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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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Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 | 1 comment

The Perfect Pour Over

The Perfect Pour Over

When it comes to a great cup of coffee, I prefer to make myself a pour over. A few years ago, I took a class at Swing’s where they taught me how to make a pour over along with other types of manual brew methods. It was a great class. You can get all of the supplies I mention in this post at Swing’s. Here are the supplies you need for a precise pour over: Swan neck kettle Coffee grinder V-60 ceramic coffee dripper Gram scale V-60 filters Coffee beans Mug Here are the supplies you need for a not so precise cup (don’t worry it will still be good): V-60 ceramic coffee dripper V-60 filters Coffee beans Mug You can use a regular kettle, but I love and highly recommend the swan neck kettle. I helps you give a slow and precise pour. Place your coffee dripper over your mug. I start off by rinsing the filter with hot water. You don’t want to taste anything but the...

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Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 | 2 comments

The MV Big Flea is Back!

The MV Big Flea is Back!

Thanks to the generosity of local business Affordable Signs and Banners and the logistical expertise of local realtor Jen Walker, the MV Big Flea team now has storage space for all your unwanted furniture and household goods at 423 Calvert St. Everything will be sold at the Big Flea main event on April 30 at the Mount Vernon Rec Center with proceeds benefiting the Mount Vernon Community School. So that means you can now sort through your closets, basement, attic, garage, etc. and find all that unwanted stuff just taking up valuable space. Not sure what you can donate? Check out the donation guide or email mvbigfleadonations@gmail.com. There are three drop-offs scheduled before April 30: Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday, April 2 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Saturday, April 16 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM The storage facility is the former home of Affordable Signs and Banners and is located at 423 Calvert St. Alexandria, VA (they moved around the corner last...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Signs of Spring in Del Ray

Signs of Spring in Del Ray

Spring is my favorite season and I love spending my March days searching for signs of spring. First, the bulbs of all different colors… Blossoms on the magnolia tree at the Mount Vernon Community School playground. Blossoms around the caboose. Even flowers in my neighbor’s garden! I love the excitement of seeing the green of a plant, waiting for the flowers to...

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