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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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Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 | 2 comments

Skate Break at Alexandria’s Skatepark

Skate Break at Alexandria’s Skatepark

Skateboarding is such a great outlet for kids. We are fortunate to have a skatepark in the city of Alexandria that is free of charge. It’s about a couple miles from Del Ray and is well worth the trip. The park is located at 3540 Wheeler Avenue. Most people call it the Duke Street Skatepark, but it’s officially called the Luckett Field Skatepark. Here are a list of the rules: If you have kids that are still learning to skate, the best time to come is in the morning. By afternoon, there are lots of teenagers whisking about. You have to be a pretty seasoned skater to navigate your way around them. Early mornings are for the younger kids, and they start young. I found it sweet that even at such a young age, they were able to do quick fixes on their boards without parental help. Kids helping each other. The park has a nice variety of ramps. Here is my son showing another child how to drop...

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