A Capitol Hill Beauty

January 14, 2013



Made another visit over to Capitol Hill over the weekend and snapped a photo of one of my favorite exterior projects. It usually takes forever for things to get wrapped up and tweaked to “perfection” but my client had finally replaced a light fixture and refinished her beautiful mahogany door (with marine varnish). The entry, completed:





Before (tired, peeling, blah…blah):








And after (Benjamin Moore Dorset Gold  HC-8 on the body/ Dark Walnut BMCC 1358 as accent):













Oh how I adore the eclectic architecture in this neighborhood.  Many of these  “pressed brick” townhouses date from the late 1800’s and  have “Italianate” ornamentation.  The paint treatments are all over the map, some more traditional and others really funky and irreverent.














And there is the lively Eastern Market, in full swing on weekends. Check it out, enjoy the stroll and… and be sure to look up while you’re walking!







Eastern Market




Feathers and Rainbows

June 6, 2011


‘Tis the season for dress up–weddings, grad parties and ….. prom.   Just had to share a few of the photos I snapped last Saturday of my daughter and friends heading out to their senior prom.   The dress code this year was simple, classic and elegant.  But there were a few little surprises.



FEATHERS.   Apparently... feathers are IN. As in hair. As in boys’ hair.





And in corsages (so sweet that they still do the flower thing).





And in boutonnieres. Actually, these fellow art students embellished ones from the florist with feathers to coordinate with their outfits. Could you just die?





Of course, the girls were  totally in charge here. The boys were instructed to stand back as they arranged themselves “in a rainbow” for the ultimate photo opp.  The girls who dared to wear black, white or  prints were exiled off to the side. : )





And the evening was capped off by a limo ride through Georgetown and Washington, D.C.






Back to “feathers”.   I first noticed this trend while visiting Boulder last summer.  Lots of  college kids were wearing feather hair extensions. They were often very subtle.  Seems to be just catching on in Washington, D.C.  At first,  there was a stampede of local high school kids to a certain hair salon for  “feather tipping”; now the kids are buying them on Etsy .


Wanna be 18 again?  Actually, I think Steven Tyler wears them in his hair but who knows how old he is.



Have a happy  and  ~colorful~ June.