rendering of the Lauren's wine lounge.

Master Sommelier Jarad Slipp.

When the Lauren’s 29 luxury condos went on the market last fall, the Bethesda development raised eyebrows with a record-setting price tag of $10.5 million for its penthouse apartment. Of course, the pricey place offered a long list of lavish amenities—not least of which included a private, climate-controlled wine locker and access to the building’s shared wine lounge.

Clearly the development has its sights set on oenophiles. Last week, the Lauren appointed a Sommelier in Residence, which will complement the development’s “wine programming.” And the hire isn’t a no-name, either: It’s Jarad Slipp, one of only three Master Sommeliers in the DC area, and one of just 219 that have been inducted in 40 years worldwide. Currently the estate director at Fauquier county's RdV Vineyards, Slipp’s resume also includes a five-year stint at CityZen.

As Sommelier in Residence, Slipp will advise aficionados on growing their wine collections through custom consultations that will take into account personal taste, food pairing, and collection valuation, and he’ll be available quarterly for on-site tastings and workshops set to take place in the 1,500-square foot wine lounge.

Condo buyers will also snag a yearlong membership to the RdV Ambassadors program, which includes specialty vintages, invites to winery events, private tastings at the vineyard, and an assortment of limited releases that will await their arrival on move-in day.

Sound appealing? You'll have to shell out—the three condos currently on the market cost as much as $4.845 million.

Posted at 01:35 PM/ET, 05/12/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
This Georgetown studio delivers a modern-chic office setting for its creative entrepreneurs. By Michelle Thomas
All photos by Lauren Joseph.

Ready to experience some major office envy? This collaborative workspace, in a second-story suite overlooking the Key Bridge in Georgetown, inspires with its modern, minimalist design, and it's professional home to the Creative Collective, a team of ten-plus creatives and entrepreneurs that includes wedding planning duo Events in the City, photographer Abby Jiu, beauty vlogger Claire Ashley, and nutrition blogger Carlene Thomas, among others. Lifestyle blogger Meg Biram launched the workspace, which allows its members to use the studio part-time as needed, last year after growing tired of working solo. Naturally, decorating it to perfection was a top priority—so Biram linked up with retail partners such as AllModern, West Elm, Lulu & Georgia, and Calypso St. Barth to help create her contemporary haven.

“A lot of what I do involves photography—client photo shoots, blog photo shoots, even just shots for Instagram,” says Biram. “Because of that, I wanted the space to be as white as possible so we would have an easier time with the color in images. The walls are white and all of the surfaces are white on purpose.”

And indeed, there’s plenty of clean, airy white in the sunlit, bay-windowed office, from the high-gloss standing desks—which are actually repurposed bar tables—to the conference table. Contrasting pops of black and accents of clear acrylic and gold introduce interest to the neutral decor. Biram painted the hallway's abstract wall pattern herself, outfitted the rear conference room with a large piece of her own artwork, and updated the bland bathroom (see the transformation on West Elm's blog) with a coat of feminine blush pink paint and simple, graphic accessories.

Keep reading to get a glimpse inside the collective’s workspace, and then—if you’re feeling inspired—we’ve linked to the same or similar pieces used in this office, below.

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Posted at 01:35 PM/ET, 05/12/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Local dealers are revving up their offerings beyond free wi-fi. By Sherri Dalphonse
Illustration by Ryan Snook.

A car dealership isn’t a place most people willingly hang out. Well, unless it has winetastings. Or a fitness center. Or a dog park. Or a putting green.

“In an era where the car-shopping experience is happening online, how do you stand out as a dealer?” says Jim Treece of Automotive News. “The amenity wars are going pretty strong.”

While the most outlandish showroom perks haven’t hit Washington yet—the wine shop and dog park are at a Honda dealer in Fort Worth; the fitness center is at a Miami Lexus showroom—local dealers are revving up their offerings beyond free wi-fi.

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Posted at 07:00 AM/ET, 05/12/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Join Washingtonian at Ethan Allen for a look at the furniture line's latest arrivals. By Emma Foehringer Merchant

This Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. the Ethan Allen Design Center gives Washington-area residents a preview of its newest designs—called The Next Classics. The sneak peek coincides with the release of the company's coffee table book. Washingtonian Senior Editor Marisa Kashino will join the design brand in celebrating the publication of Muses—a 328-page volume of inspiration and ideas. Ethan Allen calls the book "a distillation of the brand's design DNA." Guests will receive a complimentary copy.

Check out the invitation above, and RSVP to or by calling 703-971-4504

Ethan Allen Design Center, 2900 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington; 703-971-4504

Posted at 10:18 AM/ET, 05/11/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Enviable design in 600 square feet. By Michelle Thomas

Tiny apartments are notoriously hard to master when it comes to good interior design. But this 600-square-foot Dupont studio—in a historic Wardman building on 17th Street—makes the most of its compact footprint by loading up on cool details, including 10-foot ceilings, original hardwood floors and moldings, and a recently renovated modern kitchen, plus an enviable approach to small-space decor. Apparently the current owner is an architect, which perhaps explains the design cred and creative, clean-lined aesthetic.

1514 17th St NW #305 is listed for $249,900. Take a peek inside below, then go to DCRE Residential for more details.

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Posted at 01:31 PM/ET, 05/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A schoolhouse condo in Capitol Hill, a modern redesign in Dupont, a 1905 rowhouse in Mount Pleasant, and more. By Michelle Thomas

Mount Vernon Square

Where: 437 New York Ave. NW #1201

How much: $499,000

When: Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 PM

Why: In the historic Yale Steam Laundry development, this 650-square-foot top-floor corner unit boasts three sides of windows, including floor-to-ceiling in the living area—plus a small balcony, new hardwood floors, and custom built-ins. Bonus features include private storage and garage parking, and the building shares a pool, game room, and fitness center.


Where: 1865 Mintwood Pl. NW #6

How much: $799,000

When: Sunday, 1 to 4 PM

Why: This 1,400-square foot top-floor two-bedroom combines an airy, open layout with pretty details, including the arched trio of windows, built-in shelving, light-flooding skylights, and a modern kitchen that features white cabinets and appliances offset against black counters and a stainless vent hood. The master bedroom opens to a private 400 square-foot terrace.


Where: 1330 New Hampshire Ave. NW #407

How much: $449,000

When: Sunday, 2 to 4 PM

Why: On the hunt for slick modern design in a condo setting? This place will appeal: Though a petite 608 square feet and in an older building built in the early ‘60s, this one-bedroom has been totally revamped to feature an futuristic aesthetic that includes a sleek kitchen with marble counters and backsplash—including an 8-foot waterfall marble island—plus LED lighting, heated marble floors, custom built-in storage, glass walls, and a luxe rain shower. A desirable Dupont location and rooftop pool round out the selling points.

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Posted at 12:15 PM/ET, 05/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Give your home a refresh—without crushing your budget. By Michelle Thomas

Just because your home's decor is starting to feel a little stale doesn't mean you need to designate an entire paycheck for a complete design overhaul. Sometimes you just need a little refresh by way of a graphic new throw pillow, a sleek lamp, or a chic metallic accent piece. And if that cute new update rings in under a $100? Even better. Here are 20 sophisticated decor scores to lend you home a whole new vibe, without busting your budget.

Above: Sol Natural Leather coasters, $42; Nate Berkus for Target Acrylic Rectangle lamp, $49.99; Geo Grid linen napkins, $50; Copper wire bowl, $40; CB2 Marble shelf, $59.95; Brass Hexagon vase, $63; Max Wagner Waikiki #5 print, $34.

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Posted at 01:05 PM/ET, 05/07/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Produce, herbs, and flowers that do well in Washington's climate.
The White House Garden. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Ted Eytan.

Vegetables: Cool Season

Beets. Photograph by Flickr user Chiot's Run.






Swiss chard

Vegetables: Warm Season

Tomato photograph by Flickr user Ajith Kumar.





Herbs: Cool Season

Cilantro photograph courtesy of Flickr user looseends.






Herbs: Warm Season

Basil photograph courtesy of Flickr user Douglas Bittinger.






Trees: In Sun

Magnolia flower photograph courtesy of Flickr user pontla.

Black gum

Crape myrtle

Deciduous magnolia

Flowering cherry

Japanese snowbell

Kousa dogwood


London plane

Maple (red and sugar)


Red buckeye

Trees: In Part Shade

Serviceberry photograph courtesy of Flickr user Warren Reed.


Fringe tree

Japanese maple



Shrubs: In Sun

Spirea photograph courtesy of Flickr user Chris Sorge.


Butterfly bush

Gold mop cypress



Otto Luyken laurel




Shrubs: In Part Shade

Azalea photograph courtesy of Flickr user Eric Hunt.







Japanese plum yew




Virginia sweetspire


Plants for Full Shade

Impatiens photograph courtesy of Flickr user Madeleine.




Mountain laurel



Sources: David Yost, horticulturist at Merrifield Garden Center, and Bill McLaughlin, curator of plants at the United States Botanic Garden.

This article appears in our May 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 12:00 PM/ET, 05/07/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()