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October 2014 Contents: Great Home Design

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October 2014 Volume 50, Number 1

Cover Story

Great Home Design

Inside six beautiful Washington residences, plus the designers, architects, and stores the owners used and the neighborhoods where you can find your own dream home.

Edited by Marisa M. Kashino


To Tell the Truth

Four photographs taken during the Monica Lewinsky scandal caught a beleaguered Bill and Hillary in an unguarded moment—or did they? By Diana Walker

The Best & Worst of Congress

We asked staffers what they really think of their Hill bosses. Here are the results of our 15th biennial survey. Edited by Paul O’Donnell

Muriel Bowser Is No Adrian Fenty

The DC mayoral candidate is not the second coming of her political patron. And that might be a good thing. By Harry Jaffe

3 Days With Mike Isabella

Following the DC top chef as he exports his baby-goat sandwiches and pepperoni-sauced chicken wings to the suburbs. Photographs by Louie Palu, Text by Anna Spiegel

Capital Comment

National names dominating (or haunting?) Virginia politics . . . DC’s fastest drag queen . . . Everyone from Gene Simmons to Olivia Wilde has an opinion about the Redskins.

Behind the Scenes Inside a speakeasy that requires the right connections to gain entry.

Where & When

29 Performances and other events to check out this month. Plus—our annual arts preview.


Vance’s Beef NBC4’s Jim Vance on what’s wrong with news today. Washington Read A follow-up to Reading Lolita in Tehran and a new thriller from Dan Fesperman. What Made Me The founder of political PR giant APCO on the power of being underestimated.The Washingtonian Guide to the Silver Line A reporter’s expedition deep into the Dulles corridor.


TV Guide Style cues from Olivia Pope, Claire Underwood, and Elizabeth Jennings.New Nonstops More options out of area airports may mean lower prices.Are You Over-Exercising? How to avoid and treat sports injuries.Itinerary Great ways to enjoy Shenandoah National Park.

Photograph by Scott Suchman.


Country Time Chef RJ Cooper gets back to his roots with Gypsy Soul. For an Argentinean steakhouse, Rural Society lacks fire. Plus—six new local breweries, a food-lover’s guide to Shaw, and more.


Cook, Eat, Gather Three kitchens to make you melt; a guide to finding appliances, cabinets, counters and more; and hot trends in kitchen accessories. Off the Market! A $4.4-million Spring Valley Colonial tops the month’s most expensive residential sales.Luxury Homes A former NFL commissioner and player strike big deals in the suburbs.Pets Want fresh eggs without the commitment? Rental hens might be for you.

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