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Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 | 1 comment

Comforts of Home at a Del Ray Bed and Breakfast

Comforts of Home at a Del Ray Bed and Breakfast

From the outside, this house looks like your typical Del Ray bungalow, with a gorgeous front porch and well-cared for lawn. But did you know this is actually a bed and breakfast? Mellenie and Andy’s house is part of a world-wide network of homes (called Airbnb) that enables people to rent out their homes to guests. It’s an easy and affordable way for people to enjoy the comforts of home while on travel and for homeowners to earn some additional income. Some people rent out their entire home, some just a room. In this case, Mellenie rents out the entire top floor — with a private bedroom and bathroom, it’s an ideal guest space. The house is literally steps from Mt. Vernon Ave. making it easy for guests to hop on over and enjoy our local shops and restaurants. I especially love how Mellenie included a local map under glass on this side table to help visitors navigate the city. And although her house has easy access to Metro...

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Happy Six Months, Little Free Library!

Happy Six Months, Little Free Library!

If you walked by the Little Free Library of Windsor and Dewitt yesterday, you were in for a treat. Proprietors Renee Adams and Elli Ludwigson hosted a fabulous garden party to celebrate the LFL’s six-month anniversary — complete with food, kids activities and plenty of books. Balloons on the library as well as signs posted in the immediate area welcomed anyone who walked by to participate in the festivities. Renee also promoted the event on the LFL’s Facebook page. Neighbors stopped by to drop off bags of books and to check out the overflowing selection, which Renee keeps inside her house and adds to the LFL as space permits. On the side of the house, hosts Renee and Elli shared a delicious display of sweet and savory foods. Guests meandered through the yard checking out the plants and whimsical decorations and kids headed straight to the table Renee set up for a fun autumnal craft — decorating foam leaf and acorn shapes with yarn. When we took a tour of Renee’s garden...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Finian and Declan’s Twin-Sized Room

Finian and Declan’s Twin-Sized Room

Like many kids in the Del Ray area, Finian and Declan, 3-year-old identical twins, share a bedroom. It’s the classic small-space dilemma: How to fit furniture, clothing and toys for two kids in an 8×10 foot room without feeling cramped or disorganized. We’re always amazed with what you can fit in a small room and the stories they tell. The layout of Finian and Declan’s room is the same as the one we’ve shared for my boys and Leslie’s girls in the standard Del Ray rowhouse. Finian’s toddler bed is opposite the door. Declan’s bed faces Finian’s, on the wall to the left of the door. The beds, from www.albeebaby.com, converted from crib to toddler bed, with a drawer underneath for storage. They keep more clothes in a tall dresser in the far corner. Finian and Declan are twins, but Declan is actually a size or two larger than Finian, so they can’t share all their clothes just yet. And something you don’t always see in small kids rooms, there’s an antique...

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 | 2 comments

Katie and Andrew’s Autumnal DIY Decor

Katie and Andrew’s Autumnal DIY Decor

For fall decorating inspiration, I checked in with my neighbors Katie and Andrew Moore. Katie is a local interior designer and Andrew is a talented DIYer and together they have created a warm and inviting home mixing sentimental family heirlooms with new and handmade furniture and accessories. As you walk in the front door, you’ll immediately notice the first of three large rooster statues, which belonged to Katie’s grandparents long ago. After her grandparents passed away, the roosters made their way to Katie’s house. She keeps one out all year long, the others make an appearance just for the season. They’ve got a sort of vintage farmhouse chic quality which says autumn to me. The concrete coffee table is one of several pieces Andrew made. Katie loved the version on sale at Crate and Barrel, but didn’t love the price, so Andrew figured out how to make one (here’s more about how he made it). A glass shelf underneath provides extra out-of-sight storage. Another one of Andrew’s projects is this shelf which spells...

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 | 4 comments

Edie’s Woodland Nursery

Edie’s Woodland Nursery

Two-week old Edie is a lucky girl. Not only does she have a big brother and parents who love her dearly, but she has a pretty awesome little bedroom designed by her stylish mama, Liz. The room is fresh and modern and the charming woodland creatures and accents make it a cozy place for a child to grow. Best of all, except for a few purchases, almost everything in the room was a hand-me-down or something repurposed from around the house. For one, the brown and white chevron rug (from West Elm) used to be in the master bedroom. Your eyes are drawn to it once you walk in the room. The removable decal above the changing table/dresser, purchased from Blik, is one of the few new things in the room. Liz originally bought this for her five-year-old son Angus’s room, but then thought it worked better in Edie’s nursery. The white IKEA dresser/changing table, as well as a few other white IKEA storage pieces in the room, were in Angus’s room when...

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