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Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 | 0 comments

Katie and Mike’s Basement Mini-Makeover

Katie and Mike’s Basement Mini-Makeover

It started as a simple “let’s open up this wall” project, but then snowballed into a “let’s give the entire basement a makeover” project. As most home renovations usually do… Katie and Mike were fortunate to buy this classic Del Ray colonial with a finished basement. They liked that it came with a full bath and a large partial kitchen, but the space seemed cramped and they didn’t like a few of the cosmetic elements. In these before pictures, you can see how there’s a small room tucked in the top left corner behind the kitchen. It was designed to be used as a guest space with a murphy bed on the wall. Shortly after moving in, Katie and Mike removed the murphy bed. They realized this closed off area was a waste of space and they really wanted an open area to hang out with friends. So, down came the wall and in came a new bar. While they were at it, they decided to install new granite...

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Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 | 0 comments

My Favorite Flea Finds at Home

My Favorite Flea Finds at Home

If you spend time digging through the MV Big Flea warehouse or are patient enough to wait for new donations to come in, you’re bound to find great stuff at a great price. Over the years, I’ve purchased a lot at the MV Big Flea (and donated some of it back when we no longer needed it). Here’s a few of my favorite flea finds in their new home. This is one of my first purchases back when the warehouse was in Arlandria (now home to the ABC store). I actually found a second one in the same style that I later donated back because I didn’t think I needed two. This year, my Flea art purchases include this embroidered pair of birds on a tree (the little runner on the green table came from the Flea too) and a tropical wood painting. This dresser was a curb find, but the top has puffy paint graffiti. I found this rug/wall hanging at the Flea that was just the right...

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 | 0 comments

Cookbook Book Club

Cookbook Book Club

Last weekend I attended my first cookbook book club and it was probably the most delicious vegan/vegetarian meal I’ve ever had. How it Worked: Since this was the first meeting, the hosts (and club founders) picked the cookbook. They chose V Street, written by the owners of a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Philadelphia. (Rumor has it they are opening a vegetarian restaurant in DC any day now.) There were 8 participants (only one actually a vegetarian) and everyone brought 1-4 dishes from the book. There was no obligation to make more than one dish, some people were just extra excited about vegetables! If anyone didn’t have the book already, they borrowed it from someone else. We all emailed in advance to make sure there weren’t any duplicate dishes. I brought jerk spice cashews and the Cruz Control cocktail (recipes at the bottom of this post). The entire menu included: Cruz Control cocktail Whipped dal Mint chutney chick peas Bocadillos Jerk trumpet mushrooms Carrot asado Tandoori zucchini Israeli grilled eggplant Dan...

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 | 0 comments

Shop and Drop at the MV Big Flea

Shop and Drop at the MV Big Flea

Since we last posted about the MV Big Flea in December, there is so much more stuff at the warehouse on Swann Ave. Both the furniture side and the homewares side are packed with DIY-friendly furniture projects, cool vintage dishes and knick-knacks, plus practical items like garden tools, kitchen appliances, electronics and baby gear. Flea volunteers will be collecting donated items for the next few weeks and then will move everything to the Mount Vernon Rec Center for the main event on April 28. You don’t have to wait until April to grab the deals, everything at the warehouse is available for purchase now. The warehouse is located at 444 Swann Ave. (grey-blue storage building) and will be open to the public on these dates: Saturday, March 10, 10 am – 1 pm Saturday, March 17, 10 am – 1 pm Sunday, April 8, 2-5 pm Here’s a few pictures of things we saw last weekend. If you’d like to donate, you can drop stuff off on any of...

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 | 4 comments

The Luray Avenue Christmas Cards

The Luray Avenue Christmas Cards

In December, Del Ray’s 300 block of Luray Ave. becomes Del Ray’s Christmas Card Lane. If you’ve traveled down the street, you’ve seen the impressive over-sized painted plywood cards in the front of the houses. If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth a trip day or night to admire the artistry. The cards are inspired by a 40+ year old tradition from Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the neighbors’ home town. Two years ago we shared the full story about how the Del Ray version of this holiday tradition started as well as instructions for making your own card. Since then, a few more cards have been added. If you’re wondering how the cards stand up, you can see in this picture that the homeowners rested their card on a stepladder with a brick it front to keep it from sliding down. Each one has a spotlight for viewing at night. While you’re out admiring the cards, don’t miss the Little Free Library on the corner too. If your block has...

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