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Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Sneak Preview #3: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #3: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

So far we’ve shared two sneak previews of homes that will be featured on the 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour on May 7 (sneak preview #1 and sneak preview #2), sponsored by the Del Ray Citizens Association. Our third preview is a traditional Del Ray rowhouse with a non-traditional feature, solar panels! You’ll have to wait until the tour to learn more about the panels, but here’s a look at some other eco-friendly highlights. Architects by trade, the owners renovated their kitchen by themselves, using recycled paper and resin countertop, cork flooring, and a triple-glazed, energy-efficient casement window that bathes the room with natural light. Here was the kitchen when they bought the house: During renovation… And today. Another interesting feature you’ll notice if you stand outside is a previous owner converted the kitchen door into a window and the dining room window into a door. This window-door flip-flop makes the kitchen much bigger and lets the dining room and kitchen flow seamlessly together. Definitely a creative...

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 | 3 comments

REGISTER: 2016 Del Ray Urban Farm Tour

REGISTER: 2016 Del Ray Urban Farm Tour

We’re excited to announce the date for the 2016 Del Ray Urban Farm Tour, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Register today! This 2-hour guided bike tour will take you to several Del Ray “urban farms” where you can: See what types of food you can grow in your own backyard. Learn about crop rotation and companion planting. Get tips on creating the perfect soil. Find out how to safely protect your crops from pests. Meet other people in the neighborhood who love to garden. Get inspired to create your own urban farm. The tour will take place in the morning (9am-11am) and the event is free. Space is limited. For more information about what you can expect, check out this post about the 2014 Urban Farm Tour and make sure you reserve your spot...

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Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 | 4 comments

La Bella Strada: A Chalk Painting Festival Coming to Del Ray

La Bella Strada: A Chalk Painting Festival Coming to Del Ray

We are so excited about the first ever chalk painting festival coming to Del Ray on May 14, 2016. La Bella Strada is a modern street painting festival that originates from an ancient Italian art form. Organized by the parents of students who attend The Del Ray Montessori School, this unique event takes place along Mt. Vernon Avenue. As a fundraiser to help the school with the New Building Fund, local artists, sponsored by businessses and individuals, will decorate Del Ray’s sidewalks with their unique chalk masterpieces. Families and individuals can also reserve designated sidewalk squares for making their own colorful work of art. To test out the artist-grade chalk the artists will use and to show how anyone – not only the professional artists among us – can be involved and make a beautiful chalk painting, my co-chair Candi and I designed a couple of squares ourselves. We started by marking off the squares with painters tape. Candi drew a grid on the design she wanted to paint...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Sneak Preview #2: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #2: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Earlier this month, we shared our first “sneak preview” of one of the homes that will be featured on the 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour, May 7, 2016. Today, we’ve got our second preview, a home you may remember from the 2014 tour. Officially named our “project house” in 2014, this fixer upper has now been completely transformed by its DIY-savvy owners. Here’s what the house looked like two years ago after the owners spent months removing carpet, wallpaper and layers of dated ceiling tiles, and painstakingly and meticulously scraped layer upon layer of paint. The DIY didn’t stop there. When they decided to give the kitchen and second level (as well as the entire HVAC system) a complete overhaul, one owner, an architect, designed the project while the other did large portions of the grunt work – restoring original windows and removing every inch of asbestos siding. They hired a contractor to raise the roof on the second floor and complete the interior which now boasts...

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Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 | 8 comments

Sneak Preview #1: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #1: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

We’re less than two months away from the next Del Ray House and Garden Tour, May 7, 2016, sponsored by the Del Ray Citizens Association. The tour will take you inside 11 neighborhood homes, each one uniquely designed and decorated and guaranteed to leave you with ideas and inspiration to try in your own home. We’ve got the inside scoop on all these homes and will be sharing sneak previews over the next few weeks. Without further ado, our first sneak preview is a house situated on a spacious tree-lined corner lot that will wow you with every turn. Though the owners gutted 80% of the original home when they purchased it a couple years ago, the newly renovated space still retains a classic early 20th century feel, thanks to rich hardwood floors, custom architectural millwork, and vintage lighting and building materials. The owners’ eclectic design style blends old and new — mid-century globe lamps juxtaposed with salvaged pocket doors, rustic wood cabinets alongside contemporary furniture. You’ll find over-sized dark...

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